Casio’s G-Shock range of watches is extremely popular but fakes are unfortunately common, especially on websites such as eBay. Even if you’re buying from a physical shop, it’s worth doing some simple checks to ensure you’re getting what you’re paying for. The main trouble you’ll come across on auction site is poor-quality images, which makes it a little more difficult to determine if the product is genuine. If you’ve already bought a G-Shock and you’re worried that it’s fake, it may be difficult to get a refund. Unfortunately, sellers who knowingly sell fakes will often be uninterested in customer satisfaction.
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Find the model number for the watch you’re considering purchasing. The model number will start with a letter, and will be displayed on the back of the watch-case. Almost all real G-Shock watches will also come with a case. There will also be a partial model number engraved into the metallic back of the watch itself. Realistically, all good sellers will give you the model number anyway so you know what you’re buying. Search this on Casio’s website or on an independent site like Watch Shock (see Resources).
Look for “Casio” printed on both the front and the back of the watch. This isn’t always included on every G-Shock model watch, but it is on the vast majority, so this should be a red flag. Look above the dial in the centre on the front of the watch. Inspect the quality of the printing -- poor printing makes it more likely your watch is a fake. If the watch says “G-Sport” on it, it’s a fake because Casio doesn’t make watches under that name.
Compare the watch to photos of others of the same model. If you’ve been given a model number on a fake, it is likely to be pretty similar to the genuine watch. Closely scrutinise images from the internet and compare the layout of your own watch or the one you’re considering to it. Read the post on My G Shock (see Resources) to learn more about the characteristics of the different models. For example, Frogman G-Shocks never have analogue hands, or on DW-6900s the position of the “day” section of the display is always between the first and second small circle on the face. On fakes it will often be directly underneath the second circle.
Check the quality of the LCD display. Generally speaking, the display on genuine watches will be crisp, but on fakes the ghost-like image of the figure “8” will be visible even if some sections aren’t supposed to be illuminated. This may not be the case on higher-quality copies, but it’s a good indicator if you do notice it.
Look up the recommended retail price of the watch. If your specific model usually sells for anything over twice as much, chances are the G-Shock you’re considering or have bought isn’t real. Whilst it is possible for someone to sell one for very cheap, it’s extremely unlikely and should raise concerns. Live by the often-quoted motto, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
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