Authorities seize 215 fake Rolex, Cartier, Omega and Louis Vuitton watches at LAX

Federal officials seized 215 fake watches at LAX on August 8. Photos courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Federal officials seized 215 fake watches at LAX on August 8. Photos courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Los Angeles International Airport seized 215 luxury counterfeit watches in early August, including ones purportedly made by Rolex, Cartier, Omega and Louis Vuitton, federal officials said Tuesday.

The watches were found Aug. 8 after they arrived from China as air cargo. The goods were listed on a shipment manifest as watches with a declared value of $173 and a weight of 68 pounds. Customs officers assigned to LAX inspected the cargo and found the apparently name-brand watches, officials said. Authorities did not say which airline the watches flew.

Had the watches been real, they would have been worth roughly $1.25 million, customs officials said.

According to officials, watches and jewelry represent about 8 percent of the total number of seizes made annually by U.S. customs officers nationwide.

Take a look at these pictures. Can you tell they’re fake watches?

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