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If I’m honest, I suspected foul play from the beginning, especially when my watch selling friend told me straight out it was a fake. Still, it looked pretty good to my uneducated eyes, and the four days I spent with it before it just decided to stop working passed pleasantly enough.
Counterfeits have been a fixture of the watch business for almost as long as there has been a watch business. And, contrary to how things are now, it wasn’t always concentrated in the Far East. Way back in the day, when American-made pieces from the likes of Elgin and Hampden were considered the best in the world, it was Switzerland at the center of the fakes industry. Not only did Swiss manufacturers copy the watches themselves, they also duplicated the highly efficient production techniques pioneered by the U.S. makers. Pretty soon they were churning out exact reproductions and selling them with names which were just different enough to avoid any legal shenanigans; Elgin became Elfin for instance, in a technique familiar to anyone who has ever bought a pair of Adadis sneakers or Ray Bon sunglasses.
https://beckertime.com/blog/counterfeit ... a-history/
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