Many people, including seasoned collectors, are confused when they try to distinguish between genuine and fake watches. Is it a trick? Don’t think of these words as synonyms. In this guide, you’ll learn about the huge difference between these two types of luxury fake watches and how it can help you become a more knowledgeable shopper and collector
A real watch is undisputed in origin, and not a replica or copy. This means that in order for something to be authentic, it has to be totally real. Authentic watches are genuine pieces from brands – think of the big players like Rolex, Tudor, Omega, Patek Philippe and more.
We use the word authentic in the industry to distinguish between genuine watches and fakes that are widely copied and sold. When the dealer gets the watch, the first thing they do is check the authenticity of the watch. As a buyer, you should do the same. As a buyer, the first step in ensuring that you get a real watch is to buy it directly from a brand or a trusted dealer who can make sure it’s genuine.
But how can you distinguish if a watch is authentic? Well, we’ve made some useful guides to help educate buyers and collectors – both on what’s real, and how to spot inauthentic details.
To be an original watch, a watch must be a real watch. Because when you see a watch listed as original, it means that it is a real watch from the brand and has not been updated or changed since it was made and initially sold. Sometimes in the industry, we also call the original watch an “honest” watch. When we look at used fake clocks, especially old ones, we usually look for originality. This means looking for the right factory-mounted parts, whether they are scratched, notched or faded.
We also look for things like custom details that were added after purchasing, like diamonds or enhanced bezels which were later-era additions and unoriginal to the piece. There are also a lot of buyers and collectors who will favor replica watches that have never had a polishing or servicing that could have stopped the natural aging process of the timepiece.
Decades ago, when people bought luxury watches like Rolex, it was perfectly normal for them to maintain, polish or spare parts. The problem is that while the company is using truly post-modern parts, they are still not the original parts or functions of the watch. Because this is a very common practice, if an antique watch is completely original, it is very special and valuable.