Luxury watches are easy targets for counterfeiters. The high price and social currency attributed to owning a luxury watch has created demand for lower cost versions and thus has flooded the market with fakes. If you are seeking an authentic piece and encounter a watch from an unauthorized party, here are some factors to keep in mind that a fake cannot replicate:
- Materials: The lower prices attributed to counterfeit watches are closely linked to the quality of its materials. Some low quality materials are immediately evident (i.e. plastic, fake leather, etc.) while others become more apparent over time. Be sure to cross-check the materials used by the brand before inspecting any prospective purchases by hand.
- Weight: Weight is often correlated with the quality of a watch’s materials and movement. A luxury watch that is unusually light may indicate the removal or replacement of expensive materials or components.
- Type faces and engraving: Luxury watch brands take pride in the precision and detail in their designs. Small details like fonts and engravings are sharper, cleaner, and specifically positioned on authentic pieces.
- Movement: The internal mechanisms of an authentic watch are always higher quality than those of a counterfeit. The craftsmanship put into the creation of an authentic movement results in smoother hand movements and, ultimately, a longer life.
- Sound: The sound a watch makes is an easy indicator of the internal quality of a luxury watch. The higher the quality of the movement, the quieter the ticks. An immediate red flag is a loud watch.
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