The Rolex watch is a status symbol, It’s the Rolls Royce of all Watches. If you have a Rolex, you probably have money, It tells others that you have it. This is why it’s the most copied watch in the world today. Rolex was first produced in London England under the name W & D. Alfred Davis and Hans Wilsdorf. Today Rolex is the top selling high quality watch.
If you buy direct from a dealer or watch store you will pay full price and get a genuine watch. However it IS possible to get a genuine Rolex watch from newspaper advertisements or better still here on E-Bay. The best deals on a Rolex watch can be found on e-bay.
Lots of the counterfeits now use mechanical movements that lets the sweep second hand glide around the dial chapters, Something common to all Genuine Rolex. Others use a quartz movement where the sweep second hand ticks every second as it steps around the dial, an obvious fake. However Rolex did make a few models that used quartz movements. This was in the 1980’s. They soon dropped the idea so don’t expect to see this. If it has a second hand that ticks, it’s probably a fake.
Some of the anti-counterfeiting methods are:
You can take your watch to a qualified watchmaker and let him/her determine if your watch is genuine Rolex or not. Or you can remove the watchband. Check between the lugs at the 12 position and see if it has an engraved "Registered Design" number. If you see no number, it is fake. Now check between the lugs at the 6 position. Here you should see a serial number of the case. If there is no number, again it is fake.
Small engraved Rolex crown at 6 o'clock on the crystal Most fake Rolex’s now have this feature, but use a much cruder and larger crown than Rolex uses. Rolexes crown is difficult to spot with the naked eye. Most replicas have a crown so large you can spot it easily while it's on your wrist.
On gold colored watches, look for signs of wear on the lug ends and on the case backs. Fake Rolex watches will often display area where the gold color has worn off, exposing the cheap white colored base metal of the case below. Check the watch bands and look at the clasp. The Rolex clasp is nicely engraved with the old original Rolex emblem. This appears on both gold and stainless clasps on watchbands.
Another thing to look for is the weight of the watch. Gold Rolex watches are very very heavy as compared to the fakes, which are Very light for their apparent mass. This is because the weight of gold is much greater than the weight of a base metal. Stainless steel Rolex watches also has more weight to them because stainless is also much thicker and heavier than the base metal used in cheap fake watches.
Engraving on band end-links, Some new Rolex models have added model number engravings on the end of the watch end-link. This engraving includes the band model as well as two small Rolex crowns. This however has started to be copied by fake producers.
Some of the new High quality Fakes are now here in and are hard to spot. They are known as Genuine Replica Rolex. Basically is a fake. I can spot them but the average joe needs to take care. If buying on ebay do a little research. If someone has been buying used jeans and $15 child car seat, would this same person just happen to have a $10,000 new Rolex for sale they no longer need? Look at the feedback, look at what they have been buying and selling.
A genuine Rolex is perfect in every way. The date if viewed through the Cyclops is dead center no to the left or right. The Cyclops is the glass magnifier on top of the Crystal (glass). On a genuine Rolex it will magnify 2.5 times. So the number should look large. The replicas magnify approx 1 x if at all.
The most fake Rolex on sale here is the Datejust, followed by the Daytona and sub-mariner. The GMT is only showing up in the Replica market.
Rolex do also make a watch called the Tudor. They are basically the same watches, some may have fewer jewels and they are not so highly advertised, but in general the same watches, and still made by Rolex. It is VERY rare to come across a fake Tudor. Why? It’s really like going out buying a Roll Royce and sticking a Ford badge on the front.
Most genuine Rolex owners like the name, the brand and class that a Rolex projects. Either here is a successful man/woman or someone that wants the best. The Tudor has none of this its just a great watch. Producers of fakes will not go to the trouble of copying a Tudor, when the final sales price will be lower.
When buying a Rolex on eBay, as always deal with someone who have a proven track record in selling Rolex watches. Check out the feedback. How long have they been selling on e-bay? Another thing to look for are sellers who have all documents associated with the Rolex you are thinking about buying.
Always ask a seller questions about any Rolex watch that is offered for sale on eBay. A good seller will always answer any questions that you have. A new e-bay scam just started, is a seller buying a mass of 99 cent items to obtain good feedback, and then start selling expensive items and fakes. He or She could be just selling out of an Internet cafe, so always check out all the feedback. See if they have been selling for a long time. If they have great. Enjoy your Rolex, It’s a great investment.
What do I do If I discover my Rolex is a fake? If you bought it on e-bay and paid by pay pal. Contact pal pal. Plus contact the local Police, they have a department to investigate fruad, and scams like this. It will help others in the future. Pal pal will issue investigate, and you will probably get your money back.
Gold Rule: PLEASE only pay by Pay Pal. Never any other way.
If you are thinking of buying a ROLEX or just interested in the history, You really need to buy this book first. Its called A Movement in Time with Breitling & Rolex, An Unauthoruzed history, The sections on how to spot a fake are the best you will find, its well worth the investment.