In the 1980’s very good replicas and fake Breitling watches began to make their way into the market. Most of them were the Breitling Aviator and Sports divers watch, Crosswind, Navitimer, and Fighter. Unfortunately for consumers, buying a real Breitling watch can be disastrous because the fakes are actually really good.
One of the best ways to spot a fake is to look at the logo. If the logo is printed, most likely it is not a real Breitling watch. However, if the logo is embossed you are one step closer to the genuine thing.
Looking at the logo is only one way to spot a fake Breitling. If a Breitling is genuine the window for the date is large and will overlap into the second and the minute hands.
Additionally, a genuine Breitling’s dial will always have a perfect anchor, most replicas have an imperfect anchor which lacks polish.
Another way to spot a fake is to focus on the center dial. The pin that holds the center dial together should be the same color as the dial, usually silver. A Breitling without this attribute is a fake.
If you come across a really good Breitling replica, and all of the above have passed. There is another sure fire way to discover if it is a fake. The inner bezel should smoothly blend into the dial. If bezel is rough, a complete drop, has a distinct black line, or has no bezel at all, it is a fake. Also, notice how the subdials on the fake is raised, the subdials on a genuine Breightling is never raised.
Always remember to examine your Breitling thoroughly before buying to insure you receive a wonderful watch that can last for generations to come.