Watch authentication is the most important factor when purchasing inventory at WatchBox™. The pre-owned watch industry is growing exponentially each year, with millions of new timepieces entering circulation. Now more than ever, a pre-owned luxury watch specialist is responsible for the authentication, verification and presentation of each and every watch. The number one goal at WatchBox is to provide our clients with a transparent, honest and accurate assessment of each timepiece offered have for sale. For this reason, visitors will never see a watch listed on WatchBox unless that timepiece has been submitted to an exhaustive quality control process comprising a battery of stringent tests. This process is a direct by-product of our hands-on experience with the products of all major and minor luxury watch brands.
Know The Source
A. Has The WatchBox transacted successfully with this seller before?
Know The Watch Construction
A replica watch may seem well-constructed and may use materials similar to those employed by the manufacturer. In other words, there are "good" fakes on the prowl; apparent quality is an unreliable guide to authenticity. However, some replicas are made badly, or from inferior materials, and these can be readily identified. WatchBox's Operations and Watchmaking Departments scrutinize candidate timepieces for the following telltales:
A. WatchBox knows the obvious warning signs, but our team never assumes that that fakes will be spotted easily. We have each handled thousands of watches and act as a irreplaceable resource to authenticate not only watches, but box sets, papers, straps, and manufacturer accessories. The WatchBox authentication process leverages the industry-leading Watch Certification Services website, watchcsa.com, to search for reported fakes. Each candidate for purchase is compared against the database's vast record of the manufacturer name, model reference, and specific serial numbers of known counterfeit watches. If the watch has been reported as a fake, the site will flag it. Moreover, because many counterfeits - even the convincing examples - employ known serial number ranges or may be based on a single valid serial number known to be employed in forgeries, WCSA searches can lead to flagging of a watch that employs such tactics even when that specific example has not been recorded in the database.