First a short introduction; besides my brick and mortar watch specialty shop in The Hague, Netherlands, (Horloge Platform Nederland), I run a few watch related web sites (f.i. and Through these web sites I receive quite some watch related email as well of course. Here’s an example found in in my email today…

“Ik heb een redelijk goed imitaite horloge van het merk Rolex, gekocht in Japan; dit is een automaat. Nu loopt het horloge niet meer en mijn vraag is of dan de automaat echt kapot is en of dit een dure reparatie zou kunnen zijn? Jeffrey Veenma” – Original Dutch text

“I own a quite good replica of a Rolex, bought in Japan; it’s an automatic. Now it doesn’t run anymore and my question is if the automatic construction really broke down, and if this could be an expensive repair? Jeffrey Veenma” – Translated in English

I really don’t know what to answer the guy. If someone has an idea, please file under [comments] and I will send it through to him.


Gerard Nijenbrinks

Gerard Nijenbrinks

Gerard has been in the watch industry for over two decades now. He runs an on-line watch shop from The Hague, The Netherlands, and besides that he has journalistic and photographic activities in the field of watches. Collecting watches since he was six years old (true!) and triggered by a friend, he bought his first 'real' watch in the late eighties; an Omega Speedmaster Professional with glass back. This was the first watch of a nice, even today ever growing, collection.
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