Тime has proved that the abundance of modern fashionable gadgets has failed to eliminate watches from the look of modern citizen. In parallel to this, for centuries, watches have been delivering much information about its owner, including but not limited to the owner’s lifestyle, income, temperament, viewpoints, etc. At the same time, this increased interest of humanity on the watches over centuries has became a reason for bringing hundreds of myths about watches into being.
Such myths become troublesome especially when one makes up his mind to buy a watch.
Acknowledging that, Chronoexpert presents 5 busted myths about watches that will help you to make your purchase a success!
Myth 1. Watches with bracelet are more reliable and have more endurance than the ones with straps
This statement is quite widespread among those who want to buy a new watch, still it should be characterized as a simple myth. Modern advanced technology allows watchmakers to make quality straps, impregnated with water-repellent and antibacterial compounds, the characteristics of which are not inferior to the reliability of bracelets, but even often surpass them. As a side effect, the choice of leather straps advantages the owner due to its characteristics of being easier to replace and thus offering wider opportunities for changing the texture and pattern in accordance to the look.
Myth 2. Water resistant watches are made for diving
The concept of water-resistancy is rather relative though in reality few people acknowledge the fact.
Although watch manufacturers mark the security of the watch in the format of atmospheric pressure or in meters, one should not take these inscriptions literally. For example, “30 meters” does not mean that you should dive to a depth of 30 meters with a watch on your hand, as the penetration of water into the mechanism can depend on many secondary factors. For example, the position of the body, the shape of the structural elements, temperature fluctuations, the degree of wear of the mechanism, to name a few. Besides, manufacturers themselves urge to dive with only those watches on hand, which have a marking of water resistance 100m or more.
Brands like Rolex usually offer specific collections more focused on sport and water activities: Submariner, Sea Dweller….
Myth 3. Country code of watch origin can betray a fake watch!
Many people mistakenly think that product origin country code can mirror its quality, but this standpoint is rather misleading. The production process of a watch may include its manufacturing and assembling, at the same time different parts of the same watch may have been manufactured in different countries. So if you know that a Rolex watch has Swiss origin it does not necessarily mean that it has been entirely produced in that country (In the example of Switzerland, for a product being marked as “Made in Switzerland”, at least 50 % of its production process, including initial and final stages, shall be carried out in the country. For different countries these legal regulations vary).
Consequently, you do not need to think that a watch is fake as soon as you read an unexpected country name/code on your favorite brand model.
Myth 4. A fake watch is quite hard to distinguish from the original
Some people who wear or sell fake watches tend to convince others that it is actually rather hard to distinguish between fake and original watches and therefore there is no point to spend extra money on the original one, as the difference could be identified only in case of undergoing a detailed research on the part of a jeweler by means of opening the clock in the workshop.
The reality is, it is actually much easier to identify a fake watch, and a person who has ever had the original version of a given watch is able to do it even at a distance.
However, take into account that replicas are getting better and better, and they can even cost +500USD!
Myth 5. Fake watches are of high quality as well!
Another common myth assures that fake watches are not inferior in quality to the original ones. But when we consider the factors that are responsible for the pricing of any product, such as the material it is made of and the wage of the master, it becomes more than clear that the quality cannot be the same.
So, while the water resistance of the fake watch is 30m, the owner hardly manages to wash hands with the watch on, and as for the leather straps, they wear out rather fast.