EXPOSED: Identifying Customised & Counterfeit Watches

  • Birmingham Assay Office
  • 10:00AM
  • £295+vat per person

This course is a combination of presentation combined with handling practical examples and is intended for those involved in either buying, authenticating or valuing watches whether as a business or for private interest.  This one day course will provide a detailed insight into fake watches and how to identify them, as well as examining watches that started out as authentic but have subsequently been modified. Delegates will understand the significance of after-market modifications and their impact on value.  The course provides 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity.

Fakes and Forgeries

  • The current state of the faking industry
  • The importance of experience – and how to obtain it
  • What to look for, with examples from the major commercial brands
  • Sources of information for research
  • The importance of checking the movement
  • Chinese copy movements


  • What are they? Do they have value and how do you spot them?

Customised Watches

  • Why watches are customised
  • Differing levels of customisation and their implications for service or sale
  • Spotting customisation
  • How to describe custom watches for resale
  • Renumbering and cloning

Valuing Watches

  • Finding the correct comparison
  • Basing your valuation on your disposal method
  • Variable depreciation by brand
  • Impact of aftermarket intervention on resale value
  • Rarities