I confess to being addicted to buying used Rolex watches, it is through experience both good and bad that I have been able to distinguish between a genuine and a fake watch. I would like to share my findings with you so you can avoid the many pitfalls when buying a used Rolex watch.
The Rolex watch due to the virtue of its desirability and exclusivity unfortunately makes it a prime target for the unscrupulous counterfeiters. Over the years the quality of the conterfeit watches as improved dramatically so much so that it is very hard to tell the two apart.
How do I know if my used watch is a fake?
Well let me give you some pointers it is basically all in the fine detail.
1. All Rolex watches have an individual reference number which is engraved between the casing lugs at the 12 o'clock position, this number relates to the manufacturers year and model.
2. All genuine Rolex have a screw on watch case. The watch case is made from 14 or 18K gold or silver but never of a cheap plated metal be it gold or silver plate.
3. Genuine Rolex watches do not have a clear or see through watch case so that the internals are visible. Don't let it fool you if you can see the internal mechanisms with Rolex crowns imprinted on the parts. Clear case = not genuine.
4. If your watch is marked made in China stay well clear (54% of all counterfeit watches have been seized in China).
5. Apart from one model of watch the Sea Dweller all others do not have any engravings of any kind on the watch case.
6. One particular area in which the counterfeiters fail is in the reproduction of the engraved crown, which is directly below the 6 o'clock position on the watch face. The fake tends to have a somewhat larger crown which when magnified shows imperfections in the lines compared to the very small (only just visible with the naked eye) original crown marking on a genuine item.
7. The genuine watch has a Cyclops bubble directly over the date display, which magnifies the date by 2.5 times. In the vast majority of fakes the Cyclops bubble is not centralised correctly and the magnification effect is not up to scratch.
8. On the back of a genuine watch there is a hologram of the crown above the serial number. When the hologram of the crown is observed from various angles it reflects light to give an holistic effect. The hologram of the crown on a fake does not give this reflection effect when observed at varying angles.
9. The second hand movement in a used is perfectly smooth and faultless in operation whereas with the fake the movement is generally jerky and irregular.
This is by no means a complete list due to the ever changing technology utilised by the counterfeiters but I hope these tips will certainly help you in distinguishing if your used Rolex watches are genuine or if you have bought fake.
Author David Welton
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