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How Do You Know if a Watch is Real or Fake?

December 27th, 2019
real or fake watch

Luxury watches of brands like Rolex, Cartier and Omega are globally accepted status symbols.

They are some of the most sought-after timepieces out there.

However, the higher demand paves the way for the counterfeit market. And, the market is indeed booming today.

Thus, it is foremost essential to verify authenticity before you buy or sell a watch.

In fact, when you plan to sell your watch, a potential buyer will verify your watch’s authenticity before making a price offer.

But:

While the demand for luxury watches is increasing, counterfeiters are becoming more advanced.

A fake watch may appear authentic with all its convincing capabilities.

It can be pretty tricky for an untrained eye to spot the differences. However, don’t fret!

Fortunately, some easy tricks can tell you right away whether a watch is real or fake. Let’s take a look!

• Feel the weight

 

A genuine luxury watch is made up of precious metal. Thus, the timepiece will typically feel more substantial.

On the contrary, a counterfeit watch is crafted of cheaper materials, making it significantly lighter in weight.

breitling watch dial

• Inspect the quality

 

High-end watch manufacturers use superior quality materials and instruments to design a watch.

All letters, markers or any engravings on a luxury watch are clear and legible.

If you find any letter hard to read or the finishing being slightly off, then you are probably dealing with a fake watch.

• Listen for ‘The Ticking’ sound

 

Hold your timepiece against your ear. Now, listen carefully. Do you hear any sound?

A luxury watch like of Rolex is made with hundreds of tiny, precisely designed moving parts.

Thus, the second hand moves so smoothly that it produces no ‘tick’ sound.

omega watch dial

• Examine the watch’s face

 

Fine watches are fitted with precious minerals like sapphire.

On the other hand, fake timepieces use mineral crystals for covering the watch’s face.

Here’s a quick tip for you:

Turn your watch on its side and check the colour through the clear casing.

Genuine watches that are made with sapphire flaunt a violet tint.

• Check the engravings

 

All engravings on an original watch will be precisely cut and not look deformed or sandy. They should be crisp and sharp.

However, a fake watch will display anything other than transparent engravings.

Sometimes, a fake watch can be easily spotted by comparing it with another similar watch. But others may require a trained eye to verify their authenticity.

If you want to check the authenticity of your Rolex watch, you may take it to any trusted watch buyers who buy authentic luxury watches.

While a professional watch dealer will certify your watch’ authenticity, he/she can also offer you an accurate valuation.

Thus, for those who are wondering “how to sell my watch” to a trusted watch buyer, here’s a simple step to follow:

Fill up our online form and get a free valuation shortly.

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