Differences fake Rolex Watch
Counterfeit and pirated goods cost the UK economy £1.3bn every year. The most common counterfeit goods include handbags, clothing, accessories and electronics. Rolex watches – a widely known status symbol – have generated a significant counterfeit market. Fakes are often very good, and the differences between the real watch and a clever replica can be hard to spot. To help you with this, check out the following guidelines.
LOOK AT THE SIDE OF THE WATCH
There are two features on the side of the watch that can help identify a fake. Firstly, look for the serial and case reference numbers, which will be engraved on the watch’s side. The engraving on a real timepiece will be very fine, with light reflecting lines. In contrast, the engraving on a fake watch will be sloppy and etched. Secondly, look for the winder. Fake watches will often have basic winders that move the minute and hour hands. The winder of a real Rolex will be finely crafted and include engravings and grooves.
CHECK THE BACK
Look on the back of the watch: a true Rolex will have a smooth case back with no engravings, logos or markings. If any of the former are present, this is not a real watch. Likewise, Rolexes will rarely have a clear see-through back case (the exception being the new Prince model) – if you can see inside of the watch, it’s most likely not real.
THE QUART DIAL MOVEMENT AND SOUND
A real Rolex has an even, smooth second hand movement; there is no ticking noise. A counterfeit will, in contrast, have a stuttering second hand that jerks as it moves and may tick.
THE WEIGHT AND MATERIALS OF THE WATCH
Look at the materials of the timepiece. The watch should be made of 24K gold, stainless steel or platinum; it will never be gold plated, chrome, chrome plated or two toned. The quality of the materials used also means that Rolexes are normally heavier than other watches. If you can, compare the weight of the watch with another Rolex. A true Rolex will weigh significantly more than a counterfeit.
THE CYCLOPS LENS
Explore the Cyclops lens on the face of the timepiece: does it magnify the date?
On most counterfeits, the date will appear as the same size.
THE EXPENSIVE FAKE
Whilst cheaper pieces are easier to spot, expensive fakes are often much harder. If you are planning to purchase a Rolex that is over £400 privately, it is a good idea to have a watchmaker or certified appraiser to check the piece over. He or she will be able to remove the back of the timepiece, and verify its inner movements and authenticity.
2005 AND BEYOND
For newer timepieces (2005 – present), Rolex introduced a number of additional anti-counterfeiting methods. Firstly, newer pieces include an engraving (‘ROLEX’ and the watch’s serial number) at 6 o’clock under the crystal. Fake pieces that attempt to copy this feature often have this printed rather than engraved. Secondly, there will now be a small engraved Rolex crown at 6 o’clock on the crystal, although the crown is often difficult to spot with the naked eye. In contrast, replicas will often have a crown that is so large that you can easily spot it.
Thirdly, newer pieces often have an added model number engraving and two small Rolex crowns on the end of the watch link. Be warned however, higher end fakes have copied this feature effectively. The new fourth feature introduced by Rolex, is a display case back on the new Prince model, showcasing the watches movement making replicating these models very hard. The final new feature added by Rolex, is a shorter clasp included in newer DateJust and Daytona models. Most replicas will still use the old clasp style.
Following these guidelines can help you identify cheaper replicas, however more expensive counterfeits can be very difficult to spot without the help of a specialist.