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Is It The Real Deal? How To Spot A Fake Watch

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Americans spend about $9 million a year on watches. For most people, having a nice watch is something they view as a priority. With a great watch collection, you will be able to accessorize with ease.

One of the major concerns you should have when buying a new timepiece is staying on budget. Luxury watches can cost thousands of dollars. While the price tags on these luxury watches are high, they are built to last.

When going out to buy a new piece, you need to learn how to spot a fake watch. Often times, if a deal seems like it is too good to be true, it usually is.

Unfortunately, scammers are relentless when it comes to finding ways to rip off consumers. The last thing you want to do is pay a top-shelf price for a watch that isn’t worth it.

The following are some of the things you need to pay attention to when trying to spot a fake watch.

Pay Attention to the Ticking

The key to getting a great deal on a quality watch is doing your homework. Instead of trying to buy a watch sight unseen, you need to go in and get a firsthand look. Doing this will allow you to get a feel for what a watch has to offer and whether or not it is worth the money being asked for it.

If you are trying to determine whether or not a watch is fake, be sure to pay attention to the noises it makes. Luxury watches are built with small and perfectly crafted parts. This means these parts should make no noise while in operation.

Does the watch you are holding make a ticking noise during operation? If so, chances are you are in the presence of a fake.

Check For Obvious Mistakes

There are a number of obvious things you will probably notice when a watch is fake. Taking the time to go over the watch in question with a fine-toothed comb is vital. The time and energy invested in this type of inspection will definitely pay off.

As you look over the watch, pay attention to any mistakes that may be present. Often times, fake watches will have the name of the manufacturer misspelled or in the wrong font. If your gut tells you something just isn’t right with a watch, you need to avoid buying it at all costs.

If the watch seller acts like they are apprehensive to let you inspect their product, then this is an indication that something isn’t right. Instead of ignoring these warning signs, you need to view them as an indication that this is not the watch for you.

The Quality of the Lettering

The higher-end watches on the market are crafted by master watchmakers. These watchmakers are extremely meticulous and detail-oriented. As you look over the watch in question, pay attention to things like engravings and letterings.

If there is hard to read lettering or numbering on the case of the watch, it may be fake. The master watchmakers who construct these timepieces have precise engraving tools. These tools help them get clear and concise results.

Usually, muddled or hard to read engravings are due to inexperience. This means that if there are a number of engraving mistakes on a supposed “luxury” watch, you need to be wary of buying it. The last thing you want to do is waste your hard-earned money on a fake watch.

Assessing the Weight of the Watch

During the inspection of a potential watch purchase, you need to pick up the timepiece and hold it for a while. Most of the luxury watches on the market are crafted using precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum. These metals are usually heavy, which means the watch should have some weight to it.

Does the watch in question feel suspiciously light? If you answered yes, then you may have a fake on your hands. Some scammers will use a coating to resemble precious metals on their pieces.

If you are unsure about what the watch in question should weigh, you can always do some online research. In most cases, you can find this information with a simple Google search. Having this information beforehand can help you avoid getting ripped off.

Check Out the Face of the Watch

Luxury watchmakers use only the best materials to construct their timepieces. One of the best things you can do when trying to spot a fake is to look at the face of the watch. Often times, a luxury watch will feature sapphire face coverings.

The cheaper watches on the market use a mineral crystal as the covering. The best way to tell what is being used is by turning the watch on its side and looking at the color going through the dial.

If the covering is made from sapphire, you should notice a violet tint. If mineral crystals are being used, the tint color will be green. Covering all of your bases during the inspection of a watch can help you verify its legitimacy.

Consider the Source

Another important factor to consider when trying to spot a fake watch is who is selling it. Ideally, you want to work with a company known for providing authentic watches at a reasonable price.

If you are buying your watches in the alley behind a Whataburger, then you probably are going to get taken advantage of. Researching the various jewelers and watch retailers in your area can help you figure out which one can provide you with the best deal on what you want.

Learning How to Spot a Fake Watch Takes Time

Some people think they can learn how to spot a fake watch in a matter of hours. The truth is developing this skill can take years to perfect.

Are you looking for more advice on watches and other fashion accessories? If so, be sure to check out our article on eco-conscious style accessories.

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