How to spot fake Patek Philippe

Know if your Patek Philippe is real with our expert-made authentication guide. Compare your Patek side-by-side with our authentic vs fake images that help you stay away from fakes.

3 quickest ways to spot fake Patek Philippe

1. Date Wheel

Authentic Patek Philippe Watch:

  • The date number (e.g., “5”) is large, almost touching the top and bottom borders of the date window.
  • Numbers maintain consistent thickness.

Fake Watch:

  • The date number “11” is too small.
  • The fake number is also too thin.

2. Lugs

Authentic Watches:

  • Use a small, single link setting between the larger links that form the bracelet.
  • Consistency in link sizing with noticeable differences between them.

Fake Watches:

  • May sometimes miss the small link.
  • The replica links are smaller and uniform, lacking the variation seen in authentic watches.
  • Pay special attention to the first link below 6 o’clock.

3. Profile


  • The bezel has a thickness of 8.5-8.7mm (0.33-0.34 inches), maintaining a sleek profile.


  • The bezel is too big and thick.
  • The case is noticeably thicker than the authentic version.
  • This flaw is easily spotted when looking at the bottom of the fake Patek Philippe

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