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EXPOSED: Fake and Customised Watches Course


IDEAL FOR: Senior or experienced retail and pawnbroking professionals involved in the buying, selling or authenticating of luxury watches and timepieces.

This course is a combination of presentation combined with handling practical examples and is intended for those involved in either buying, authenticating or valuing watches whether as a business or for private interest. This one day course will provide a detailed insight into fake watches and how to identify them including the latest innovations in fake watch production, watches formed from a combination of parts – known as ‘Franken-watches’, as well as examining watches that started out as authentic and have subsequently been modified.  Delegates will understand the significance of after-market modifications and their impact on value. Provides 6 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity.

Refreshments are available throughout the day; a sandwich lunch is included in the course price.

Course Content


  • The current state of the faking industry
  • The importance of experience – and how to obtain it
  • Working your way around the outside of a watch
  • What lies inside – the importance of understanding movements used in fakes
  • Movement modifications – fakes on display
  • Real world examples – identifications in the wild.


  • What is a franken-watch?
  • Different levels of deception
  • How franken watches are viewed in the collector’s market
  • Valuing a franken watch


  • Why watches are customised
  • Differing levels of customisation and their implications for service or sale
  • Spotting customisation
  • How to describe custom watches for resale
  • Renumbering and cloning

course details


10A.M. - 4.15P.M.

presented by

Adrian Hailwood MA (HONS)


£295.00 per delegate + VAT

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venue location

Icknield Street entrance
AnchorCert Academy
(The Assay Office)
B18 6RZ

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