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Old Watches: Stylish, Classy - And Often Counterfeit

Old watches are like a piece of history, and when you use them, it's like you're using a part of the story directly in your body. The intricate and small engineering contained within is something of beauty, and for those who appreciate it, antique watches are a fashionable piece to wear. Others do not enjoy dressing the old clocks as much as they collect them and the stories and history that surround them. And still, others resell them, converting an orderly profit by investing them and selling them to other enthusiasts and collectors of vintage watches. Antique watches come in many shapes and sizes, but every time you buy one, you should keep in mind that some sellers are looking to sell fake copies of old watches (fakes) in the hope of making quick money while cheating on a fake product.

The best thing for you is to take a little time and educate yourself before buying: fake watches tend to use lighter and cheaper components; they typically do not have the bevelled logo as true antique luxury watches; and they do not have a serial number to verify in the official database of that particular surveillance company, which you can often consult on your own, online, with a quick search going to and typing the name of the watch company, followed by the words "serial number", and then click on one of the listings that appears that will give you the option to look up any serial number to see if it is authentic or a list of all the authentic see numbers of series in production.

It is best to get a lot of information about the watch you want to buy in advance when it comes to a seller and make a choice after everything has been verified and you are convinced that the watch is authentic. But, again, to be able to do that, you must first learn about the product and become familiar with it as much as you can, so you can see if it's a fake when you're shopping. or if it is the real and authentic product.

One more thing to keep in mind with antique watches is that they usually require a bit more maintenance than modern watches. On the one hand, you usually have to roll them up regularly. You should also take care of them better by keeping them cleaner than an ordinary modern watch due to the delicate internal system of gears and fine pieces housed inside the casing. If the interior gets dirty, a hose will suffice until you can clean it in a watch repair center. Older watches require a little more maintenance like this, but for many, they are worth more extra effort because of the character and charm they have over the army of plain and boring watches that are currently sold in stores. Just make sure that, if you are buying an antique watch, investigate first and make sure you get a genuine product without inadvertently supporting and spreading the black market industry of counterfeit watches.

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