How To Spot a Fake Rolex Watch
Rolex is a name synonymous with luxury, and is therefore one of the most counterfeited brands in the world. Check out our go-to guide to ensure you purchase a genuine Rolex watch.
Rolex sits amongst the leaders in the luxury watch game, ranking named the Most Valuable Watch Brand in the World by BrandZ in 2017. A Rolex wristwatch is the ultimate status symbol, adorning the wrists of many of the world’s rich and famous. Such high demand calls for a high supply, however, be aware that Rolex are one of the most counterfeited brands in the industry.
Especially throughout Asia, fake watches are on the rise, with Datejust and Submariner models being particularly attractive targets for fakes. Fake watches are becoming more prominent and harder to tell apart from their genuine counterparts. In this blog, we explore the best ways to check if your Rolex is fake or genuine.
Purchase from a trusted seller
This one goes without saying, but always ensure that you are buying from a trusted seller. This is a good rule to go by for any purchase in your life, but especially true when you are buying a high ticket item such as a luxury watch.
We would advise staying away from places like eBay where anyone can list an item and it is harder to distinguish what you are purchasing. At Tiktoo, our marketplace is populated by trusted sellers, and you will only find genuine luxury watches available.
One sure way of knowing whether your chosen seller is reputable is to check out their photos. If their photos look like they’ve been taken on a 2007 Motorola Razr, steer clear. A trusted seller will know that great photos sell, and will take care to ensure the photos they are using are high quality.
Iconic Rolex Traits
A key trick to identifying a fake Rolex watch is by listening to it - a genuine Rolex piece won’t make a loud ticking noise, due to the smooth movements within it. Similarly, look closely at the second hand. In a genuine Rolex watch, the second hand will move smoothly, almost gliding over the dial.
Genuine Rolex watches are water tight, this is an iconic Rolex feature. If you dip your Rolex watch into a cup of water and water leaks into the watchface, then you have a counterfeit piece. Be careful when conducting this test, and ensure there isn’t any visible outer damage to your watch that could affect the outcome of the test.
In an effort to outsmart the fakes, as of 2002, Rolex have began to micro-etch the classic Rolex watch onto the crystal that protects the dial. This mark is quite hard to see with the naked eye, and is a true mark of authenticity.
Watch the weight
If your watch feels light in your hand, it may be a fake. Genuine Rolex watches are crafted from high quality metals that give the watch a weighty, luxurious feel. You can also to check the authenticity of your watch by checking online that the model number of your watch matches up with the metals that should have been used in the watch. In some fakes, incorrect or lower grade metals are used to create the replica of the original.
Keep one eye on the Cyclops
Most Rolex watches feature a cyclops lens that magnifies the date on the dial by 2.5x. At a first glance, fakes may look like they feature the cyclops lens, however, on further inspection, counterfeit Rolex watches only magnify the date slightly, or not at all.
With the exception of a few rare models, Rolex watch casebacks are crafted of a completely smooth brushed metal. If your watch features engraving on the caseback, or the caseback is clear and you can see the inner movements, it is likely you are dealing with a counterfeit.
Enlist a trusted jeweller to take the caseback off your Rolex and inspect the inner movement. Genuine Rolex movements are intricate featuring many fine details, including the Rolex brand engraved onto the piece. Fake models do not feature this engraving on the inner movement.
As Rolex watches are all about that luxuriously high end feel, the fine and intricate details really finish off the watch. Take a close look at your Rolex - if it is genuine, it will feature perfect, solid, fine lines in the serial number stamping, and the wording on the dial will be clear and consistent with the usual Rolex branding. Fakes are easier to spot this way, any inconsistencies with the font on the watch face, or illegible stamping, are a sure-fire way to spot a counterfeit Rolex watch.
Last but not least, an important thing to consider when distinguishing genuine models from fakes is the price point. If you have managed to snap up a bargain £200 Rolex watch, it is highly likely too good to be true. The average Rolex watch will set you back a few thousand, so keep this in mind when you are looking to invest.
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