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Chanel -- the name alone conjures up fantasies of timeless glamor and luxury. If you're a fashion dreamer who has always yearned to get her hands on a chic Chanel timepiece, best beware as there are a many fakes on the market. Learn how to spot an impostor Chanel watch and snag a perfect, authentic piece with ease.
Use common sense. If detailing looks messy or cheap, odds are your watch is a fake. Look at the Chanel logo. It should always be centered. If the centering is off, you've probably got a counterfeit watch on your hands. Be sure to check the weight of the watch. Real luxury timepieces will feel heavy in your hand while impostors will generally feel much lighter.
Learn the qualities inherent of Chanel brand watches. Start by checking the rivets on the watch. Counterfeit Chanel watches generally have rivets on each link of the band. Chanel watches only have rivets on links next to the clasp. If your watch has too many rivets, you've bought a fake.
Every Chanel watch has a certificate of authenticity and two holograms included with their materials. Do understand that, if you're buying a used watch, there's a chance that some of the paperwork could have been lost. If your used watch doesn't come with all the paperwork, don't fret. Check it for other clues to rule out a counterfeit. If your watch does come with paperwork, you're likely good to go.
Be aware of the price. We all love a good deal, but if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Chanel watches retail for around $4,000 and higher. If you're buying your watch on an auction site, you should be able to buy it for less than retail; if the price is super cheap, however, it's probably best to pass it up. No one selling a real Chanel watch would let it go for a ridiculously discounted price.
If you're still not sure, visit an authenticator. You should be able to take your watch to any luxury jewelry store to have it appraised. Yes, it will cost you a little extra money, but when it comes to an expensive luxury watch, it's totally worth the bucks for many people. If you don't want to depend on a random jewelry store, take your watch right to the source and visit your closest Chanel boutique.