Timepiece buyers should 'watch out for fakes'

First published: 27-07-2009

Fake watches are still making it over to the UK, with one expert telling the nation to keep their eyes peeled for counterfeit goods.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, founder of Trading4u.com Bradley McLoughlin said that bogus designer merchandise is getting more popular in the country, whether people know their goods are real or not.

He pointed to the popularity of chronograph watches, stating that many designs will not fully work should they be fake.

Furthermore, Mr McLoughlin said that mechanically-geared watches must always have a smoothly-moving seconds hand. This is because bogus Rolexes and Breitlings will regularly use quartz power, resulting in the seconds hand ticking instead.

Finally, if a leather strap has a "Made in..." tag on it, it is most likely fake, the expert concluded.

Last week, mechanical and quartz watches were scrutinised by Ariel Adams of the Examiner, who explained that high-end watches are regularly fitted with the textbook mechanical seconds hand, making it more desirable despite the method of timekeeping being less accurate.

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