Spotlight on: Omega Watches. How to spot a fake, and recognize an original Omega watch.
Omega is one of the most popular and coveted brands in the watch industry.
Well loved for its exceptional craftsmanship, advanced mechanisms,
and illustrious heritage, just about any watch collector wants an Omega watch.
This popularity comes with a drawback, however. The great demand for Omega
watches also means they are a favorite among counterfeiters.
It’s always best to have your Omega watch checked at authorized dealers,
but there are elements you can look for to avoid buying a fake Omega.
In the market for an Omega watch? Here’s what to look at, to ensure you're getting an original:
As sophisticated as some counterfeiters may be, they still make mistakes. Check for
any errors on the watch, such as spelling and engraving mistakes, which are quick giveaways.
Check the design of your desired Omega watch. In some cases,
the Omega logo is a piece of metal attached on the dial, in some cases it is painted on the dial.
The hands and markers of Omega watches are equipped with reflective material,
for better legibility. Try inspecting the watch in the dark for about 15 minutes.
A replica may still have lume, but it will not be as bright as an original Omega watch.
Inspect the date complication. Check that the date window is aligned to the center of the dial,
and that the numbers are stamped perfectly.
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Aside from the dial, Omega watches also have distinguishing features on the rest
of the watch's body. Counterfeiters often skip these features, to save on production costs.
Each Omega watch has a seven or eight digit number that is unique to the watch.
Check that it corresponds with the serial numbers of the exact model you desire.
Check the placement as well -- on vintage models, it is engraved on the inside of the case back,
while modern models will have it engraved on the bottom of the lugs.
Divers watches, such as Omega Seamaster or Planet Ocean,
will have a helium valve on the side of the case, that hits at 10 o'clock.
The crown position of the watch should also match the one on your desired model.
Depending on the model, an Omega watch can have a transparent case
back that shows the movement inside, or a metal case back with an Omega emblem,
and some words engraved. Check that these match your desired model.
Omega watches are equipped with Swiss movements.
This means that the seconds hand moves in a smooth, fluid motion, instead of stuttering
along. There should also be no ticking sound if the watch is powered by a mechanical movement.
Also try adjusting the time on the watch. When you pull up the crown to adjust the time, the seconds
hand should stop together with the minute and hour hands, to ensure the accuracy of the time.
Lastly, your best defense against buying a fake Omega, is to get your watch from
an established dealer. This will ensure that you only have genuine watches to choose from.
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