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Selecting a Quality Wrist Watch

Updated on January 22, 2013

The Genuine Article

When you are shopping for a piece of jewelry or a Breitling designer watch, you want to know if it is real or fake. Unless you are an expert, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to look for exactly. The item may look like it is of high quality and could have the brand logo in the right place, but it could possibly be a replica. There are signs that an antique is really an antique like a Hallmark or a serial number. It is the same with a branded watch. When purchasing a Breitling for example, you would expect it to come with a certificate to show its authenticity. There will be papers to show the manufacturer's details, a reference number and a name and address to contact. If the serial number which is engraved on the watch matches up with the manufacturer's records, you know it is the real thing.

Consider the Cost

When you first come face to face with your chosen item, you may want to check the watch over first before feeling the need to make the call. If the price is not realistic, then you should question it. A Breitling watch does not come cheap. There are many models, so do your homework and research prices so you know what you should expect. A ladies Breitling Colt Oceane can start at around $6,000. A men's Automatic Chronograph watch, such as the Breitling Motors T Caliber 25B can cost just under $10,000. The price varies on the size and model and details. Take into consideration the materials used in the particular one you want, such as diamonds or a mix in metals, as well as different functions.

Check for Details

When shopping for your watch, feel the weight. It should be of high quality and feel heavy. The strap should be in mint condition with no breaks. The materials used are strong and sturdy as they are designed to last you a lifetime. The watch face should also be of high standard. The logo will be unique, although it can be hard to tell the difference with some very clever fakes. The hands will be precise and there will be small details to look out for, as well as ensuring the winder runs smoothly.

Ask an Expert

Where ever you are shopping from, always try to get some second opinions. While main high street jeweler stores would be trusted on name alone, smaller stores or online services may require a little investigation. Check online reviews and forums for other opinions. People will be honest and rate the site or store accordingly. If you are shopping online, make sure you speak to someone before you go ahead and fill your shopping cart. If there is a telephone number then ring it and make sure you are dealing with someone in the know.

It may be an idea to speak to a varied number of dealers. They are experts in their field and should be able to give you some basic advice. They may even give you some tips on the best or most popular watch to purchase.

Do not be afraid to ask questions. It is your money after all. If you have very little knowledge about Breitlings, make sure you know what you want and know what to look for before taking the plunge. It is okay to be cautious when making an investment or buying a gift, so try to resist the temptation to make a rush decision on a deal which looks too good to be true.


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      Emma Kisby 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi alisha and ChristyWrites - When buying an expensive designer watch it is so important to get it right. It's an investment and a keepsake, so ask away and do loads of research on your particular model!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I agree about not being scared to ask questions - they have the answers after all!

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      alishathomas 6 years ago from USA, colorado

      Emma I liked your wrist watches tips. I loved the way to tell us the difference between a fake watch or an original one. Thanks