How to spot fake Audemars Piguet

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3 quickest ways to spot fake Audemars Piguet

1. Case Thickness

  • Authentic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (reference 15400) has a case thickness of 9.8mm (0.38 inches).
  • For other models, refer to Audemars Piguet’s official specifications.
  • Counterfeit AP Royal Oak watches often have a thicker case.
  • Fake versions of the 15400 model typically measure 10.5-11mm (0.41-0.43 inches) in thickness.

2. Tapisserie

  • Counterfeit Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches typically feature squares that are embossed abruptly, lacking smooth transitions.
  • The embossing on fakes appears crisper and more irregular.
  • Authentic Royal Oak watches boast smoothly embossed squares.
  • Genuine models display elegant and consistent square embossing, fading seamlessly, in contrast to fakes where squares are often too pronounced and lack uniformity.

3. Bezel Screws

  • The counterfeit watch features eight bezel screws varying in thickness, depth, and placement.
  • Some screws on the fake are engraved deeper than others.
  • However, the majority of screws on the counterfeit Royal Oak are not as deeply set as on the original.
  • The authentic watch maintains perfect symmetry and consistency in its screws, matching in depth, size, and width to the flathead screwdriver line.

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