Why would you purchase a replica watch and pay it as much as you would pay an authentic watch? There are many reasons. In the first place, most buyers do not possess the knowledge to defeat counterfeiters, which is why the most naïve ones usually end up frauded, especially when they search for great bargains.
But let’s admit it, the blame can not be put on the buyer only, even though we tend to be more severe with them to prompt them to learn more about watches, if they intend buying expensive watches.
Now, the main problem is that most replica watches have the writing “Swiss made” incised, so it is very difficult to tell the difference between a fake and an authentic watch. However, the ugly truth is that 90% of replica watches are made in Asian countries, especially in Taiwan, China and Thailand, where labor rates are below the US and European standards and counterfeiters have replica watchers manufactured in the same factories where important brands manufacture legitimate parts of their watches.
Hi-end replica watches have Swiss-made movements but they are quite rare. You may easily understand if a watch is not authentic by simply looking at its movement, since replica watch movements are usually made in Japan or China.