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10/28-30/2017 Luxury or Lie? How To Identify Genuine Watches

Jul 24, 2017

October 28-30, 2017 | 8:30am – 5:00pm

Early Bird Registration | Jul. 24 - Sept. 28

Regular Registration | Sept. 29 - Oct. 28

National Watch & Clock Museum
514 Poplar Street
Columbia, PA 17512

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The presenter will go into further detail on "watch terminology", "complications", "rework dials", "homage versus Franken, versus reworked", as well as identifying the "genuine from the fake". This course will cover all the important aspects in initially determining the authenticity of a wristwatch, and give basic guidance in appraising re-worked pieces.

Course Overview:

  • Chronology of the watch and understanding its complications
  • Watch terminology
  • Chronograph movements and ETA (VALJOUX) dials
  • Complications explained
  • Understanding the differences between, 'Homage, Frankenstein, Re-Works, Fake and Super-Fake' timepieces.
  • Identifying the components of a 'GENUINE' timepiece: In this section we will cover a timepiece’s case (weight and finish), the dial, and hands, strap, complication, and finally movement so that you can discern a real timepiece prior to opening it up.
  • Reference Material: No person can know every watch, exactly its face and how the movement should look. In this part, we will show how to quickly reference a timepiece to its 'original' manufacturer.
  • Hands on Fakes versus Genuine versus Reworks: In this section students will examine examples of fake, genuine, re-works wristwatches. The instructor will give 'tips' on how to quickly separate the genuine from the fake.


Adam Harris - A guest wristwatch curator at the National Watch and Clock Museum from 2012-2016. He spent the past 25 years prior to retirement as Vice President of Fujitsu Europe and other Japanese and British companies. Since retiring, he studied horology under Mme Cinette Robert, ex owner of Dubey and Schaldenbrand, Mr. Marcus Hardy of Vintage Jewelry, and as a guest appraiser in a Pawn Shop – Gold Rush.


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