How to Tell If Your Rolex Is Real or Fake

difference between real or fake rolex

Rolex watches have gained the reputation as a timepiece that exudes confidence and establishment, and there are many who want the benefits of the reputation of this fine luxury timepiece without paying for it.  This isn’t a new phenomenon with products, so it’s imperative to train your eye to be on the lookout for differences between a real or fake Rolex.

First, you have to ask yourself why you’re wondering.  If you’d just like the knowledge in general, then I’d suggest looking at several Rolex watches, studying them in detail for nooks and crannies that make it distinct.  Buying one isn’t a bad option either.  You’ll notice the quality of it spending time with it on your wrist every day.  Like many things in life, the devil is in the details, and that’s where you’ll notice the difference in quality.

The elegance of a Rolex can only be imitated in glances and from a distance.  Anyone who knows a Rolex well like they’ve owned one for years will notice, but the untrained eye may not.

Here are a few key differences between a fake Rolex and a real one:

1. The quickest and easiest way to spot a fake Rolex is in the second hand.  If you didn’t know, Rolexes are known for their unique “gliding” second hand.  Most watches tick the seconds away, but a Rolex glides across the face of the watch.  It’s part of their perfect time-keeping mechanics and style.  A fake Rolex will likely have a ticking second hand. Some clever fake Rolex makers have made watches that tick rapidly every second to create the illusion of gliding, but if you look closely, you can spot the difference.

2. Check the serial number (the way it looks rather than what it is).  All engravings of serial and model numbers on fakes or replicas are primarily done with sub-standard equipment or done through laser etching, which is very inexpensive and easy to modify. Original watches, for the most part, have all of their serial/model #’s stamped with high quality equipment which is usually too expensive for replica makers to possess

3. A real Rolex will be heavier than a fake one.  Knowing the difference requires experience with Rolexes in general, but once you know, it’s hard not to spot the difference.  Fake Rolexes are made with cheaper parts, making them lighter.

4. The last way to tell is general perfection in the details.  Does the crown look rough, or the numbers look poorly crafted or edgy.  Just take a close look at a genuine Rolex and notice the quality in every detail of the watch.  It should exude perfection.  A fake one will fall short of this. It’s the hardest aspect of Rolexes to duplicate.

That should be it.  If you’re presented with a “genuine” Rolex, then use these four tips to decide if it’s legitimate or not.

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