TLWoodie (Login tlwoodie) VRF Member from IP address 22.214.171.124
I'm seeing too many 6542's with "original" bakelite inserts floating around these days. Often times, I can find variations between two inserts that are marketed as both being original. I'm sure the fakes are getting much better because of the value a true bakelite insert brings. Can someone provide some advice on verifying the inserts as original and/or fake? Thanks in advance.
You are probably also referring to mine, so my advice: When you check i.e. some of the 6542 sold on Jacecks site you will see that the font of the numbers is quite distinctive.
Once you have the bezel in hands, a geiger counter will be very helpful. The radium radiation of the bezel is quite strong and I would seriously doubt that the fakes would be alike. On the other hand: North Korea is well known to produce counterfeit products and for them it would probably not be that hard to apply some radiation... just kidding...