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How to Spot a Fake Rolex 

 November 25, 2020

By  devinhsmartin

Luxury watches make good investments with their high resale value. Such is the Swiss watch brand Rolex is a widely known status symbol; owning one is an excellent investment. Every year, 700,000 pieces are produced and sold by the company.

Unfortunately, counterfeiters also produce Rolex, so you should be careful if you plan to buy one. You don’t need to be a watch aficionado to spot a fake Rolex. You just need a keen eye and know these five ways on how to spot a fake Rolex watch.

5 Ways to Spot a Fake Rolex

#1 Ticking Noise

The first and easiest tell-tale sign in spotting a fake Rolex is the ticking noise. If you notice in standard watches, the second-hand moves abruptly and is jerky. Its second dial hand is made of quartz, producing that “tick, tick, tick” sound.

The smooth movement of the second-hand of an original Rolex is hard to imitate. It moves almost perfectly and will not make a noise. If it jerks, does not move smoothly, or makes a noise, that is a sure fake Rolex.

#2 The Weight

An original Rolex is made of stainless steel, platinum, or 18k gold, so it’s expected to weigh significantly more. If it weighs lighter and it doesn’t feel right, you should start to have doubts. A fake Rolex is most likely made from substandard materials, lacking precious metals, or fake gold; that’s why it weighs less.

For instance, a Rolex Submariner weighs 155 grams (bracelet and case). A stainless steel Rolex Daytona weighs 148 grams, the white gold weighs 195 grams, the platinum weighs 283 grams. If it’s suspiciously lightweight and doesn’t feel solid on your wrist, it’s most likely fake.

#3 Check The Winder

The third way to spot a fake Rolex is by looking closely at its winder (the small mechanism found on the side of the watch where you can adjust the time). The winder of a real Rolex is finely-crafted and has high-detailed engravings. It is a true work of art that counterfeiters are unable to follow.

Fake Rolex has basic winders, and the crown engraving is flat and dull. As opposed to an authentic Rolex that has an intricate crown engraving that can be felt when touched.

#4 Check The Cyclops Lens

A cyclops lens is the protruded part outside of the watch crystal that magnifies the digits of the date. Not all Rolex watch model has a cyclops lens, specifically, if it does not have a date. But if it does, here’s how you can use it to spot a fake Rolex.

Look closely at the date; if it does not magnify and appears flat, that is a fake Rolex watch. The date must appear magnified like literally looking through a magnifying glass. Counterfeiters find it hard to replicate this detail, and they will most likely skip this part.

#5 Too Good to be True

When a Rolex watch is way cheaper than expected, it’s good to be true, and it might be fake. If you’re in a store selling other jewelry or watches, check their prices too. If they’re cheaper than usual or as expected, then it’s too good to be true.

Buying or Selling a Rolex?

A Rolex can definitely save your day for urgent expenses whether by selling or pawning for a quick cash loan. Just make sure you get a genuine one. Whether buying a pre-loved or selling yours, visit Clark Pawners and Jewelers.

Clark Pawners & Jewelers is your trusted pawn shop in Chicago. We buy and sell jewelry, diamonds, gold and more, aside from offering cash loans.

Clark Pawners & Jewelers

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