The genuine Diplomaticos band is fairly simple. The centerpiece is an uncomplicated design that features a red carriage and a black outlined scroll sandwiched between the words "Diplomaticos" and "Habana." Notice how the word "Diplomaticos" actually touches the gold rim of the centerpiece; this is merely an imperfection commonly associated with these Cuban bands.
Counterfeit of unknown origin
The most noticeable fault with this fake band is the paper stock—it is too stiff. The color scheme is also a giveaway; the yellow background is too light, almost a cream color, and the gold border of the centerpiece and the lines extending from the center are very flat. In a certain light, the gold has an almost olive color. The centerpiece is too detailed, which may very well throw off the suspicious smoker because a discerning eye might misconstrue quality detail for a real cigar. Not this time, however. The font of this fake band's words and the image of the carriage are all too crisp.