Fake Omegas have been around for decades. These days, Thai and Chinese fakes have reached a quality that was unheard of back in the late nineteen sixties when this little beauty was spawned.
The pictures show a fake Omega 25 ‘Electra’ with an unbreakable mainspring, which, for these Russian made one jewel movements, was probably the only thing that was unbreakable.
During the cold war, the Russians would do anything for a bit of hard currency. They exported these pieces of junk to Hong Kong and circuitously to the U.S. and Italy where they were transformed into all sorts of brand name facsimiles.
This fake Electra is believed the be the handiwork of the ‘Honkies’, produced at a time when Hong Kong was not the sophisticated watch part manufacturing centre that it is today.
And just for good measure, below are a series of 1960s fake Constellations