How to Spot Replica Luxury Watches

A luxury watch is a stylish piece that looks sophisticated and that’s often viewed as a long-term investment option. Unfortunately, many first-time and inexperienced buyers don’t have the necessary skills to spot a fake. From brick-and-mortar stores to online, replica luxury watches are sold everywhere, so identifying faux items is all about being observant and paying attention to the most important details.

The Obvious Giveaways

Doing a bit of research about luxury watch brands will give you some ammunition in the fight against fakes.
Many replica luxury watches come with obvious errors that an observant person can easily spot. Peeling paint, scratches, a misspelled name and a modification in the logo are all indicative of a counterfeit product.

Luxury watch manufacturers must adhere to strict industry guidelines, and they use fine materials and precise movements in the creation of every single timepiece. Poor quality materials are easy to spot almost immediately. The same goes to movements that are either too slow or too fast. You would never experience such problems with an authentic timepiece.

A Funky Shape

Unusual shapes aren’t always indicative of a rare, luxurious timepiece. More often than not, this is a sign of replica luxury watches. 
Rectangular watches, for example, should never come with a squished dial. If the proportions seem to be unusual or some of the aesthetic symmetry is lost, you’re probably looking at a fake.

It’s also a good idea to find out whether the luxury manufacturer actually makes watches in a certain shape. Take a look at the collections and the stylistic cohesiveness of these timepieces. Most luxury brands have their signature. The timepieces always have a number of elements in common and these include the shape.Doing research can help you find out if an oddly-shaped watch is a part of a limited collection or if it’s simply a replica that’s pretending to be the real thing.

Know the Signs of a Fake for Each Brand

Replica luxury watches for each brand come with highly specific giveaways.
Omega fakes, for example, could have the logo printed on the watch. The real thing is always made either of stainless steel, white or yellow gold. The company doesn’t have a practice of printing the logo. In addition, the Lumi-Nova fluorescent paint used on the dial of Omega watches is very bright. Fakes may look somewhat dim during the night.

A fake Rolex will usually lack a registered design number (it should appear between the lugs). A bezel that doesn’t line up with the minute marker during movement is another giveaway. Original Rolex watches will always have a crown symbol etched into the glass at the six o’clock mark.

Let’s take a look at another popular luxury watch brand, TAGHeuer. Once again, Lumi-Nova will be used to make the elements on the dial glow in the dark. In addition, the company uses solely sapphire crystal glass. If the glass gets scratched, the watch is not an original. Finally, the TAGHeuer logo should be pressed into the steel of the watch’s crown. A replica will often have the logo glued on.

Final Tip: Check the Serial Number with the Manufacturer

A final thing you can do to spot a fake is contact the manufacturer directly. You’ll get tons of useful information that will simplify the task. If you’re getting a second hand or an auctioned watch, always check the serial number with the manufacturer. Companies maintain databases with these numbers and you’ll get information about authenticity, regardless of the age of the timepiece.

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