The fake watch trade is no doubt one big reason why watch manufacturers all over the world experience significant loss. These counterfeit watches gain acceptance for those who consciously buy them as ‘replicas’ or to consumers having no idea that they are purchasing counterfeit watches. Fake watches are often offered in an informal setup and are seldom put up for sale by retail dealers. And now, the internet is filled or supplied with fake watches. With fake watches, or “replicas” as they are now known, circulating rampantly in the market, detecting a fake watch is important to make sure you are purchasing a genuine timepiece.

woman holding a Rolex watch
woman holding a Rolex watch

Refraining from fakes is not that difficult if proper safety measures are taken. At a quick glance, they might look genuine, but taking a closer look and detailed examination you can see the difference. Elegant brands that come with high-priced tags are common targets of counterfeiters.

When it comes to a genuine Rolex, one noticeable thing that fakers cannot identically copy from an original is its heaviness. This is because fake watches are made of low cost and lighter materials. The smooth running mechanism of the real watch makes no hearable sound. You can conduct a basic test by dropping some water on the crystal surface of the watch. The water will bead collectively on genuine Rolex while the fake one which uses glasses will simply spread over. For more detailed examination, you may use a magnifying glass to see the tiny, but very clear Rolex crown etched just under the six that fakers cannot perfectly duplicate. The hologram sticker that you will find in genuine Rolex case backs is also an easy way of detecting a fake watch. The fakers can emulate hologram stickers, but if you look closer and see it on a lighted position you will notice it is not a true hologram.

Fakers have duplicated Panerais. Many of its counterfeits have E0117/1950 serial on the case back. So, if you see this serial number on the case back, you know the watch is a fake. Original Panerais have rougher straps while replicas have more embroidery stitch. Counterfeits use glass and not real crystal. Better test them in the dark. Fake ones are not as bright as the real one in darksome areas, more noticeable on the word Luminor.

The easiest way to determine if a pressumed Cartier watch is genuine or replica is to see the inside of the back casing. The genuine watch will have its brand name imprinted in the movement which fakers will not attempt to copy. Real Cartiers boast the scratchproof glass, which replicas do not possess. Real watches are quite heavier than the fake watches. Also, check the cabochon stone located on the winder, if it is not there, you know what it is.

With proper know-how of determining a fake watch, you can spot the difference between real watches and replicas. Of course, the best and proven way to make sure the watch you are purchasing is authentic is to buy it only at authorized dealers.

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