As many of the previous blog posts in this series have discussed, the market for replica Breitling’s is vast and constantly growing. But, there may come a point in time where you do wish to purchase a genuine Breitling, and if this is the case then you will want to be aware of easy ways to distinguish between a replica and the real article, this post will give you some advice as to what to look out for on the reverse of a watch you may be considering purchasing when distinguishing a replica Breitling from a genuine time piece.
With replica Breitling’s in the past, little attention used to be paid to how the reverse of the watch looked, or the caseback as it is known. This was due to the fact that quite rightly the manufacturers of replica watches of any brand thought that those purchasing would care little for the appearance of the rear of the watch as it would rarely, if ever, be on display. Also, paying little attention to the reverse of the watch ensured that production costs were kept to a minimum, allowing this saving to be passed onto the customer.
If you are trying to assess whether a Breitling is a replica or the genuine article then analysing the look of the caseback will help you greatly in your final decision. For example, often on many Breitling replicas which feature of the “turbine” design on the caseback, the actual vents will not be featured on a replica (shown below):
Other features of a replica which will identify a fake watch from the genuine article are the quality of the incision on the caseback. A genuine Breitling will often feature very deep and precise incisions on the reverse, a replica however will usually display relatively weak incisions dependent upon where who manufactured the watch. In addition to this, replica watches will also not be rounded to the same level of accuracy on the caseback than an original Breitling and it is fine details such as these which will allow you to identify a replica watch from an authentic item.
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