I'm sorry, I know this is going to tick off a few people on here... some of whom I really like. But I just have to get this off my chest!
First of all I think we've got our definitions here completely screwed up... there are 4 terms here in my mind.
1. Fake - A watch that is meant to fool people into thinking its another watch.
2. Copy - A watch that looks exactly like another watch but has a different name on the dial
3. Homage - A watch that is meant to pay homage to another watch but still is unique in at least a few design elements.
4. Inspired - A unique watch that draws some of it's design elements from other watches.
Everyone seems to be confusing definition 3 and 2. For example a Steinhart Ocean 1 is a COPY of a Rolex Submariner... it is not a Homage. Whereas a Christopher Ward C60 IS a homage.
To me the design of a watch is like an original piece of art, and I find it mildly disgusting when companies rip-off that design to make money. It really is stealing... and I just can't see myself buying into that. I made the mistake of buying a Getat Panerai COPY once... and it was a very well done copy. But it just feels unethical to wear that watch... even if I feel Panerai is overpriced it doesn't make it right in my mind to steal their design.
I understand that not everyone can afford to buy an original watch.... there are PLENTY of watches I can't afford myself.... but that doesn't mean I should go out and buy a copy. There are PLENTY of watches with ORIGINAL designs out there at every price point... buying copies UNDERMINES those watches too.
I just can't sit here quietly and ignore all those copies... they just bother me too much. I don't hate anyone who chooses to wear them.... thats up to you. But I can't do it. Maybe that makes me a snob. So be it.