Looking to sell/buy a used Rolex, but aren’t sure if what you have (or want) is the “real deal”? You’re hardly alone! I was too, but the good people at Swiss Wrist are all about helping their customers get the most money for their used Rolexes. I spoke with them for the last few days and I learned a lot about spotting a fake vs authentic used rolex. So if you aren’t sure whether your timepiece is a fake, check out the following tips and tricks for ensuring the watch is authentic:
**Update: There is an incredibly information comment provided by a reader below this post for some more ways you can spot a fake Rolex and keep yourself safe. Check it out when you’re done reading!
1) Check the Casebook
Examine the caseback of your used Rolex. Genuine Rolex watches never feature open casebacks, however their faux counterparts often include clear or skeleton casebacks that reveal the watch’s mechanisms.
Inspect the caseback for designs and engravings as well. Real Rolex watches always feature smooth casebacks, while fake versions often feature engravings or assorted designs. The real timepieces also include 3D hologram encoded stickers on their casebacks, whereas faux Rolexes have stickers with patterns that look the same from any angle.
2) Look at the Logo
Check your watch for the Rolex crown logo, which is found below the 6 o’clock marker on the face. You’ll need a magnifying glass to find this tiny symbol, however it should feature a clean design free of rough edges. Fake Rolex logos always look poorly designed!
3) Inspect the Dial
Any authentic new or pre-owned Rolex features a crystal watch dial that includes a circular bubble for magnifying the date. Fake versions feature off-center bubbles made of glass that do little to magnify. The numbers on the watch dial should also include even edges and an overall clean design.
4) Don’t Forget the Serial Number
Check the serial number on the side of your pre-owned Rolex, as it should feature highly-detailed engraving that creates a smooth appearance. While fake Rolexes often include the same serial numbers as real ones, the engraving is hardly clean.
Hold your pre-owned Rolex up to your ear. Does it make a ticking sound? If so, it’s a fake! No real Rolex watch ticks.
6) Check the Weight
Faux Rolex watches are usually quite lightweight. If a pre-owned Rolex is too light, it’s probably a fake.
7) Watch the Second Hand
Take a minute to observe the watch’s second hand. Does it glide or “sweep” over the watch face, or make jerky movements? If movement is jerky and uneven, the watch is not authentic.
8) Examine the Watch Band
Unlike real Rolex watches, fake pieces have hollow band links. These links are often held together with pins rather than quality screws.
Also keep in mind that any real Rolex will not leak when underwater!
If you go for a used rolex, enjoy it! And now you can do so stress free because you know you’re getting an authentic used rolex.