A quick visit around our favourite auction site today, revealed a selection of very dubious vintage Omega watches, including this out and out fake. Sadly as genuine examples continue to rise in value daily, we see more and more fakes popping out of the woodwork. This watch was actually for sale at a price higher than a genuine similar example could be obtained for, from a specialist such as ourselves, crazy!
It looks very shiny, nice dial, but it certainly wasn't made by Omega. How do we know? well it's more of a case of where to start, as nothing is remotely right. The dial and hands are very 'un-Omega in style'. Omega didn't print 'Incabloc', (the type of balance shock system used in the movment), on their dials. The Omega font is also wrong and the last 'A' is tipping over to the right. The Omega Ohm symbol is crudely fashioned and looks like it's melted.
Fake Vintage Omega
The case isn't a recognisable Omega design. All Omega cases with the exception of the early English made and South American ones will be Omega signed on the inside case back along with the case reference stamped underneath. The case reference number consists of a 5 digit reference or 6 digit in the format XXX.XXX. Both identifiers are missing here. This case has some stamped information 'Incabloc, Antimagnetic, stainless steel back, waterproof' etc. Omega didn't specify such information on the rear of it's cases and only specified the model name (if there was one), if the watch was waterproof, and if a special Omega tool was required to open the case (i.e. Tool 106). Omega never stamped Antimagnetic or Incabloc on the rear of any of their cases. There is also a the number '502' stamped, which the seller in this case has taken to be the movement calibre number. Sadly not even close. Calibre 502 was an automatic movement, not a manual one as seen here and again Omega never stamped the calibre number on the rear of cases.
Fake Omega case back
Fake Omega inside, note the blank inside case back and crude 'Omega' stamp on the movement.
Occasionally you will see fake cases with genuine Omega movements houses inside but in this case the deception carries on to the movement.
Here we see what appears to be a Swiss made stock calibre from FHF or AS . Oh look it has Omega engraved on the train bridge so surely must be an Omega?, sadly not. To start with it's the wrong colour. Omega movements from circa 1949 to 1985ish should be pink in colour due to the special plating they used. The shape of the bridges and regulator are also completely wrong for Omega. The Omega designation has been very crudely stamped into the bridge. Genuine Omega movements should also have a the calibre number stamped (3 digits) and a production unique serial number (xx,xxx,xxx) which can also be used to date the watch both of which are missing here (see our dating your Omega article). The true origins of this movement will be revealed under the balance wheel where the Swiss Ebauche mark will be.
The actual value of this watch is around £10-20, certainly not the £500 it's currently for sale for, and we hope no one gets taken in by it. It's definitely one to be avoided. To take a look at what a genuine Omega vintage looks like, check out out selection here.