Luxury or Lie? How to Identify Genuine From Fake Watches

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  1. Gene Klodzen

    Gene Klodzen Super Moderator
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    Aug 24, 2000
    LUXURY OR LIE? How To Identify Genuine From Fake Watches

    COLUMBIA, PA: The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) has initiated a new educational course “Luxury or Lie? How To Identify Genuine From Fake Watches,” designed and developed by the National Watch and Clock Museum guest wristwatch curator and instructor Adam Harris, as a guide to detecting counterfeited or reworked luxury timepieces. The course includes an overview of watch types and appropriate terminology, establishing criteria for making judgments of authenticity based on comparative analysis. Participants will learn watch examination techniques and methods and how to apply the best critical detection skills to discern the genuine from the fake.

    Among other topics, the course will cover:

    · Historical chronology of the watch and understanding its complications
    · Watch terminology
    · Chronograph movements and ETA (VALJOUX) dials
    · Complications explained
    · Differences between “homage,” “Frankenstein,” “re-worked,” “fake,” and “super-fake” timepieces.
    · Best ways to identify the components of a GENUINE timepiece: the case (weight and finish), the dial and hands, the strap, the complication, and the movement.
    · Best methods to quickly reference a timepiece to its original manufacturer.
    · Tips to quickly identify the genuine from the fake: “Hands On” Fakes vs. “Genuine” vs. “Reworks.” Participants will be given a special tool (the “Litmus Test”) to determine very quickly (and without opening) the timepieces whether it is 100 percent genuine.

    This course will include the following watch brands/makers: Omega, Hublot, Rolex, Breitling, Cartier, Tag Heuer, Panerai, Bell & Ross, Patek, Montblanc, and Girard Perregaux.

    “After working in a pawn shop for some years, I realized how difficult it was to quickly and correctly differentiate a genuine piece from a fake… long gone are the days of cheap Chinese fakes and we are now being offered ‘Super Fakes’ that even defy the ability of the manufacturers to tell the difference,” said instructor Adam Harris. “The new course will reveal many of the major manufacturers’ counterfeit measures, some hidden, and some still unknown.
    Although it’s impossible to know every manufacturer and all their models, I’ve developed my own ‘Litmus Test’ that—in most types of timepiece—can immediately identify a fake.”
    Instructor Adam Harris was born in Scotland, lived in England, and retired to Spain. He has served as a guest wristwatch curator at the National Watch and Clock Museum from 2012 to 2015. He served as vice president of Fujitsu Europe before retiring to pursue horological study under Mme Cinette Robert, former owner of Dubey and Schaldenbrand, and Marcus Hardy of Vintage Jewelry. He has also acted as a guest appraiser in a pawn shop: Gold Rush. Adam’s large collection of more than 200 vintage watches has aided in his knowledge of appraising timepieces.

    “I am confident all attendees will leave with enough new knowledge to prevent future purchases of fake or re-worked watches,” continued Harris. “The course includes a follow-up webinar and one year of online support.”

    NAWCC Director of Education Katie Knaub was enthusiastic about the new offering. “The NAWCC Education Department is thrilled to offer this course for the first time. We have been working on the development of this course for some time with Adam and are excited to offer this as part of our educational training.”

    The cost for the full 2-1/2-day program is $1,250; an advance “early bird” registration rate of $1,000 is available for attendees who register before September 1, 2015. NAWCC Members may qualify for an additional discount rate of $900 if they register before September 1.

    This course will be held October 3-5, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, October 5. The program will be taught at the classroom facilities at NAWCC headquarters in Columbia, PA.

    Webinar Portion: After the on-site course ends, a follow-up Internet webinar session will be hosted for attendees during the week of November 9, 2015. In the webinar participants may ask further questions and share their experiences with fellow attendees after implementing the techniques learned in the course.

    Please note that class size is limited, so register early. The course itself includes hands-on instruction involving both the National Watch & Clock Museum collection as well as use of the NAWCC Library and Research Education Center.
    For further information and to register, contact Director of Education Katie Knaub at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or
    The NAWCC, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with close to 14,000 members, representing 52 countries. The NAWCC operates the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses a collection of over 12,000 timekeeping artifacts; horological school facilities, which provide educational seminars and training; and a Library and Research Center with over 5,000 cataloged references. To learn more about the NAWCC and affiliated organizations, visit ###
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