Just how bad can one of the fake BAPE G-Shocks be? Well, pretty bad. I found one on ebay. The photos were not all that great, but it looked like it had the possibility to be real so I bid on it...fortunately I am only out 41 bucks. In fairness to the seller, they did message me telling me that another customer got his and said it was a fake, so they offered to take mine back and refund cost and shipping. I decided to keep it as a novelty and to be able to help others to avoid fakes.
First off, from a distance, say 20 feet it looks pretty darn good. Thats where it ends. The outer materials are junk...have an ultra cheap feel and would no doubt crack (literally) under harsh conditions.
The module is nowhere close to being like the real thing. The first clue is that the light works with either the G-button and also the bottom right pusher. It stays on as long as the button remains pressed. Letting go turns the light off...assuming the button does not stick, and it does most of the time. The button press on all buttons is terrible.
Simply holding this in your hand along with a real G will easily tell you that it is junk.
Even the beeping sounds sick.
The backlight has some blob that is supposed to be the ape...not crisp and sharp like the real thing.
Soon I will take this one apart while photographing each step...we will see what it looks like on the inside.