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Omega Seamaster Watches


Omega is a Swiss made watch based in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Omega was worn by NASA and was the first watch on the moon in 1969. It has also been the watch worn by James Bond since 1995. Along with it's popularity, it has attracted many reproductions. Look at the steps below to help determine if your watch is real or counterfeit.


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The first thing to do to authenticate your watch is just an overall quality check. Make sure everything looks perfect. There should be no flaws, alignment problems or misspellings.

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Next, you need to check the position of the helium escape valve. It should be positioned just north of the 10:00 position. We placed a line from the center of each watch, through the 10:00 position so you can clearly see that position.

So the helium valve should be just above the yellow line. As you can see, the helium valve on the real one is just above the line but the helium valve on the fake is just below it.

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Next, look at the lume (reflective) area of the hands. Notice that on the real one, they are nearly the entire width of the hand but on the fake, it is just a thin line.

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Next, check the position of the luminous dot on the top of the bezel. It should be exactly centered (left and right) inside the triangle.

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Next, if your watch has a date display, take a look at the numbers. They should be centered in the window. Make sure you check the single digits (1-9). Some of the fakes are very noticeable on the lower numbers.

Another thing to look for is the size of the numbers. They should take up almost all the window in the double digits.

If it doesn't look right, it's probably a fake.

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Next, pull the stem out to adjust the time. The second hand on a real one will stop. this is so you can set the watch to the second. May of the fakes do not.

Another thing to look for is the date movement. When changing the date, it should click every time the date advances.

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Next, look at the logo on the dial. This logo should be applied, not painted. It should be a separate piece of metal that is attached to the dial.

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Now you need to check the luminosity. Start by charging your watch. Place it in front of a light for at least 15 seconds, then immediately go to a dark place or shelter it from light. You should see all the lumes clear and bright.

The picture above, on the right shows the fake on the left. As you can see, the lumes can barely be seen.

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Next, look at the motion as the second hand moves. It should not move in one second steps. It should move in a motion of several steps per second which makes it look like it is moving in a continuous motion.

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And last, a real Omega will be stamped with their name on the inside like the picture above. You probably don't want to remove the back yourself if you're not a professional but if you have the time to take it to one, they can verify this for you.
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