Counterfeit watches are easily passed as genuine. When buying a used watch or a new one from gray market seller, some brand are asking for more precaution as other.
Founded in 1848, Omega gained in popularity in the 60s with the space program and by 1970, they were the number one brand in front of Rolex.
Their logo is well known by watch-aficionado.
But in modern days, we are seeing some change in this logo. The “feet” of the Omega logo whet from having their “toes” up, to straight.
It’s a common mistake to misunderstand the gray market and the fake / replica, Gray market are selling authentic watches, but aren’t sold by authorized dealer. With the popularity of internet, a lot of store when with online shopping, offering product that they might not be authorized to sell online, if at all.
One of the easiest ways to tell if a watch is real or not is playing the “find the error” game. While some replica can be very close to the genuine, they always have error. The quality of the replica will make thing easier or harder.
Point covered in the “obvious flaws” and articles found on most web sites are usually based on the cheapest quality available.
Panerai watches are very hard to identify as real or counterfeit. The beauty of these watches resides in their simple look, which doesn’t cause much problem to replica watch factory. Even worst, Panerai is using for the vast majority of their watch, movement from ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse (ETA SA Swiss Watch Manufacturer) which are easy to buy from anyone nearly everywhere. That makes it so easy to replicate that even the movement look can’t be a sign of if you are about to buy a genuine Panerai or not.
There’s many articles on the web about « identifying » counterfeit watches. Amazon, eBay and other website that allows third party sellers to list items all have their guide about this. This is usually a good basic guide to simply telling you “hey, this might not be genuine”, but they often assume that you will come across the worst type of replica that basically anyone could spot from the other side of the street.
Fact is, replica watches factories are getting better and better and general observation doesn’t help you much to be sure that the watch you have seen for sale is the real deal you are looking for.
Many sites advise you about tip and trick to identify if your watch is real or not. They make a guide that is supposed to be foolproof, but base their advice on the worst kind of counterfeit you can find.
So here’s the top 6 lies that they pass you as truth