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      03-10-2014, 02:34 PM   #88
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Originally Posted by RR-NYC View Post
Yes, there are people that buy a Rolex as a status symbol. Like all luxury goods, including cars, they are aspirational purchases. People dream and work to be able to afford them. At the same time, there are plenty that buy into the brand because of the horological significance. Their movements are arguably the most reliable mechanical movements and the Oyster design is nearly 90 years old.

There is no such thing as a replica enthusiast. They are posers, period. It's like saying someone is a collector of Van Gough reproductions. There is nothing collectable and there is nothing to be passionate about here.

There are plenty of watch enthusiast that don't have money to buy the big names and there are plenty of watches that allow you to enjoy mechanical movements without buying counterfeits.

Coming from a car forum, specifically an M3 forum, I don't understand how there can possible be a disconnect here. What if China started producing a car and called it a BMW M3 but sold it for 10% of the MSRP of a real BMW? To 99% of the world, they are indistinguishable - Would you buy it?

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