How to Spot a Replica Tag Heuer Watch

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How to Spot a Replica Tag Heuer Watch
Fine quality watches are copied all over the world. (watch image by petar Ishmeriev from

Identifying a fake Tag Heuer watch is not always easy. Watch knock-offs are made all over the world. Cheaply made Japanese replicas are sometimes a bit easier to spot, but Swiss replicas can require a trip to the jeweller to determine whether they are genuine. The best line of defence is to buy from a licensed Tag Heuer dealer, but if you must buy a watch from an untrusted source, there are a few signs to look for.

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  1. 1

    Hold the watch in your hand. Take note of the weight and study the craftsmanship. Note the detail of the dial, hands and watch band.

  2. 2

    Watch the movement of the hands. An authentic Tag Heuer will have a smooth movement of the second hand while cheap replicas will have a defined "tick." On an authentic watch, the second hand will appear to glide because the inner workings of the movement are actually ticking approximately eight times per second.

  3. 3

    Look at the printing on the watch's dial. Authentic watches have crisp lettering. If the lettering on the watch looks blurred or carelessly printed, walk away.

  4. 4

    Take the watch to a jewellery store. If you can't determine whether the watch is real or fake, ask a jeweller. He can look at the movements in far more detail.

Tips and warnings

  • The most important thing to listen to is your gut. If you have doubts regarding the authenticity of a Tag Heuer you're looking at, walk away. It's imperative to trust your jeweller and research the company you're buying from. Always use caution.
  • When approached on the street by someone carrying a box load of watches who swears to you that they are all real, walk away. It is highly unlikely that you are going to find a high quality watch for £13 on a street corner.

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