How To Spot Fake Omega Speedmaster (2024)

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

If you are looking to learn how to spot fake Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch watches, you are in the right place.

Just by reading our real vs fake Omega Speedmaster article, you are going to see the best and the most important differences between the authentic and the top replica items.

Throughout the fake vs real Omega Speedmaster guide, we are going to sort every step individually from the most important to the least important spots.

Speaking of which, along with every step of the guide on how to spot fake Omega Speedmaster watches, we will link reference genuine vs replica Omega Speedmaster images so that every piece of information will be clear and easily understandable.

Below these authentic vs replica Omega Speedmaster images, we will explain the highlighted flaws of the fake watches, as well as what the authentic watches should look like.

Now that it is clear what we are going to talk about, let’s proceed to the actual guide on how to authenticate the Omega Speedmaster.

Since you’re an Omega enjoyer, why not have a read on how to a spot fake Omega Seamaster as well?

How to tell if your Omega Speedmaster is fake

The best way to spot fake Omega Speedmaster watches is to look at the movement because the authentic pieces are mechanical, and most of the fake ones are quartz watches. Remember to also look at the sub-dials, as the fake watches have their sub-dials printed instead of being recessed into the dial.

Furthermore, because of the replicated mechanisms, the spaces between the sub-dials on the fake item do not correspond with those that can be found on the genuine item.

1. Movement

  • The authentic watch makes a sound that is a “click”, and that makes the seconds’ hand move several times in between the passing of a second.
    • The seconds hand will move exactly once in between the passing of a second.
  • The fake watch makes a sound like a “tick-tock” from one second to another, and that’s something you’ll never see and hear on an authentic watch.
  • This, of course, has to do with the quartz mechanism being used in a large number of replicas.

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2. Sub-dials

  • The fake watch has its sub-dials placed too far one from another.
  • The fake sub-dials look like they were painted on the main dial, with no embossment when it comes to the sub-dials margins.

The legitimate Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch has its sub-dials margins embossed on the main dial. Furthermore, the content of the sub-dials looks different and of higher quality than those that can be found on the replica item.

Here’s another comparison:

  • The fake watch does not have its sub-dial margins embossed on the main dial.

Keep in mind that this is one of these flaws that authentic watches will never present, as it is a really good trust factor of authenticity.

3. Dial

  • A flaw that may seem obvious is that the fake watches sometimes don’t present the right inscription.
  • A number of replica items available on the market are presenting the “Seamaster” inscription on the dial, which… is not the right inscription, since we’re talking about a “Speedmaster” model.

With this being said, remember that you are authenticating the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch and not the Seamaster series.

Let’s look at another comparison:

  • The fake watch has its inscriptions at the wrong thickness.
  • The fake watch has its “PROFESSIONAL” text using a different font than the authentic watch.
    • This flaw is the easiest visible if you look at the “PROFESSIONAL” text, where you can notice how the fake watch has its letters too thick.
  • At 12 o’clock, you will see that the font and its size are totally different than the one that can be found on the genuine Omega Speedmaster.

4. Dial spacing

4.1. Top markers

  • The fake watch has its markers improperly positioned.
  • The fake Speedmaster has its markers too close to the dial’s margin.

In fact, this tell has to do again with the replica watch’s movement that does not replicate the genuine one and obliges the manufacturers to “squeeze” all the elements on the watch’s dial.

The authentic markers are bigger in size. They are also placed at a larger distance from the rehaut than the fake watch’s markers.

4.2. Bottom markers

  • The fake watch still has its markers smaller, thicker and placed too close to the rehaut.
  • You can also notice the “SWISS MADE” text that looks very squeezed in that empty area.

Looking at the authentic watch, you can see how its markers are bigger and thinner, as well as how there is more blank space from the bottom of the markers to the rehaut.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

5. Bezel

5.1. Numbers

  • The fake Omega watch has all of its inscriptions at the wrong thickness.
    • The counterfeit-produced Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch has its “60” inscription at the top looking too thick, and all of the other numbers looking too thin.
    • Back to the authentic Omega, you can notice how all of its inscriptions are at the same font weight, and no number is thicker or thinner than the other.
  • Another flaw that we’ve spotted on the fake watch’s numbers is that they are misplaced.
    • If you look at the fake Omega Speedmaster’s “500” text, you can notice how it looks a bit too small due to its placement, as it is placed too much to the left of the bezel.
    • Yet again, the authentic Omega watch proves its quality by having all of its inscriptions in the same size, unlike the fake watch’s smaller numbers.

5.2. TACHYMÈTRE

  • The “TACHYMÈTRE” text on the replica item is wrong as there is no accent on the “È”.

6. Clasp

  • The fake Omega Speedmaster has its “PROFESSIONAL” text missing.

Now you may be questioning whether this is really a top-quality replica or not, and believe us…

This is one of them! Just as on the dial’s text, there are really small mistakes like these which often occur on fake watches.

In fact, there are even funnier mistakes on some of the fake watches, as they don’t even present this inscription at all.

Check out this example:

  • The fake watch does not have its inscriptions present on the clasp.

Even though this was a lower-quality replica, we’ve highlighted this model so as for you to remember that there are actually replicas like these floating on the market.

7. Lume effect

As for the seventh step of the guide on how to spot fake Omega Speedmaster watches, we are going to charge the watches with some light, for at least 15-30 seconds, then have a look at them in a dark environment.

So, after charging your watch’s lume, turn the lights off and let’s take a look at the dial and all its elements, in order to decide if you are holding an authentic or fake Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch in your hands.

  • The fake watch really doesn’t have its glow-in-the-dark effect at all.

Looking at the authentic watch, you can notice how it glows in the dark in a really nice and powerful manner, highlighting a colourful aqua-green.

In the image above, we’ve only highlighted the authentic watch so that you could see another way of how the watches should glow – still perfectly colourful, saturated in a nice shade of aqua-green.

Some of the replicas have the lume effect, however, it is noticeably less powerful. Keep an eye on this tell, too!

8. Minute hand

  • The fake watch has the minute hand too short on the fake watch.
    • Easily noticeable when looking at the distance between the tip of the minute hand and the markers on the dial.
  • The minute hand has its tip flat on the replica Omega Speedmaster, while on the genuine item, you will see a sharp arrow representing the tip of the minute hand.
  • Discussing the distance again, and looking at the genuine Omega Speedmaster watch, you can see how its minute hand almost touches the markers present on the dial.

Shortlist: Authenticate your Omega Speedmaster

  1. Look at the movement of your watch. In most cases, the fake watches have the wrong mechanism and they make the sound of “tick-tock” instead of the authentic “click” sound every second. The genuine item’s second hand will always “click” several times between two consecutive seconds.
  2. Verify the sub-dials of your watch. The replica Omega Speedmaster watches almost always have their sub-dial margins painted, instead of being recessed/embossed. Also, take a look at the distance between any of the sub-dials.
  3. Check the text on the dial of your watch, and make sure that the text uses the right font and thickness.
  4. Inspect the shape of the markers all around the dial of the watch. The replica watches usually have their markers too big, too thick, and placed too close to the rehaut (e.g.: the space between the dial’s margin and the markers is too narrow).
  5. Analyze the inscriptions on the bezel of your watch. The fake watches have their numbers too thick or too thin and they often miss the accent on the “TACHYMÈTRE”.
  6. Look at the logo and text engraved on the clasp of your watch, as the fake watches don’t always have the right inscriptions.
  7. Check your watch for its lume effect, because fake items don’t replicate it perfectly, or don’t replicate it at all.
  8. Have a look at the minute’s hand length. The replica Omega Speedmaster watches commonly have their hand shorter, thus too far from the markers on the dial.

The comprehensive eight steps provided above for distinguishing real vs fake Omega Speedmaster watches might not be the most feasible when you’re pressed for time or considering an online purchase.

To address this, we’ve assembled a rapid 60-second solution for conducting a legitimate check on your Omega Speedmaster watch.

Above, you’ll find the leading eight indicators that can aid you in determining whether you possess an authentic Omega Speedmaster watch or a counterfeit one.

Expert Omega Speedmaster authentication

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To proceed, kindly share high-quality images of your Omega Speedmaster watch. Following your submission of images and pertinent information, we will promptly furnish you with the results within a maximum of 48 hours.

The outcome will be accompanied by a detailed report outlining the rationale behind our determination of whether your Omega watch is genuine or counterfeit.

Consequently, we conclude our guide on identifying counterfeit versus authentic Omega Speedmaster watches. As more precise and updated comparisons come to light, we are committed to continually enhancing this article.


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