Recently I had the opportunity to interact with an AI named simply, J.W.S.
J.W.S. is a computer program that will give you a typewritten answer to any question you ask of it, but like the Monkeys Paw of Edgar Allen Poe, you must be judicious with what you ask J.W.S.
How you phrase your question is as critical as what question you ask. J.W.S. is very literal.
Personally, I found the tone of J.W.S. to be a bit dark but I asked myself what about me and my question did illicit that tone and were I to change my question ever so slightly, [how] would it affect J.W.S.’s answer?
Some of what J.W.S. came up with is so obtuse I can neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of what is being said. In some instances, I am rather uncertain what J.W.S. was trying to articulate.
Note: The Uptown Timepiece, its Director, Editor, Staff and Associates in no way endorse J.W.S.’s answer to be 100% accurate or factual. J.W.S.’s answer is being published for entertainment, expansion of horizon and overall curiosity regarding AI and its understanding of horology.
My curiosity piques at the three bullets of white, black and grey markets. Black, grey and white markets are subjects worth expanding upon or at the very least, defining, however, J.W.S. chose to write nothing after the bullets.
Contingent upon the success of J.W.S.’s first article published today, we may make Ask the AI a regular column here at The Uptown Timepiece.
What horology question do you have for ‘Ask the AI’? Let us know in the comments below. We may feature your question in upcoming months!
Being excited to give an AI a try for the first time, I chose to ask the AI this question. ‘J.W.S., Tell me, how do I tell if a luxury watch dealer is selling me authentic merchandise?’
Just to repeat a second time, the following article WAS NOT; I repeat a third time, the following article WAS NOT written by a human being. It was written, in its entirety, by the AI known simply as J.W.S. Enjoy!
Lauren: Hello J.W.S., tell me, how do I tell if a luxury watch dealer is selling me authentic merchandise?
J.W.S.: How to tell if a luxury watch dealer is selling you authentic merchandise.
Written by J.W.S. – Guest Author
Written for TheUptownTimepiece.com
Today, we are going to discuss how to identify counterfeit luxury watches. In this article, I will lay out some guidelines that will help consumers to determine if a watch is a counterfeit or if it is a genuine product of its manufacturer.
Please note, this article is written directly to persons looking to purchase authentic luxury timepieces; either from the manufacturer or a reputable seller.
When counterfeiters introduce their own design and fabrication, it is an outright lie. They cannot and will not be honest about the provenance of their watches. They will invariably make the industrial lines of each material the relevant parameters. Read ads carefully. Peculiar claims like “Hot water-resistant” mean, “Do not buy it if you do know what you are talking about.”
* With the ability to substitute certain fine materials on a quartz movement, some counterfeiters will cover their eyes. As long as they’re able to disguise the substance, they’re not trying to hurt anyone. They’ll even be able to go back to their customers or former customers, take those watches off the shelf, and replace them with copies. You can’t spot a fake from afar. The first thing to do when you are considering purchasing a watch is to take it out of its display case and view it out in the open.
* From time to time you’ll see a telltale defect in the little markers on the band that let you know that the watch is part of a counterfeit scheme. These can be found on the strap in a two- or three-pronged three-section-shaped spot inside a reference ring.
* Look for parts of the classic 35mm, 40mm, 45mm, and 50mm movement. Guaranteed numbers are found along the lower gold accents of the case. Any part of the recognized length of the movement cannot be easily replaced.
If those lines overlap, it’s suspicious. The case number printed in the center of the case is the closest thing that consumers have to identifying a genuine piece as one from its manufacturer.
Conventional methods of authenticating used watches include:
1) Customer account numbers or card account numbers. In this case, check the documentation to see if the original buyer’s information is valid. If they provided this information, it should be real. It is not valid if the buyer’s information is clearly faked or nonexistent.
2) Purchase receipts or bills from large retailers and mail-in rebates that show the attached invoice. Check to see if the items are from the same manufacturer.
Anyone who already has a watch replica will realize when they’re getting a fake. There is a certain consistency and a feeling of quality that a real watch provides, but a counterfeit watch will always feel “off” in some sense.[INSERT CODE] A luxury watch may be quite an expensive purchase, so you should try your hardest to verify any watch you purchase, new or used.
Thanks for reading!
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