There are tons of reasons why someone is willing to buy a replica watch online. The promise of the same luxurious feeling as when wearing the original timepiece, the low price and the passion for exquisite watches are just a few of them. This is why replica watches companies prosper in such a rapid rhythm and why there are so many new fake websites on the web these days. They all thrive from our desire to buy an affordable designer replica, but not all of them can be trusted. How can we tell which ones are reputable and which ones aren’t? Everything is detailed below.
Buywatches.co is not what I usually consider a professional and elegant looking online store. In this line of business looks is everything, but it seems that this merchant didn’t get the memo. Instead of attracting potential customers with a nice and friendly website, it offers an average looking Internet page that is disproportioned, difficult to use and tacky. It is the kind of site that only an amateur would design and this has a negative impact on first time visitors that are discouraged from buying its products due to the poor looks of the page.
At the top of the screen there is a very bulky menu that displays the available brands on three different rows. This makes it tiresome on the eye and difficult to use. When you roll the cursor over one of the categories it shows a drop down list with the available sub-categories. Below the menu there is a small sliding banner with images of very popular designer watches and next to it there is a promotional banner with a 10% discount. The lower part of the page is reserved for the sponsored products.
Buywatches.co offers 11 replica brands which is a pretty limited number from my point of view. And every brand includes just a small selection of fake timepieces that usually vary between a dozen and a couple hundred. Rolex which is the largest category available lists only 330 items. For me, this is a very small number. The best part about having a limited selection of products is that it is so much easy for potential customers to browse the collection even if there is no advanced search option. In a few clicks you’ve seen it all.
The prices for these replica watches are comparable with the ones offered by most fake timepieces websites. There are both Japanese automatic movement knockoffs and Swiss self-winding imitations. The ones that come with a 21 jewels Miyota mechanism cost about $85-$190 while the ones equipped with 25 jewels ETA movement cost about $300-$500. The prices vary according to the materials used for manufacturing the product, to the complexity of the inside mechanism and the popularity of the model.
The most important thing about buying replica watches online is to determine if the pictures posted on the merchant’s website are of its own products or if these are copied from other sources. This is such an easy thing to tell. A company that has its own product pictures usually has for all its replica watches the same type of photos, taken in the same studio, with the same quality, clarity and background. Plus, a website that invests money and time in creating its own pictures will always display about 8-16 images for each item it sells. This page appears to carry two types of images. One is with watches that were photographed over a black background and do not have any watermarks and the other one is over a black crystal background and has some Chinese writing. This inconsistency in the pictures makes me think that the company doesn’t offer its own product images.
The best way to see if an online replica watches store has good quality products is to simply compare the photos of the knockoffs with the ones of the genuine models. This time I chose an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore with black dial and run a quick comparison with the real thing. The conclusion is that there are many visible differences that make it very obvious that this is a fake. Let’s start with the dial. Here we see that the black thick inner bezel with graduations is missing. Then, at 12 o’clock the authentic watch has two batons markers, but the replica has only the “AP” marking. The texture of the dial is also different. The genuine AP has larger and less raised squares than the imitation product. At the 6 o’clock should be a writing that says “300m/1000 ft AUTOMATIC”, but on the replica we only see “AUTOMATIC”. Next, the date aperture is different. It should be black with white writing, but the fake one is white with black writing. Another important detail is the left side button that is missing on the replica. All these summed up make the knockoff look cheap and of really poor quality.
Buywatches.co offers two shipping options. One refers to free delivery and the shipping company used is regular mail. The estimated delivery time is about 10-20 business days and a tracking number is provided. The other one refers to a more speedy shipping option that costs a flat rate $20 fee regardless of the delivery country or the weight of the package. The package is sent with EMS and the estimated delivery time is about 7 business days. The first option gets a tracking number that is updated very slowly while the second option has a tracking number that is updated daily.
When you order a replica watch on this website you have the option of paying only by credit card. The supported payment options are Visa, Mastercard and JCB. I totally dislike the fact that the company doesn’t offer other types of payments like Western Union, Money Gram or Bank Wire especially if you consider the fact that its payment processing page isn’t secure. It is not encrypted and anyone can hack the information you enter on it. I do not recommend anyone to pay by card on a page that doesn’t have the https in front of the domain name.
On their return page, Buywatches.co does not mention a thing about a refund policy. The only thing this company talks about is about having a 14 days return policy that allows you to exchange the replica watch if it is broken or defective. It does not say that you are entitled to replace it with a different model if you do not like it. Also, there is nothing about a free repairs warranty either. From what I can tell this website isn’t at all concerned with your satisfaction. It is just the type of merchant that once it has your money it says “sorry, there is nothing we can do to help you”.
I am totally disappointed with the customer services offered by this website. The company does not have a valid contact phone number, a live chat service or a professional sales email address. It only has an unreliable Gmail account and a contact form that can be used to send in your inquiries. I find both methods of communication as highly unprofessional. Plus, it says that all messages are answered in 24 hours, but I never got a reply to mine.
Buywatches.co is the place where I would definitely never buy my watches from. This online replica website has all the signs of an unprofessional and unreliable company. It has product pictures that don’t seem to be his, the replicas look different than the original products, the payment processing page is unsecure, it does not have a money back guarantee and it lacks a responsive customer service. The only good things about ordering from this place are the affordable prices and the free delivery.
Last modified: June 11, 2016