With the number of luxury brands increasing, the presence of fakes has increased. A case in point would be the watch industry which has been one of the main targets of the counterfeits industry and this has caused a lot of problems within the watch industry over the years. Gucci watches are one of the most replicated ones at the moment and you can see loads of replicas in the market these days. So, it is important to be wary while buying a Gucci watch because chances are you might even end up buying a fake one without ever realizing it.
This brings us to the question: how do you spot a fake Gucci watch? Are there any rules or tips one needs to follow so as to remain on the safer side?
Here are a few ways you can find out whether your Gucci watch is authentic or a fake:
● Look For Proof Of Purchase
The first and foremost thing you must do while buying a Gucci watch is check for the proof of purchase. Authentic Gucci watches bought from authentic stores like Ethos always come with a certificate of authenticity or an authenticity card. Check the serial number as well because Gucci watches come with their own markings that help determine their authenticity. So, before purchasing, try to contact the retailer and verify this information before you go ahead.
● Examine The Face Of The Watch - Small Details Matter
Luxury brands like Gucci offer perfection, in the sense that everything from the design to the movements is elegant. For instance, the dial contains uniformly spaced numbers. Any lack of uniformity would mean that you’ve got a fake watch on your hands. Also, study the hands, both minute and hour. All the Gucci watches come with Swiss quartz movement, which keep them running smoothly without any glitches. You’ll also find the words “Swiss Made” engraved under the 6 o'clock position, on the bottom of the watch.
● Check The Back
All Gucci watches have the Gucci name and the model number on the back panel. If you come across any name and a crest or just a crest, the watch you’re handling is most likely a fake. This is because authentic Gucci watches never feature any crest or name without any unique markings. Also, in a counterfeit you’ll find that the logos are a bit larger than the original. Don’t know how to differentiate? Check out the official Gucci page to acquaint yourself with the details or contact the nearest outlet.
● Feel The Weight
Gucci watches are usually made of solid materials like stainless steel, which make them slightly heavier than their fake counterparts. A small weight test would tell you more about the authenticity of the watch. Also, be sure to check the links because fakes tend to have hollow links while the real ones are made of the case material.
● If It’s Too Good To Be True, It Is!
Never fall prey to extremely low priced offers. If you are looking to buy a watch and don’t know its pricing, check the official Gucci page. Their prices are usually upwards of INR 43,000 or $650 dollars and can go up to lakhs of rupees. If someone’s selling you a Gucci watch at a rate lower than 35% of the actual retail price, be careful! It could just be a fake.
● Look At The Pictures
If you’re buying Gucci online, then examine the pictures in high resolution as thoroughly as possible because pictures speak louder than words. In case you feel the photos aren’t convincing enough, request for more photos from the site. Never jump into a purchase before you are absolutely convinced that the watch isn’t fake.
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