You can already buy a fake Apple Watch for just $35


Even a fake Apple Watch feels fashionable. Imagine what the real thing will be like. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Will the real Apple Watch please stand up? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAS VEGAS — I got an Apple Watch today, and it only costs 35 bucks.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015 It doesn’t have a functional Digital Crown, apps or even a touchscreen. But it looks exactly like an Apple Watch, and in the land of Vegas, where appearance is everything, that’s all that matters.

“We took the Apple Watch and made a few tiny changes so Apple won’t get mad,” Oplus Tek‘s Lily Yin told Cult of Mac when asked about the inspiration behind its new timepiece.

Oplus Tek is based in the same district of Shenzhen, China, as Apple supplier Foxconn, only instead of waiting for the genuine Apple Watch to roll off production lines, Oplus Tek and other small-time Chinese gadget makers are at International CES to show off their genuine knockoffs.

Hidden in the back, unexplored corners of the CES expo floor, you can find an entire array of Apple Watch knockoffs, ranging from impressive reproductions that include the Apple Watch’s bubbly UI, to the simplest copycats that only tell time.

The unit Oplus Tek gave us doesn’t have much functionality to go with its tiny 240-by-240-pixel display, but you can pair it to your phone to answer calls. It also packs a pedometer, an altitude meter and an alarm. It comes with the same style band as an Apple Watch and, while it doesn’t have the same sensors on the bottom, they designed its charger on the bottom to look just like the Apple Watch.


If you can’t wait until March to slap an actual Apple Watch on your wrist, or just want to trick all your friends into thinking you’ve got an inside connection to Cupertino, you can grab your own cheap knockoff from Oplus Tek’s Alibaba page.

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  • CelestialTerrestrial

    Some cheap Apple wannabe. Like they already know that Apple won’t get mad at them? Yeah, right. What a bunch of BS some of these people come up with. I’d be embarrassed to market something like this. It screams blatant copy.

    Look at the UI, TOTAL copy. I’m sure Apple’s attorney’s are going to be working this weekend and a lawsuit is forthcoming.

    • BusterH

      it IS a blatant copy. That is what they advertise it as – a watch that looks like Apple Watch, minus the functionality and huge price tag

      • earth

        Apple Watch shows notifications, email and heart rate, it’s clearly a blatant ripoff of existing smartwatches.

    • rogifan

      It’s China. What can Apple possibly do about it?

      • A Big Sarcastic Fairy!

        Stop buying Chinese take-away?

      • bob

        Overseas Chinese want nothing to do with those commies

  • Far Pelito

    This will cause more than a little handbag clutching at Cuper-whats-its face. Brilliant.