Experienced pawn shop owner inspecting OMEGA wristwatch

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If you’re someone who wants their hands on an authentic OMEGA watch, you’re one of many. The OMEGA brand has been a much-loved, Swiss luxury and is known for creating timeless, unique, fascinatingly complicated timepieces. OMEGA watches are also known for making a statement in Hollywood and have even made it to the moon! But when it comes time to actually purchase one of these incredible timepieces, how do you know if you’re not actually snagging a fake OMEGA watch? Luckily, it can be fairly simple to tell an original OMEGA watch from a fake one. We’ll outline how below.

But First, Some Fascinating OMEGA Watch Facts!

Did you know that Buzz Aldrin wore the OMEGA Speedmaster during the first trip to the moon in 1969? NASA and OMEGA continue to work together to this day to create effective tools for future space missions.

Ringo Starr, a member of the much-loved group The Beatles, was also a huge OMEGA fan. He wore the Time Computer LED OMEGA watch that was made in 1973 and was one of OMEGA’s first LED watches ever made. Other popular celebrities that love the brand are Cindy Crawford (a long-standing OMEGA ambassador), Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Ryan Reynolds, Steven Carrell, Daniel Craig, and even Prince William.

Another interesting fact is that the OMEGA brand has been an official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932 and it will reprise its role yet again in the 2022 Olympics. Athletes that you’ll often see wearing OMEGA watches are Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel, Rory McIlroy, Dalilah Muhammad, and more.

How To Spot A Fake OMEGA Watch

Sometimes a fake watch isn’t always easy to spot, but when it comes to OMEGA watch authenticity, these are very classic, luxury timepieces that are handcrafted and unique, therefore, there are some very easy ways to tell a fake from a real OMEGA.

The OMEGA Logo, Dial & Hands

First thing’s first, look at the OMEGA logo. This logo is always a separate piece of metal that is attached to the dial. It should not be painted on or engraved. Check that everything else on the watch dial is spelled correctly too. Any spelling errors and you know for sure that you have a counterfeit watch on your hands.

Speaking of hands, the second hand should have a smooth and fluid movement so there is no ticking sound nor a stutter between movements like on quartz watches.

The Date

OMEGA watches have a perfected date window. Make sure the day and numbers evenly cover the space dedicated to them and that they’re centered perfectly. Fake OMEGA watches will have a hard time perfecting such a craft that Swiss makers have spent years on.

 

The Serial Number

Authentic OMEGA watches each have their own unique, 8-digit, serial number. Vintage models will have it engraved inside of the case back whereas modern OMEGA watches will have it engraved on the bottom of the lugs. You can search the serial number engraved and it will refer to your exact model, the date purchased, and the retailer’s name and address.

The Magnet Test

If you have a certified Master Chronometer, it will not be affected by magnetic fields. Every Master Chronometer has been expertly tested to ensure precision and magnetic resistance, therefore, if you place a magnet close to the timepiece and it stops ticking or functioning properly, you have a fake OMEGA on your hands.

The Valve

The OMEGA Seamaster is the most common, counterfeited watch, however, Seamaster watches are some of the best water-resistant, dive watches in the world. Professional divers wear these watches that are known for their helium escape valves; this allows trapped helium gas molecules to safely exit the watch case in a safe and controlled manner. These are fascinating pieces of technology that some fake OMEGA Seamaster watches don’t even include, or, will be placed in the wrong spot. On an OMEGA, the valve will also sit precisely at 10 o’clock.

Our Pawn Shop Only Sells The Real Deal

Located in Brampton, Ontario, our top-trusted pawn shops sell real OMEGA watches and other authentic watch brands that are beloved by many including Rolex, Movado, Breitling, and more. We can also help you spot a fake OMEGA when you bring it into our shop. Our experts know how to spot the differences between a real watch and a replica watch, especially when it comes to Seamasters and other OMEGA watches. You can also feel rest assured knowing that, before we place items for sale in our shop, we always carefully check for authenticity and that the timepieces are in perfect working condition so you get the most out of your purchase.