Rolex watches which are a well-known status symbol have launched a meaningful counterfeit market. Replicas are often very nice and the differences between the real watch and a perfect replica could be difficult to find out. To show you assistance with this, please pay attention to the following guidelines.
There are two interesting features on the side of the watch which could be of great help to identify a fake. To begin with, 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 good enough, with light reflecting lines. On the contrary, the engraving on a replica watch will be sloppy and etched. Secondly, look for the winder. Fake watches will often have basic winders that move the minute and hour’s hands. The winder of a real Rolex will be finely crafted and include engravings and grooves.
Now, let’s 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 is present, this is not a real watch. Likewise, Rolex 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.
A real Rolex has an even, smooth second hand movement; there is no ticking noise. However, a counterfeit will, in contrast, have a stuttering second hand that jerks as it moves and may tick.
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 Rolex are normally heavier than other replica watches. If you can, compare the weight of the watch with another fake Rolex Daytona. A true Rolex will weigh significantly more than a replica.
Whilst cheaper pieces are much 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 great 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.