They say “once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all”. Well, when it comes to replica watches I totally disagree. There are so many of these online stores out there that it is impossible to generalize. Some of them are really professional and reputable while others are cheap sources of inferior knockoffs. A trained eye can tell the difference in an instance. I will tell you all about how you can spot an unreliable fake watches merchant from miles away. Just keep reading.
Tankwatch.co.uk is today’s example. This imitation watches online site is just like the rest. It has a common design without any notable aesthetic details. On the top part of the page it has a slim pink menu with buttons for the most popular brands, in the left side there is a categories menu that seems pretty long and in the center of the page there are numerous sponsored products with images, prices and a short description. The site has the option of converting the currency in USD, GBP, EUR, AUD and CAD. There are no promotional banners and no annoying or flashy messages trying to convince you to buy its products. From this point of view, the page is like a breath of fresh air.
Tankwatch.co.uk carries a pretty large collection of replica watches. Its menu lists a considerably rich number of famous brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Cartier, Tag Heuer and many others. Every category includes up to a couple hundred different items that are nicely organized into sub-collections. This makes it a lot easier for us, online shoppers, to browse the products and find the style which we like. The problem is that there is no filter or advanced search. You simply need to take the old fashioned approach and browse the whole collection until you find the one suitable for you.
The default currency on this website is GBP, but as mentioned earlier you have the option to change it in one that fits your preferences. The prices for these replica watches are pretty acceptable. Most Japanese fake timepieces cost about 100 GBP to 250 GBP. The ones that go over 150 GBP are the ones that have the “blink” factor. The more diamonds a model has the pricier it is. After all, tacky comes at a price. The company also carries Swiss automatic movement replica watches that cost about 400 GBP to 500 GBP. The products are equipped with a 25 jewels ETA self-winding mechanism.
After taking a closer look at the pictures of these fake watches I realized that they are actually of very good quality. I was really surprised. All the products have numerous photos taken from various angles that illustrate most of the important details regarding their looks and craftsmanship. At first glance these knockoffs seem to be pretty authentic. The main problem I have with the images is that they appear to be property of a different website as the name watermarked on them is Bestwatches.cn instead of Tankwatch.co.uk. Probably, the company changed its domain in the meanwhile, but even if this is true then why didn’t it update its photos as well?
All we need to do for assessing the authenticity of a replica watch is to compare it with the original product. For this we use the pictures available on the fake merchant’s website. By comparing the photos of a Rolex DateJust Yellow Gold Dial and Two Tone Band with the ones of the genuine version we find a couple of differences that are really upsetting. Most of them can be found on the dial. As you can see from the pictures, the hour markers are different. The authentic watch has white luminescent batons with Arabic graduations for the minutes while the replica has gold batons with white luminescent dots at the top. The date aperture is also different. The background should be white, but instead it is a darker gold which looks totally fake. Another difference is in the design of the winding crown which is bulkier and bigger than on the genuine timepiece. The finishing of the case, the shine and design of the bracelet on the replica watch are very similar to the one of the authentic product.
For those who are looking for a real bargain I have very good news. Tankwatch.co.uk is that type of really great replica watches merchant that understands how important it is for us online shoppers to get as many discounts as possible. This is why it offers free delivery all around the world. No matter the number of replica watches from your order, the weight of the package or the delivery country, this online store will deliver your package free of charge. The default shipping company is EMS. The packages are sent with this international carrier, a tracking number is available and the estimated delivery time is about 7-10 business days.
As far as the accepted payment methods go, the merchants supports a large number of credit card types such as Visa, Mastercard, JCB and American Express. The problem is that it does not offer alternative payment methods like Western Union, Bank Wire or Money Gram. There are some people who do not like to use their credit card information online and for those people there should be alternatives for card payments. Furthermore, the payment processing page isn’t secure and this means that all the details you are putting in can be hacked by a third party.
I was really surprised to see that Tankwatch.co.uk doesn’t have any informative pages like Return Policy, Delivery, Payment or Contact Us. In the bottom of the page there are just some tag lines like “Fast Shipping”, “No Sales tax”, or “Free Shipping Worldwide”, but no links for the pages that usually speak about the company’s policies. I find this highly unprofessional and a huge proof that the merchant can’t be trusted. I don’t think that you can trust an online store that doesn’t offer transparency and coherent information about its products and services. This place doesn’t say a thing about its return policy. Does it offer one? Can you return the replica watch for a refund or replacement if you are not satisfied? If it breaks, does it have a free repairs warranty?
Regarding its customer services these do not seem to be any better than the rest of the services it provides. The problem is that the website offers only unreliable communication options such as a livechatmail.com email account, a Skype account for live chat conversations and a phone number that can be used just for sending text messages, but not for calling the company. From what I can tell, this is a Chinese supplier of replica watches that doesn’t have a professional team of customer care agents that are able to speak English properly and respond to the customer’s inquiries in the proper manner.
Tankwatch.co.uk is just another unreliable source of poor quality replica watches that isn’t able to provide decent services to its customers. Except the fact that the prices are affordable and the delivery is free there are no other pros for buying from this company. The product pictures do not have the store’s watermark, the credit card processing page is unsecured, it doesn’t say a thing about the return or repairs policies and the customer service is highly unprofessional.