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    #31
    Originally posted by tayloreuph View Post
    Homage: unless there’s a strange reason for it, (like the Bulova Royal Oak copy) the homage watch looks fine, until another watch guy sees it. Similar to the way driving a Chrysler 300 looks like driving a Rolls Royce... until one pulls up next to you.
    From a design standpoint, you can get more mileage from an in house design than from an homage design. Homage is generally a ‘best fit’ scenario, where existing parts are crammed together with a dial and bezel that are close to correct. But the movement isn’t designed (usually) to fit that cases’ particulars, so movement rings are used, and the design aesthetic is a copied one.
    Unless the case dimensions are exact, your copy can look stretched or warped. The watch being hommaged (?) is usually iconic for a reason, mainly that it’s proportions are well balanced.
    Go for original designs, it might turn out to your benefit if the watch becomes a new classic!


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    The Chrysler 300 looks like a Chrysler, and I am not a car guy. I have also seen a RR 3 times in my life, so not really something to worry about.

    I agree that original designs can be good, but to rule out homages, especially on a budget, rules out a lot of watches, especially if you are looking at Chinese automatics. In the OP's case he is looking for something specific on a tight budget.

    Stylewise the Rodina looks fine, perhaps the movement doesn't fit the case, but is that really so bad? (Not a rhetorical question, I really have no idea what the downside to movement rings is)

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      #32
      Originally posted by ryn View Post

      Stylewise the Rodina looks fine, perhaps the movement doesn't fit the case, but is that really so bad? (Not a rhetorical question, I really have no idea what the downside to movement rings is)
      For a quick fashion watch, plastic isn’t bad, if you’re going to trash it after a few years. But a watch you want to hold onto, and spend what seems like a lot of money on, a metal movement ring is much more preferable. The plastic will break down, and with many hommage watches they try to keep a similar type movement, which is usually automatic. The movement isn’t quite as secure, since is probably a generic movement holder into a generic case shape, as many of these companies are doing the quick/cheap route. But if you’re spending a couple hundred bucks on a watch, you might want to pass it on. Metal wears better with the movement, is easier to fit, and repair.
      But at that price point, I still say you’re better with an original design over a hommage


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