Guest Post by Jonathan Butler:
If you are not an expert, then buying a second-hand Rolex watch can be a tricky business. There are a lot of high quality fakes on the market that need to be avoided. However, with a few simple tricks you should be able to ensure you get a genuine model.
1. The Weight
A fake Rolex will often not be the correct weight. A genuine Rolex will be made with weight being fairly evenly distributed throughout the timepiece and bracelet, this is often not the case in a fake Rolex where a lot of the weight will be held in the timepiece.
2. The Second Hand
On a genuine Rolex the second hand moves in eighths of a second, and therefore the movement appears almost completely fluid to the naked eye. Often with a fake watch the movement of the second hand will be somewhat jerky. Another tell-tale sign that you would never find in a genuine Rolex.
3. The Wording
On a genuine Rolex watch the wording ‘Swiss Made’ is laser printed on. This means it is made of lots of tiny dots. This can only be seen under a magnifying glass. On a fake the text is often just a label or impressed mark.
4. The Glass
The glass used in a genuine Rolex is made from sapphire crystal. This means that you can only scratch it with diamond. This doesn’t mean you should try and scratch the glass of every Rolex you try to buy, but be aware that if the glass does have any imperfections on it then this could be an indication of a fake.
5. The Date Lens
The lens that sits over the area of the date to magnify it should sit directly over it. Sometimes with a fake Rolex the lens over the date may be slightly off center. This would never be the case with a real Rolex and should ring some alarm bells.
These are just some general pointers to get you started. If you are seriously considering buying a Rolex watch it is recommended to go to an accredited jeweler or watchmaker. If you are ever in doubt ask for it to be inspected and valued by an expert.
Jonathan is the owner of Libertons, an online jewelry and watch marketplace, and regularly blogs about all things antique.Read More