Fake, Franken or Flawless?

October 25, 2018 0 Comments

Hey, a ROLEX - is it fake?

The hottest question in the watch community: How can I be sure a watch is authentic?

This question is important and not very easy to answer - that's why it's so interesting. How can you tell if the watch you spent 2 months salaries on, is exactly what it claims to be?

In general, if you follow your instincts that should be a good start. If an offer is too good to be true, it probably is “too good to be true”. Even we at VintageCaliber have to invest a lot of time in research and testing to guarantee the watches we are dealing are authentic, and this is our main job! So don't blame yourself, if you aren't sure and have a hard time figuring it out.

Here's a brief rundown of the methods we are using:

First, we use the conventional testing methods. In addition to the visual inspection, these are the comparison of the installed parts with archive documentation, checks under UV light and an inspection with the Geiger counter.

As a more unconventional method, we are checking watches for traces of “work” and “fakes” by microscopic examination. Sometimes it makes sense to disassemble the watch completely and to examine the single parts separately in more detail. In some cases, a material type check may also be performed using non-destructive spectral analysis.

Experience obviously is also helpful. After holding hundreds of similar type watches in your own hands, over time you will get a 'sixth sense' of potential flaws and inconsistencies. However, you will never be done learning in this field. Every day you have opportunities to expand your experience and knowledge.

To cover this topic in an appropriate manner we created a dedicated video. Enjoy!

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