"Very poor" counterfeit Casio watches seized

First published: 08-07-2009

A raid organised by watchmaker Casio and the Department of Economic Development (DED) in the UAE has resulted in the seizure of 3,000 counterfeit timepieces.

The watches seized were of "very poor quality", a Casio representative told AME Info, highlighting the need for such raids to protect consumers as much as the Casio watch brand.

Casio cooperated with the Commercial and Consumer Compliance Section of the DED in its investigations.

Masao Koyama, brand management section manager of intellectual property at Casio Computer, explained that the fake Casio watches "were not even functioning properly".

He said: "Honest consumers are being duped by untruthful individuals into acquiring inferior goods masquerading as quality items."

Earlier this year, battery manufacturer Maxell announced that a range of fake batteries used for watches bearing the brand name were being sold around the globe.

Both the packaging and the silver oxide battery itself were thought to be counterfeit, with tests revealing that the items are likely to be alkaline button batteries, which posing a higher leakage risk to watch wearers.

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