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Is my TAG Heuer Authentic? All questions here please

  1. Albert-AMG

    Albert-AMG Jan 30, 2021

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    Edited Jan 30, 2021
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  2. joecoulson

    joecoulson Jan 30, 2021

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    I’m watchin this thread and learnin a lot.
     
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  3. jamesbizs

    jamesbizs Jan 31, 2021

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    lol this could mean as a buyer, or as someone that makes fakes hahaha.
     
  4. TabathaGreen

    TabathaGreen Jan 31, 2021

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    About a month ago my boyfriend bought a Tag Heuer watch for me that he had purchased from a complete stranger. I have been researching it online to see if it's real or a fake but I'm still just as confused as I was when he first gave it to me. I have been online and seen all the things you can check to determine a fake or not and everything seems to check out right except for it having a reference model number and serial number. Mine only has one set of numbers. I read where Tag's made before 1992 doesnt have serial numbers engraved on them. I'm hoping that is why I'm only seeing one set of numbers. The face seems to be sapphire crystal cause I did the water test and i have woren it everyday for the past month and the face hasn't gotten scratched at all and I'm very hard on jewelry too. All the engravings seem to be correct and in the right spots and nothing looks glued on. If anyone could help me out I would be very grateful. It's suppose to be an Aquaracer 200 Meters Mother of Pearl face I guess
     
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  5. YY77

    YY77 Feb 1, 2021

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    Well, caseback says automatic chronograph 1/10th second and dial is just a 3-hander, I would call it a fake.
     
  6. imagwai

    imagwai Feb 1, 2021

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    It's a fake I'm afraid. No such model number. And it's not an automatic chronograph. Other things look wrong too, such as the date window, dial printing, bracelet engraving and just overall look and thickness of the watch.
     
  7. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Feb 1, 2021

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    Yeah, it just looks 'off' all over really.
     
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  8. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Feb 1, 2021

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    Oh maaan, I didnt even think about that he might be the owner of a criminal faker factory when I liked his post
     
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  9. joecoulson

    joecoulson Feb 1, 2021

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  10. TabathaGreen

    TabathaGreen Feb 1, 2021

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    So I have a fake for sure! Who can I take it to to look at it in person. I live in Charleston WV
     
  11. imagwai

    imagwai Feb 1, 2021

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    Why do you need to take it to someone to look at? If you want confirmation, you can send it in to Tag Heuer or take it to an authorized dealer. Personally, I wouldn't waste any more time on this watch unless your boyfriend can get a refund from whoever sold it to him.
     
  12. TabathaGreen

    TabathaGreen Feb 1, 2021

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    Ok thanks for your time
     
  13. jamesbizs

    jamesbizs Feb 1, 2021

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    There is absolutely no question that this watch is a fake. I promise. There is more expertise in this thread than just about any place you can take this to be seen in person. Do not waste any of your time taking it to someone.
     
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  14. jamesbizs

    jamesbizs Feb 1, 2021

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    I will say tho, that this is the first time I've seen a fake Exclusive before. It's really tough to fake the two piece bezel design of that watch.
     
  15. TabathaGreen

    TabathaGreen Feb 1, 2021

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    Thanks I really appreciate it
     
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  16. akong71

    akong71 Feb 1, 2021

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    Hi @TabathaGreen - welcome to the forum! I'm sorry, but I must concur with my fellow members. Your watch is fake - no question. No need to take it to someone in person. If you want to learn more about the Aquaracer series, or TAG Heuer in general, the Calbre 11 website and this forum are fantastic resources. I'll post a link that you may find useful:

    https://www.calibre11.com/ultimate-guide-tag-heuer-aquaracer/

    Here you will see that the AR series is derived from the 2000 series, and first appeared in 2004 as the "2000 Aquaracer". In 2005, TAG Heuer dropped the "2000" and the series became the Aquaracer and has remained so to this day.

    Is your boyfriend able to return the watch? I hope he didn't spend too much on it and is able to get a refund so he can get you a genuine TAG Heuer! Actually, regardless of the refund, I say he should still get you one! LOL.
     
  17. SDemVegas

    SDemVegas Feb 3, 2021

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    I wasn't ragging on the S/EL, that's the description I came across while reading the Ultimate Guide.
    "While a hugely popular watch during its time, the TAG Heuer S/el is somewhat friendless when it comes to collectability today."
    "Ask people why they don’t like the S/el and the answer tends to be that the design is 'too 1980s'."
    "...but I guess this reflects the way that the S/el is seen today- a fine watch to be sure, but one forever part of the 1980s."
     
  18. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Feb 3, 2021

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    Everyone thinks of the SEL as an 80s watch but it was more a 90s watch, first appears 1988 - leaves 1999.
     
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  19. SDemVegas

    SDemVegas Feb 3, 2021

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    I agree. I got my two Tags in 1992 and the one I'm trying to sell is also from the 90s but it was here that I read it was an 80s watch.

    I personally love the design and I would love to have my two tone S/EL back, I'd wear it all the time. I quit caring about whether something was current/in style after I got out of high school
     
  20. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Feb 3, 2021

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    Technically an '80s' design, I suppose...
     
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