Luxury or Lie? How to Identify Genuine Watches


June 10th, 2016

In early Spring, Dave decided to send some of his top employees to The National Watch and Clock Museums “Luxury or Lie? How to Identify Genuine Watches” course. After much consideration, he chose Chris, Kevin, and I to attend this mentally rigorous three-day course. Dave’s son Carl was supposed to go but couldn’t because he had a medical emergency (I suspect hemorrhoids).

The night before the course Chris, Kevin and I left Fredericksburg in my superb 2016 Toyota Camry. We arrived four hours and several wrong turns later. After we settled into our rooms we ordered food from a local pizzeria, the food was fantastic and thanks to Dave’s wallet it was also plentiful. (Shhh! Don’t tell Dave!)

The next morning we arrived at the National Watch and Clock Museum where we met our instructor Adam Harris. The course was fairly intense. We were given a 500 page manual that included everything we were going to cover during the course. Over the next three days we all learned more about watches than any of us ever thought we would. For example, in the early 2000’s Rolex started etching a small crown in the crystal above the 6 o’clock hour marker. Did you know that a Rolex Daytona is one of the hardest Rolex watches to fake? We certainly didn’t before this course.

During the final exam Chris scored 19/24, Kevin scored 23/24, and I scored 24/24. Adam was a great instructor and we definitely recommend his course to anyone who wishes to learn more about luxury watch authentication.

If anyone is in need of a high end luxury watch check out our website, we currently have several in stock. If you have any watches that you’re thinking about selling or getting a loan on bring it into one of our four locations.

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