Indeed, some of the replica watches we find online are perfect imitations of the authentic timepieces. These are so well copied that not even experts can tell the difference or, at least, this is what fake watches manufacturers claim. But when it comes to waterproofness, it’s a whole different story. Some stores will tell you up front that their knockoffs can’t be used under water while others will say that they recommend diving with it only up to 10 or 30 meters. Why is this? Why is there such a huge difference in the water resistance of replicas? What makes a fake watch waterproof and why aren’t all made this way?
The truth is that replica watches aren’t waterproof and this is a well-known fact. The merchants who say that their fakes won’t be damaged by water exposure know the truth. Making a timepiece that is completely sealed and able to submerge to a depth of 10, 100 or 300 meters is something that requires a lot of costs, and unfortunately replica manufacturers are not willing to invest in this technology. They will settle with making watches that have a similar design, but that’s it.
Now, if you are asking yourself what makes a watch waterproof then allow me to clear things up for you. It has rubber seals around the winding crown and caseback. This prevents water from getting inside and damaging the mechanism. Replica watches have some rubber seals, but the poor quality of the craftsmanship is reflected in the fact that these knockoffs can’t pass the real waterproof test. What will happen is that you will swim or shower a couple of times with the watch on your wrist, but after a while you will start noticing moisture inside the dial, rust on the metallic parts and soon the inside mechanism will stop completely.
As I was saying before, replica manufacturers are very aware of this fact and this is why in all their policies it says that the guaranty does not cover water damages. Even if it says in the product description that it is water resistant up to 10 meters, any kind of water damage will revoke the warranty. This is why it is not recommended to use a fake under water. When it breaks- and believe me, it will happen- you are stuck with it. No jeweler will want to repair it it.
My respect goes to those stores that admit the truth- replica watches aren’t waterproof and they recommend you to avoid exposing the watch to any quantity of water. They will also tell you that the watches have a rubber seal and a lock down crown, but water will still get inside if the watch is submerged. In the end, the choice is yours, but you at least know what to expect and what to avoid.
I don’t think that the lack of water resistance of a replica watch is a good reason for not buying this type of products. I think that we need to understand that these are just copies that cost a fraction of the price of the original watches. They look and feel authentic and as long as we keep them away from water we will be pretty happy with their functionality.