How to Spot a Fake Rolex

As one of the most luxurious brands out there, it’s not surprising that there are several companies that try to replicate Rolex watches and sell them as the real deal. In fact, it’s one of the most counterfeited watch brands out there, so if you’re considering buying one, it’s important to keep your eyes open for fakes.

The good news is that there are often multiple ways to tell the difference between a counterfeit Rolex and a real one. Here are just a few that you’ll want to keep in mind:

1. Real Rolex watches weigh more

There’s no doubt that a real Rolex will be made with high-quality metals – which is something that can’t generally be said about counterfeits. This difference is often made clear by the weight of the watch, as a fake is likely to be far more lightweight in comparison. A real Rolex will generally be hefty, which often makes it easier to spot the difference.

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2. Rolexes have quality winders

If you’ve ever seen a real Rolex, you may notice that the winders aren’t overlooked; they’re just as detailed as any other part of the watch, often having engravings and grooves that make each one unique. A fake Rolex is likely to have a basic winder however, since crafting a tiny, quality piece such as this just isn’t worthwhile for a counterfeit (and most will buy regardless of whether or not it has a detailed winder, since they probably don’t know the difference).

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3. A true Rolex won’t stutter

Rolex watches have smooth hand movements, which is something that many fakes struggle to replicate. In most cases, if you look closely at a fake, you’ll see that the second hand stutters as it moves along – which is a telltale sign that you shouldn’t buy it. Ticking can be another thing to look out for, but some counterfeit companies create more convincing mechanisms than others.

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4. Real Rolex watches have a Cyclops lens

A true Rolex will magnify the date, thanks to the Cyclops lens that is used. Fortunately for buyers, this is another thing that’s difficult for counterfeit companies to copy, so most will just hope that customers won’t notice the difference. This is a common feature, so once you know the secret, it’s hard to miss when examining a fake.

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5. Rolexes aren’t cheap

Finally, and probably one of the most noticeable differences at first glance, is that it’s very unlikely that you’ll find a real Rolex for a low cost. The cheapest model is over $5,000, so anything that’s significantly less is likely to be a fake. Some individuals may sell a real Rolex second-hand for a lower price, but if it’s in good condition there shouldn’t be a drastic price drop.

It’s best to not get your hopes up if something is too good to be true. Always look out for the little details, like the ones mentioned in this list, to ensure that you don’t end up with a fake Rolex. As most individuals would agree, it’s just not worth it.

My first job after leaving school was a sales assistant in a jewelry shop, since then I have always had a fascination with the movement of watches.

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