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Old 09-06-2013, 06:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to spot a fake SKX

Fake SKX's are out there and are not easy for the novice to spot. I speak from experience! To help avoid the frustration and inconvenience of picking up a fake, the following is provided to aid in identifying them. On a complete watch the main things to look for are:
1. The chamfer on the case sides is wider than an original and stops shorter on the lugs as the lugs are narrower and have a steeper profile. The surface finish of the case is also smoother and more polished than an original.
2. The dial ring (chapter ring) is thicker and the minute markers are longer than an original
3. The bezel has a shallower side profile, a U shaped centre groove and the top row of protrusions have a square face instead of rounded points.
4. The dial will be aftermarket with very poor to no lume on the markers.

If you are buying a watch with declared aftermarket dial/hands and a reworked case then look very carefully at the dial ring, bezel and the width of the lugs as that will be the only visible differences from an original.

On disassembly, the bezel is completely different with the click "spring" (nylon), a removable click ratchet (nylon) and a steel retaining spring, none of which are in the original. The case has a groove machined in it for the retaining spring and the pick up holes for the nylon click "spring" are incorrectly located at 12 & 6. There is also no bezel gasket and no gasket recess in the case.
The internal dimensions of the case are also slightly different to an original and the movement is a loose fit to the case.

I hope this helps.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info, Rob.
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I'd heard about fake SKX's but never seen any pics like these and I was starting to doubt if they even existed so thanks for sharing. I'd be interested to see a movement pic or to know what was inside.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default i bought one

sent it to Lew B for modding and he called me back and said he couldn't work on it because all the parts were chinese
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Hello. Thanks for the info. I am new to the forum and a scientific diver. I have seen many models of this watch and look a-likes.

The dial has changes not in any SKX I have seen, and is more obvious to see and do not require watch to be disassembled.

Dial looks like a mix of from many versions of Seiko's diver watches, parts could be original Seiko all mix together but clearly not factory SKX style of the past 10 years. Best to show movement since watch was disassembled.

I do not repair watches, only use them.

What I see:

On 10 on the bezel usually no serif on number 1
Split triangle at 12 o'clock on the dial is solid triangle on SKX series, split was in 7002 series
Dial says "water 200m resist", SKX says "Diver's 200m" all in red color
note even old style 7002 Seiko says "water150mresist" not 200m

So in all, something is wrong even from dial alone.
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wow this is great info...excellent pics and description...sorry you got a knockoff....God Bless John
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Here are some photos to compare to see my observed problems:



Above is copy from original poster. Below on left is old 7002 Diver Watch and Right is current SKX007K.

I also add on the questionable watch, luminous ball is on the back of the seconds hand just like SKX model but in true 7002 ball is on the front of the second hand. So, whatever this watch is its not SKX nor 7002.

Real Seiko 7002 is only day showing, questionable watch has date. Date and day is on SKX and older 6309.

Lastly, but can be due to bad assembly, note minute marks on chapter ring on questionable dial. Thick line for 5 minute must align with luminous mark dead center in real Seiko, but in questionable dial note 1 o'clock luminous mark is at 4 minute position.
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Very informative.
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