BENTLEY A25362 HOW CAN I TELL IF THIS IS REAL
Next to Rolex, I have heard that Breitling are one of the most counterfeited watches out there (which is illegal, and a serious problem not only for luxury/prestige watchmakers, but also luxury/prestige goods in general). It used to be that fakes were rather easy to spot, especially if one knew what the real deal looked like but counterfeiters/criminals are getting pretty good at their illegal trade these days, often using Swiss (ETA) movements such that the only way to tell for certain is to take your watch to a competent watchmaker --be it Breitling itself or an independent00and have them take the back off to have a look at the movement. There are many other tell tale signs which become rather apparent when you hold the real watch in your hands and compare it to the fake, often clear as night and day, but sometimes (more often than not) can just spot the differences when you visually examine a fake with a picture of the real thing. Also, questions to ask yourself: where did you acquire the watch? If from an authorised dealer, then it's genuine. If from a used watch dealer with a real shop, after reviewing their reputation as a seller (and reviewing it some more), then it's probably genuine--lots of good reputable dealers out there, but remember to do your homework not only on the watch but the dealer as well (this, because you're buying not only a product but also the seller. Different "grade scales" also when it comes to used, so want to know what exactly what it is that you are buying, and whether the seller stands behind what it is they sell, yes?). If it's from some fly by nighter on ebay, probably a fake. Another question to ask is how much did you pay for it? Was it a reasonable price (again, do your homework and see what it is you're interested in sells for, so that you know what a reasonable price is). Remember the old saying that if something seems to good to be true, it usually is? Still true. Without seeing pictures of the actual watch in question or knowing anything whatsoever about how it came to be in your possession (was it a gift? did you buy it and if so from who and at what price, etc.) it's impossible to give you anything other than general information as such, I'm afraid. That said, take it to a watchmaker and have them remove the back to look at the movement for you and/or pay for an authentication (worth every penny in my opinion; not only for peace of mind of course, but also insurance purposes as well :) Trust that this helps, and all the best.
on Aug 05, 2012