Wearables are a great gift for anyone. Apple Watch is one of the top selling wearables out there. So that means the fakes are also out there trying to get a piece of the pie. Just like with the fake Apple stores that appeared a couple years ago, fake Apple Watch is also out there. Our friends at Watches2u have created a guide so you can tell good from bad.
Signs of a Fake Apple Watch
While you usually don’t have a ruler with you, keep in mind Apple makes only two sizes. 42 mm or 38 mm. If the watch you are looking at seems smaller than that, don’t buy it. Trust your gut.
Check the Back of the Watch
Does it have a serial number? Does it have speakers? How are the heart rate sensors aligned (star pattern)?Do you see the microphone? What materials are these made of?
Check the Crown and Button
Each Apple Watch has a crown and button on the same side. If this one has only one item or one on each side, then you might want to move on.
Packaging of Your Apple Watch
The packaging tells as much as the watch itself. If this watch has the packaging, then you should see a thick box – like you would want to keep it. If the box is made of corrugated cardboard and says “Smart Watch” or “iWatch” on it, then it’s not an Apple product.
Simply try to take the band off the watch. If it doesn’t come off, then it’s not an Apple Watch.
Boot up the watch to see if it shows the Apple Logo. If you start seeing an Android look or feel, then you have an Android Watch. It might be a good smart watch, but it’s not an Apple Watch
Other Tell-Tale Signs
Look at the charger. Unplug the cord from the disc. If you see a USB mini or USB micro connection, you at least don’t have an Apple approved charger. Also, if you can pop open the back of the watch, look for the Apple logo saying “S1” or “Taptic Engine”.If you are in the U.S. then the watch should not have any other language printed on the device. If it is an Apple Watch with another language printed on it, then the watch might even be stolen.
Finally, look at the price. If your Apple Watch cost under $100, then either you got a great deal, your Watch was stolen or it’s a fake.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Fake Apple Watch
The biggest issue is quality control. Your watch could cause skin irritation, or worse, might meltdown while on your wrist. Remember when some Fitbit wearables caused rashes? How about knock-off hoverboards with faulty batteries causing fires?
Now keep in mind if these items cause major injury, the companies simply aren’t there to litigate. A fake watch could cause major disabilities to you hand, arm and more.
If you are buying an Apple Watch on eBay, Craigslist and other sites, keep this page handy for reference. Best to get the watch from either an Apple Store, Apple Specialist Store, or Apple Approved store like Best Buy, Target or WalMart.