Take you deeper into understanding what a replica watch is?

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Take you deeper into understanding what a replica watch is?

Replica watches are a weird thing. People  love the word “replica” and get butt-hurt when their $400 Rolex is called “fake”. We can understand that, as those replica watches can truly be works of engineering themselves and can even be of the same quality as the pieces that inspired them.

At Chinatime, though, we do not put on such airs. If our watches are fake-ass watches that cost less than some of my Uber trips, and that’s OK.We could spend a lot more money on arguably better watches that look more like the originals, Sure, one day I’ll have an ARF* or Noob Submariner that would fool my Rolex rep, but for now my U1 Submariner fools my Uber driver and parole officer, and for now that’s good enough for me. Oh, it keeps good time, too, which is nice.

Getting started

If you’re here to learn more about this world, then that’s great, because this interest in cheap rep watches that you have may turn into a hobby, which may then turn into an obsession. I’ve made friends because that’s what like-minded people do when they all become fans of the same thing, and we’re happy you’ve decided to learn more with us.

Automatic vs Quartz

An automatic watch, also known as a self-winding watch, is a type of mechanical timepiece that operates without the need for a battery or manual winding. It relies on the movement of the wearer’s wrist to power the watch. Inside the case of an automatic watch, there is a rotor that moves with the motion of the wrist. This rotor is connected to the mainspring, which stores energy.As the wearer moves their wrist, the rotor spins, and through a series of gears and springs, it winds the mainspring. The mainspring stores the energy generated by the motion of the rotor. This stored energy is then released in a controlled manner to power the watch’s movement, including the escapement and balance wheel, which regulate the release of energy to ensure accurate timekeeping.

Automatic watches will continue to operate as long as they are worn regularly. If left unworn for an extended period, they will typically stop, and it may be necessary to manually wind them or use a watch winder to keep them running. Automatic watches are prized for their craftsmanship, longevity, and the intricate engineering that goes into their design.

The Rotor & Movement

The rotor of an automatic watch is mounted on what’s called the movement of the watch. The movement is not the sweep of the seconds hand but rather the name for the guts of the watch itself — the gears, the springs, the cogs, and everything else that makes a watch keep time. It is arguably the most important part of a watch to consider when making buying choices, so knowing a few basics can really help you to make the right choice when it comes time to buy your first watch.

For example, a large percentage of the watches on Chinatime will be built around a fairly generic movement called the 2813. The 2813 is a Chinese clone of the Japanese Miyota 8205/8215 movement, which is to be found in a number of Citizen brand watches, as well as high-end Invicta divers and many, many more. The Miyota is a well-respected and sturdy movement, but the 2813 clones not so much. The most famous of these clones is the DG2813, though the rest are made by several factories in China. Because of this the quality varies from movement to movements and thus watch to watch, since there’s very little in the way of quality control when the Chinese factories make our watches for us. This is part of why they’re so cheap, and really part of the fun and charm.

Shipping from China

Cheap quality watches are cheap by skimping on a few things, and one of those things is fast shipping. Most watches include free shipping, (via China’s EMS or ePacket services,) but that free shipping can take a long fucking time. It’s not uncommon for watches to take a month and a half to arrive, so if you’re in a hurry to get something for a certain event, like a court date, use one of the paid services (DHL, etc.) to get it faster. But keep in mind that you still might be in for a wait, because that’s how things in China work.

Some sellers are faster than others, and your research here should tell you which are known for fast shipments, so it’s worth taking into consideration when making your choice.

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