Fake Watch Guide Part 2

Fake Watch Guide Continued

With 10 tips and tricks, it necessitated two articles!

Packed full of do's and don'ts, the last thing you want is to find out that you have a fake watch. After all, they nearly outnumber the Swiss Watch Industry's output by 1.5 each year!

Don't forget that this is the second part of the fake watch guide and there are even more things that you can learn from in Part 1. If you missed it then you can read it here: Fake Watch Guide Part 1 (2019).

So part 2 starts where part 1 ends and is designed to give you even more ways to ensure you're not about to buy, or in possession of, a fake watch!

6) Water Test

There is a disclaimer for the water test.

A huge test for a fake watch. The water test can expose the cheap quality and assembly of a fake watch. However, there's an issue with the water test. 

If the watch is indeed a fake and fails the water test, how do you return it? The watch will most likely be ruined.

It's easier for the watch to be thoroughly inspected by a professional. 

7) Serial Number

You read earlier about the quality of the engravings performed on luxury watches. 

You'll find that the serial number, in particular, is presented in such a way that it can shine in the light.

The difference is the detail. It won't be as clear and solid because the way in which counterfeit watchmakers perform engravings is far different to master watchmakers.

In addition to this, the metal they are engraving on would be of lesser quality too!

8) Movement

The movements in luxury watches just illustrate why they are so revered. Made up of thousands of parts, it's truly an art form! 

A replica can struggle to match the movements used in luxury watches because they do not have the know-how, tools and most importantly, time.

Counterfeit watchmakers are often subject to inhumane working conditions where the output is more important than quality.  

Furthermore, automatic or mechanical movements are popular among high-end watchmakers. You'll find that counterfeits will include quartz, second-hand ETAs or even Chinese Movements.

9) Bracelet Design

Watchmakers like Rolex are widely copied. This is because their watches are a status symbol and hugely popular. 

This creates the perfect breeding ground for a counterfeit watchmaker. However, Rolex and other watchmakers are renowned for their quality which covers every mm of the watch. 

They have their own in-house foundries, workshops and other elements of the production cycle which is kept in-house. 

For example, Rolex uses 904L Steel which is known to be the best on earth. Why? It's extremely resistant to corrosion and this illustrates the lengths they go through to ensure quality.

So, if the watch in question doesn't give the impression of a luxury watch, be alarmed.

10) Feel of the watch

Slightly a peculiar one but if you hold a fake watch, it may have all the hallmarks and bearings of what it's copying but it just doesn't feel right. 

You'll know when you hold a real and fake watch together.

Take particular attention to the smoothness and how it's just assembled perfectly, you can't fake that. 

It may feel like a Fiat Punto is masquerading as a Ferrari but you paid the price of a Peugeot. 

Final Words

How are counterfeit watches affecting the Swiss Watch industry? Well in 2017, the Swiss Watch market grew 2.7% and was worth CHF 19.9 billion and exports accounted for 24.3 million watches. 

It's clear that the market is back on the up but so too are counterfeit watches.

This guide is designed to give you ways to identify fake watches but also seek professional assistance and hopefully, you won't be robbed of the experience of buying that luxury watch you've dreamed of!

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