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How to tell if a Rolex is real

We buy and sell quite a few used Rolex watches.  Because we are one of the largest buyers of Estate and Pre-owned Rolex watches in San Jose, we have years of experience of spotting counterfeits.  In this article, I will not be able to turn you into an expert at spotting fakes, however I will be able to show you some of the things that we look for.

The dial:  The first thing that I look at on a watch is the dial.  When I am looking to buy a genuine Rolex watch I want to make sure that the dial is clean, all of the lettering is intact, and the dial and hands are not spotted.  One of the steps of checking for a counterfeit Rolex is looking at the lettering under magnification to see if it is perfect.

 

 

This is a counterfeit Rolex dial

This is a counterfeit Rolex dial

You can see above in a counterfeit Rolex dial the lettering looks dotted, and is very poor quality.

 

As you can see in an original Rolex dial the lettering is perfect.

Original Rolex dial

Original Rolex dial

The Movement:  The next thing we will check is the movement.  You need a special key to open the back of a Rolex without damaging it, and we have one.  After we have taken the back off of the watch, we examine the movement.  Typically on a fake Rolex there is no attempt to make the movement look original, so one look is usually all that is necessary.  You can see in this photo of a counterfeit Rolex movement that they did decorate the oscillating weight with the Rolex crown, however nothing about this movement is even close to an original.

This is a counterfeit Rolex movement

This is a counterfeit Rolex movement.

 

The Bracelet:  The third thing that we will do when checking the authenticity of a Rolex watch is to examine the bracelet.  Rolex bracelets are EXTREMELY well made, and even after many years of wear the details will be pretty sharp.  The stamps are pretty telling.  We are looking for nice crisp lines and very precise stamping.

This is a counterfeit Rolex clasp

This is a counterfeit Rolex clasp

The example above is a counterfeit Rolex clasp, and you can see the stamping is not clean and very flattened out, and also the pattern is not correct.

This is an original Rolex clasp

This is an original Rolex clasp

In the example above, you can see that the stamping is very clean and sharp.  The detail is PERFECT, and that is what you look for in an original Rolex product.

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