Omega, a brand synonymous with sophisticated style and exquisite watchmaking, offers some of the most functional and complicated watches available—without ever sacrificing quality or style. As the first watch to visit the moon, Omegas are recognized among the most durable watches in the industry.
While replicating classic models like the Seamaster or the Speedmaster, counterfeiters attempt to cash in on the brand’s image of endurance—going as far as emulating tiny details that the average person wouldn’t notice. If you’re interested in buying an Omega watch, make sure you know what to look for. Follow this guide to understand the difference between a real Omega and a counterfeit.
Make sure everything is spelled correctly and evenly spaced on the dial. Does the design show a close attention to detail or are there are errors? Spelling or engraving mistakes are obvious giveaways that it’s a fake Omega.
Most luxury watch brands, including Omega, design their watches with Swiss movements. Because of this, the second hand should have a smooth, fluid motion without making the ticking sound of Quartz watches. If you can hear the watch tick or notice that the second hand stutters along, you can bet it’s fake.
Also, don’t forget to test the adjustment capabilities of the crown. When adjusting the time, the second hand on an authentic Omega should stop to ensure accuracy. With fake Omegas, however, the second hand continues moving, even while adjusting the time.
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Omegas watches are equipped with reflective surfaces called lumes, which glow in the dark. That’s why the markers, the hands and the dot on the rotating bezel should all glow when you turn off the lights. Of course, a fake omega could still have lumes, but the glow would be sad compared to an original.
Holding it under a bright light for just fifteen minutes is all you need to test the watch. When you turn off the lights, it should be glowing bright and last for a significant amount of time.
In addition, Omegas have lumes that cover more surface area on the hands and markers than fake models—which typically only have thin lines
A seven- or eight-digit serial number, which correlates to the specific model, is stamped on every Omega. If you search this serial number, make sure it matches the watch exactly. Any discrepancies should raise a red flag.
Remember to also check where the number is located. Vintage models have it placed on the inside of the case back while modern watches have it placed on the bottom of one of the lugs.
As one of the brand’s most detailed and functional watches, the Omega Seamaster is certainly in high-demand. And that’s also why it falls among the most commonly counterfeited Omega models. Not only is it water-resistant up to 50 meters for diving purposes but it also includes a helium valve.
Forgers don’t have the time nor money to include extraneous features such as these. Therefore, if a watch advertised as an Omega is missing one, it’s clearly fake. And even if a watch does have one, it doesn’t mean it works.
On authentic Omega Seamaster watches, the valve is always in the same position; it should nearly hit the 10 o’clock mark. However, if the middle of the top of the valve aligns perfectly with the 10 o’clock, you’re probably holding an imitation.
If you’re looking at a watch with more than one crown position, but there aren’t any corresponding dials or they don’t work, it’s an imposter.
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