Counterfeit fashions represent a $450 billion business. Fake luxury items comprise the majority of these sales. Since many luxury items start at prices above $1,000, most shoppers can’t afford to purchase them and often try to find these items marketed below retail value. But such items are often fake, and are often represented as genuine. Louis Vuitton watches are one of the most counterfeited items for sale.

Check out the wrist band. The wrist band on the Louis Vuitton watch should be genuine leather, rubber or metal. Pleather, PVC or plastic are sure signs of knock-offs. Genuine leather should be malleable and smell of leather and shouldn’t be stiff or smell of plastic.

Pay attention to the hardware. Genuine Louis Vuitton watches are made of polished brass or steel. The coating will not rub off on your fingers. The glass cover is always a sapphire glass on authentic Louis Vuitton watches. And the cover is watertight up to 100 meters.

Examine the diamonds. Louis Vuitton never uses fake diamonds on its products.

Look at the monogram. Authentic watches will have a monogram that is symmetrical, never diagonal. The letters “LV” will never be cut off or hidden behind hardware.

Watch where you purchase the watch. Louis Vuitton does not have any authorized street vendors. The place of sale can be a sign that it is a fake.

Find out where the watch was manufactured because all current Louis Vuitton watches are manufactured in Switzerland.

Ask for authentication cards and receipts. All Louis Vuitton products come with authentication cards and receipts. Receipts should display the customer’s name and address.

Visit the Louis Vuitton website. Compare the item you want to purchase with items featured on the Louis Vuitton website. Look to make sure the hardware, materials, colors and size of the potential purchase match exactly the item on the website. Also, the site can verify whether or not Louis Vuitton manufacturers that particular item. Knock-off companies will slap the Louis Vuitton monogram on any item.