Yesterday I was on Instagram checking up on the latest bust from fakewatchbusta and the rolex_enforcer, while being thoroughly entertained by their exposures of guys on Instagram flaunting replicas as though they were the real deal, the rolex_enforcer started an argument with one of his followers by calling an Ancon X-35 a fake SevenFriday, referring to the P-series SevenFriday watches.
The actual post was to expose a guy for posing with a replica Hublot in front of a Bugatti that apparently belongs to a celebrity and claiming to own the genuine items. The rolex_enforcer took a shot at the Ancon watch to which one of his followers took a bit of exception. The commenter pointed out that the Ancon is a homage to the SevenFriday, copying the dial but making the case different, to which the rolex_enforcer replied, "you call it homage .. I call it a knockoff." Later also commenting that Ancon "ripped off" the SevenFriday design before SevenFriday had a chance to release the watch.
I've also seen some flame wars break out on the WRUW threads about people wearing cheap homages. Also, just about every dive watch is guilty of "ripping off" the submariner.
I own a couple homages. I have a Rodina Small Seconds (Nomos Tangente homage or ripoff) and a sterile dial Pam homage (both Chinese). I live on a budget and my most expensive watch is my Hamilton Khaki Conservation that retails for $1,200. I obviously don't have a problem with homages, I may not be able to afford a Rolex at the moment and I otherwise don't love the Nomos or the Panerai enough to spend that much money on those particular brands, but I like the styles enough at $100. I would get a Submariner or a Speedmaster if I had the money to blow.
So what are your views on homages in general? Do you think they are a great way to try styles you don't want to invest in just yet or cannot afford or cannot justify spending that money on? Or do you think, like the rolex_enforcer, that they are ripoffs and fakes and should be treated with the same shame as replicas?