How to spot fake Breitling

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3 quickest ways to spot fake Breitling

1. Date Wheel


  • The date wheel on the fake Breitling Navitimer is sunken, creating the appearance of a hole in the dial.
  • This results in a thicker overall appearance of the dial, particularly when moving the sub-dial from 12 to 3 o’clock.
  • This flaw arises from the replica mechanism not fitting the Navitimer case as perfectly as the genuine one.


  • The genuine Breitling Navitimer has the date wheel patch positioned closer to the dial window, avoiding a sunken or “pothole” appearance.

2. Sub-Dials


  • Sub-dials on replica Breitling Navitimer watches push up to the margin indices, a flaw not found in genuine watches.
  • This means that replica watches often have misplaced sub-dials that touch the margin indices.


  • Genuine Breitling Navitimer watches have evenly placed sub-dials that do not merge with the margin indices.

3. Thickness


  • The overall appearance of the fake watch is bulky and oversized.


  • The genuine watch has a thinner and smaller profile from top to bottom. For specific Breitling models, you can find official case thickness specifications online.

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