How to spot fake Panerai

Guides showing how to authenticate your Panerai watch. Select your model and read a 2-minute-long guide made by expert Panerai authenticators!

3 quickest ways to spot fake Panerai

1. Dial


  • The dial text, including “PANERAI SUBMERSIBLE” and “AUTOMATIC 300m/1000ft,” is thin and refined.


  • The dial text is noticeably thicker.
  • Text for “PANERAI SUBMERSIBLE” and “AUTOMATIC 300m/1000ft” is overly thick.

2. Crown Guard


  • Features a prominent, well-crafted crown.


  • May lack a crown entirely or have a noticeably thinner one.
  • Lower-quality fake Panerai watches may not even have a crown guard.
  • If a crown is present, it’s often thinner than on authentic models

3. Crystal


  • From a side profile, the dial remains visible and readable when the watch is tilted at an angle.


  • The dial becomes illegible due to the presence of curvy lines, known as the “fisheye effect.”
  • The fake Panerai Luminor suffers from the “fisheye effect,” which distorts the window and makes the dial hard to read.

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