How To Spot A Fake Michael Kors Watch

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There are many blogs and Youtube channels with information on how to distinguish a fake Michael Kors watch from the real thing. Unfortunately some of the information is misleading and would very quickly convince an owner of a genuine Michael Kors watch that it was fake. We have been selling Michael Kors since 2005 and wanted to share our knowledge on how to tell the difference between a real and fake Michael Kors watch.

Michael Kors back in the day used to be a solid made fashion watch but due to its massive boost in popularity in late 2013 especially in the United Kingdom. The manufacturer Fossil has failed to maintain the quality level which we have come to  expect from Michael Kors ,  these quality issues or manufacturing inconsistencies have caused people to believe they have a fake watch, or a blogger blogging these issues as a notable indication of a fake watch.

There is no such thing as a good Michael Kors fake. This is because the people that make the fake Michael Kors, also make the likes of fake Hublot, Cartier and Rolex.  They will not spend the time and effort on crafting a premier level watch to its finest detail, as there is simple just no money to be made, compared to that of spending time crafting a Luxury level watch such as  a Rolex.  So if you have a Michael Kors watch that might have something slightly cosmetically different to that of your friends, or another one you may have seen in a store, there is a high chance that it’s a genuine watch with a possible quality defect.

Another issue is Michael Kors updates old models all the time, and the newly updated and old watches end up on the market at the same time, which can also cause confusion of its authenticity. An example of this is the MK5774 Michael Kors watch, which was updated with a new back and face.
Both faces are from a genuine MK5774 Model and is an example of how Michael Kors does minor updates to it’s watches.
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Both faces are from a genuine MK5774 Model and is an example of how Michael Kors does minor updates to it’s watches.

PACKAGING

Packaging can be used as a indication to wither a watch is fake or not but not a sole indicator.

Fake Michael Kors Box Example 1:

You do not need to be an expert to see right away this box is a fake. This is the most commonly used box  for fake Michael Kors watches that are purchased from the likes of Aliexpress and DHGate.
Fake Michael Kors Box Example 1
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Fake Michael Kors Box Example 2:

Again another poor example of a Michael Kors watch box, it is commonly used for fake Michael Kors Watches that have a PU strap, the lettering is just a decal and is easily pealed off.
Fake Michael Kors Box Example 2
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Fake Michael Kors Box Example 3:

This box is used normally for what we call ”Artisan Fakes” which are watches that never existed in the Michael Kors range, normally these styles are brightly coloured and have a rubber strap.
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Genuine Michael Kors Box Example 1:

A lot of people are under the impression that this box is a fake, and if you get your watch in a box like this then your watch is a fake, but this beautiful tan Pu box was the original box used for Michael Kors watches. It is not uncommon to see watches on sale on the likes of eBay with this style of box.
Genuine Michael Kors Box Example 1
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Genuine Michael Kors Box Example 2:

Another genuine box with a bad rep, like example 1 a lot of people believe if your watch comes in this box it is fake. This style was used in the USA and never really hit the European market, it was the predecessor to the tan box but was short lived, and was soon replaced by example 4.
Genuine Michael Kors Box Example 2
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Genuine Michael Kors Box Example 3:

This genuine box is reserved for limited edition watches, you would never find a standard Michael Kors sold in this particular box. If you were to receive a watch in this box that was not a limited edition then there would be concern about its authenticity.
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Genuine Michael Kors Box Example 4

Example four is the most common and current Michael kors watch box on the market. Any model of watch made after 2012 that is not limited edition should come in this box.
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Unfortunately Michael Kors is not very consistent when it comes to packaging, so if your lining or cushion in this style of box is a different shade of brown in comparison to another one,  again do not stress that your watch could possibly be a fake. You can clearly see in the picture below that all three cushions taking from genuine Michael Kors boxes are all different colours and material. Michael Kors is continually updating packing as well as their products which results in different variations of the same style on the market at the same time. As mentioned previously this is the main reason why packaging cannot be used as a sole indicator in authenticating a Michael Kors watch.
Each cushion is a different colour and material, all three are from Genuine Michael Kors Boxes
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Each cushion is a different colour and material, all three are from Genuine Michael Kors Boxes

One main giveaway with fake boxes made in this style is they do not have a batch code stamp on the bottom of the box. Over the years of authenticating watches for people the one thing that was missing from the fake boxes was the batch code stamp.
An example of the batch code found on genuine Michael Kors watch boxes
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An example of the batch code found on genuine Michael Kors watch boxes

The Manual

The Michael Kors manual like the packaging is inconsistent in print and cannot be used to solely judge the authenticity of a watch . Again like the cushions you can see three genuine manuals which are all slightly different in tone.
An example Of Three Genuine Manuals Each One different in Colour.
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An example Of Three Genuine Manuals Each One different in Colour.

Genuine manuals also contain a batch code like the watch boxes. It can be found on the last page of the manual in the right hand corner.
An example Of The Batch Code Number Print On The Back Page Of The Manual
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An example Of The Batch Code Number Print On The Back Page Of The Manual

The Watch

Distinguishing a real Michael kors watch from a fake is very easy if not by first glance but certainly by touch. As previously mentioned, despite what you may have heard or been told there is no such thing as a good Michael Kors fake.

Weight:

Weight is one of the key indicators in telling the difference between a real and fake Michael Kors watch. Genuine Michael Kors watches of the same style will vary in weight , but only to a slight degree of up to 4 grams of difference. This could be due to material changes, or the coating level on the watches. A fake Michael Kors watch will have a massive degree in weight with up to 40 grams in difference to it’s genuine counterpart.
An example of a genuine and fake MK8315. The genuine watch weighing 191g and the fake weighing 156g.
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An example of a genuine and fake MK8315. The genuine watch weighing 191g and the fake weighing 156g.
An example of a genuine and fake MK5491. The genuine watch weighing 124g and the fake weighing 93g.
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An example of a genuine and fake MK5491. The genuine watch weighing 124g and the fake weighing 93g.
An example of a genuine and fake MK5605 . The genuine watch weighing 191g and the fake weighing 156g.
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An example of a genuine and fake MK5605 . The genuine watch weighing 191g and the fake weighing 156g.
Chronograph:

The chronograph is the most expensive piece in a Michael Kors Watch so this is why the fakes are without. A fake Michael Kors watch will have the buttons for the Chronograph for visual purposes only. Closer inspection of the watch face you will notice that the small hands of the chronograph are actually molded to the watch face.
Clearly see on the fake watch that it has no pins and the chronograph hands are just part of the molded watch face.
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Clearly see on the fake watch that it has no pins and the chronograph hands are just part of the molded watch face.

Bracelet:

The bracelet of a genuine Michael Kors watch is made from solid stainless steel with a PVD coating.The bracelet of a fake Michael Kors watch is made from of a light tin alloy and coated in a latex coating to give the appearance of gold, silver or Rosegold. The coating has a rubbery feel to the touch, and due to it being lightly coated the imperfections of the metal show through.
You can clearly see the quality difference in the coating between the fake Michael Kors Watch and the Genuine one.
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You can clearly see the quality difference in the coating between the fake Michael Kors Watch and the Genuine one.

Tip: To prolong the life of the coating of your Michael Kors watch, do not wear it when applying perfume to the wrist, when applying perfume to the wrist insure it is fully dried before putting your watch back on. The alcohol in the perfume will react with the PVD coating and will speed up the oxidization process.


Note: If your new Michael Kors watch bracelet is not as well coated between the links as the outer and inner bracelet it does not make it a fake. This is just a common issue found in Michael Kors watches.

Found on all full stainless steel Genuine Michael Kors watches are arrows to indicate the removable links. Models such as the MK5896 and the MK6139 which have a stainless steel and acetate bracelet do not have arrows.
An example of arrows found on a Genuine MK5605 Michael Kors Watch Bracelet.
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An example of arrows found on a Genuine MK5605 Michael Kors Watch Bracelet.
Genuine MK5491 Michael Kors Watch Bracelet. They are stamped on the side instead of the center.
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Genuine MK5491 Michael Kors Watch Bracelet. They are stamped on the side instead of the center.
Fake MK5605 Michael Kors Watch, which shows no arrows along with a poor coating on the bracelet and clasp.
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Fake MK5605 Michael Kors Watch, which shows no arrows along with a poor coating on the bracelet and clasp.
Fake MK5491 Michael Kors Watch, again showing no arrows and poor coating.
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Fake MK5491 Michael Kors Watch, again showing no arrows and poor coating.

Genuine Michael Kors MK6139 and a MK5896. Acetate Models manufactured in 2015 do not have arrows on the strap. Older models such as MK5774 will have arrows.  
Genuine Michael Kors MK6139 and a MK5896 bracelet without arrows.
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Genuine Michael Kors MK6139 and a MK5896 bracelet without arrows.

Genuine Michael Kors will also always have the part number stamped on the inside of the clasp. The number will vary from style to style but it will always be present and will have ”stainless steel” stamped somewhere on the inside of the clasp.
Part numbers found on all Genuine Michael Kors watches for the exception of models with a leather wristband.
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Part numbers found on all Genuine Michael Kors watches for the exception of models with a leather wristband.

Fake Michael Kors watches do have have part numbers stamped on the inside of the clasp, they may have ”Stainless steel” stamped on the inside of the clasp but it may be weak or the spelling is incorrect.
An example of fake Michael Kors watches showing no signs of part numbers on the clasps.
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An example of fake Michael Kors watches showing no signs of part numbers on the clasps.

Watch Back:

A genuine Michael Kors watch back should contain two things.

1.Manufacturing Date
2.Model Number
An example of a Genuine Michael Kors MK5605 case back.
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An example of a Genuine Michael Kors MK5605 case back.

A fake Micheal kors watch will contain all the same information but will fall short to the meaning of the numbers. They will normally have the wrong model number and manufacturing date on the watch, it is common to see even letters in the manufacturing date on fake watches.
Fake Michael Kors, notice the model number is wrong, and the manufacturing date is dated before the model was released.
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Fake Michael Kors, notice the model number is wrong, and the manufacturing date is dated before the model was released.

Note: The manufacturing date is stamped as the following format: 121503, which means the 12th March 2015 which is the date the watch was made. It can be useful if you know your styles release date. For example if your model is a 2015 model but the date stamp says 2003, you would know for sure you have a fake, as it’s manufacturing date is well before the models release.

As mentioned earlier in the blog some watches receive updates. If the information on the back of the watch is correct but the layout is different compared to another of the same style, don’t be alarmed. It is common to see this in Michael Kors watches.
Both Backs are from a genuine MK5774 Model and is an example of how Michael Kors does minor updates to it’s watches.
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Both Backs are from a genuine MK5774 Model and is an example of how Michael Kors does minor updates to it’s watches.

Watch Face:

Genuine watches will always have a clearly defined logo, depending on the style it will either be printed or a decal on the face of the watch. The letters will have a small degree of separation between them.

The logo on a fake Michael Kors watch is usually joined together when examined closely giving it a crushed appearance.

Closer inspection you can see the logo of the fake Michael Kors MK8315 watch is joint together compared to the genuine watch which is separated.
Fake Michael Kors MK8315 watch lettering is joint together compared to the genuine watch which is separated.
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Fake Michael Kors MK8315 watch lettering is joint together compared to the genuine watch which is separated.

When comparing a real Michael Kors watch face to a fake watch the differences are obvious, just not in design but in quality.
An example of a fake (left) and genuine (right) Michael Kors MK5491 watch.
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An example of a fake (left) and genuine (right) Michael Kors MK5491 watch.
An example of a fake (left) and genuine (right) Michael Kors MK5605 watch.
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An example of a fake (left) and genuine (right) Michael Kors MK5605 watch.

We hope this guide has given you a better understanding on how to distinguish fake from real, and that you just can not rely on one element like the packaging to authentic a watch. We always recommend purchasing from a reliable seller like ourselves eLux Boutique when purchasing your Michael Kors watch. If you have purchased elsewhere and still unsure, take it to a reputable store where you can compare it to a similar model. As mentioned many times there is no such thing as a good fake so keep that in mind, and 99.9% of the time it’s  just a quality issue with the MK watch that may lead you to think it may not be genuine, or the style has been updated.

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