Fake Apple Watches [Infographic]

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How To Spotting Fake Apple Watches

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Top brand products are being faked all the time, however, there are some very obvious tell-tale signs of replicas when you know what to look for. This infographic shows how to spot a genuine Apple Watch from a clone.

From a distance a clone may look impressive, but on closer inspection you will find that the design and functions may be similar, however, when it comes to performance and quality they are miles apart.

Size matters when it comes to spotting a fake. Counterpart watches are typically bulkier, heavier and bigger than the genuine article. Turn the watch over and you will see that clone watches do not have heart rate sensors, two line speaker or a microphone.

The sides of the fakes usually have cheap crowns, often not digital, and they may even be on the wrong side. The front display screen will also give you an indication as to authenticity. The clone watch displays are often more reflective off screen, they have poor resolution and the Apple image are merely static photos.

Open the back of the watch and it will be blatantly obvious whether you are looking at the real deal. Fake watches have a tendency to look messy, not Apple slick. They have a normal battery and no Apple branding.

The wristband is also an area to examine. A real Apple watch has an interchangeable band with a chrome radial finish, whereas you will be unable to change the band on a clone and it looks cheap and tinny.

There are lots of ways to spot a clone Apple Watch, apart from the lower price, once you know what to look for.

Fake Apple Watches [Infographic]

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As soon as the Apple Watch was announced, the market was flooded with cheap knock-offs. As more and more of these ‘clone’ smartwatches enter the market, the question becomes: can you tell the difference between a real and fake Apple Watch?

Apple watch dimensions

Height: 42.0mm
Width: 35.9mm
Depth: 10.5mm
Case: 50g

Height: 38.6mm
Width: 33.3mm
Depth: 10.5mm
Case: 40g

*Watches being passed off as Apple watches will often be bigger, bulkier, and heavier.


Checking the back of the watch.

Real Apple watch.

  1. Band release buttons
  2. Serial number
  3. Speaker
  4. Heart rate sensors
  5. Case size
  6. Material type
  7. Microphone


Fake watches.

No heart rate sensor. Two line speaker often not on fake watches. No microphone.

Side of Apple watch.

Real Apple watch.

  1. Digital Crown
  2. Side button

Fake watches.

  1. Crowns are often cheap and not digital
  2. Crown or side button may be on the wrong side


The display.

Real Apple watch.

Fake watch.

Fake displays.

  • More reflective
  • Poor resolution
  • App images are just static photos



Real Apple packaging.

  • Heavy, branded box
  • Thicker box

Fake packaging

  • Generic ‘branding’
  • Lightweight box


Inside the watch

Real Apple watch.

Fake watch.

Notice the normal watch battery, zero apple branding and very un-Apple ‘boxy’ design.

Tend to have a messy circuitry and are not Apple slick.


The band.

Real Apple watch.

  • Ability to interchange bands
  • Has chrome radial finish

Fake watch.

  • Can only use strap it comes with
  • Brand and generic


Other giveaways.


Fake watches will use non apple watch charger (USB)

Operating system.

Fake often run Android rather than an iOS


Common “Fake” Apple watches.

These are the watches most clearly designed to ape the Apple style.

You can judge for yourself how well they do it.


Zeblaze Rover

Cost: $59.99

Weight: 48g
Height: 45mm
Width: 44mm
Depth: 8.8mm
Case material: alloy



Cost: $46.48

Weight: 56g
Height: 40mm
Width: 46mm
Depth: 11.9 mm
Case material: stainless steel



Cost: $25

Weight: N/A
Height: 42mm
Width: 49mm
Depth: 11.8mm
Case material: stainless steel


Ai-laiker SmartWatch K8

Cost: $80

Weight: 60g
Height: 47mm
Width: 39mm
Depth: 13mm
Case material: stainless steel


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