How to identify a fake watch

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2015-06-26 13:04:46

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How to identify a fake watch

The luxury watch market is sadly awash with fakes. These tips should help you identify counterfeits

How do I spot a fake watch? L Haden

Fake watches, especially the ones coming out of China, are now so well-crafted that buyers need to be on their guard more than ever.

There are a few key points to consider:

That long established second-hand test - a genuine luxury watch will have a sweeping second hand, a fake will judder (if only slightly) - still applies.

Top brands, such as Rolex, feature sapphire crystal on the face of the watch that only a diamond can scratch - so if you find your watch's face getting scratched over time, get your money back.

Counterfeit Rolex watchesWhich one is the fake? Answer, they all are

The date window in bona fide versions is perfectly centred over the date. In fakes it can appear less exact.

Examine the numbering and lettering on the bezel and dial - even the slightest imperfections or fuzziness mean yours is a fake. Swiss watch manufacturers have the most exacting of standards.

Be extra cautious of the Rolex brand, which is well known to be the most commonly faked brand. Among the best tests involves removing the bracelet - genuine examples should have the model and case number engraved on the side of the timepiece at the 12 and 6 positions.

As with other areas of collecting, common sense must always apply. Buy from a reputable dealer or auction house (one that offers you a lifetime guarantee).

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