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The internet, and particularly the appearance of eBay in the mid-1990s, profoundly changed the world of watch collecting. Previously, collectors not lucky enough to inherit classic watches from relatives would have to prowl estate sales, pawn shops, auctions, watch collector shows, and vintage watch dealers. Research meant referencing obscure books, grainy photographs and trips to a trusted watchmaker who could open the back of a watch to look for telltale signs of fakes. Now there are countless websites, blogs and forums for collectors, with troves of useful information on almost any kind of watch imaginable. Interested in electric tuning fork watches? Railroad pocketwatches? How about East German military watches? Odds are there is a website, forum and online marketplace dedicated replica watches to each of them.
How to spot a fake watch Unfortunately, these websites are not only a great resource for collectors but also for those who endeavor to dupe collectors out of their thousands by making incredibly accurate fakes. The same information that helps a buyer determine what is authentic also helps the criminals make fakes looks authentic. There are various degrees of faking a watch and various methods, from simply calling a watch something Swiss Replica Watches it isn to staining a dial in tea to prematurely the luminous markers.
Since the difference between an issued military watch and a civilian version can often come down to military stock and issue numbers engraved on the caseback, and the difference in value can be in the thousands, the simplest way to fake a piece is to engrave the caseback. A diligent buyer will consult an expert not only in military watches but in the particular era, military and watch type to find out the nuances of fonts used and accurate issue engravings.
Another popular method of faking involves building a watch out of parts from different eras, such as a newer movement inside an older case — the aforementioned Frankenwatch. A buyer often can tell the difference unless he opens up the case and matches up movement and case serial numbers. This requires access to the watch or good authentic photographs and the relevant serial number information from the watch manufacturer. Some firms like Omega and IWC are very helpful, have saved records for over 100 years and will provide information to collectors. In other cases, the watch company might be long out of business, which makes authenticating a whole lot harder.
Have we scared you? Good. You be a smarter collector.
What the market will bear While we like to convince you that a vintage watch is a good investment in this era of uneasy stock markets, very few actually are. There are a handful of sure bets though. Vintage Rolex watches, defined by most as the ones made before the era of sapphire crystals, have commanded top dollar and continue to increase in value. A 1960s Submariner, which may have cost $200 new, is now worth over $5,000. The more rare references, such as the military or Comex Subs, command upward of $50,000 at auction. Vintage Patek Philippes are typically sure things as well. While never truly affordable to the average person, a Patek Nautilus bought in the mid- for a couple grand now will sell for upward of $50,000. Other makes, like Audemars Piguet and A. Lange S are also fine investments.