A replica watch has many faces. It can be an amazing jewelry that looks spectacular on your wrist and works flawlessly. It can be a cheap knockoff that looks fake from miles away and can’t even keep decent time. Or it can be an authentic looking watch that has some bothersome functionality issues. There are a dozen surprises that come with the purchase of a replica timepiece, but all of them can be avoided as long as you know a thing or two about these imitation products. Naturally, everything begins with finding a good online store from where to order them. Facewatches.cn has a name that seems to be predestined for today’s lesson on fake watches and it will serve as reference for making the difference between a reputable e-shop and one that is not.
It all starts with appearance. What we first see on a website serves as basis for our opinion about that store. In this case, Facewatches.cn doesn’t impress me much. It has a pretty common looking website. The homepage is something that could have been drafted up in a couple of minutes. Sure, no one likes a super complicated site that bothers you visually and is also difficult to use, but one that doesn’t tell you anything is sometimes far worst. This is just that kind of store. It has a plain white background, a simple category menu on the top, a brand list in the left side of the page, a medium size banner in the center with a Milgauss image that I have seen on dozen other pages and some sponsored products in the lower side.
I like the fact that this merchant didn’t overdo it by including countless different brands in its collection. It has selected only the most popular watch names around and organized them into sub-collections that are easily identifiable. I should probably mention the fact that each sub-collection includes hundreds of different models. For instance, Rolex Daytona has 47 pages that need to be browsed manually. The really bad thing is that there is no Advanced Search to filter the products and make browsing easier or less time consuming.
The company sells Quartz movement replicas, Asian automatic movement fakes and Valjoux self-winding knockoffs. Valjoux mechanisms are usually Swiss made and basically the best quality available on the market. The price for these watches varies according to the inside mechanism and whether the product has diamonds or not. The Asian and Quartz movement imitation timepieces are the most affordable option. These cost about $99 to $130 if they do not have any diamonds. If there are diamonds involved then the price goes up by $50 reaching about $150-$180. The Valjoux automatic movement watches are pricier. These cost about $300-$400 which may seem like a lot for a replica. Well, let’s not forget that the real thing is 10 times more.
I would have loved to see some good quality pictures on this website. Maybe the size and clarity of the images can be considered a fair one, but the fact that the pictures have been copied from several different catalogs is anything but reassuring. This means that the company does not take the photos in its own studio and of the merchandise it stocks. It takes these images from its suppliers or it copies them from other sites, in which case we never know what will actually be delivered to us. Another worrying aspect is the watermark from the pictures. This says Watchjust.com when the company’s name is Facewatches.cn.
When you want to see how accurate looking a replica is you just need to take a picture of the fake watch and compare it with one of the original timepiece. You will then be able to spot the design differences. For instance, if we run a quick comparison between this Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean fake and the genuine model we can’t see any major differences on the dial. The one that bothers me the most are the hour markers from 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock which should be squared shaped and not uneven rectangular indexes. Also, the space between the date window and the 3 o’clock marker is larger on the replica. The rest of the watch seems to be pretty authentic looking. The bezel has the correct design and gradations, the case is nicely crafted and the buttons are exact.
Facewatches.cn is able to dispatch packages to any country in the world by using EMS and Fedex. The packages are sent for a flat rate shipping fee of $20. This means that the cost of delivery doesn’t vary regardless of the number of replica watches in your order or the weight of the package. Mainly, all packages are sent with EMS. Fedex is used only if EMS can’t deliver to your address. The estimated delivery time is about 10 business days with EMS and 5-7 business days with Fedex. For both shipping carriers you will get a tracking number.
The available payment methods are Visa and Mastercard. The company does not offer the option of paying by Western Union, Bank Wire, Money Gram or Paypal which is kind of inconvenient. I say this because it is not recommended to submit your card details on a webpage that isn’t secured for processing online payments. If Facewatches.cn would offer a https payment form then I would be ok with paying by credit card on this page, but without an encrypted page any third party can access your information.
It is always good to know that an online store offers a return policy. In this case, the website offers a 5 days free exchange and refund policy or at least they say it’s free. The problem is that the customer needs to pay to ship the faulty product back to their warehouse in China which certainly isn’t cheap. And there’s more. He also needs to pay a 15% restocking fee for exchanges or a 15% processing fee for refunds. Better do your math before returning the replica watch as it may end up costing you even more than you have paid in the first place. The merchant doesn’t say anything about providing a repairs warranty.
I know that when you’re ordering replica watches online you shouldn’t have high expectations from the company and its products, but some things shouldn’t be ignored. Customer service is one of those things. You just can’t order a fake timepiece without being able to contact the store in a timely fashion. From my experience phone and live chat services are the best for resolving customer’s problems quickly and satisfactory. Unfortunately, Facewatches.cn offers customer care only by email and the worst thing is that this is an unsecure and unprofessional Gmail account. So, dear replica shoppers, before you place an order here make sure you get a hold of their agents and you test their services. Are they friendly and professional? How much time does it take to get an answer to your inquiries? These are all essential when you are purchasing a fake product online.
Even though Facewatches.cn offers many attractive aspects like the affordable prices, the 5 days return policy and products that in the pictures look authentic, there are also numerous negative things that make us worry like the poor customer service, the product photos that weren’t taken in its studio, the unsecure payment form and the costly refund guarantee. These days, ups and downs are part of the replica business and it is our job to make sure we stay away from the risky sites and choose the decent ones instead.
Last modified: April 13, 2016