How to Spot a Fake from a Real watch


How to Spot a Fake from a Real watch?


Have you ever wondered how to spot a genuine watch from a fake one?  The article below explains the main things to look at when trying to identify a genuine watch.



The first thing to do, is to check the market price. It is highly unlikely that a 5000euro watch is sold at 10euro. If one receives the watch as a gift they must be realistic by asking themselves how much the person giving out the gift would presumably spend.

However, the producers of fake watches would try to get the maximum price for the fake. In fact, super fakes are on a rise in price as they are being manufactured in more detail due to the advancement in technology, to make them more credible and can be quite a deal to the producer who manages to sell it very close to a real one.

It is highly suggested that the person buying the watch is accompanied by a watch expert of trust as they can easily spot strange aspects. If on the other hand, the watch is bought online, as soon as one receives it they must have it checked at the watch expert of trust and why not, have it checked out at the authorized brand reseller or at the actual brand itself.



A fake watch is generally lighter than a real watch. This is due to inferior construction materials used in the fake.


Water Test

Fine watches that are sold as water proof or water resistant would remain intact if immersed in a glass of water and left there for a couple of minutes (check product specifications first) There would be no water leakages entering the dial neither forms of condensation. A fake watch would probably become wet and corroded. Other tests of durability can also be performed.



Compare it to a Real

Whenever this is possible, put the suspected fake near a real one.  Try to play the game – ‘spot the difference’ in standards – logo display, orthography, date magnifier, push buttons and general finish of the watch. The positioning of the model or serial number engraved is a very important issue to compare. Also, useless push buttons would never exist in a real model.




The real ones would have a fine and detailed finish as opposed with the fakes. The real watch would be manufactured in a state of the art factory and a lot of finishes would be done by hand and in a suitable environment as well as highly tested. A fake one would probably be done in less adequate conditions.





Many fine watches are produced with very accurate and precise instruments for proper time keeping. The second hand of a fake watch would be heard louder than that of a real one.  In general, fine watches are not heard ticking. The movement used in a real one is usually of finest quality.

Due to advanced technologies it is getting much more difficult to spot a replica from a real. Especially, if the watch costs a substantial amount of money it is highly suggestible to have it checked out by a professional and expert in the field.


Watchpile recommends expert Mr. Joseph Agius, owner of A. Agius, The Watch Dealer, Valletta, Malta, with over 50 years’ experience in the watch industry.

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