Rolex is a universally recognised brand committed to producing watches that represent the ultimate luxury, excellence and elegance. While the Swiss manufacturer is known to produce more than 2,000 watches each day, there is also a market that produces counterfeit Rolex watches varying dramatically in quality. In short-term financial emergencies, you may decide to sell your Rolex watch to raise some fast cash right away. Whether it was gifted or bought from the second hand market, you may find it difficult to establish the authenticity of your Rolex watch before selling it in London or anywhere in the UK.
Although the counterfeit Rolex watches are becoming increasingly advanced in recent years, some key things can help you to determine whether your Rolex timepiece is fake or real. Take a look!
- Serial Numbers
The serial number of a genuine Rolex watch is engraved deeply into its metal. This number is situated behind where the band joins the watch’s body on the 6 o’clock side. On the contrary, a fake Rolex timepiece usually has the serial number carved with acid.
While a genuine Rolex watch will have its model number on the 12 o’clock side, counterfeiters do not often bother to change these numbers, and instead, they print the same digits on every replica. You can just remove the band of your watch by using a small paper clip or pushpin to see the model number.
However, the brand is reportedly known to have refined their methodology in this respect by muddling the serial numbers in the new Rolex productions. And, only a professional Rolex dealer can help you to date them.
- Quality and weight
While Rolex produces watches of utmost quality and accuracy, counterfeit watch makers have become increasingly proficient at designing high-quality fake timepieces. A genuine Rolex comes with a precise engraving, solid bracelet links and will also, feel heavy. The coronet marking at the 6 o’clock position is visible only by using a magnifying glass, whereas, in counterfeits, it can be seen clearly with the naked eye.
Moreover, a real Rolex timepiece will be typically heavier than its counterfeits because it is made up of real metal and crystal. Your Rolex watch should feel substantial and solid on your wrist and hand.
The watch case also plays an essential role in determining whether your Rolex is fake or real. While the case back of your asset must be plain with no logo or engravings, new Rolexes come with a hologram on their case, making it a feasible way to help in verifying the authenticity.
Many Rolex watches feature a small window that shows the date and a small magnification lens or ‘Cyclops’ to make it effortless to read. Being a convex lens, you will feel a bump running your finger over it and is situated right over the date.
If the Cyclops over the date dial does not magnify the date, your Rolex is probably a fake one. A real Rolex magnification lens is apparently known to amplify the date up to 2.5x, taking up virtually the entire date window.
- The Tick
As with any Rolex, the second hand in your watch will move so smoothly that it will not make any ‘ticking’ noise. Generally, the second hand motion in many watches may be jerky because they have quartz movements not automatic. Thus, when the second hand shifts precipitously, it produces the ‘tick, tick’ sound.
Reversely, Rolex movements are mechanical and self-winding. Indeed, a Rolex movement is broken down into eight micro ticks per second, making it look like a ceaseless motion. If you hear a slow ‘tick’ sound coming from your timepiece or see that the second hand jerking with every tick, you are not possibly wearing an authenticated one. However, every Rolex model features a particular style of hands. Like for example, the Yacht-Master comes with a thicker minute hand, whereas the hands of Rolex Daytona stretch a little bit longer, extending all the way to the hash marks.
While today’s Counterfeiters may be proficient enough to replicate the advanced movements of luxury watches like Rolex, they often use whatever components are available for saving money and hope that buyers may overlook such detail.
Choose a professional Buyer to verify your Rolex’s Authenticity
Although some fake Rolexes can be spotted easily by comparing it with another same watch, others may require trained eyes for checking their authenticity. Thus, it may be a good idea to take your luxury timepiece to a potential Rolex watch buyer in London or any other big city to assess its authenticity. A professional watch dealer will not only determine your watch’s authenticity but also, can carry out an accurate valuation and ultimately, provide you with the most competitive price in the market if your Rolex is genuine.