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How to Check if Your Luxury Watch or Jewelry is Real

Buying luxury watches and jewelry is an investment. You want to make sure you’re getting the real deal and not being scammed with a fake. Here’s some tips on how to check for authenticity yourself before plunking down your hard-earned cash:

Examine the Craftsmanship

Quality craftsmanship is key for luxury brands. Examine your watch or jewelry piece closely under good lighting. Are the edges smooth or rough? Are pieces fitted together tightly with no gaps? Does the engraving look crisp and clear, not sloppy? Little details like this separate cheap knockoffs from the real McCoy.

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Research Identifying Marks

Most luxury brands have unique stamps, hallmarks, or serial numbers. Do some Googling to find out what markings or codes to look for with that brand. For example, Rolex has a crown logo etched onto the watch face. Cartier prints a serial number on the inside. Omega uses a hippocampus logo. If the marks don’t match what they should be, then it’s probably fake.

Weight it in Your Hand

A real luxury watch or jewelry piece will have some heft to it. Pick it up and gauge the weight in your palm. If it feels unexpectedly light for its size, that could indicate cheap metals like aluminum instead of gold, silver or platinum.

Examine the Movement

For watches specifically, open up the back and take a peek at the mechanism inside. Are the gears and springs intricate looking or kinda wonky? Swiss watches often have movements with blued steel, rubies, circular graining, Geneva stripes and other decorative touches that are hard to replicate cheaply. If it’s a quartz watch, the battery should be from a trusted brand.

Authentication Paperwork

When buying from a merchant, always ask for the original box, manuals, warranty card and receipt. Cross reference the serial numbers and model info. Call the brand to confirm the warranty is legit. Proper paperwork helps support authenticity.

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Bottom line – educating yourself on what to look for takes some time up front. But it helps avoid getting duped by empty knockoffs. Trust your gut, and if something seems sketchy, it probably is! Stick to reputable sellers with good return policies and documentation.

Some other helpful articles on spotting fake luxury items:

How to Tell If a Rolex is Fake

How to Spot Fake Designer Handbags

How to Tell If Diamonds Are Real

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