How to Detect A Fake Rolex Watch

Rolex Watches are luxury items. Just like gold pendent, or silver bracelets, they are jewellery items which we get by paying lots of money. Rolex watches starts from a price of $3000 and goes to millions of dollars. The price is not only because of the reputation Rolex has gained in the market but also because each and every piece of Rolex watches is a masterpiece. Every watch is handmade, build by experts excellently.

Rolex watches are so reliable and tough that whether you are hiking to Mount Everest or Diving in the middle of Pacific ocean, they work perfectly. These watches are passed from generations to generations but still work for a very long time than any other watches in the market. Due to all these features as well as the special luxury touch, everyone wants to own a Rolex watch.

However, if you want to buy Rolex watches, you should always buy it from trusted store whether you are purchasing Rolex watches online or offline because non-authentic sources tend to sell fake Rolex watches. They are just Rolex replicas which only appear same but some of these people are so much experienced that they make their Rolex replicas almost identical from outside.

Obviously, neither you want these fake Rolex watches, nor these have the same features as the original ones but sometimes the seller, special deals, huge discount offers and other things might confuse you. And, for your own safety, when you are going to buy such expensive item, you should know how to detect a fake Rolex watch and how to verify a Rolex watch for its authenticity.

So, here I am telling you top 10 tips to to let know know how to detect a fake Rolex watch.

Know the Seller

The first and foremost task is to check out the source or confirm identity of the seller from whom you are planning to buy Rolex watch. The best way to buy Rolex watch is from its official website, The website though doesn’t let you buy Rolex watch online from the website but it can tell Rolex retailers near your location from where you can go and buy any desired Rolex Watch with full trust.

Rolex Official Website

However, if you are considering any other source which is not official then make sure that it is reputed source and it is a certified partner to sell Rolex watches. Avoid buying Rolex watches from eBay, craigslist or other such website where anonymous sellers are providing first or second hand Rolex watches even if the offer is appealing.

Check the Finish

Each and every Rolex watch is a masterpiece. So, even very little details are perfect. If you have Rolex watch in your hand, observe the finish. All the fonts should be perfectly fine and regular, all the details, markings, designs should be perfect. If you notice uneven fonts, inconsistency, irregular spaces, misspellings, irregularity or even littlest imperfection in design then the Rolex watch you are holding is definitely a fake.

Rolex Fonts

Movements of Watch

Rolex watches don’t tick. Unlike other wrist watches where the second hand moves by ticking, the second hand of Rolex watches don’t tick but sweep. Ticking movement is a sign that the watch is battery-powered but in Rolex watches, the sweep movement happens as a result of automatic/mechanical movement. The Rolex OysterQuartz is the only Rolex watch with battery which has quartz movement but other than this model, all other battery powered quartz (ticking) Rolex watches are fake.

Rolex Movement

Markings & Certifications

If you purchase Rolex watch from a trustworthy source, it will provide you with proper certificate of ownership for the Rolex watch. If you have to identify only by looking to a Rolex watch to tell whether it is real or fake, you can use markings. Real Rolex watches come with a number of markings – check out the markings on the dial and buckle, confirm that every world is spelled correctly, check the serial number inside the bracelet, serial number at either end of the case. In modern Rolex watches, there is serial number engraved at the bottom of dial too.

Moreover, there is a micro-etched crystal at 6. Observe all these markings, observe their finish, make sure these are laser-etched and *not* printed. The Fake ones don’t have all these markings at such perfection. Moreover, laser etching is expensive so its highly unlikely for fake Rolex watches to have laser-etched inscription unless the creator has expensive equipment.

Fake Rolex Watches are Light

Real Rolex watches are made of of high-quality metals. So, they are a lot heavier in comparison to the Rolex replicas being sold in markets. If you have same Rolex watches, you can weigh them to know which one is the real Rolex watch instantly as their will be a significant difference between their weights.

Rolex Winder Craftmanship

As I told above, every part of Rolex watch is a piece of art. Even the crown of Rolex watch which is used to wind minute hand has very graceful design crafted on it with the Rolex symbol. Fake Rolex watches don’t bother about these details and put plain winder to these watches. If the Rolex watch you hold has simple crown then it is a Fake Rolex Watch.

Cyclops Lens

Rolex introduced this new concept of cyclops lens which is a small lens-piece available above date. This magnifies the date 2.5 times to make it easier to read. Most of the fake Rolex watches don’t have this cyclops lens and even if some these fakes tried to mimic cyclops lens, it will not be perfectly fit, neither it will be providing any magnification.

Clear Caseback

Though there are a lot of markings through-out the Rolex watch, the caseback is intentionally kept clear, not even the Rolex symbol is there. So, if the Rolex watch you have has a lot of engraved design or symbols then it probably is a fake Rolex watch. However, Rolex customer can engrave custom design or message on the caseback by their will but it’s rarely the case because this decreases the watch’s value.

Real vs Fake Rolex Caseback

Waterproof Test

Rolex watches are made to withstand the toughest nature conditions. So, they are waterproof. A severe water-resistant test is done to each Rolex watch to make sure they are 100% waterproof. You can try checking water-resistant of the Rolex watch that you’re holding to check this quality but this is not recommended because if it’s a fake Rolex watch and water enters inside it then the seller will not accept defective piece.

Rolex Water Resistant

Get it checked from Experts

Lastly, if you are in doubt and their is no one to help then you can take your Rolex watch to an experienced watchmaker which can check inner movement and inner craftmanship of your Rolex watch to tell whether it is real or fake. Their are markings at the inside too which will only be visible after removing the lid, so he can confirm it for you.

If it’s also not possible, you can directly take it to the official Rolex retailer and they will quickly tell whether the watch you are holding is a real Rolex watch or just a replica. Before going their, if you want to try some indirect ways to confirm the authenticity of your Rolex watch, you can take help of Rolex experts at RolexForums.

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Pursuing MCA from the University of Delhi, Saurabh Saha is an experienced blogger and internet marketer. Through his popular technology blogs: TechGYD.COM &, he is helping several brands to gain exposure in front of high-quality web visitors.