Markings Feb15

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The markings of a timepiece are ones of its most essential details. It represents the graphic form used for fulfilling the main function of a watch: the one of counting time. Even though the design and aesthetics of the markings available on a watch do not vary very much, or better said, do not have that many styling options, there are still some differences and particularities that are worth noticing. These particularities will help you spot the good replicas and prevent you from being fooled by a poor knock-off.

Please keep in mind that on a watch we can find two types of markings: the ones on the inner dial and the ones from the outside bezel. Both are very important and useful to its owner, and most important both should be extremely accurate on a replica you are considering buying.

I have selected as examples two iconic timepieces: a Rolex Submariner and a Hublot King Power Ayrton Senna. On the Rolex Submariner we will compare the accuracy of the white dot applied on the bezel above the 12 o’clock position. This is a very distinctive marking of the Rolex Submariner and even though at first glance it may seem like a very easy to clone part, it is actually not that simple. The original dot has a solid pure white color and it is surrounded by a silver metallic disc which is taller than the central white dot. On the replica the white dot has an ivory color and its shape is round, like it is half a pearl. More important, it doesn’t have the same tall metallic disc around it. Just by looking at the photos you can immediately conclude that the second one is a poorly made replica.

Authentic

Authentic

Fake

Fake

On the Hublot King Power Ayrton Senna the inner indexes are represented by big hour markers made from stainless steel with a rough and edgy brushed pattern, with yellow squared accents in the middle. There are also smaller minutes indexes which are colored in white and yellow. More precisely, the white markings are alternated by a sequence of three yellow smaller indexes. By comparison, on the replica Hublot the color scheme is quite simple. The markings are silver and white. There are no yellow accents whatsoever. Of course, this is a very big flaw which anyone can spot from the first moment. It doesn’t take a trained eye to tell that this is a replica.

Authentic

Authentic

Fake

Fake

I wouldn’t recommend to anyone buying a replica with incorrect dial and bezel markings. The indexes need to be correctly replicated because these serve to the most important purpose of a watch, the one of telling time. These will always be the first thing you see when you look at your replica and you need to be sure that they are perfect right to the smallest detail.