Want To Buy A Rolex Watch? Learn How To Spot A Fake!

Fake rolex
Fake rolex

From HOW TO SPOT A FAKE ROLEX

If you’re in the market to buy a Rolex watch, you need to know how to spot a fake.  I’ve done some research and wanted to share with you what I learned so you can be an educated consumer.  After all, both new and pre-owned Rolex watches are an investment and you don’t want to be throwing your money away on a counterfeit piece of jewelry.

According to estimates by the Swiss Customer Service, there are some 30 to 40 million counterfeit watches put into circulation each year.  That means your chances of coming across one are significant.  However, after reading this guide, I hope you will have an idea of what a fake Rolex looks like and you won’t become a victim of an unscrupulous seller.  In addition I’ve researched what I believe to be five of the best trusted eBay Powersellers that specialize in Rolex watches and accessories.  If you would like to check out these sellers’ stores and auctions to see what they have for sale, you can find the link to my review and their current listings (updated automatically) on my About Me page.

Swiss Customs estimates that 40% of counterfeit watches come from China. The BaselWorld annual watch trade show attracts people from China whose actual job it is to take pictures of the watches on display from prestigious watch brands.  As a result, a counterfeit version of a new or prototypical design is often launched in the marketplace before the real, authentic version is.

There are different types of counterfeits:

There are two groups of counterfeit watches.  The first group consists of low-priced imitations that keep time.  A cheap counterfeit watch sports the name of a prestigious designer brand, but lacks the functions and design.  The second group involves counterfeit watches made to resemble the original designer watch.  There are some higher-priced imitation watches that are made from higher quality materials and have gold-colored parts and leather straps.

Like many high-priced, designer watches, Rolex watches are frequently counterfeited and are sold illegally on the internet, on the streets, and at flea markets.  These fakes are primarily made in Asian countries such as India, Korea, Taiwan and mainland China (however, there are counterfeit Rolexes being made in the USA as well).  The prices are anywhere between $5-$1,000 depending on the quality of the replica.  The higher-end counterfeits can have parts fabricated from solid karat gold (although many gold Rolex counterfeits use gold electroplating).  The fake Rolex trade has become so sophisticated, that there are even full-color, glossy marketing materials to accompany these fakes made in China and sold to retail vendors throughout Asia.

Characteristics of Counterfeit Rolexes:

  • One common giveaway that a Rolex is a fake is a transparent case back which allows the watch movements to be seen.  Rolex has almost never produced a watch like this except for some extremely rare models from the 1930’s and some very new Cellini Price models.
    • Authentic Rolex watches never have a manufacturer engraving of a logo, design or Rolex name on the outside of the caseback.  The only exception to this is the Sea-Dweller which says “Rolex Oyster Original Gas Escape Valve” on the back in black along with two Rolex logos.
    • Genuine Rolex models are free of engravings on the caseback, therefore they are smooth (however, there are some ladies’ models with engraving on the caseback).
    • More recently, some genuine Rolex models were shipped new from the factory with a 3-dimensional, Hologram-encoded sticker on the caseback with a floating Rolex crown positioned above the watch’s case reference number, which is now printed in black.  Most fake stickers are a solid green color or are actually a repetitious “Rolex” pattern, not a hologram.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex Watch

fake rolex
fake rolex

A Rolex watch is one of the most luxurious timepieces in the world. The name alone is synonymous with wealth and luxury. Due to its popularity, the Rolex watch is often counterfeited and sold to unknowing customers who think that they are getting the real thing at a good price. However, it is possible to spot these fakes and avoid purchasing them. All it takes is a thorough knowledge of the Rolex brand and a dose of common sense.

  1. Check the back of the watch. If there are any engravings or imprints, be advised that this is not a real Rolex watch. The real watches have a smooth caseback without any engravings or other markings, not even a logo. Moreover, if you can see the inside of the watch because it has a clear, see-through backcase, be advised that this is also a fake. Real Rolexes do not have any versions that reveal the “inner workings” of the watch.
  2. Check the materials of the watch. A real Rolex is made of either 24K gold, platinum or stainless steel. No genuine Rolex watch is ever gold-plated or made of chrome or chrome-plated. If you spot a Rolex replica watches uk that is made of chrome or is two-toned (partly gold and partly stainless steel), you can be sure that it is a fake.
  3. Check the “made in” sign. Most Rolex replica watches are made in Switzerland, which is indicated by a “Swiss Made” sign near the bottom of the watch. If the manufacturer’s mark on your watch says “made in China” or any other country with a reputation for producing cheaply-made products, you would be wise to avoid purchasing it.Take the watch to a certified appraiser. This is the only sure way to determine if your Rolex watch is fake or real
  4. Locate the serial and case reference numbers that are engraved on the side of the timepiece. A real Rolex watch will feature the engraving in very fine, light-reflecting lines. A fake Rolex watch will feature an engraving that has a shoddy, etched appearance. Moreover, many counterfeiters simply use the same series of numbers on all their watches and this is a dead giveaway of a fake.
  5. Note the price. Genuine Rolex watches as of 2009 sell for upwards of a hundred dollars while some are over thousands of dollars. Don’t be fooled by “bargains” that sell Rolexes for £65-$200. Remember that if the price seems too good to be true, it most likely is.
  6. Listen for a ticking sound. If the watch ticks, it’s a fake. A true Rolex does not make a traditional “tick-tock” sound like most watches.
  7. Make sure the “second hand” on the watch sweeps over the numbers without stopping. If the “second hand” jerks as it moves, then the watch is definitely a Rolex replica uk.

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How to Spot a Fake Omega Watch

Omega, a Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches, debuted its first product, the Gurzelen Patent pocket watch, in 1885. Since each watch Omega manufactures is the result of heavy artistic planning and because its standards of quality are so rigorous, its products often are imitated by copycats who create substandard versions for equal or discounted prices. It’s important to be able to spot a fake Omega watch, so you don’t end up paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars for poor quality.

fake omega
fake omega
  1. Assess the luminosity and glow of the watch, authentic Omega watches use a particular substance called “LumiNova” on the dial, hands and other areas of their watches. Fake Omega watches will not glow as brightly in the dark. Instead they may emit a faint glow or no glow at all.
  2. Look at the spelling of every piece of written text on the watch. Due to the fact that knock-off Omega watches often have poor quality control, words aren’t always proofread or checked. A misspelled word, no matter how small the error, is an absolute sign that a watch is a fake.
  3. Use a jeweller’s loupe or a magnifying glass to examine the dial and, if there, the date wheel. You need some degree of magnification to aptly assess if the letters and numbers are printed with the absolute crispest precision, if they look a bit blurry or if there is slight overlap between the characters. Such workmanship would not pass Omega quality standards and is most likely a fake.
  4. Use a jeweller’s loupe or magnifying glass to search for contaminants. Due to the fact that there are poor standards of workmanship in factories that specialise in fake Omega watches, dirt, dust or hairs can be found under the frame or glass. Look carefully.