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    Hi All,

    I just saw, that there are many fake Fliegers on the ebay. Both "complete" watches, both kits (dial+case+hands+rotor) missing only a movement, to create a fake watch. As I saw, they are usually sold from the UK, from various accounts.
    If you search for "Fortis case" you will find them.
    The most obvious tells:
    -blue dial (never existed)
    -strange white dial (the original looks different)
    -low quality caseback (not even writing on the edge, "faded" logo in the center)

    kit on ebay:
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    fake blue dial:
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    genuine white dial:
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    Re: Beware! Fake Fortis Flieger watches on the ebay

    Many Fortis Marine Master SuperCompressor fakes - both finished and "kits" as above are sold on ebay out of the UK. They have an endless supply.

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    Re: Beware! Fake Fortis Flieger watches on the ebay

    Yes sadly ebay has a lot of fake goods,hope you get your money back

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    Re: Beware! Fake Fortis Flieger watches on the ebay

    Please be careful out there ... if something's too good to be true you may be getting ripped off. eBay especially is somewhere you must have your guard up. It can still have good sellers, but just be extremely careful and ask questions. If you're unsure, post something here, let the group weigh in.
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    Re: Beware! Fake Fortis Flieger watches on the ebay

    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. View Post
    if something's too good to be true you may be getting ripped off.
    This is the first rule of eBay!

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    Re: Beware! Fake Fortis Flieger watches on the ebay

    I had a feeling this might be the case. Cheers.

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    Re: Beware! Fake Fortis Flieger watches on the ebay

    I've managed to become a victim of one with a blue dial.. However luckily I own a genuine Flieger chrono, so compared to that I straight away spotted the shallow and uneven back engravings. Also, the crown surface around the Fortis logo has concentric circles on it, rather than sandblasted surface like the rest of the case. I'm sending it back for a refund, and will be reporting these to eBay. Apart from these tell-tales it's a pretty damn good quality case I have to admit!

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    Re: Beware! Fake Fortis Flieger watches on the ebay

    I bought one couple weeks ago....just for fun! had a spare movement at home

    it was cheap, so why not :) I don't want to sell it off as gen... and the quality is pretty good!

    Altough, I agree, the seller really should state that these are not genuine parts
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    Re: Beware! Fake Fortis Flieger watches on the ebay

    Hmm...so we have this headline...


    Fleabay: Fake Fortis Fliegers Floating Foully



    Not a bad lil tongue twister :)
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    Re: Beware! Fake Fortis Flieger watches on the ebay

    Hi again,
    I'm back with few pictures i took from both my original Fortis Flieger & the FakeTis, as a side-by-side comparison.

    The crown on the fake has a circular groove grain, while the original one is sandblasted, just like the rest of the case:

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    Like the OP pointed out, the most obvious sign is the depth of the markings on the caseback. This is because the fake manufacturers cannot afford expensive machinery that cut markings deeper:

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    >>Black dial: Original; Blue: Fake<< The dial is less obvious; the font serifs are slightly longer on the fake one, and the lume is not as smooth and slightly crackled. My pictures are not perfect, but makes the point I guess.

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    Hope it helps folks.
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