I think most people who buy these know exactly what they are buying when they're a spending a grand or two on a Daytona or a Datejust; a good quality fake or a stolen watch.
The knockoff movements seem to indicate the counterfeiters are looking to expand their overall sucker / sleaze base of customers, however, the movement is still the best and final arbiter of the legit item, and while most folks wouldn't know a free balance from a balance beam, a guy at a hock shop or a watchmaker certainly would if they had to get that far in a $50 inspection to make a determination.
Anyone who believed they were buying the genuine item and would spend ANY MONEY, let alone upward of, if it's legit money, and not submit the watch for said inspection deserves whatever the fuck they get.
I'm sure there are people who have purchased these, and the historically varying degrees of worse, believing they were the real deal but I suspect it's a small percentage overall.
What would be nice would be if Rolex (and others) didn't have to spend so much overhead investigating and shutting these guys down- 3 D printers, CNC, what he noted at the link, etc etc etc, caveat emptor; never been more important to emptor in history.
Cool to be part of a board that provides plenty of emptor for the public
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