In this report on Authentic Watches, I thought it would be helpful to throw out some tips for spotting a fake. The term “authentic” means real, genuine, bona fide, and sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’ve got the real deal. Well, I’m here to help.
Let’s start with Rolex. If you are going to pony up the dough for one of these timepieces, you don’t want to find that you’ve been duped. First, if the Rolex comes wrapped in a plastic bag, you’re in trouble. Rolex does not case their watches this way. Rolex does not make a watch with a see-through backing, and never has. Rolex micro-etches their logo just below the 6 o’clock mark. The etching is very small and may not be visible without a magnifying glass. One of the easiest ways to tell you have a fake is the weight of the watch. Rolex’s are made from quality materials and are considerably heavier than the copies. Look at the hand movement, a genuine Rolex will feature a second hand with a smooth, sweeping movement…not a sporadic, jerky tic. And if all you remember is this last tip, you’re going to be fine. Check for the case reference numbers engraved on the side of the case, in between the lugs. These numbers will be finely etched, with smooth precision.
There are a lot of un-reputable people out there, trying to pawn off these fakes. Be smart and savvy when making a purchase of this magnitude. Don’t get taken!