Swiss VS Japanese Replicas

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Were you ever curious about what are the main differences between a Swiss and Japanese replica? This has been a question I have thought about for quite some time and even though I have made some extensive research I just couldn’t fully understand it until recently. I even sent numerous emails to the most reputable replica websites trying to get an answer, but this didn’t do the trick either. To be more exact, I have selected five replica companies to which I have sent inquiries about the differences between a Swiss and a Japanese Cartier Santons 100 replica and in return I have received some general information about the products. The answers were superficial and hesitant. The basic ideas were: that Swiss fakes have a better quality mechanism; Swiss imitations are made from a superior stainless steel and Swiss knockoffs are made with a more thicker and resistant gold plating. These answers seemed a little bit too vague to me.

Swiss-Japanese-Cartier copy

Irritated by their inability of giving me a clear answer or at least an understandable one, I have decided to buy both versions of the same model and from the same retailer. This way I could compare both watches in terms of looks, quality and usability and see the actual differences with my own eyes. The Japanese one was about $200 and the Swiss one about $600. It took about a week or so to receive both products, and when I got them I was amazed to discover that just by looking at both replicas I couldn’t tell them apart.  Upon a close inspection I have concluded that both have the same weight, all the correct markings, the same size and feel. I could only notice a small difference in the color of the hands, but besides this small detail everything else is exactly the same.

Swiss Replica Mechanism

Swiss Replica Mechanism

Swiss Replica Mechanism

Swiss Replica Mechanism

Swiss Replica Mechanism

Swiss Replica Mechanism


Obviously, the inside mechanism is the basic difference between the two versions of this Cartier Santons 100. The $600 knockoff has a Swiss made Sellita SW 200 automatic movement with 26 jewels. After researching it online I found out that this is one of the most reliable mechanisms available on the replica market. Of course, tests were needed to confirm this so after more than a week I was pleased to see that my Swiss Cartier fake was losing only 3 seconds in a 48 hours time frame, which is actually pretty good for an automatic movement watch, especially for a replica.

Japanese Mechanism

Japanese Mechanism

Japanese Mechanism

Japanese Mechanism


The $200 clone watch also has a high grade kinetic movement, but it isn’t as accurate as the Swiss one and when removing the back and seeing the inside mechanism you realize that it looks like scraped metal, at least, compared to the Swiss one.

It doesn’t take an expert to see the obvious. At a quick and superficial comparison of these two fake watches, unmistakably the Japanese one looks like an inferior quality movement replica. Most certainly, it is not a worthy match for its more upgraded Swiss competitor. Even if at first it may look like these two are identical, upon a more thorough inspection you start realizing the huge difference that sets them apart both in terms of quality and price: the superior mechanism. For a luxury product it is essential to look flawlessly, but for a watch the time keeping capabilities are crucial because the bottom line is that you are buying a watch and not just a jewelry.

Difference Between Japanese and Swiss Replica Movement

Difference Between Japanese and Swiss Replica Movement

In the end we just need to be honest and determine if we are only after the looks of a watch or after overall quality. If aesthetics is the only thing that interests us then the cheaper Japanese replica is the best option. It will look just like the more expensive Swiss one, but cost significantly less. While if a longer life expectancy and a highly accurate movement are the most important qualities we are looking to get in a watch, then a Swiss replica is the perfect choice. This experiment has achieved what many replica companies weren’t able to: it gave me the correct answers to all the justified questions I had about Swiss and Japanese fakes. Now I know what the actual difference is between these two and it will surely help me and many others to pick out the replica suitable for both our needs and expectations.

Last modified: November 20, 2017

10 Responses to :
Swiss VS Japanese Replicas

  1. Matts says:

    Hi, I am from India. I appreciate your efforts to check the quality of both the makes. Could you please guide me with a store where I can buy a Tag Heuer Calibre watch replica. Recently I have been to a store where I saw a replica of Tag Heuer which is a Chinese made worth $100. Please suggest me with few good sellers. Thank You.

  2. pandora says:

    Would you say the movement of the Japanese had a swiftness that was as close to the real thing or is the Swiss noticeably superior?


    1. Robert says:

      Second hand on Swiss replica is noticeably smoother.

  3. Brian J. McClure says:

    Swiss movements tend to look much more beautiful than Japanese ones, but the new generation of Japanese calibers can stack up against the Swiss competitors

  4. Bou Vongvisal says:

    Please kindly send me the link to buy these replica

  5. Lam says:

    Please kindly send me some reputable trusted websites to buy master pieces and good replica watches. Some of these replicas worth 100s of dollars it would be shame to just buy and throw it away next day.

  6. Kirk says:

    I have purchased 2 Japaneese replica watches from this site, currently waiting for a 3rd one (Swiss replica) to arrive. They are always very professional and responsive and ship within 2 weeks. I would recommend them.

  7. Brenda says:

    Please email me where I can find a Swiss replica safe site and be pleased with the product. I have a Rolex, I just want to get my son one for his birthday without spending thousands.

  8. Jerry says:

    Can you please send me the link to the site these two watches were purchased at? I got burned by the last site I used!

  9. Varun Sharma says:

    I’m a big fan of Swiss watches they manufacture such stylish and amazing which are worth buying. But here I got useful stuff for Japanese replicas. Thanks for such an amazing article.

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