Omega is a popular brand known to produce sophisticated and beautiful watches. The brand boasts the production of complicated and high-quality watches such as the Omega Seamaster, Constellation, De Vile Prestige, and many others.
Omega watches are also durable and sturdy. However, counterfeiters attempt to lure people by replicating Omega watches. The worst of it all, they imitate even the small things that are not easy to notice. If you are thinking of buying an Omega watch, ensure you are able to distinguish between fake and authentic ones. To help you, here are some of the things to look for to spot a fake Omega watch.
- The Hands
Most Omega watches are made with Swiss movements. As a result, the second had moves in a smooth sweeping motion, unlike the Quartz movement that produces a ticking sound per second. If you can hear a ticking sound on the hands of the Omega watch then it might be a fake one.
Another thing to check is the adjustment capabilities of the crown. When you pull it up to correct the time, the second hand on the watch should not move to maintain the precision. If it’s a fake Omega watch, the second hand will move as you adjust the time.
- The Dial
Examine to closely the dial to make sure there are no misspellings and there is a clean spacing. If you notice any spelling or engraving mistakes, then it may be a fake one.
- The Omega Logo
If it’s a genuine Omega watch, the logo should be a metal that is attached to the dial separately. Counterfeiters will paint the logo.
- The Lumes
Lumes are reflective surfaces on the Omega watches. The Lumes will shine when you are in a low light room. The glowing of the Lumes causes the hands, markers and the dot on the moving bezel to shine as well. Note that counterfeiters are able to put the Lumes but the glowing is not as sharp as that of the genuine Omega.
You just need to hold under a bright light then switch off the lights, you should be able to see it glowing brightly for some time.
The Omega Seamaster is one of the sophisticated models and that’s why it is one of the most faked Omega models. This watch model is waterproof up to 50 meters below sea level and also comes with a helium valve. Counterfeiters are unable to add all these features. So, if you happen to come across a watch claiming to be an Omega Seamaster and lacks these features, then it’s a fake one.
In addition, check to see whether the valve is in the right position. An authentic Omega Seamaster has the bottom of the valve pointing the 10 o’clock position. A fake one will have the top or the middle valve in line with the 10 o’clock.
- The Case
All the genuine Omega watches have stamps with a seven or eight digit serial number which represents that specific watch. In this case, if you notice that the serial number does not match the model of the watch, it’s a fake. The position of the serial number also matters a lot. A genuine old Omega will have its serial number engraved on the inside of the case back, but new models have the serial number engraved on the bottom on any side of the lugs. In addition, if you notice the watch has more crown positions with no dials or the dials are not functioning, that’s a fake one.
- The Date Complication
Counterfeiters aren’t able to fake the date windows of genuine Omega watches. Note that different brands have different kinds of date magnification lens. If you find a watch claiming to be an Omega and its date is not centered correctly in the window, that’s a counterfeit.
Having examined all the areas we have listed above, you can rest assured to buy a genuine Omega watch. But if you are still in doubts, you could head over to watch forums; especially on Omega watches to find out more about the watch. There are members in such groups who have bought Omega watches and will help you out.