Luxury and sophistication come with a heavy price tag that most of us are financially incapable of matching up to. But because the allure of opulence is irresistible, we all try in earnest to appear rich and wealthy, when in actual fact, we’re struggling to make ends meet. The Omega brand of luxurious watches has been around for almost 2 centuries. Being one of the oldest brand of watches, it doesn’t come as a shock that it’s one of the most sought after brand on a list that includes notables like Rolex. As such, it is a prime target of counterfeit manufacturers who try to take advantage of Omega’s apparent goodwill. Knowing a thing or two about the difference between a fake and an original will pt you in good stead financially. You may not be able to tell the difference from a mile away, but it will help you avoid needless embarrassment.

Poor Craftsmanship

Unless you’re a counterfeit manufacturer who’s gleaned off a few trade secrets about Omega’s craftsmanship as a former employee, then you’ll definitely miss a thing of two. Poorly executed engravings and designs are the best indication that your Omega is a fake. Because they make some of the finest watches in the world, they don’t make spelling errors or carry out messy engravings. Everything about your Omega should be flawless, intricate and elaborate. Check the dials, casing and back cover for any useful hints.

Verifiable Serial Numbers

Every original Omega comes with a unique serial number which is verifiable for purposes of checking for authenticity. Usually on the bottom part of the lugs -or in the case of a vintage, on the inside of the back casing- this is usually between 7 & 8 digits long. Before making a purchase, run the number through the internet database to be absolutely certain. Counterfeit manufacturers who’ve caught onto this endeavor to replicate the same serial number on different fake replica. Their hope is that you’ll be convinced of authenticity once you see it in the database. However, because every watch has a unique serial number, make sure that the model you have is the exact one that springs up when you carry out an online search.

Take It For A Spin

There was a time not so long ago when I was in the habit of losing my phone. It was so bad that I was able to know the difference between an original Nokia and a fake one. But that was because I had used almost every model to have come out and could tell -almost by instinct- the differences. Now, take the popular Seamaster for example. It’s said to be waterproof up to a depth of 50 meters. So, why not take your intended purchase for a swim. If it’s an original the seller won’t hesitate AT ALL, and it’ll still be functioning properly afterwards. It’s called the Seamaster for a reason, so it’s ideal to test the waters before jumping in.

Buying The Seller Instead Of The Watch

There wouldn’t be a clash between fake vs original if we all did the right thing and bought an Omega directly from the manufacturer. Besides being guaranteed of a 100% original, there’s the prospect of a getting a warranty against latent defects. A warranty is the best assurance that you can get a replacement if something goes wrong.

Luxurious brands like Omega cost a lot of money. So unless you’re Bill Gates, it’s going to hurt you financially and emotionally when you discover that your new Omega is a fake. Following these tips should help you avoid that expensive counterfeit, after all, they can’t sell it for peanuts just because it’s a fake. Price is all part of the con.