Many of us have saved up and splurged with expensive trips, clothes and jewelery. But even when we consider a purchase that would classify as a luxury, we still seek out bargains. And in many cases, if it's too good to be true, as the old saying goes, it probably is. Some of the most prevalent luxury items that are counterfeited are watches. Within that category, there is not a more elegant and classic timepiece than an Omega watch. Caveat emptor was never more necessary than for this item.
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Educate yourself on price. Ensure the watch you are buying is not priced too low -- between £6 and £97 would be considered low for an Omega. A good place to start learning about these watches is Omegawatches.com, which includes an online catalogue, high-resolution photos and pricing.
Look at the watch specifically for known signs of fake Omegas. Many Omega replicas have print on them that is fuzzy or hard to read. Some dials on fake Omegas are not as luminous as the real thing, and some have misspelled words. Quality control is non-existent for replica watches, which is why dust, fingerprints and hair have been known to be found underneath the crystal of fake Omegas. Inquire about the lifespan of the watch or watches for sale; it should go beyond the two-to-three year mark. Anything less than that is most likely a replica Omega. According to the website Chronocentric.com, "Modern Omega watches have an eight-digit serial number laser etched on the outside of the watch -- usually on the back of one of the lugs or on the back of the case. On older Omega watches, the number is still eight digits but almost always inside the watch, engraved into the movement." You can find out if the serial number is valid by double checking it with the manufacturer.
Ask questions and study the product sheets offered by Omega to fully understand the watch, what it does and how best to identify it before making a purchase. Low prices below 50 per cent of retail and shoddy details are all red flags when it comes to spotting a replica Omega. Trust your instinct and only buy what feels right. Walk away if you suspect something is a fake.
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- If you would like to see photos of fake Omegas and other watches, a "rogues gallery" can be found at Chronocentric.com.
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