Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How to Spot Fake Luxury Watches

Patek Philippe, Tag Heuer, Omega, and Mont Blanc – these are luxury watches that the average man will save up for years just to own one. For the cautious buyer and for every timepiece collector planning to buy luxury watches such as Patek Philippe, here is a simple guide on how to spot fake high-end watches.
  • If the price sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Omega watches don’t sell for $150. Nor would Patek Philippe vintage collection watches fetch for $199. Luxury timepieces are usually handcrafted and manufactured with precision that a price range of $150-$300 won’t cover for the superior quality these watches can offer.
  • Authentic luxury watches have serial numbers on them. Manufacturers apply serial numbers to all their timepieces. Make sure that you see the serial number upon purchasing. As for online purchases, the supplier should likewise provide a serial number for the luxury watch.
  • Cross-reference the supplier you would like to purchase with the brand’s official website. Patek Philippe provides a detailed list of its authorized distributors around the world. In the case that the vendor is not listed in the brand’s official website, the vendor might be able to provide the buyer an authorization agent.
  • If you’re decided on what luxury watch to purchase, study the model. You may opt to personally visit stores who are authorized to sell or you can research the specifications and designonline. By familiarizing yourself with the bracelet style, clasps, and hands, you can prevent buying a replica instead of the original.
  • Fake watches are usually inferior to the original ones, just like any replica item. Check for badly reproduced logos or insignias. Replicas usually misspell the brand name as well so be sure to read the manufacturer’s name on the luxury watch you’re purchasing.
  • Check authenticity by securing all documents, especially a manufacturer’s guarantee and a signed warranty (if applicable). This is most important if you’re buying a pre-owned Patek Philippe watch as this will verify the watch’s validity.

    The Internet is a big place to sell any product, especially luxury items such as Patek Philippe timepieces. There are even websites dedicated to selling replicas of these ultimately expensive-yet-worth it high end watches. They may burn a hole in your pocket now, but these watches are surely investments that are worth every penny they cost.

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