I was just perusing through my local Craigslist and ran across this guy selling Breitling watches. His ad stated that he was selling them for $2300. He apparently had five of these to sell. Upon looking at down his post you could see he just snarfed pictures of Breitling watches from other online resources. Now ask yourself what are the odds that these watches are legit? Probably not very good.
How many people do you know of that own five Breitling watches and are selling them for half off through Craigslist? Now what he probably did was find a supplier for fake Breitling watches and he’s looking to take advantage of someone that doesn’t know how to tell the difference between a good fake and the real thing. That way he can make a huge profit very quickly. He can buy a good fake watch for under $200 or even under $100 and then resell it wrongly as the real thing and make a profit of $2000.
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The buyer will then find out that he has a fake when he goes to have any repair work done on it or if he tries to trade it in on another watch at a reputable dealer. He will be in for the shock of his life that he got taken with a fake watch through Craigs List. The simple answer here is that if you don’t know your watches or jewelry extremely well (as in you should either be a jeweler or a watch repair person or at least take one with you to look over the watch you want to buy) then you have no business buying expensive watches off of avenues that are rife with fakes like Craigslist. Buying an expensive watch off of Craigslist regardless of where you live is akin to buying one off of eBay.
Everybody knows that the majority of Rolex watches on eBay are fakes. Now there ae even fake lower rung watches like Seiko andBulova for sale on eBay and on craigslist. You have to be careful because there are two different types of fakes out there. There are poor quality fakes which are pretty easy to see and spot. Then there are also extremely good quality fakes that may take a watch expert to see the difference. Generally speaking, the highest quality fakes (also referred to as replicas) cost an average of $500.
The majority of people selling fakes out there are not selling these because they cost too much money and that greatly lowers their profits and returns. They tend to stick with the lower quality Japanese movement fakes. You can easily spot these are looking at the movement of the second hand. Go to a jewelry store and look at the original, non-fake, and you’ll see that it has a very smooth second hand. Then go to a discount store like Wal-Mart and look at the watches they have. The second hand will move the same on almost any quartz watch. If you see this same exact movement in an expensive watch that is a very good indication that you are looking at fake.
Another way to tell whether or not you’re looking at a fake is to take the band and look at it sideways. A lot of the cheaper fakes don’t even use solid stainless steel bands. They instead crib a stainless steel outer covering over a cheaper metal interior and you can see this in the side of the band. At any given time you can see several fake Seiko watches for sale on eBay with bands like this. Yet the seller will claim that they are authentic, but one look at the band tells you it is not and can’t be.
Seiko does not use fake stainless steel bands. Nor does Rolex, Bulova, Movado, Cartier, etc… So, next time you’re on craigslist and you see a good deal on an expensive watch it probably is too good to be true. If you must look at that watch be sure to bring someone that is very experienced in telling fakes from the real thing. My advice is to buy your watches from a reputable dealer instead because even if you were able to get one that’s not a fake, you don’t know the amount of care this watch has received and these things can be extremely expensive to fix and repair. So be warned and be wary of people selling expensive watches on Craigslist, Ebay and elsewhere.