Detecting Fake Rolex Watches
Detecting fake Rolex watches, special report. As we all know, Swiss watchmaker Rolex is very famous worldwide and also one of the most copied brands. When it comes to counterfeiting, Rolexes are pieces that can really be mimicked. For that reason, you have to have an eagle eye to not be fooled by fake Rolex watches.
Rolexes have a high resale value and are more common than other luxury watch brands. These watches are generally bought by people with little experience in the market, so it may be worth it for a scammer to invest in a good counterfeit. Amazingly, there are more fake Rolexes produced around the world than the originals. However, the good news is that the vast majority of counterfeits are not perfectly manufactured and can be detected quickly, if you know which watch you are looking for.
Thanks to the social network of questions and answers Quora, we were able to obtain relevant information to learn the differences between an original Rolex watch of a “perfect” imitation and thus do not fall into the trap of the scammers. The following video is pretty clear on how to tell a fake from a real Rolex Submariner, courtesy of the Timeless Watch Channel:
Get familiar with the Rolex brands
If you’re not familiar with Rolex yet, read on for some of the brand’s signature brands. Knowing certain characteristic details of the design will help us identify a fake Rolex. Good resources for accessing good information are the brand’s official website, well-established media watch websites, and popular Rolex reference books.
Here are some basic Rolex concepts:
In modern Rolex watches, only the following high-quality materials are used: 904L stainless steel, 18k gold, and 950 platinum. Furthermore, as of 2008, Rolex uses a proprietary 18k rose gold alloy called Everose gold.nRolex is a famous brand for its highly water resistant watches and this is in part thanks to the screw-down crowns and fluted cases. The minimum water resistance of modern Rolex Oyster watches is 100 meters (330 feet).
Except for models in the Sea-Dweller collection, Rolex watches with the date function always equip the Cyclops lens at the top of the date window. This magnification / magnifier is always 2.5 times the original size. From 2002 onwards, Rolex includes a laser-etched crown (the logo) on the glass at the 6 o’clock position as proof of authenticity. In addition, since the early 2000s, the company has also started recording the rehaut (the space between the glass and the dial) with ROLEX repeated along the space.
There are several types of Rolex bracelet: Oyster, Jubilee, President, Pearlmaster, leather and Oysterflex. Certain models offer only certain bracelets.
Inspect the details
Not too hard Detecting fake Rolex watches, if you are looking at the images or you have the Rolex in hand, take your time to properly inspect the details. Everything in a Rolex is perfect, so if something seems “out of place” or “weird”, keep looking. All the text on the dial must be perfect, with proportional fonts and, of course, no spelling mistakes.
The clasps on the bracelet should open and close smoothly and everything should feel as if it had been manufactured to the highest of standards. A Rolex has a certain weight and is a well built and robust watch. If it looks overly light, fragile, or delicate, then it is probably a fake made from cheaper materials.
Common indicators that it is a replica or counterfeit
Here are some common design flaws to look out for that indicate the Rolex in question is a fake.
Clear Case Back / Skeleton Watches: While many high-end watch brands have models and collections with clear caps on their watches to show their movements, Rolex does not. Some vintage Rolex models from the 1930s have a display back, but that’s about it.
Engravings / Logos: With the exception of very few models (Sea-Dweller, Comex, and some military models), Rolex does not engrave the exterior of its cases with logos, names, or symbols. However, the inside of the box is always engraved with the brand name and reference.
Quartz movements: Rolex produced some models with quartz movements (Beta 21 and Oysterquartz) in the 1970s and 1980s. Outside of these exceptions, all Rolex watches are mechanical, and all modern Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches operate on automatic mechanical movements. Ticking Too Loud: Genuine Rolex watches do not generate loud noises.
Detecting fake Rolex watches still might not be a task easy for everyone. An easy method to avoid buying imitation Rolex watches is to buy from a trusted seller. Beware of auction sites (both online and physical) where dishonest sellers can remain anonymous. For the latest models always visit the official Rolex watches website. Also, be careful with classified websites, where you have to meet a stranger to buy or sell a watch of this type. Our watches category in the CityBook can help locate watch stores in the Dominican Republic North Coast.