How to Spot a Fake Rolex

It’s one of the biggest jokes in crime noir and mystery novels. The street vendor who guarantees passersby that he has a genuine, Rolex brand time piece that he’ll part with for a fraction of what a bigger store would charge. And every day, dozens if not hundreds of people fall for this trick, disappointed not so much that they don’t in fact have a Rolex, but that they were taken in by a con. There are more than a few tell tale signs that will separate the real deal from a knock off being sold off the top of a cardboard box, though.

The easiest way to spot a fake Rolex in this case is to just flip it over and have a look at the back. If you see any engravings on the back of the casing, then walk away, because real Rolex watches have smooth casings… there shouldn’t be so much as a brand stamp there if it’s genuine. Additionally, if the back of the case is clear so that you can see the inner workings of the watch, that’s another detail. No Rolex watch has a clear back.

The materials of the watch are also a dead give away. Rolex watches are made from both stainless steel and solid gold, but they’re never made with both of these. Two-toned watches (those that have both gold and stainless steel mixed together), watches that are gold plated, chrome, or chrome plated are most definitely not Rolex brand watches. It should be mentioned though that some Rolex watches are made of platinum.

Of course, one of the biggest signs that a Rolex is fake is what’s being charged for it. Rolex watches cost over $2,000 most times. If you think that you’re buying one of these elegant, beautiful time pieces for $100 to $200 then chances are that you are about to be taken in big time. Just remember the key rule to avoid being scammed. If it sounds too good to be true then chances are that it is.

There are of course some smaller signs to spotting a fake Rolex. For instance, real Rolex watches don’t emit any sort of a ticking sound as they run. Additionally, the second hand of a Rolex watch moves smoothly, rather than jerking from one second mark to the next. These are both sure signs that a watch is not a Rolex if either one, much less both, are present.

Keep in mind that the defects will vary from one fake to another. Of course in the end, there’s only one, sure way to tell whether or not your Rolex watch is real. Go to a registered dealer, find the serial number of your Rolex watch, and have it checked up on. Chances are good that if the watch is bought at the proper price, and from a reputable dealer, that you won’t have anything to worry about… but it never hurts knowing what to look for when trying to avoid a scam.


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