SPOTTING A FAKE LUXURY WATCH WITH AN UNTRAINED EYE

Luxury watches aren’t cheap. They are valued mainly for their design, material, technology, history, and of course, the status symbol they represent. Here at Garner Wallace, we always warn our customers about encountering fake luxury watches. Since they are everywhere and becoming more convincing in terms of appearance, more and more people are also getting fooled. Below are some tips on how you can spot an imitation.

Learn to Spot the Common Differences: Although counterfeit watches are made to look like the real deal, they are bound to have differences from the original. The key is to test them based on these factors.

  • Material – Since fake watches are cheaper, it is likely that they are made of different material and finishing. Check stores for the original and learn to compare their color.
  • Weight – Original luxury watches are usually heavier than fake ones. For instance, a Rolex watch is made of the finest material, so it will definitely feel heftier and solid on the hand. A fake can be surprisingly lighter and feel flimsy.
  • Engravings and Type Faces – Learn to have a keen eye on detail, especially on engravings, logo, and serial number. Low class counterfeits can have typographical errors, while better imitations have the numbers and the names correct, but are still written differently. Luxury watches generally have more pronounced engravings and clearer words and numbers since watchmakers have a specific instruments dedicated for that.
  • Sound – Learn to listen carefully to the ticking of the watch. If you generally hear them loud enough, then they might be counterfeit. Authentic watches run on smooth mechanism so its sound should be barely audible.
  • Movement – There is no chance that a counterfeit can beat the movement and performance of an authentic one. You can have a trusted watchmaker or expert check out its mechanism from the inside to see what’s really under the hood. Also, you can immediately tell a fake luxury watch if it’s not automatic. Only a handful of them are quartz.
  • Paperwork: Ask for all the documents of the watch, including certificate, receipt, serial numbers, manual, and box. This is greatly helpful especially when buying second hand models so you can determine their history.

Is the Deal Too Good to be True? If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Haggling or asking for discounts to save money is normal. However, if the sale or promo is too low, then it’s time to question the deal. If the watch for sale is not fake but is being sold at an incredibly low price, then it might have a defect or damage.

Visit our blog again soon for more information on authentic, quality watches. Our store is always open for those interested in jewelry, watch servicing and repair, and grandfather clocks in the following cities: Keller, Southlake, Westlake, Trophy Club, Colleyville, NRH, Roanoke, Haslet, Ft Worth, & Watauga. Have a nice day!

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