Rolex is one of the top 100 most influential brands in the world. Rolex’s luxury watches represent a person’s success and status. So Rolex watches are always copied. Today, replica watches are at an advanced level like never before. So fake watches are no longer easy to identify. However, there are some details that can distinguish true and false Rolex.
Rolex is a luxury watch brand. It never uses inferior materials. Materials used by Rolex include 904L stainless steel, 18ct Everose gold, gold, and platinum. If you see a Rolex watch made of 316L or 14k gold, this is definitely a fake watch.
Also be careful not to be deceived by the surface. Because many sellers will plate gold on stainless steel. This gold-plated fake watch will fade and the stainless steel hidden under the gold will be exposed. And no matter how you rub a true gold Rolex watch, there is always gold under the gold.
Real Rolex watches have always used advanced materials. And these materials will have a heavier weight. So really Rolex watches are heavy. Lightweight Rolex watches (such as Day-Date) generally weigh more than 130g. Large-sized Rolex sports watches (such as Yacht-Master II 44MM) weigh more than 200g. So, when you get a lighter Rolex watch, you have to wonder if this watch is a fake Rolex.
Rolex does not use a transparent back cover. Except for the two Cellini Princes of the 1930s. It is almost impossible to buy a Cellini Prince watch now. So when you see a Rolex with a transparent or non-metallic back cover, then this Rolex is a fake watch.
There is one more thing you need to know on the back cover. Rolex has always used a smooth back cover. Except for the rare Sea Dweller and Milgauss, the back cover has a “Rolex Oyster Original Gas Escape Escape Valve”. Of course, the probability of buying these two watches is almost zero. So when you see a Rolex watch engraved with a text back, it is most likely a fake watch.
The Cyclops at the three o’clock date window is a patent of Rolex. In fact, Cyclops is hard to be imitated by fake watches. Although it’s just a small date window, it has a lot of sweet details. First the numbers are completely centered. Second, the magnifying glass magnifies the date by 2.5 times, and it is always 2.5 times. Finally, the Cyclops lens is directly above the date. This means that the date will occupy the entire glass bubble, and you can see the clear date from all directions. If you see the date number off-center, the magnification is incorrect, or it is difficult to see the date from the side, then this is a fake Rolex watch.
5.Rolex Model And Serial Number
Rolex watches are uniquely numbered. Model number is etched between the lugs at 12 o’clock. And the serial number is etched between the lugs at 6 o’clock. Although the model and serial number can been copied by fake Rolex watches. But the way of sculpting numbers is not something any scammer can do. The serial and model numbers on a real Rolex are deep and perfectly marked in solid, very fine lines that will shine in the light at an angle like a diamond cut edge. Conversely, the fake watches may consist of faint tiny dots. Some fake watches will have a sandy-like appearance because of “acid etched”.
6.Text Inside And Around The Dial
At 6 and 12 o’clock on the Rolex dial, there are series and brand texts. When you check the true Rolex with a magnifying glass or jeweler’s lenses, you will find that every letter and crown on the dial is perfect. Each letter has a smooth curve and is in a straight line. The space between words and letters has also remained consistent. Next move the magnifying glass to the dial of the fake watch. The lowest level fake watches will have misspelled words, and you should immediately notice that it is a fake table. Also, you may find that the printing technology used on this fake watch is not good because the enlarged letters look a little uneven or smudged.
On the metal edges of a true dial, there will be a beautifully etched inscription. The inscription of a true Rolex watch should be exquisite, accurate, elegant and flawless. In addition, the inscription should be neatly etched onto the metal frame. Generally speaking, Rolex’s Oyster series have etched inscriptions, except for the rectangular dial watches in the Cellini series. If the inscription appears to be replaced by paint or printing, the watch is likely to be a fake.
7.Small crown at six
From the early to mid 2000s, Rolex began to etch the crown logo on the dial crystal. If your Rolex was made during this time period, it should have a tiny crown logo at 6 o’clock. But the crown etched at six is ??very small, so you need to use a magnifying glass or a jeweler’s lens to see it. It is very difficult for fake watch manufacturers to reproduce the etched crown at six o’clock. So the fake watch may not have an etched crown or a larger crown. If you see the etched crown logos with the naked eye or you can’t see them with a magnifying glass, then this Rolex may be a fake watch.
8.Sound and second hand movement
Because really Rolex watches are powered by automatic movements. So Rolex doesn’t make a “tick” noise. Put your Rolex watch in your ear. If you can hear the “tick, tick” sound, then this is a fake Rolex watch.
The reason Rolex has no sound is that the real movement subdivides it into eight steps per second. This provides an almost smooth and continuous cleaning feel (28,800 times per hour). This requires an expensive, high-quality movement to complete. So even if the replica Rolex watch uses a Swiss-made movement, you can still see a jumping hand. The jumping pointer must be a fake watch. But if you see a smooth hour hand, you still have to investigate the actual movement inside the watch.
Real Rolex watches have very good water resistance. And Rolex Submariner is a watch specially designed for deep water use. When you buy a Rolex watch, you need to perform a water resistance test. Fill the cup with water, and then put the watch with the crown tightened. Remove the watch after a few seconds. If water enters the dial or the watch stops working, then this is a fake watch. Because really Rolex watches will not be affected by this glass of water.
10.Box and certificate
Rolex, as a serious luxury watch brand, not only has the best quality watches, but also exquisite boxes. Real Rolex watches are placed in high jewelry boxes. The box usually has a bracket to fix the watch and a small cloth to clean the watch. The watch should also have a manual and warranty document. And all packaging should carry “Rolex” and logo. If your Rolex watch lacks these accessories or doesn’t see the Rolex logo, then this is a fake watch. Of course second-hand Rolex watches may not have the box and certificate, so you can use the other methods mentioned in the article for a comprehensive inspection.