'Don't be fooled' by fake watch sales

First published: 01-09-2009

There are a number of fake watches in the current market, though these should be easily spotted by eagle-eyed investors, according to one expert.

The Examiner's Ariel Adams explained that sometimes it is simply a case of speaking to the seller as they can often be frank about the timepiece, though those who do not know if it is real or not are usually making a "thinly-veiled" statement that it is not true.

Seeing other buyer interest, particularly if the watch is at auction, is also another good sign that the watch is worthwhile or not as many will be able to tell if it is real or not, thus registering their interest accordingly.

Of course, if a traditionally expensive watch is very cheap, people should naturally be wary, Mr Adams continued.

He said: "Most people who have luxury watches know a bit about their value. That doesn't mean they are being stingy when unloading them but they would have to have head problems to be OK selling a watch they could get $5,000 for $200."

Last week, 10,000 counterfeit watches worth 15 million baht (£271,000) were seized by Thailand's Department of Special Investigation, according to the Bangkok Post, highlighting the lucrative business which is regularly exported to other countries.

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