How to spot a fake

David Ho­gan of David Dug­gan Watches helps spare your eBay blushes

Australian T3 - - THE LORDS OF TIME -

1/ In­spect the strap Give the leather a lit­tle sniff – it should smell like the in­side of a lux­ury sport­scar. Metal­lic strap? Have a play with it and if there’s any give be­tween the links then it’s time to get sus­pi­cious.

2/ Watch the sec­ond hand very closely If there’s even a slightly jerky mo­tion you can stake money on it be­ing a fake. The best watch brand’s me­chan­ics are en­gi­neered to re­move all hints of jud­der.

3/ Check your text Turn it over and ex­am­ine the text de­tail on the dial with a mag­ni­fy­ing glass. A qual­ity watch will have pin-sharp text with no smudgy edges and, of course, no spell­ing mis­takes.

4/ Gen up on the mar­ket rate Rea­son­ably priced Rolex? That should set off alarm bells. Rolex is the most faked watch brand in the world, too, with its Sub­mariner the most copied.

5/ Re­search de­tails Rolex move­ments have many dif­fer­ently coloured parts, whereas fakes gen­er­ally don’t. The letters ETA (mak­ers of in­ter­nal watch parts) stamped on the rear is a sure sign of a dud, too.

6/ Know your ma­te­ri­als Omega is an­other pop­u­lar brand for coun­ter­feit­ers, so check how well the face and hands glow in the dark. Omega uses a sub­stance called Lu­miNova that eas­ily out­shines any fake.

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