Luxury watches are popular and valuable, but there are dishonest vendors who market fakes as genuine. You can protecour investment by taking proper precautions. We recommend the following:
- Look for a reasonable offer.
- Compare the product to known genuine items.
- Check markings, serial numbers, and other details.
- Buy only from a reputable source.
- Protect yourself during the purchase.
- Buy only if the watch comes with the original manufacturer’s materials.
- Check the watch carefully when it arrives.
Look for a reasonable offer. A little research will tell you if a deal is too good to be true. Is the price withd discounts, but real watches still have a price range that is predictable. If a watch looks like a real steal it may not be you who isstealing. (http://www.chrono24.com/ is a great site to manually compare)
Compare the product to known genuine items. Many fakes come from sources that use the same few internal parts, and then mark them with a variety of brand names. Unfamiliar buyers may be fooled, but even these watches will not match the legitimate items. Some watch collections change feas are usually minor. If the features youbly isn’t going to stay that color long after you buy it.
Here are some links to popular brands where you can see trustworthy images for comparison:
Audemars Piguet Breitling Cartier Longines Michael Kors Movado Omega Raymond Weil Tag Heuer Tissot Ulysse Nardin Zenith
Check markings, serial numbers and other details. Makers of fakes often fail to get the details correct. The mber may not match the manufacturer’s standard method.
Water-resistance ratings and markings may not match up to the genuine watch markings. Even something such as text on into place and is not genuine.
Check the appearance of crown, buttons, and the watch face to be sure they match exactly to the image available from the manufacturer. It isn’t cheap or easy to copy these details faithfully and fakes don’t come from high-cost manufacturing experts.
Some sources habitually spell things incorrectly, so read everything on the watch carefully. Find out what collectors and ails by visiting trustworthy blogs and forums such as these:
Chronocentric – Fake and Counterfeit Watches – This is an excellent and informative article on how to avoid getting burned when buying a watch.
TimeZone.com – Forums where watch enthusiasts offer expert advice on verifying authenticity and spotting fakes.
Buy only from a reputable source. This may seem obvious, but tales of woe often feature such obvious clues as a seller with litthat you can verify through independent third-party ratings. It only takes a few minutes to know if the seller has a good name. Check sources like Amazon, EBay, Price Grabber, and Yahoo ings. If someone bad buys a good business, the reputatinges over time. Be sure to do some general web searches on the seller’s name and web site. A couple of bad reviews doesn’t make them scam artists, buave plenty of bad press from unhappy customers that could serve as a warning to others.
Protect yourself during the purchase. Buy from a source that provides a warranty and accepts returns for a refund. Read the policies before you buy and make sure to check the length of time given to return an item and the restocking fee. Use a payment method that gives you recourse if there is a probline payment methods have different standards of proof and policies. Know them before your money leaves your hands. Use a traceable and reliable delivery method, and know how they handle loss or damage. You don’n line at the local post office to fill out a claim form, then waiting weeks while they do research. Have the watch delivered to you with a signature required insllowing it to be dropped at your residence while you are at work.
Check the watch carefully when it arrives. Make sure the packaging and documents match the manufacturer’s authentic materials and that you got it all. Resist tearing everything off and trying it on until you haved are sure things are right. Look the watch over carefully for any imperfections. Almost nobody wianufacturer’s stickers or tags and then discover a problem.
Bring the watch to an expert professional to be sized properly. If the finish is damaged by handlingkely to have the willingness or resources to replace your investment timepiece for the few bucks they charge to remove a link.
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