Busting fake watches is his game and FakeWatchBuster is his name. Below, we interview the FakeWatchBuster himself, learning about the most common replica watches he sees, how to spot a fake watch for yourself, and what drives him to dishonor those people who wear and share fake timepieces. In writing “The Truth About Replica Watches,” you probably already know how I feel about fakes.
A sensation among pop culture followers and watch lovers alike, the mission of the anonymously named FakeWatchBuster is to call out people–mostly celebrities–who post pictures of themselves wearing fake and replica watches online, mostly on social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. The FakeWatchBuster does it with humor and he does it with wit, but he is also merciless in his delivery of justice. He calls himself the “horological Batman” and he is the hero in the night calling out the criminals of copying who would have you believe they are wearing authentic watches.
If anything, the FakeWatchBuster is a hero because he defends us against fake people. Does wearing a fake watch make you a bad person? Probably not as much as wearing a fake watch in order to convince your followers that you are richer or more successful than you actually are. A major target of the FakeWatchBuster’s attention are people and artists in the hip-hop community who attempt to brazenly share obnoxiously lavish (and arguably poor taste) lifestyles. Whether or not these individuals can afford these luxury items and lifestyles is not the issue. But, presenting these lifestyle examples to people via social media creates unrealistic expectations and cognitive dissonance in the people who want to be like them. Of course, people have been lying about their success for eons, that is only human nature and social media has only exacerbated people’s propensity to do so.
Truth seekers such as the FakeWatchBuster looking to help set the record straight have been around just as long. A few decades ago, these were people involved in investigative journalism. Today, people like the FakeWatchBuster, exploit their particular interests and expertise to cleverly and virally balance deception, by exposing the truth in a manner as fun for the public to digest as the lies the public wants to believe. It is perhaps particularly appropriate in this day and age for fake displays of wealth to be identified by status-laden timepieces.
Whether you are like me, and seek to delve deeper into the sociological significance of calling out poorly appointed pop culture symbols on their replica timepieces, or you just think it is fun to see people squirm when someone makes them answer for the fake watches they are wearing, the FakeWatchBuster is a worthy stop on your daily media consumption journey – especially for watch aficionados like us. aBlogtoWatch spoke with the FakeWatchBuster interviewing him about the most common fake watches and other advice from the defender of all that is horologically authentic.
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