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When did copies become homages?

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When did copies become homages? I'm curious, how this came about? To me a homage is a watch that makes reference to another iconic watch, inspiration or repurposing a desirable feature or design. For example a watch with Oyster case and sterile dial with sword hands but with Fifty Fathom like bezel, to me that would be a homage to Fifty Fathom and possibly vintage military dive watches.

But I'm curious how the WUS or watch community has come to accept copies like Steinhart, Invicta Pro Diver, or Tissell Explorer as being homages, when in fact they are copies. Homage would be pay respecting to the original. This is just ripping off the original design.

I understand some people don't like homages of any kind. I'm OK with a watch that combines features from others, and apply some flair of their own. But I see so many straight copies that are called homages and I don't understand it, since they are clearly not homages, they are copies.

And some people also seem to not able to understand a copy and replica are no the same thing. I"m not saying Steinhart or Davaso make Rolex replicas, but they certainly are making Rolex copies.

To me calling these watches homages is an insult to other watches that are actually homages, as it puts a watch with interesting character of their own in the same basket with these lame copies.
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I cannot see where the feeling of oppression comes from
Well perhaps you could read back through all your own posts in the various homage threads?
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Until you provide referable evidence to this forum, you have no argument that Tylenol is fundamentally more effective than own-brand paracetamol, or whatever it is you call it over there. You cannot argue that Tylenol is fundamentally better unless you have a basis for that argument: "they might have better internal processes, although I don't know myself" is not an argument, but mere conjecture. Surely you see this?
I'm not sure Tylenol is a great example of quality control either. In 2010 they had to recall 53m bottles of contaminated tablets; this was 20 months after customers reported problems with a 'musty smell' when opening new bottles.
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