Hublot’s Big Bang is probably the most known sports watch in this universe. The luxury Swiss watchmakers have always been an icon of modern sports, being the official time keepers of many sporting events from Formula 1 to the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Being a brand of such standing, it is only natural that many will choose to make fake Hublot watches. It is not always easy to tell the difference between the original and a fake, especially if you’re not a watch expert and don’t know how to open the back of the watch to inspect its movement. Here’s a little handy guide to help you spot a fake watch without having to get inside these beautiful timepieces.
From the outside, a fake Hublot will look very similar to the real thing:
Original Vs. Fake Hublot Watches
The differences can only be seen once you look closer. You can see that the numerals are not exactly the same font as the original and that the finishing of the internal indicators is not up to the brand’s usual standard. The printing quality of the Hublot logo is also poor, as you can see that the logo looks faded. The date window also does not clearly show the numbers.
Once you look even closer, the poor work done on the bezel is obvious. What is supposed to be crystal sapphire is actually glass and the screws holding the bezel are also asymmetric and the unclear date is also visible in this photo. Instead of being able to clearly recognize the number “13” in the date window, you can see “3” in the center and the “1” further along the edge.
On the sides of the watch, you can check the height of the lugs as well as the angle of the the curve as seen in the pictures below. In the fake version, the angle of curve is great, and the height of the watch case is larger. The original watch case is slimmer and the rubber strap is at less of an angle from the dial.
Fake Hublots will also have a far inferior crown, as you can see that the crown on an authentic piece is much sharper and more detailed.
The final difference that you can spot without having to open the back case and investigate the movement is in the folding clasp and the rubber bands. Although you would need special equipment to be able to study the quality of the rubber, you could still make do by checking the quality of the logo imprints on the rubber. If it’s unclear, it’s a fake! Also, the clasp on the fake watch is very lightly engraved with the logo, which doesn’t match up to the distinctive embossing of the original. The logo engraving on an original should also be of appropriate quality, with a proportional logo.
These are things that you must absolutely check if you are buying a Hublot from anywhere other than a designated dealer.
Of course, if you get the chance to open the case and check the movement, then you can be 100% sure of the authenticity of the watch, because most fakes come with poor quality movement.
In the example on the right, you can see that the plastic used to keep the movement in place is lower quality and is not branded. The rotor is not branded, the movement is not decorated, you can see many unpolished edges. In brief, even though the outside of this watch is a close replica of the Hublot, the inner workings on the movements is very low quality and could not fool any watch enthusiast.
So next time someone offers you a Hublot at 80% off, be sure to check all the details we shared with you. If you are still not 100% sure of its authenticity, then either take it to an expert if possible or simply, walk away.
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