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How to Spot a Fake Rolex watches

– Rolex Real vs Fake – The Ultimate Guide Spotting Them

Rolex real vs fake - the ultimate guide spotting them.

  • Christine Ye
  • March 13, 2024

Understanding the key differences between a real and fake Rolex is important before spending your hard-earned money on a luxury watch. While some counterfeits are easy to spot, others can be well-designed with the intent to deceive buyers. Rolex is, after all, one of the most counterfeited brands in the world.

Knowing the signs of how to spot a fake Rolex can be particularly helpful when shopping for pre-owned watches. This comprehensive guide outlines several key indicators that distinguish a real Rolex from a fake one. Additionally, comparison photos of a genuine Rolex Submariner 116610LN and a replica are included to provide visual examples of the differences between the quality of the two watches.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex - Reference number engravings compared

Rolex Fake vs Real –  Reference Number

How to Research the Rolex Reference Number

If you want to learn how to distinguish a fake Rolex from an authentic one, a good place to start is researching the reference number . The reference number of a Rolex watch, also known as the model number, contains essential information such as the age of the watch, model, material, and bezel type. This information helps you compare the specific watch with its reference number to ensure that everything matches the description.

Rolex reference numbers can be four, five, or six digits, and sometimes include letters. The length of the reference number indicates the general age of the watch. Four-digit reference numbers indicate vintage Rolex watches, while five and six-digit reference numbers indicate discontinued and modern Rolex watches, respectively. In both five and six-digit reference numbers, the last digit indicates the material of the watch. Below is a chart that explains what material the watch is made of according to the last digit of the 5 and 6-digit model numbers:

  • 0 = stainless steel
  • 1 = two-tone stainless steel & rose gold
  • 2 = two-tone stainless steel & platinum
  • 3 = two-tone stainless steel & yellow gold
  • 4 = two-tone stainless steel & white gold
  • 5 = rose gold
  • 6 = platinum
  • 7 = 14k yellow gold
  • 8 = 18k yellow gold
  • 9 = 18k white gold

For instance, a Rolex Submariner reference 116610 denotes a stainless-steel model, while a Rolex Submariner reference 116619 represents a white gold model. Additionally, the second-to-last digit of the reference number indicates the bezel type, although this number is more complex. Certain numbers denote different bezel types for different Rolex watch collections. For example, for a Rolex Sea-Dweller, a 0 as the second-to-last digit means it has a rotating bezel, while for a Rolex Pearlmaster, it signifies a gemstone-set bezel. So, we recommend doing a Google search for your specific model.

Some Rolex reference numbers have alphanumeric codes that include letters at the end. These letters are codes that denote bezel insert colors, primarily for Rolex sports watches. These codes are translations of French descriptors, which determine the letters used as codes for each color. The most common color codes include:

  • LN (Lunette Noir) = Black bezel
  • LB (Lunette Bleu) = Blue bezel
  • LV (Lunette Verte) = Green bezel
  • BLNR (Bleu/Noir) = Blue and Black bezel
  • BLRO (Bleu/Rouge) = Blue and Red bezel
  • CHNR (Chocolat/Noir) = Brown and Black bezel

How to Spot a Fake Rolex with Weight & Materials

To differentiate between a genuine Rolex and a fake one, a helpful tip is to check the weight of the watch. Generally, an authentic Rolex is heavier than a counterfeit one, as it is made of high-quality materials like 904L stainless steel, 18k gold, 950 platinum, or RLX titanium. In contrast, fake Rolexes tend to be made with cheaper materials, making them lightweight and weaker.

Additionally, knowing which material a specific Rolex model is made of can also help spot a fake. For instance, certain models like the Milgauss , Explorer II , and Deepsea have only been produced in stainless steel, and any made with other materials are replicas. Similarly, watches from Rolex’s Day-Date collection are exclusively made with precious metals, specifically gold or platinum, and any made with other materials are likely to be fake.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex Dial

The dial is the centerpiece of any watch and is usually the first thing people notice. On a Rolex watch, the dial is crafted to the highest standards with every detail meticulously placed and in perfect alignment. Watch experts and those familiar with the brand can easily spot any discrepancies, but for those who are less knowledgeable, there are some telltale signs of questionable authenticity to look for on the dial of counterfeit Rolex watches.

The famous Rolex coronet logo is a regal five-point crown that can always be found on the dial of genuine Rolex watches. The crown is typically located at the 12 o’clock position on most classic watches, except for the Day-Date model, where it is located beneath the day window at the 12 o’clock position. For most of Rolex’s professional watches, including the Submariner, Sea-Dweller, GMT-Master, Yacht-Master , Explorer , and Air-King , the crown logo is positioned below the large triangular dial marker at 12 o’clock, except for the Yacht-Master II, where the crown is placed under the countdown indicator on the dial. Therefore, if the watch in question has the crown logo in any other location or is missing the crown logo, it is likely not a genuine Rolex.

Another red flag is any spelling mistakes, crooked or misplaced text, different font style or size, misaligned hour and minute markers, or awkward spacing of features. Rolex watches are exquisitely designed and crafted, with remarkable attention paid to every detail, no matter how small. Therefore, anything that appears to be aesthetically off, even slightly, warrants closer inspection. In the photos below, you can see visible discrepancies on the dials of a real Rolex (left) and a fake Rolex (right).

How to Spot a Fake Rolex by the dial

Side by side comparison of fake and real Rolex Submariner 116610LN dial

  • The most apparent difference between the hour markers on the two watches is the material used, which is the first noticeable inconsistency. The hour markers on the counterfeit Rolex appear to be of lower quality than those on the authentic Rolex, and they appear to be sticker-like in appearance.
  • The hour markers on the authentic Rolex have even and symmetrical silver borders surrounding their shapes. On the other hand, the hour markers on the Rolex replica have uneven borders around the shapes of almost every marker. This is especially noticeable on the 4 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 11 o’clock markers.
  • There is a visible difference in the silver border on the hands of both watches. The border on the replica is notably thinner than the border around the authentic Rolex’s hands, especially on the hour hands of both watches.
  • One crucial authenticity indicator that is hard to capture in photos is the watch’s movement, as indicated by the seconds hand. Genuine Rolex watches feature a seamless, sweeping motion of the seconds hand, whereas on this fake (and many others), the seconds hand moves in a jerky, ticking-like motion as it travels across the dial.
  • Rolex incorporates luminescent material, also known as lume, on the dials of some of its watches such as the Submariner to enhance readability and illuminate details in dimly lit conditions, such as during deep diving. This is a distinctive characteristic of Rolex watches, as you can observe it on each hour marker, as well as on the hour, minute, and seconds hands of an authentic Rolex, but it is not present on the replica.
  • The absence of lume application can also be detected by the watch’s lack of glow in the dark, which is evident in this counterfeit Rolex as it does not exhibit any luminescent properties.
  • The wording font on the replica is different than on the real Rolex in the following ways:
  • The lettering on the words “ROLEX” and “ OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE” are less bolded and are noticeably different. For example, the R in “ROLEX” are visibly different between both watches, especially in the upper left corner of the R.
  • “SUBMARINER”, “1000 ft 300 m ”, “SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER”, and “OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED” are all written in a noticeably different font on the replica as well.
  • Both the font and the placement of “SWISS MADE” at the very bottom of the dial are also visual discrepancies between both watches. On the real Rolex, the words are underneath the 6 o’clock hour marker, whereas on the replica they are separated by the hour marker and written in a different style font.
  • The cyclops glass feature at 3 o’clock is supposed to magnify the date number by 2.5x legibility.
  • The cyclops glass always protrudes above the crystal, like a bubble—it is never flat and never fitted under the crystal.
  • A way to identify a fake Rolex is by observing its date feature. Rolex watches have an instantaneous date display, meaning the date changes precisely at midnight, not gradually. If a Rolex replica shows an in-between date (mid roll) on the dial, it is a telltale sign of a fake since the real Rolex would change the date immediately. This characteristic might not be noticeable unless you have the watch for more than a day, but ideally, you should have already identified the counterfeit before then.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex Close up on the dial

How to Spot a Fake Rolex with Laser-Etched Coronet (LEC) on Glass

  • On modern Rolex watches produced after 2001, there is a tiny laser-etched coronet/crown (LEC) on the glass at the 6 o’clock position. This is an additional measure taken by Rolex to stay ahead of counterfeiters and establish another authenticity indicator on their timepieces. The LEC feature is incredibly difficult to replicate because the crown is not simply engraved or etched onto the glass but is instead embedded within it. It is worth noting that while this feature has been incorporated into the entire collection of Rolex watches manufactured from 2001 onwards, the timing of its implementation varies from model to model. Therefore, if searching for this characteristic on a specific Rolex watch, it is advisable to investigate when the LEC feature was added to that particular model.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex by the Laser-etched coronet (LEC) on glass

Rolex Fake vs Real – Laser-Etched Coronet (LEC) on Glass

How to Spot a Fake Rolex Bezel

Rolex watches have various styles, colors, and materials for their bezels. Knowing the basics about Rolex bezels, especially for the watch under scrutiny, can be helpful when checking for authenticity. For instance, fluted bezels on authentic Rolex watches are made of 18k gold. Hence, if you come across a watch with a fluted bezel made of platinum or stainless steel, it is undoubtedly a fake Rolex.

The GMT-Master and GMT-Master II collections have a unique two-tone bezel in different color combinations. Any Rolex watch with a two-tone bezel will have a distinct line dividing the face of the watch horizontally through the numbers 6 and 18 on the bezel markers. If the two colors appear to bleed into each other or the colors split anywhere else on the bezel besides the numbers 6 and 18, then that watch is a fake Rolex.

Additionally, modern Rolex watches made in 2001 and later have a tiny laser-etched coronet/crown (LEC) on the glass at 6 o’clock. This feature is hard to replicate, and its implementation varies across different Rolex models. Therefore, researching when the LEC feature was applied to a specific Rolex model is advisable.

Check out the side-by-side images below to see other significant differences between the real Rolex Submariner and a counterfeit version.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex by the bezel

Rolex Fake vs Real – Bezel

  • There is a significant difference in the width of the bezels between the two watches. The bezel on the fake Rolex is visibly narrower compared to the bezel on the authentic Rolex.
  • When comparing the bezels of the real Rolex and the counterfeit watch, the font on the numbers is noticeably distinct. Specifically, the numbers on the replica bezel appear bolder and thicker compared to the font on the genuine Rolex bezel. One can easily spot this difference by comparing the numbers 2, 4, and 5 on both bezels.
  • The lume pip located at the 12 o’clock position on the authentic Rolex bezel is distinguished by a silver lining around it and fits seamlessly within the confines of the triangle marker surrounding it. Conversely, the lume pip on the counterfeit Rolex’s bezel has a larger, thicker border that extends outside the triangle marker’s boundary. Additionally, it lacks lume material, rendering it unable to glow in the dark like the authentic Rolex bezel’s pip.
  • On the genuine Rolex, the numbers and markers on the bezel are deeply engraved and have a distinct groove on the surface, whereas the bezel on the counterfeit watch is completely smooth with no groove.
  • A real Rolex watch features engravings on the inner ring of its bezel, also known as the “rehaut”. The word “ROLEX” is engraved five times on both the right and left sides, with a tiny Rolex crown logo at the 12 o’clock position, and the watch’s serial number at 6 o’clock. Older Rolex watches may have these details laser-etched instead of engraved, but Rolex started using engravings in 2005 to make them harder to replicate. If the rehaut of a bezel has no engravings or something else engraved on it, it is likely a fake. In the case of this replica, the rehaut has no engravings or etchings and is simply a reflective, mirror-like surface.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex Bezel with Lugs, Crown Guards, and Winding Crown

How to Spot a Fake Rolex Case

When searching for indications of a counterfeit Rolex, there are various features on the watch case that reveal its authenticity or lack thereof. As previously mentioned, authentic Rolex timepieces are made of the finest quality materials, which is typically the most apparent indication of whether a Rolex watch is genuine or fake. Replicas are usually crafted from inferior and cheaper materials, which frequently manifests in the overall appearance and texture of the watch. Additionally, specifics about the design and form of specific features on a Rolex watch case can serve as signs of its legitimacy, which are illustrated in the comparison photos below.

  • The lugs on the genuine Rolex appear thicker and more substantial compared to the skinnier, slender, and tapered lugs on the replica.
  • The real Rolex has lugs with a brushed metal surface, whereas the lugs on the replica have a polished metal surface. This contrast is noticeable in both the shine and the texture of the surfaces.
  • The authentic Rolex has its serial number engraved between the lugs when the metal bracelet is removed, which is not the case with the counterfeit watch.
  • The disparity in the shape of the crown guards is another conspicuous dissimilarity between the two timepieces. The crown guards on the counterfeit watch have a more pointed appearance compared to the genuine Rolex. This difference is evident when viewing the watches side by side or from a profile angle.
  • The designs on the winding crowns also differ noticeably. On the authentic Rolex, the markings of three small dots under the crown and the Rolex crown itself protrude outwards, whereas on the counterfeit, the markings are much flatter.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex Watches with Case - Differences Between Fake and Real Rolex

Rolex Fake vs Real – Winding Crown

To clarify, it should be noted that certain older steel and yellow gold Rolex watches with the Twinlock waterproof feature, which provides up to 100 meters (300 feet) of water resistance, do have a small line under the crown. However, the Submariner 116610 model being discussed here is equipped with a Triplock winding crown, which ensures water resistance up to 300 meters (1,000 feet). Triplock winding crowns always have three dots below the coronet symbol, regardless of the watch’s material. Therefore, the incorrect marking on the winding crown of this replica watch clearly indicates that it is not authentic. To help identify other fake Rolex watches, the visual guide below shows the markings on winding crowns for different Rolex models made from different materials and with either the Twinlock or Triplock features:

  • The caseback of a watch may often be overlooked, but it can provide clear indicators of its authenticity. Unlike other brands, Rolex does not equip its timepieces with transparent casebacks. Genuine Rolex watches come with full metal casebacks that are fluted and screwed into the case, providing optimal water resistance. Therefore, if a Rolex watch has a transparent caseback, it is undoubtedly a fake. Of course there are a few exceptions, including the Cellini Prince and the new 2023 anniversary model platinum Daytona.
  • In general, Rolex watches do not have any logos, text, etchings, or engravings on their casebacks. Therefore, if the watch in question has any such markings on its caseback, it is likely a counterfeit. However, there are a few exceptions, such as if the watch was part of a professional team that participated in a Rolex event and won.
  • There is a noticeable difference in the quality of finish on the casebacks of both watches. The genuine Rolex has a much better finish with consistent color of the steel and a smooth brushed surface throughout. On the other hand, the counterfeit Rolex has an inconsistent color with mixed colored metal visible on the caseback. This is further emphasized by the deeper grooves of the brush strokes on the surface.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex by the Caseback

Rolex Fake vs Real – Caseback

It should be noted that there are some exceptions to the general rule outlined above. For instance, certain Rolex watches such as the Milgauss , Deepsea, vintage Sea Dweller , some gold Lady Datejusts , and military Submariners do have specific patented markings on their caseback. However, in the case of the counterfeit watch being discussed, which is a replica of a non-military Rolex Submariner, there should not be any engravings or markings on the caseback. Particularly not markings that reference a different Rolex watch collection, as is the case with this “Submariner” caseback that references the “ Daytona .” Such blatant inconsistencies are among the most reliable ways to spot a fake Rolex. Additionally, when purchasing secondhand watches, it is possible that the previous owner may have had personal engravings made on the watch. In such cases, it is best to have the watch authenticated by a reputable source to ensure that it is not a counterfeit.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex by the bracelet

Rolex Fake vs Real –  Bracelet

How to Spot a Fake Rolex Bracelet

A watch’s bracelet can also have a lot of telltale signs of its authenticity, some that are easier to spot than others. The four styles of bracelets by Rolex are Oyster, Jubilee, President, and Pearlmaster, in addition to different strap options, as seen below:

  • Upon comparing these two watches, it is apparent that there are a couple of visible differences in the bracelet links of each. In the authentic Rolex, the links are made of brushed metal all around the bracelet, whereas in the fake Rolex, only the outer links are brushed metal and the center links are polished, giving them a shinier appearance.
  • The difference in the size and width of the bracelet links is another visible distinction between the two watches. The links on the authentic Rolex are thicker and have a more robust appearance, whereas the links on the replica are noticeably thinner and more slender. As a result, the bracelet of the counterfeit watch is narrower compared to the genuine Rolex bracelet.
  • A visible difference between the two bracelets is the length of the clasp. When compared side by side, the clasp on the genuine Rolex bracelet is significantly longer than the clasp on the counterfeit Rolex.
  • The position of the Rolex crown on the clasp of each watch is distinct. On the authentic Rolex, the crown is located such that the lowermost part of the crown acts as part of the concealed flip-lock clasp mechanism, serving as a ledge to facilitate opening. On the replica, the entire crown is embedded within the center link, and there is no part of it overhanging the edge as there is on the genuine Rolex. Moreover, the “hidden” flip-lock clasp on the replica is not very concealed and is evidently a separate piece that protrudes further than the rest of the clasp.
  • The counterfeit Rolex features two buttons, one on each side of the clasp, which serve as a push-release mechanism. In contrast, the authentic Rolex has no buttons since they are unnecessary to open the clasp, which is instead released using the hidden flip-lock clasp.
  • When you open the clasps of both watches, it is evident that the real Rolex’s clasp has an emblem engraving that consists of the word “ROLEX” in the center and the Rolex crown above it. To the right of the emblem, you can find the words “GENEVA” and “SWISS MADE” engraved in small font. On the other hand, the inside clasp of the replica doesn’t have any engravings.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex by the Back Side of the Clasp

Rolex Fake vs Real – Backside of the Clasp

  • It is worth noting that the situation is reversed when it comes to engravings on the back side of the clasps of both watches. Surprisingly, the replica’s clasp can be engraved with the words “STAINLESS STEEL,” while the authentic Rolex’s clasp has no engravings at all. Detecting the fake solely based on this aspect may be a bit more difficult, but the difference between the two can still be discerned.

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There are numerous tips and indicators for spotting a fake Rolex watch. As the most counterfeited luxury watch brand, the quality of these fake watches has improved to a level previously unseen in the luxury world. This means that counterfeiters have become highly skilled at replicating Rolex timepieces, with some counterfeit watches being almost impossible to detect without the help of highly trained experts. While there are still many obvious tells that can give away a fake Rolex, the increasing amount of sophisticated counterfeits on the market is concerning. It’s important to take the time to carefully inspect any watch in question and have it authenticated by a reputable source, such as a brand authorized dealer, qualified watchmaker, high-end watch shop, or brand service provider.

It’s also crucial to purchase from a genuine, trustworthy, and reputable seller. This is especially important when buying a pre-owned Rolex, as there is more risk involved compared to buying brand new from a retail store. When shopping on online marketplaces, it’s essential to do thorough research on the seller. Look for vetted sources with a solid reputation, and check whether they guarantee the authenticity of their products, offer a warranty with every sale, have a reasonable return policy, and any other information that will increase your trust in the seller. Ultimately, taking these precautions will ensure confidence in your decision to buy an extravagant and expensive watch like a Rolex.

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Rolex Yacht-Master Real vs. Fake Guide 2024: How Can I Tell If It Is Real?

Rolex Yacht-Master Real vs. Fake Guide 2024: How Can I Tell If It Is Real?

Rolex is well-known for creating watches for professionals. Divers have the Submariner, racecar drivers have the Daytona, and even more niched experts like speleologists have the Explorer. And Yacht-Master was launched in 1992, it was a luxurious, nautically-themed watch; but it evolved over the years to be a professional regatta watch. Today, its elegant design has fans beyond yacht clubs and regatta courses. 

But The Yacht-Master is expensive that not all people can afford to own. This is why counterfeit Rolexes are everywhere. Sometimes, they are offered at prices that are too good to be true and gullible consumers fall into the trap of purchasing a Rolex watch replica. These days, some fakes are so good that they must be partially disassembled before they can be identified as counterfeit and can fool even the most well-versed Rolex aficionado or expert. This article will teach you how to identify the authenticity of The Yacht-Master from several aspects. Knowing how to spot a fake Rolex watch will save you from paying for a counterfeit watch.

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About Rolex Yacht-Master 

Inspired by the rich heritage that has bound Rolex to the world of yachting since the 1950s, the Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II models embody the brand’s nautical spirit. The Yacht-Master brilliantly blends function and seafaring style. Presented in 2007, the Yacht-Master II is a regatta chronograph built for yachting competitions.

The Yacht-Master is easily recognizable for its bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel. This characteristic and functional bezel – which enables the wearer to read time intervals, for example, the sailing time between two buoys – plays a full part in creating the unique visual identity of the watch.

The Yacht-Master II is a unique regatta chronograph dedicated to both yachting enthusiasts and experienced sailors. It features a countdown function with a mechanical memory programmable from 1 to 10 minutes which can be synchronized on the fly – a function that responds to the need for precise timing during the crucial starting sequence of a regatta.

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The waterproof and robust qualities of this model make it the ideal watch for water sports and sailing in particular. The Yacht-Master range celebrates the ties between Rolex and the world of sailing.

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The price of a Rolex Yacht-Master ranges from $11,550 to $46,600. 

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Rolex Yacht-Master Real vs. Fake 

1. serial numbers.

After 2009 Rolex decided to use a string of random numbers to create its serial numbers. You can check the authenticity of a Rolex by checking its serial number. Every Rolex has a serial number on it, and you can verify the authenticity of Rolex serial numbers through the manufacturer. 

A Rolex serial number is always engraved deeply into the metal, while the fake watches have serial numbers that may be simply etched with acid. The placement of the serial number is also a sign of whether it is a true Rolex or not. Look for the serial number on the 6 o’clock side where the band connects to the lug. On a new authentic Rolex watch, the serial number is seen on the inner bezel.

2. Caseback Engravings

For Rolexes manufactured before 2007, a hologram of the crown logo is found on the caseback. Versions of Rolex manufactured after 2007 should not feature the logo. Most casebacks of newer versions are plain polished steel.

With only a few exceptions, the caseback of authentic Rolex watches are usually kept clear of engravings and special features. To determine how to spot a fake Rolex Yacht-Master watch, you can examine the caseback. Some counterfeit watches have a clear back to show off the gears in an attempt to look like an authentic used Rolex. Actual authentic watches of the Rolex brand rarely have a clear back, as this was only used in a few vintage models. Similarly, some counterfeit watches have engravings with Rolex branding in an attempt to look like an authentic Rolex. If you want to figure out how to know if a Rolex is authentic, make sure that the back of the watch is clear.

3.  Self-Winding And Mechanical Movements

Rolex craftsmanship is of high quality, and often unmatched. Rolex creates top of the line precision watch components, while fake Rolexes tend to use lower-grade components that lack the Rolex stamp on them.

The movement must have an engraved “movement model, Rolex logo etc” on it. The location of the engraving on the Rolex movement differs from one model to another. Unfortunately, you can’t usually tell the difference in components unless you open the watch up and view the clockwork inside. 

Luckily, there is one surefire way to identify cheaper components without opening up the watch: check the movement of the hands. A genuine Rolex has smooth movement of its watch hands, while a fake often has jerky movements that mirror other watch types. The precision of a Rolex is especially important for watches like the Yacht Master, which are used for racing purposes, so checking the movement of the hands is essential if you want to know how to spot a fake Rolex Yacht Master.

Movements of Rolex Yacht-Master

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Movements of Rolex Yacht-Master II

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4.  Font Consistency

An authentic Rolex watch remains consistent in its crafting across the board. This means that the font type on all the text that appears on the watch should look the same. When you consider buying a Rolex Rolex Yacht-Master, how to spot a fake involves taking note of the consistency of the watch’s design. If you look at pictures of fake Rolexes, you will probably notice that different parts of the watch have slightly different fonts or spacing between different words. One of the best methods in how to know a genuine Rolex watch is to have a good eye for consistency and sharp attention to detail.

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5. Date Appears Bigger

The cyclops glass feature at 3 o’clock is supposed to magnify the date number by 2.5x legibility. The cyclops glass always protrudes above the crystal, like a bubble—it is never flat and never fitted under the crystal. Run a finger over the watch crystal and feel the lens. You should feel a bump on the convex lens across the date. A flat Cyclops means that the Rolex watch is a fake. Another way to test it is to hold the watch sideways and look at the date without the Cyclops. If the size of the date appears the same, then it’s not a genuine Rolex watch.

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A other way to identify a fake Rolex is by observing its date feature. Rolex watches have an instantaneous date display, meaning the date changes precisely at midnight, not gradually. If a Rolex replica shows an in-between date (mid roll) on the dial, it is a telltale sign of a fake since the real Rolex would change the date immediately. This characteristic might not be noticeable unless you have the watch for more than a day, but ideally, you should have already identified the counterfeit before then.

If you find yourself wondering whether the font or magnification on a watch looks right, take it to a seller or expert who you trust.

6. Weigh The Watch  

A genuine Rolex watch is always heavier than a knockoff. Before purchasing a watch, do some quick research on Google and check for the actual weight of the Rolex model you want to purchase. Then, weigh the item you are looking at. If it does not weigh the same amount as what you have researched, then it is surely a fake watch.

7. Water Resistance 

Although Rolex Submariner timepieces (along with the Sea-Dweller collection) are the only watches designed for deep-sea diving, all models like the Rolex Yacht-Master are water-resistant and perfectly sealed. Once you have the watch dip it in a cup of water for a few seconds and take it out. Before doing this, PLEASE be sure that the crown is securely tightened/screwed in. If there is any leaking of water into the watch on the dial or anything the watch is definitely a fake. All Rolex watches are 100% watertight and many counterfeit watches are not. However, it should be noted that a genuine Rolex watch that is in need of service or repairs may not be water resistant, so this is not a guaranteed way to identify a fake, and should only be done on modern Rolex watches, not vintage models or those that are visibly damaged.

8.  Pip or Pearl

The lume pip located at the 12 o’clock position on the authentic Rolex bezel is distinguished by a silver lining around it and fits seamlessly within the confines of the triangle marker surrounding it. Conversely, the lume pip on the counterfeit Rolex’s bezel has a larger, thicker border that extends outside the triangle marker’s boundary. Additionally, it lacks lume material, rendering it unable to glow in the dark like the authentic Rolex bezel’s pip.

Knowing how to spot a fake Rolex prevents you from being scammed. Skip the pawn shop and second hand stores and always buy from an official Rolex dealer to guarantee that the products being sold are legitimate, even on pre owned Rolex watches. If the price is too good to be true, that tells you the watch is not the real deal. Rolex timepieces, after all, is made with high-quality materials and craftsmanship like no other, which explains its hefty price tag.

In other words, the best way to figure out how to tell an authentic Rolex from a fake one is to consult a seller that you know to be trustworthy. This seller probably deals in authentic Rolexes and can help guide you on where to buy authentic Rolex watches if you can’t find what you need with that individual. The seller can also examine any Rolex watch you bring in to check for signs of a fake. To determine whether a particular seller is trustworthy, check customer reviews and examine the watches offered by that seller. In some cases, a seller might be able to show you the exact differences between a real vs. fake Rolex. 

Features of Rolex Yacht-Master 

Reviews: For those at sea, staying the course is a constant challenge. Defying the laws of logic, bearings can be lost suddenly in difficult conditions, thus requiring adaptability and the capacity to react quickly. Since 1992, the Yacht-Master – equipped with a bidirectional rotatable bezel – has become the established watch of masterful sailors who know how to react in order to keep their heading, in any situation. Technical and elegant, the Yacht-Master is a reliable nautical instrument.

1. Exceptional legibility

Like all Rolex Professional watches, the Yacht-Master offers exceptional legibility in all circumstances, even in the dark thanks to its Chromalight display. The broad hands and hour markers in simple shapes – triangle, circle, rectangle – are filled with a luminescent material emitting a long-lasting glow.

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2. Rolesium

The Yacht-Master 37 and Yacht-Master 40 are the only two models in the Rolex catalogue offered in Rolesium versions: the bezel is fashioned from platinum while the rest of the watch is in Oystersteel. These versions also harbour a turquoise- or red-lacquer seconds hand echoing the colour of the Yacht-Master inscription on the dial.

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3. 18 ct Everose gold

This exclusive 18 ct pink gold alloy – created and cast by Rolex – features a slightly stronger colour than traditional pink gold and exhibits subtle cool tones. Its sophisticated and contemporary colour resonates particularly well on watches that combine gold and Oystersteel, known as Rolesor versions (a combination of Oystersteel and gold).

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4. Cerachrom Bezel Insert

The matt black monobloc Cerachrom bezel insert of the Yacht-Master is made of an extremely hard, virtually scratchproof ceramic whose colour is unaffected by ultraviolet rays, seawater or water that is chlorinated. In addition, thanks to its chemical composition, the high-tech ceramic is inert and cannot corrode. The numerals and inscriptions are moulded in the ceramic and coloured with gold or platinum using a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process.

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5. Bracelets and Clasps

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6. Calibres 3235 and 2236 Superlative Movements

Features of Rolex Yacht-Master II 

Reviews:  As a chronograph with a bold nautical character, the Yacht Master II occupies a singular place in the Rolex roster of Professional watches. It features an unprecedented mechanical function: a countdown that can be programmed and synchronized on the fly to adjust and re-adjust the watch to regatta start times. An essential tool for any coxswain and their decision-making process, as it allows them to take the best start towards victory.

As for any voyage at sea, time management is vital in a regatta. At its launch in 2007, the Yacht-Master II features an unprecedented mechanical function: a programmable countdown with mechanical memory, synchronizable on the fly. A function that responds ideally to the need for precise timing during the crucial starting sequence of a regatta.

This flexibility is one of the major assets of the Yacht-Master II; its development was a considerable technological challenge. The programming can be mechanically memorized, which makes it possible to start a new countdown without having to reprogramme the watch, for example in the next leg or a subsequent regatta with identical countdown duration.

Furthermore, once the watch’s countdown is launched, it can be synchronized on the fly to match the official countdown via the ‘fly-back’ reset function of the seconds hand and adjustment of the countdown minute hand to the nearest minute.

1. Ring Command System 

Rolex achieved perfection when it turned its attention to redefining the purpose and functionality of the bezel. Typically, a bezel operates independently from the internal mechanism; however, the Ring Command bezel in the Yacht-Master II regatta chronograph operates in conjunction with it.

As a mechanical component linked to the movement, the bezel literally acts as the key to the programmable countdown, allowing it to be set and synchronised to the sequence of race start times. Complex in design, but simple in use, it is functionally beautiful.

The countdown’s sophisticated functions were designed to be easily set and operated. The preliminary programming of up to 10 minutes is accessed, and then locked, via the rotatable bezel thanks to Ring Command, a patented system of interaction between the bezel, the winding crown and the movement, developed by Rolex. A technical feat made possible by the brand’s in-house mastery of the entire watch design and manufacturing process, from the case to the movement.

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2. A Distinctive Aesthetic 

The Yacht-Master II is equipped with a new dial, and new hands that are characteristic of Rolex Professional models, enhancing legibility and sharpening its aesthetic appeal. The dial now features a triangular hour marker at 12 o’clock and a rectangular hour marker at 6 o’clock for more intuitive reading of the watch. A luminescent disc on the hour hand clearly distinguishes it from the minute hand.

The Yacht-Master II’s countdown can be programmed for a duration of between 1 and 10 minutes. The programming is memorized by the mechanism so that at a reset it returns to the previous setting. Once launched, the countdown can be synchronized on the fly to match the official race countdown.

On the right-hand side of the middle case, the Yacht-Master II sports two countdown pushers, specially designed to suggest winches, the manual winding gear on a sail boat. The Yacht-Master II is always fitted on an Oyster bracelet with a Oysterlock safety clasp, equipped with an Easylink comfort extension link.

The Yacht-Master II measures 44 mm in diameter, its large size contributing to the optimal legibility of the dial in all conditions.

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3. Cerachrom Bezel Insert 

The blue monobloc Cerachrom bezel insert of the Yacht-Master II is made of an extremely hard, virtually scratchproof ceramic whose colour is unaffected by ultraviolet rays, seawater or water that is chlorinated. In addition, thanks to its chemical composition, the high-tech ceramic is inert and cannot corrode. The numerals and inscriptions are moulded in the ceramic and coloured with gold or platinum using a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process.

4. Oyster Bracelet 

The Oyster bracelet is a perfect alchemy of form and function, aesthetics and technology, designed to be both robust and comfortable. It is equipped with an Oysterlock folding clasp, which prevents accidental opening and the Easylink comfort extension link, also exclusive to Rolex. This ingenious system allows the wearer to increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, providing additional comfort in any circumstance.

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5. Calibre 4161 Superlative Movement 

The Yacht-Master II is equipped with calibre 4161, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture, manufacturing quality and innovative features make it exceptionally precise and reliable. This abundance of Rolex technology includes a patented function – a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory – and comprises some 360 components. Some of them are made by UV-LiGA, a micromanufacturing technology entirely mastered in-house by Rolex.

Is Yacht-Master A Good Investment? 

For a retail Rolex model, you will surely pay a premium – especially if you choose one of the precious metal models. On the secondary market, you can get a Yacht-Master for a much lower price, and many collectors find this option a better value for their investment.

What Is Special About the Yacht-Master? 

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Every watch from the Rolex Yacht-Master collection is equipped with a practical 60-minute rotating timing bezel and offers an impressive water resistance up to a depth of 100 m. It is no doubt a masterpiece that would last decades and still hold values in the market even at that time.

Is the Yacht-Master More Expensive Than the Submariner?  

In contrast, the Submariner offers a stainless steel case. Bezel: The Submariner bezel is unidirectional to help divers keep better track of their dive time. The Yacht-Master, instead, offers a bidirectional rotating bezel. Cost: To buy them from new, the Yacht-Master is a greater investment compared to a Submariner.

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How to Spot a Fake Rolex: 13+ Expert Tips

Rolex Rainbow Daytona watch (ref. 116598RBOW)

The vast majority of fake Rolex watches in the world are cheap, easy-to-spot knockoffs. “You know that if it cost $50, it’s not a real Rolex. It’s a very obvious fake,” says Matthew Bain, a Miami-based watch expert who operates Matthew Bain, Inc .

But some counterfeits are not so obvious. Just last year a group of imitation ceramic Rolex Submariners snuck into the market. “If you didn’t look at one next to the real one, and you just looked at it alone, you probably would not be able to tell it was fake,” Bain says. “A lot of people got burned.”

As counterfeiting technology and methods advance, understanding the intricacies of genuine Rolex watches becomes increasingly important for prospective buyers . Fake watches are a billion-dollar industry, with an estimated 30 million to 40 million introduced to the market each year, according to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry .

Sometimes counterfeiters mix and match parts from genuine Rolex watches and fake ones, making distinguishing the two even more difficult. “They might get a real Rolex movement, and then they make a fake case around it. It’s very hard to detect the originality of it,” Bain explains.

Only an expert — and luckily, 1stDibs has many — can really be trusted to determine whether or not a watch is genuine. Nevertheless, we’ve compiled a list of 13 things you should look for in a real Rolex.

1. Engraved Model and Serial Numbers

Model number of a Rolex President Day-Date  in yellow gold

Genuine Rolex watches have their serial and model numbers deeply engraved into the metal between the lugs attaching the band to the body — whereas fakes often just have them etched on with acid. The watch’s serial number, which can be used to determine its production date, is located on the six o’clock side.

On the 12 o’clock side is the model number (also called the style or reference number), typically appearing below the text “ORIG ROLEX DESIGN.” To view the model and serial numbers, you have to take off the band , using a pushpin or small paper clip to remove the pin that holds it in place.

Counterfeiters often don’t bother to vary the numbers, instead printing the same digits on each replica. A simple Google search for the serial and model numbers of the watch you’re considering should reveal whether it is actually a mass-produced fake . “Many times they will etch the wrong model number on a watch. For example, a Submariner model number for a Yacht-Master ,” says Abe Diveroli, of Primetime305 .

Rolex has lately improved its numbering methodology. “The newer Rolexes have scrambled serials,” says Diveroli . “You could no longer date them without going to a Rolex dealer. Also, the serial numbers are now etched in the silver bezel under the crystal at the six o’clock.”

They also have “Rolex” engraved on them, although the placement of the engraving differs depending on the piece. Rolexes manufactured before 2007 included a hologram of the crown logo on the caseback. Because counterfeiters became so adept at copying it, Rolex discontinued the hologram. However, you can now be sure that any seller claiming that a watch with a hologram was made after 2007 is almost definitely peddling a replica.

2. Self-Winding or Mechanical Movement

Rolex Datejust Oyster Perpetual cosmograph watch

Rolex movements are self-winding and mechanical, as opposed to quartz or battery-powered. This is a bit tricky to check, since Rolex is adamant that only brand-certified watchmakers can access the movement.

One caveat: Oysterquartz Rolexes from the 1960s and 1970s were produced with quartz movements.

3. Clear and Even Text

The printed text on the face of this Rolex Submariner is crisp and clear, with consistent spacing, and no bleeding or blurriness.

The dial of a Rolex is a prime spot for finding inconsistencies that might indicate a fake. This is where most of the writing is located, and the appearance of the text can be a dead giveaway of a counterfeit.

All lettering on the face of a Rolex watch should have an exquisitely crisp appearance. It should be centered and perfectly aligned without inconsistent spacing, blurs, splotches or misspellings. A big red flag is ink bleeding, which results from the cheaper printing methods employed for Rolex replicas.

From the Air King to the Yachtmaster, Rolex watches have a consistent font style that’s unique to the brand. Variations in the style are a good indication that the watch is fake. The font size may vary slightly, since it depends on the dial’s diameter, which can be as small as 24mm on women’s Rolexes and as large as 44mm on men’s models . When checking the font on the face of a Rolex you’re considering, compare it with authentic pictures of the same model.

4. A Cyclops That Actually Magnifies

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust in gold, showing the Cyclops magnifying glass

The magnifying lens that enlarges the date on the face of the watch — dubbed the “Cyclops” — should, well, magnify (2.5 times, to be exact). Hold the watch sideways to get a peek at the date without the magnifying lens. If you’re not certain that it appears bigger when looked at straight on, the watch is probably fake.

The Cyclops on an authentic Rolex is convex — you can feel a bump when you run your finger over it — and it’s centered over the date. If either of these criteria is not met, the piece may be of dubious authenticity. But another caveat: Some Rolex wearers prefer their watch without the Cyclops and remove it, so a previously owned piece without one may have simply been modified.

5. Waterproof , Not Just Water Resistant

Rolex Explorer Oyster Perpetual watch

This one is pretty self-explanatory. “Waterproof” and “water resistant” both refer to an ability to keep moisture out of the case, with the former denoting higher performance underwater. The majority of Rolex watches in the Oyster line should hold up at a whopping depth of 100 meters (328 feet).

If a watch stops working while you’re out for a swim, best to just leave that fake at the bottom of the sea.

6. High-Quality Materials and Heavy Weight

A real Rolex, like this GMT Master, feels heavy in the hand

As one of the most coveted luxury watch brands in the world, Rolex uses only the most durable and high-quality materials . Any authentic Rolex feels substantial and solid, whether it’s made from the heavy-duty Oystersteel or the lighter-weight RLX Titanium or platinum. If a watch feels light or hollow, it may well be a fake.

The weights of Rolexes vary slightly, depending on the model, size, materials and year of production — older models generally weigh less than modern ones. But the weight difference between two real watches of the same model and size is negligible. In contrast, that between a fake and a genuine Rolex can be significant.

Here’s how much some of the most popular Rolex watches weigh:

  • Rolex Submariner 16618 : 175 grams
  • Rolex Daytona 116509 : 200 grams
  • Rolex Explorer II 216570 : 156 grams
  • Rolex Daytona 116500 : 141 grams

Since the weight of any watch depends on multiple factors, it’s important to note that you can’t judge the authenticity of a Rolex by its weight alone.

7. Plain Caseback

Make sure the Rolex caseback is plain

The casebacks of most Rolex watches are plain polished steel, without engravings, drawings or other decorations. Exceptions include the Sea-Dweller , which has the name of the watch and some variation of “Gas Escape Valve” written on its titanium back.

You won’t find a transparent caseback that lets you see the inner workings of the watch except on some very rare pieces from the 1930s . Such a back is a common sign of a fake Rolex.

8. Crown Etching at 6 O’clock

Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual date watch

All Rolex watches made from 2002 onward have a tiny etched crown logo at the six o’clock position, which can take a magnifying glass to make out clearly. Because it’s so small, counterfeiters have a hard time replicating it.

Older models may have the crown etching at 12 o’clock.

9. Hands That Rotate Smoothly

Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual watch

The second hand on a real Rolex should appear to the naked eye to rotate smoothly around the face. That’s because the high precision of a Rolex movement is actually broken down into eight tiny micro-ticks per second, making it look like a continuous motion. If the second hand jerks with each tick, the watch is a fake.

Each Rolex model has a specific hand style. The Yacht-Master, for instance, has a much thicker minute hand than most models, while a Daytona ’s hands are a bit longer, reaching all the way to the hash marks, and are rounded at the end . The Day-Date has shorter hands with flat tips. Counterfeiters often use whatever parts are available to save money, hoping the buyers will overlook this detail.

Can You Hear a Rolex Tick?

Generally, no, you can’t hear a Rolex tick. That is because they are powered with fully mechanical movements, as opposed to the quartz battery used by less expensive watchmakers, which causes a distinctive “tick, tick, tick” sound every second. That said, some Rolex models do tick every few seconds, so it’s the loud ticking every second that indicates a fake.

10. Crown in One Piece

Rolex stainless steel watch bracelet

The crown — the small winding knob on the side of the watch used to set the time and date — will always have the famed Rolex crown logo, known as the coronet, engraved on the end. The Rolex crown logo itself is very detailed, finely crafted and well-proportioned, with five symmetrical points of the crown — no more and no less.

On an authentic Rolex, the winding crown and its stem are made from a single piece of metal. On many Rolex replicas, the crown is made of two pieces. Examine it closely with a magnifying glass for signs that it’s been glued together.

Another key element to look at is the crown’s grip. On a genuine Rolex, it is textured to provide traction when turning the crown. On a fake Rolex, the grip may feel uneven or difficult to turn.

The winding crown on a Rolex is always on the right side of the case for easy access — assuming it’s worn on the left wrist. The one exception is the left-handed GMT-Master II , which was introduced in 2022 to accommodate left-handed wearers.

Rolex uses Twinlock and Triplock crowns on its watches to ensure that they’re waterproof. The two different types are identified by small markings under the Rolex coronet. The Twinlock crown, featuring two sealed zones and identified by two dots under the coronet, was invented in 1953 for Rolex Oyster watches, one of the brand’s most iconic collections and the world’s first waterproof timepieces when they were introduced, in 1926. Other models that feature Twinlock crowns include the Sky-Dweller and the Datejust .

The Triplock crown, which bears the Rolex crown logo above three dots, was first used on the Rolex Sea-Dweller, in 1970. It features three sealed zones. When the crown is fully unscrewed, you can see the black O-ring that seals off the inside of the watch from water. Some good counterfeits will have similar-looking gaskets, but they’re merely cosmetic and serve only to fool the buyer.

Today, almost all Rolex dive watches have the Triplock crown, but older models still in production, including the Submariner 14060M , still use the Twinlock technology. It’s important to check the manufacture date of a particular model to determine which crown technology was used.

11. Accurate Date Keeping

Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch

A Rolex’s date should change sharply at midnight. Don’t panic if your watch is a few minutes off — that’s likely just a sign that the watch needs some maintenance.

If the date changes slowly or more than 15 minutes late, however, the timepiece may be a fake.

12. Bands That Lie Straight

Rolex Datejust in yellow gold

The band — or bracelet, as Rolex enthusiasts often call it — should lie straight and not kink when laid on a flat surface. Link spacing may stretch and widen with time, but the individual links should still fit together correctly.

Bain cautions that authentic watches may be paired with inauthentic bands. “A lot of faking occurs with the bands because, say you buy a gold Rolex Presidential , you wear it a lot, the band gets stretched,” he explains. “So, there are a lot of aftermarket gold bands that are not really made by Rolex. They’re heavily faked.”

13. Check the Dealer ’s Credentials

Rolex Explorer watch with a blue bracelet

Due diligence is extremely important when making a purchase. If you’re planning to buy online, check the merchant’s rating. Ask the seller for references from watch associations like the International Watch and Jewelry Guild . Inquire with his or her previous clients about their experience.

“A good step is comparing very closely your watch with pics of the same model from a reputable dealer,” Diveroli says. “A lot of fakes are off only on minute details.”

How to Find a Reputable Seller

If a deal on a Rolex purchase appears too good to be true, it probably is. Avoid marketplaces like eBay, where fake Rolex watches are common, and make sure the photography is at least decent. Smartphone cameras are good enough these days to capture clear photos of a product, so anything blurry or out-of-focus is an automatic red flag.

If you shop at 1stDibs, you never have to worry about unsavory dealers, as we work only with expertly vetted sellers . Learn more about our promise to you .

More Rolex FAQs

Rolex watches have been a symbol of luxury, precision and style for more than a century, and the brand is firmly embedded in pop culture.

Considering Rolex’s history and mystique, you may still have questions about the company and the watches.

Who owns Rolex, and is it a nonprofit organization?

Rolex is a privately owned and operated Swiss luxury watch manufacturer founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905. Even though it’s a for-profit company, Rolex is known for its extensive philanthropic efforts supporting the arts, environment, science, sports and its own mentoring program.

In 1945, Wilsdorf transferred his ownership to a private trust to ensure that this charitable giving would continue. The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation owns and runs Rolex today.

Where are Rolex watches made?

All Rolex watches are crafted in the company’s own facilities in Switzerland, from initial design to final assembly. Rolex has multiple production sites, including its headquarters in Geneva ; the main manufacturing facility, located in nearby Plan-les-Ouates; and production outposts in Chêne-Bourg and Bienne.

Why are Rolex watches so expensive?

The high price tag of a Rolex is due, in part, to the impeccable craftsmanship and high-quality materials that go into manufacturing each timepiece, from precious metals and proprietary Oystersteel to diamonds and gemstones. Every step in the manufacturing process of a Rolex watch is strictly monitored to ensure a perfect product. Rolex watches are built to last. A Rolex is not only a luxury item but also an investment that can hold its value (or become more valuable) over many years.

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How to Spot a Fake Rolex. The Definitive Guide

How to Spot a Fake Rolex

What do the Stampings Look Like on a Fake Rolex?

The first step in learning how to spot a fake Rolex watch is to check the stampings on the timepiece. A real Rolex has a precisely-cut serial and model number stamping with solid lines. By comparison, a fake Rolex often lacks the deep, precise lines on the serial and model number stamping. Additionally, all Rolex watches have the iconic crown and model name on the face of the watch. If you want a Day Date Rolex, you now know how to spot a fake Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date:  if the model number isn’t cleanly etched and the Rolex crown doesn’t appear with the words “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date,” you probably have a fake on your hands.

How Do the Hands Move?

Rolex creates top of the line precision watch components, while fake Rolexes tend to use lower-grade components that lack the Rolex stamp on them. Unfortunately, you can’t usually tell the difference in components unless you open the watch up and view the clockwork inside. Luckily, there is one surefire way to identify cheaper components without opening up the watch: check the movement of the hands. A genuine Rolex has smooth movement of its watch hands, while a fake often has jerky movements that mirror other watch types. The precision of a Rolex is especially important for watches like the Yacht Master, which are used for racing purposes, so checking the movement of the hands is essential if you want to know how to spot a fake Rolex Yacht Master.

Font Consistency

An authentic Rolex watch remains consistent in its crafting across the board. This means that the font type on all the text that appears on the watch should look the same. When you consider buying a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, how to spot a fake involves taking note of the consistency of the watch’s design. If you look at pictures of fake Rolexes, you will probably notice that different parts of the watch have slightly different fonts or spacing between different words. This is one of the easiest ways to spot a fake watch, as no amount of damage or wear can change font types. One of the best methods in how to know a genuine Rolex watch is to have a good eye for consistency and sharp attention to detail.

Magnifying Lens

Another trick in how to identify a genuine Rolex watch is to examine the magnifying lens, also known as the cyclops. This small crystal lens magnifies the date on a Rolex watch and always magnifies the number to a factor of 2.5. This is very important in certain watches, such as the Day Date or the Datejust. If you want to know how to spot a fake Rolex Datejust, look at the cyclops first. Fake Rolexes often lack the right magnification level. Additionally, as mentioned above, the font type on the date number may differ from the font used on other engravings and markings on the watch. If you find yourself wondering whether the font or magnification on a watch looks right, take it to a seller or expert who you trust.

Are you considering buying a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona but aren’t sure if you are handling a forgery or not, one of the keys on how to spot a fake Rolex Daytona is to check the weight. Rolex watches, especially cosmograph watches like the Daytona, have a heft to them due to the quality of materials used in their manufacture. A fake watch that somebody is trying to pass off as a genuine Rolex Crystal is likely to be lighter than average. If you have lined up a seller and aren’t sure of the weight of a genuine Rolex box or watch, seek out the aid of a seller that you know offers real Rolexes. You can feel the heft for yourself and then compare it to the potential counterfeit.

Water Resistance

All Rolex watches are designed to resist water to a reasonable depth, and models such as the Rolex Submariner are capable of working perfectly hundreds of meters underwater. A counterfeit Rolex might lack the ability to function properly underwater, especially as the pressure mounts. Unfortunately, people who want to know how to spot a fake Rolex Submariner might not have a good way to test a watch’s water resistance without destroying the possible counterfeit. However, you can still ask your seller about the water resistance and gauge that individual’s response to determine whether there might be some duplicity involved. A watch made with genuine Rolex parts is definitely water resistant as long as it has not been damaged in some way.

Back Casing

With only a few exceptions, the caseback of authentic Rolex watches are usually kept clear of engravings and special features. To determine how to spot a fake Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch, you can examine the caseback. Some counterfeit watches have a clear back to show off the gears in an attempt to look like an authentic used Rolex. Actual authentic watches of the Rolex brand rarely have a clear back, as this was only used in a few vintage models. Similarly, some counterfeit watches have engravings with Rolex branding in an attempt to look like an authentic Rolex. If you want to figure out how to know if a Rolex is authentic, make sure that the back of the watch is clear or, if it is not, that the seller has a good explanation for any markings.

Embedded Diamonds

Complicating the quest to identify an  authentic Rolex is the fact that some Rolexes have diamond studs embedded on the watch face or band. Genuine Rolex bands do sometimes have diamonds, but they are also authentic diamonds. Some people who sell fake diamond Rolex watches might also use fake diamonds in the body or band. Of course, identifying the authenticity of a diamond can be just as easily as identifying genuine Rolex links on a band. Luckily, this is an area where a reliable seller or jeweler can help you. If you have a chance to get a seller to look over a Rolex Datejust with diamonds, for example, the appearance of fake diamonds would be a huge tipoff that the watch may not be authentic. This can help you determine the difference between a fake vs real Rolex Datejust.

Serial Numbers

In addition to identifying a genuine Rolex date wheel and other factors, you can also check the authenticity of a Rolex by checking its serial number. Every Rolex has a serial number on it, and you can verify the authenticity of Rolex serial numbers through the manufacturer. However, after 2009 Rolex decided to use a string of random numbers to create its serial numbers. This means that the only way to accurately perform a Rolex authentication is to bring the watch to a seller who deals in authentic Rolexes. That individual can tell you how to authenticate a Rolex and can check the specific watch you are looking at, so make sure to consult them for help when needed.

Finding a Reliable Dealer

In the end, the best way to figure out how to tell an authentic Rolex from a fake one is to consult a seller that you know to be trustworthy. This seller probably deals in authentic Rolexes and can help guide you on where to buy authentic Rolex watches if you can’t find what you need with that individual. The seller can also examine any Rolex watch you bring in to check for signs of a fake. To determine whether a particular seller is trustworthy, check customer reviews and examine the watches offered by that seller. In some cases, a seller might be able to show you the exact differences between a real vs. fake Rolex. This helps to provide you with a powerful ally in your quest to find the right Rolex for you.

Finding an authentic Rolex can be difficult, but the search can also lead you to some excellent deals if you take the time to look. Keep your eyes open, use the guidelines above, and seek out the help of a seller who deals in authentic Rolexes. By following this advice, you may be able to get a great deal on an authentic Rolex watch.

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The massive demand for Rolex timepieces has given rise to counterfeiters, who seek to trick unsuspecting buyers by producing and selling fake Rolex watches. 

The most commonly counterfeited Rolex models typically include some of the brand’s most iconic and sought-after watches. These often encompass Daytona, Datejust, GMT Master-II, and Submariner watches. 

In this guide, we will be covering the key aspects to look for when examining a Rolex watch. We will also reveal tips and tricks to help you avoid counterfeit products effectively.

General Tips Before Buying a Rolex

Here are some general tips to keep in mind before making a purchase.

  • A 2-year-old Rolex with no warranty card is a red flag.
  • It’s common for vintage Rolexes to miss their box and papers.
  • Buy from a reliable source, an authorized Rolex dealer or a reputable grey market dealer.
  • Modern luxury watches should always be accompanied by warranty documentation, a sign of authenticity. 
  • Authentic Rolex watches can be expensive, so if a deal seems too good to be true, it warrants further investigation.
  • Genuine Rolex watches are known for their attention to detail. Look for any imperfections or inconsistencies.
  • Rolex watches have unique markings and engravings that can help authenticate them. Familiarize yourself with these details to ensure the watch’s authenticity.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex

Here are concise ways to identify a genuine Rolex, helping you avoid counterfeits and ensure a sound investment:

  • Movement: A ticking motion suggests the watch is fake, as genuine Rolexes have a smooth, sweeping second-hand movement.
  • Cyclops: Incorrect magnification or if the date doesn’t fully occupy the window indicates it may not be genuine.
  • Caseback Markings & Stickers: Transparent casebacks are clear indicators of a counterfeit Rolex.
  • Etching & Serial Numbers: Authentic Rolexes have fine etchings of the crown logo and serial numbers, challenging for forgers to accurately replicate.
  • Markings, Dial, Hands, and Finishing: Any imperfections in these areas serve as red flags for a fake Rolex.
  • Water Resistance: Rolex’s renowned water resistance is achieved through precise engineering. A lack of this feature suggests inauthenticity.
  • Weight and Materials: Genuine Rolex watches have a noticeable weight, attributed to the use of high-quality materials like 904L stainless steel, 18K gold, or 950 platinum.
  • Crown Markings and Sound: Authentic Rolex crowns display specific markings denoting their sealing system, and the watch’s movement should emit a smooth, consistent sound.
  • Bracelet and Straps: High-quality craftsmanship and materials in Rolex bracelets and straps are telltale signs of authenticity; poor quality indicates a fake.

1. Movement

One distinct feature to look for in Rolex watches is the movement of the second hand. In a genuine Rolex, the second hand will not ”tick” as many watches do. 

Instead, it will move smoothly and continuously around the face of the watch, creating an almost sweeping motion. This is due to the high beat rate in the watch’s mechanical movement, typically 28,800 beats per hour (8 beats per second).

If you observe a second hand that jumps from second to second or ticks, it’s a strong indication that the watch either uses the ones listed below:

  • Quartz movement
  • Lower-quality mechanical movement

Neither of the two is used by Rolex in their watches. However, some high-quality fakes may also mimic this smooth movement, so it’s important to consider other factors when identifying a real Rolex.

Rolex Cyclops

The “ Cyclops ” lens is a small, magnifying lens on the date window at 3 o’clock that magnifies the date by around 2.5 times for easier reading. When looking at the date through the Cyclops lens, it should take up almost the entire date window and be very clear. 

If the date under the Cyclops is small or doesn’t fill up almost the entirety of the window, or if the magnification is less than 2.5 times, the watch might not be a genuine Rolex. This is because many counterfeit watches can’t replicate the 2.5x magnification, so they tend to have smaller and less clear date numbers. 

However, counterfeited watch brands, specifically some Rolex watches do not have the signature Cyclops lens. For instance, the Rolex Sea-Dweller used to be Cyclops-free until 2017.

3. Caseback Markings & Stickers

Rolex Case back

Genuine Rolex casebacks are generally smooth and plain with no logo, design, or text, except for some rare and special editions. It is typically crafted from a single, solid metal block, usually 904L stainless steel, 18K gold, or 950 platinum, depending on the particular model. This construction gives Rolex watches notable water and pressure resistance.

Exceptions to this are:

  • Rare special editions or a few models for commemorations might have inscriptions or logos.
  • The Rolex Sea-Dweller has some inscriptions (e.g., “Rolex Oyster Original Gas Escape Valve”).
  • The Rolex Milgauss model has a unique engraving resembling concentric circles, symbolizing the magnetic flux density.

Most importantly, Rolex watches never have a see-through (skeleton or exhibition) case back that exposes the movement. If you see a Rolex watch with a clear or engraved case back (apart from the exceptions mentioned above), it is likely a fake.

4. Etching & Serial Numbers

Etching & Serial Numbers

Rolex watches feature various etchings and serial numbers that can be used to authenticate them. Here’s what to look for:

  • Rehaut Laser-Etched Crown: Since 2002, Rolex began engraving a tiny crown logo on the rehaut (the area around the dial, beneath the crystal) at the 6 o’clock position. 
  • Serial Numbers: Serial numbers are engraved between the lugs on the side of the case at 6 o’clock, behind where the bracelet fits. These numbers determine the approximate year or era in which the watch was manufactured. In 2005, Rolex also began engraving these on the inner rehaut.
  • Model or Case Reference Numbers: These numbers are found on the side of the case, at the 12 o’clock position, behind where the bracelet fits. They indicate the model and type of the watch.

The engravings and numbers should be neatly etched with high precision and clearly visible under a magnifying glass. They should not be a different color than the surrounding metal. 

In authentic Rolex watches, the engravings are generally very finely done. They are difficult to replicate, so forgeries often have sloppy, shallow, or poorly done engraving.

5. Markings, Dial, Hands, and Finishing

Rolex is known for its great attention to detail and precise craftsmanship; as such, the markings, dial, hands, and finishing of Rolex watches should reflect this quality. 

Below lists the key elements to look for when inspecting the markings, dial, hands, and finishing of a Rolex watch:

  • Markings: All markings, including the Rolex crown logo, writing on the dial, and on the case back and bracelet, should be precise and perfectly etched. For example, the Rolex logo should be finely and symmetrically made, and the writing should be crisp and clean.
  • Dial: The dial should be perfect, with no dust, hair, or fingerprints. Also, the lettering and printing should be crisp with no smudging or irregularities. Rolex uses a special technique for applying hour markers, ensuring that they are perfectly aligned.
  • Hands: The hands of the watch should match the overall style of the watch and should be meticulously crafted. Rolex uses 18K gold hands to prevent tarnishing and high-quality luminescent material for their dials and hands.
  • Finishing: The polish and brush of the case, bracelet, and bezel should be flawless. There should be no sharp edges or unfinished areas. Moreover, Rolex watches are known for their seamless and intricate bracelet links.
  • Date Window: If the watch has a date function, the date should change precisely at or just before midnight, not gradually. Rolex models that feature a date function also have a “Cyclops” date window that magnifies the date 2.5 times.
  • Triplock Crown Seal: Rolex watches are known for being water-resistant. The Triplock Crown Seal is one of the features that ensure this resistance. This system, comprising about ten different components, screws down onto the case, ensuring waterproof efficiency.

Remember, a genuine Rolex watch is a high-quality, meticulously crafted piece of equipment. The smallest details matter. 

6. Water Resistance

Rolex is renowned for its exceptional water resistance. It is achieved using a system of gaskets, seals, and a screw-down crown and case back to prevent water from entering the watch case. The Rolex Triplock and Twinlock winding crown systems help to ensure the watch’s waterproofness.

Additionally, the exact level of water resistance depends on the specific Rolex model:

  • Oyster Perpetual Models: These are water-resistant to at least 100 meters (330 feet).
  • Submariner Models: These are designed specifically for divers. A Rolex submariner undergoing a water test offers a water resistance up to 300 meters (1,000 feet).
  • Sea-Dweller Models: These watches are usually water-resistant to 1,220 meters (4,000 feet).
  • Rolex Deepsea: This model is designed for extreme depths, offering water resistance up to 3,900 meters (12,800 feet).

Keep in mind that water resistance is not a permanent condition. Over time, the gaskets and seals that provide water resistance can wear out and degrade, reducing the watch’s water resistance. 

7. Weight and Materials

Rolex uses high-quality materials for its watches, which contributes to their overall weight and feel. While the exact weight will depend on the specific model and size of the watch , Rolex watches are generally heavier than many other watches due to the quality of materials used.

Below lists the materials Rolex uses for its watches:

  • 904L Stainless Steel: Rolex uses a specific type of stainless steel called 904L. This steel is more rust and corrosion-resistant and can take and hold polish very well.
  • 18K Gold: Rolex produces its own gold in its in-house foundry. They use 18K gold, which is a blend of 75% pure gold and other metals. The exact blend depends on whether it’s yellow, white, or Everose (Rolex’s unique version of rose gold) gold.
  • 950 Platinum: Rolex uses 950 platinum, meaning it is 95% pure platinum, known for its durability and resistance to tarnishing.
  • Rolesor: Describes Rolex’s watches that combine 904L stainless steel and 18K gold (yellow, white, or Everose) in the case and bracelet construction.
  • Rolesium: This term coined by Rolex refers to the unique combination of 904L stainless steel and 950 platinum, typically used in the construction of certain Yacht-Master models.
  • Cerachrom: Rolex’s proprietary ceramic material is used in bezels of models like the Daytona, Submariner, and GMT-Master II. It’s resistant to UV rays and is virtually scratch-proof.
  • Sapphire Crystal: Rolex uses high-quality synthetic sapphire crystal for the watch face, which is extremely scratch-resistant.
  • Diamonds and Precious Gems: Rolex only uses high-quality diamonds and other precious gems. The stones are always set in gold to prevent tarnishing.
  • Gold Fluted Bezel: Rolex’s fluted bezels are solid gold and have a distinctive, ridged pattern that creates a unique, light-catching effect.

The weight of a Rolex watch will vary depending on the model’s size and the materials used. A men’s Rolex watch usually has a weight ranging between 140 and 180 grams. Meanwhile, a lady’s Rolex watch tends to weigh less. 

On the other hand, the fake Rolex weight is often described to be too light for the supposed-to-be materials used for it. 

8. Crown Markings and Sound

Rolex watches are known for their meticulous detailing, and this extends to the crown markings and sounds as well:

  • Crown Markings: The Rolex crown is often marked with dots or lines beneath it. These markings signify the type of sealing system used and the watch’s water resistance level. For example, no dots or lines signify the Twinlock system. In contrast, three dots indicate the Triplock system used in Rolex Submariner timepieces, Sea-Dweller, and Daytona models. The crown should be finely made with clear and precise markings.
  • Sound: Rolex watches use automatic mechanical movements like quartz watches, which do not tick once per second. Instead, Rolex watches have a smooth and continuous sweeping second-hand motion. The movement’s sound, especially the winding mechanism, should be relatively quiet, smooth, and consistent. 

9. Bracelet and Straps

Rolex Bracelet and Straps

Rolex bracelets and straps are made with the same attention to detail and high-quality materials as the rest of the watch. 

  • Oyster Bracelet: The Oyster bracelet is the most popular and recognizable Rolex bracelet. It consists of three-piece links, with the larger link in the middle. It’s known for its durability and versatility.
  • Jubilee Bracelet: The Jubilee bracelet features five-piece links and is flexible, offering a more dressy, elegant look.
  • President Bracelet: The President bracelet is a semi-circular, three-piece link bracelet. Rolex president watches are typically Day-Date models and some Lady Datejust models.
  • Pearlmaster Bracelet: Rolex’s version of a jewelry bracelet with rounded five-piece links. It’s generally found on the Pearlmaster models .
  • Oysterflex Bracelet: Introduced in 2015, the Oysterflex bracelet combines the robustness of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort, and supreme aesthetics of a rubber strap.

In terms of straps, Rolex has offered leather straps on some models, but these are rare. In contrast, a fake watch usually has poor quality, misaligned, or loose links.

Samples of Fake Rolex Watches

Here are a few illustrations of imitation Rolex watches found at Luxury Bazaar.

Iffy Fluted Bezels

Genuine Rolex fluted bezels are notable for their sharp, evenly spaced grooves, displaying an unmatched level of precision resulting from high-quality craftsmanship. 

A commonly counterfeited Rolex president watch can be distinguished from genuine pieces since real Rolex watches are traditionally made from gold or platinum, providing a distinct lustrous appearance. However, fake Rolex watches often fall short of replicating these characteristics. 

Inauthentic pieces may show bezels with uneven grooves, lacking the meticulous precision of real Rolex watches. Similarly, they might have a different sheen due to using inferior materials, failing to reproduce the natural glow of gold or platinum typically observed in genuine Rolex watches.

Wonky Rehauts

In authentic, luxurious Rolex watch models since 2002, the “ROLEX” name has been laser-engraved multiple times around the rehaut, with the watch’s unique serial number at the 6 o’clock position. If these inscriptions are uneven, poorly engraved, missing, or positioned incorrectly, you may be looking at a counterfeit. 

Some fake Rolex watches may also exhibit a discrepancy in alignment between the engraved rehaut and the dial markers. This problem is not encountered in genuine pieces due to Rolex’s exceptional quality control.

“Quartz” on the Dial

Rolex is renowned for its automatic or mechanical movements, and it’s rare to find a genuine timepiece from the brand with “Quartz” on the dial. The brand only produced a limited number of quartz watches in the past for the collections mentioned below:

  • Cellini 
  • Oysterquartz

However, many fake Rolex watches inaccurately feature “Quartz” on the dial in an attempt to explain the distinctive ticking motion characteristic of quartz movements. So, if you spot the word “Quartz” on the dial, especially outside of the Oysterquartz and Cellini models, it’s likely a counterfeit piece.

Cellinis with Date Windows or Lume

Rolex’s Cellini models have unique characteristics that counterfeit pieces often fail to accurately replicate. Genuine Cellini watches are designed to embody a classic and elegant aesthetic. As such, they don’t feature date windows or luminescent material (lume). 

Replica watches , however, may display these features to enhance their appeal or functionality. Consequently, if you come across a Rolex Cellini with a date window or lume, it’s likely not an authentic Rolex but a similar model watch or an imitation replica watch.

Tudor Date Fonts on a “Rolex”

Rolex and Tudor , while both under the same parent company, have distinct design languages and elements that set them apart. One such distinction lies in the fonts used for the date window. Rolex has a signature font that’s clear, consistent, and precise across its models, with its unique open “6” and “9” numerals. 

On the other hand, Tudor uses a different font for its date display. Due to their lack of meticulous attention to detail or limited resources, counterfeiters often mistakenly use Tudor date fonts on fake Rolex watches. This is a clear sign of inauthenticity, as Rolex would never use the date font from its sibling brand on its timepieces.

Lumed Hands on an Unlumed Dial

One glaring inconsistency often found on counterfeit Rolex watches is the presence of luminescent hands on a dial that has no other luminescent elements. If a genuine Rolex model features luminescent hands, it will invariably also include luminescent hour markers on the dial, assisting readability in low-light conditions. 

Therefore, the presence of lumed hands on an unlumed dial is not a feature that a genuine Rolex would possess and is a clear sign of a counterfeit timepiece. These inconsistencies reflect the counterfeiters’ oversight and lack of understanding of Rolex’s careful design principles.

Two-Tone Day-Dates

Authentic Day-Date models are only available in solid 18k gold or platinum. However, a common pitfall among fake Rolex watches is the production of two-tone Day-Dates. While two-tone designs (combining gold and stainless steel, for instance) are common in other Rolex lines, they are not a feature of the genuine Day-Date models. 

Therefore, if you come across a Day-Date watch with a two-tone design, it’s almost certainly a fake. This misstep by counterfeiters underscores a fundamental misunderstanding or disregard for Rolex’s established design rules and traditions.

Gold Plating Rubbing Off

One of the telltale signs of a fake Rolex watch is the presence of gold plating that is starting to rub off. Rolex exclusively uses high-quality 18k gold or platinum for its gold-toned watches, not gold plating. This means the color and luster run through the entire material and will not wear off with time or use. 

However, a Rolex replica often uses cheaper materials like stainless steel with a thin layer of gold plating to mimic the appearance of genuine Rolex watches. Over time, this plating can wear off, revealing the underlying material.

Buying a Rolex is more than just getting a watch; it’s investing in a piece of renowned watchmaking history known for its excellence, accuracy, and long-lasting quality. With many fake Rolex watches out there, it’s crucial to ensure you’re getting a genuine one.

Key Takeaways

  • From the smooth movement of the second hand to the precision of the laser-etched crown and the quality of materials, these details are critical in distinguishing a real Rolex from a counterfeit.
  • Familiarizing yourself with the specific features of Rolex watches, including their movement types, case back designs, materials, and unique model characteristics, can significantly enhance your ability to spot a fake.
  • Buying a Rolex from an authorized dealer or a reputable grey market dealer reduces the risk of encountering a counterfeit watch. While vintage watches may lack boxes and papers, modern Rolexes should always come with proper documentation.

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How to Tell if a Rolex is Real or Fake: 11 Signs of Authenticity

Last Updated: June 16, 2024 Fact Checked

This article was co-authored by Bill Green and by wikiHow staff writer, Amber Crain . Bill Green is an Expert Jeweler and Appraiser. He is also the Founder & Creative Director of Jewelry & Timepiece Mechanix, and the Founder and Designer of Amaroo Handmade Opal Jewelry, based in Haddonfield, New Jersey. With over 40 years of industry knowledge, he and his team are known for restoring everything from new watches to vintage jewels and being one of the few shops that still design and make jewelry and watches. Jewelry & Timepiece Mechanix is part of the American Society of Jewelers and Gemologists and Ethical Metalsmiths. Bill studied at the Miami Jewelry Institute and the Gemological Institute of America as well as apprenticed with many accomplished craftspeople. There are 7 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 1,172,962 times.

A Rolex watch is a significant investment, so you want to make sure you're getting the real deal. Some counterfeit watches may look pretty convincing, but there are tell-tale signs you can look for that will confirm a Rolex's authenticity. In this article, we'll walk you through all the special characteristics of an authentic Rolex watch so you'll know exactly what to look for. If you're ready to put your Rolex to the test, read on.

Things You Should Know

  • Listen for a ticking sound. If the watch is ticking, it's not a real Rolex.
  • Look for an etched Rolex crown logo near the 6 o'clock position and on the dial above the 12 o'clock position to confirm the watch's authenticity.
  • Check the Rolex box for a certificate of authenticity, warranty paperwork, and a manual.

Soundless movement

A Rolex is soundless because it's powered by automatic movement.

  • The mechanical movement that powers a Rolex is self-winding. You will never have to wind an authentic Rolex watch.

Smooth second hand

A regular watch's second hand will jerk from one position to the next.

Magnified glass

A real Rolex will have a date window made of magnified glass.

  • Rolex magnification windows usually magnify the date to 2.5x; the date should take up nearly the entire window. Some good counterfeits may magnify the date a little, but the date won't fill up the entire window.
  • If the magnification window is imperfect or off center, the watch is fake.

Heavy materials

Rolexes are made of quality materials that have some heft to them.

Metal construction

Rolex uses high-quality polished steel for their watches.

  • Rolex uses a proprietary stainless steel alloy for their watches called Oystersteel.
  • If the back casing looks metal on the outside but has a plastic inner case, the watch isn't genuine.
  • Some imitations have a clear glass back so you can see the inner workings of the watch. No authentic Rolex model has this feature.

Serial number

Every Rolex has an engraved serial number.

  • Between the opposite set of lugs, you should see "ORIG ROLEX DESIGN" followed by a case reference number.
  • To look up the date of your watch's manufacture with the serial number, you can use this handy online source .

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Rolex crown logo

A real Rolex dial has an etched logo at the 6 and 12 o'clock positions.

  • If the etching is large enough to easily see with the naked eye, you may have a fake on your hands.
  • The logo above the 12 o'clock position should be made of high-quality metal. The circles at the end of the crown's points will be raised bumps, and the crown's outline has a different metallic sheen than the inside. [6] X Research source

Precise lettering

Each letter should be perfect, with straight lines and smooth curves.

Etched dial

An authentic Rolex dial has etched lettering inside the rim.

  • All watches from Rolex's Oyster Perpetual series (which is one of their most famous lines) bear this etching. [8] X Research source
  • The only exceptions are from the Cellini series; they have non-standard designs (rectangular faces, etc.) so some of them won't have the dial etching.

Quality packaging

All packaging should have the official Rolex name and logo.

  • Most Rolex packaging contains a certificate of authenticity, a manual, and 5-year warranty paperwork. [10] X Research source
  • If your watch is missing any of these things, it may not be genuine.

Test the water-tightness to confirm authenticity as a last resort.

  • Rolex actually created the very first waterproof watch case in history. The case, which they named the Oyster case, is still used today.
  • The Submariner is the only Rolex watch designed for deep water usage — while other Rolexes should be fine in the shower or swimming pool, they may leak under more serious aquatic conditions.

Expert Q&A

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  • If you aren't sure, take the watch to an experienced jeweler for deeper analysis. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
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To tell if a Rolex is real or fake, hold it next to your ear and listen to the sound it makes. If it's making a slow ticking noise like cheap watches normally do, it's a sign that it's fake. You can also tell if a Rolex is real or fake by examining the second hand. If the second hand is moving around the watch in a jerky motion instead of moving smoothly at an even pace, the watch is probably fake. Also, if the Rolex feels really lightweight when you hold it, it's a sign that it's not real. For other ways you can tell if a Rolex is real or fake, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Ultimate Buying Guide

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 buying guide

First released at Baselworld 2019, the Yacht-Master 42 is the newest and largest addition to the Rolex Yacht-Master lineup. Historically, the Yacht Master collection has been the only Rolex sports model available in multiple sizes; however, until the release of the Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659, 40mm was the largest case size available. Despite the fact that the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 introduced a new and larger 42mm case to the collection, at the time of writing, the model is only offered in a single configuration: a 42mm white gold case fitted with a black dial, black ceramic bezel, and matching black Oysterflex bracelet.

At first glance, the Rolex Yacht Master 42 reference 226659 appears very similar to the 40mm Everose gold model that is also fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet. Both watches feature black dials, matte black ceramic bezels with raised polished numerals, black Oysterflex bracelets, and Rolex’s in-house Caliber 3235 movement. However, while the core design of the Yacht-Master 42 is shared with the other Oysterflex Yacht-Master watches, the larger case paired with its toned-down monochromatic color profile makes it immediately distinct, and these small changes come together to make the Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 the perfect poster child for the modern Rolex brand.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Reference 226659

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 White Gold Oysterflex Bracelet 226659

Yacht-Master 226659 Key Features:

– Reference Number: 226659

– Production Years: 2019 – Present

– Case Size: 42mm

– Materials: 18k White Gold

– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds; Date Display

– Dial: Black w/ Luminous Hour Markers

– Luminescence: Chromalight

– Bezel: Bidirectional, Black Ceramic Insert w/ 60-Minute Scale

– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat w/ Cyclops Lens)

– Movement: Rolex Caliber 3235

– Water Resistance: 100 Meters / 330 Feet

– Strap/Bracelet: Oysterflex Bracelet

– Clasp: Oysterlock Safety Clasp w/ Glidelock Extension System

– Approx. Price: $28,900 (Retail); $33,500 (Pre-Owned)

Click here for our Ultimate Buying Guide on the Rolex Yacht-Master.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Oysterflex White Gold 226659

The History of the Rolex Yacht Master 42

Compared to many of Rolex’s other lines of watches, the Yacht-Master is a fairly young collection, having only just joined the brand’s catalog in 1992. While Rolex originally built much of its reputation by producing tough-as-nails tool watches, the brand had already started to make its transition towards becoming an all-out luxury manufacturer by the 1980s, and the Yacht-Master was created as an unapologetically luxurious take on the brand’s classic sports watch.

The Rolex Yacht-Master largely follows the same overall design as the Submariner, but leans more towards the opulent and luxurious side of things, rather than being a purpose-built underwater timing tool. Both the Submariner and the Yacht-Master feature rotating timing bezels, but while the Submariner’s bezel rotates unidirectionally and features a luminous dot at the zero-marker, the Yacht-Master’s moves bi-directionally and omits the luminous dot in favor of an insert crafted from either solid gold, platinum, or black ceramic. Similarly, all Rolex Yacht-Master watches feature precious metals somewhere in their construction. Even the most humble models that are largely crafted from stainless steel feature solid platinum bezels, and while the bezel insert on the reference 226659 is built from black ceramic, the watch itself is crafted from solid 18k white gold.

Initially, the Rolex Yacht-Master was exclusively offered in solid yellow gold and with a 40mm case. However, over the years, the collection expanded to include other case sizes and materials including both two-tone and Rolesium (a combination of stainless steel and platinum) references. Both a 29mm Lady Yacht-Master and 35mm Midsize Yacht-Master were previously offered alongside the standard 40mm model, but these two smaller versions were ultimately discontinued in favor of the Midsize Yacht-Master 37.

With that in mind, Baselworld 2019 marked the arrival of both an all-new Yacht-Master size and a new material option for the collection. With the launch of the reference 226659, not only was the Rolex Yacht-Master now available with a 42mm case diameter for the first time in its history but it was also offered with a solid 18k white gold case – something that was previously not an option within the standard Yacht-Master collection. While the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 marked a major step forward for the collection, the new 42mm case size is exclusively available for the ref. 226659, and the watch is only available in one single configuration. Given that the Yacht-Master 42 has only been on the market for a couple of years, many collectors speculate that the solid 18k white gold ref. 226659 is just the first of many 42mm Rolex Yacht-Master watches.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 White Gold 42mm Oysterflex

Rolex Yacht Master 42 Defining Elements

For the most part, the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 reference 226659 is a larger, white gold version of the Everose Yacht-Master 40 that is also on an Oysterflex bracelet. However, the ref. 226659 does possess a number of unique traits that make it immediately identifiable and separate it from all other Rolex watches.

42mm White Gold Case

Probably the single most defining feature of the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 reference 226659 is its 42mm case crafted from solid 18k white gold. Not only is this unique because the ref. 226659 is the only 42mm Yacht-Master model, but it also holds the distinction of being the only one that has ever been constructed from white gold. Over the course of the Yacht-Master’s history, it has been created in full 18k yellow gold, Yellow Rolesor (stainless steel and yellow gold), Rolesium (stainless steel and platinum), full 18k Everose gold, and Everose Rolesor (stainless steel and Everose gold). Additionally, there is even a version of the 44mm Yacht-Master II regatta timer that is built from white gold with a platinum bezel, but the reference 226659 is the only iteration of the classic Yacht-Master to be offered in full 18k white gold.

Black Cerachrom Bezel

Just like the 37mm and 40mm Everose gold Rolex Yacht-Master models that are also fitted with Oysterflex bracelets, the Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 receives a bidirectional timing bezel with an insert that is crafted from Rolex’s proprietary Cerachrom ceramic material. The black ceramic insert is given a matte-sandblasted texture, with raised graduations that feature a high-polish finish for improved contrast. Despite having both a different case size and being made from different materials, the matte black ceramic insert on the Yacht-Master 42 instantly unites it with the rest of the Oysterflex bracelets Yacht-Master watches in Rolex’s portfolio.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Oysterflex 42mm White Gold 226659

Oysterflex Bracelet

The Rolex Oysterflex bracelet is quite possibly the most over-engineered rubber strap in the world – however, to call it a “rubber strap” is a bit misleading. Rolex specifically refers to it as a bracelet within its catalog because the elastomer strap features a flexible metal core for optimum durability and longevity. Additionally, the underside of the strap features a comfort pad that elevates the strap slightly off the wrist, better distributing the weight of the watch and promoting airflow and breathability.

One of the more interesting details about how Rolex has chosen to structure its catalog is that the Oysterflex bracelet (seemingly the most sporty and least formal option) is exclusively equipped to the brand’s solid gold models. Whether fitted to a Daytona, Sky-Dweller, or Yacht-Master watch, all of the Oysterflex-equipped models are crafted from solid 18k gold (either yellow, white, or Everose). At the time of writing, the Oysterflex bracelet is only found on the full 18k Everose gold Yachtmaster 40 and Yacht-Master 37 watches, along with the 18k white gold Yacht-Master 42.

Rolex Caliber 3235 Movement

Despite being 2mm larger than the current Yacht-Master 40, the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 is powered by the exact same Caliber 3235 movement. Designed and manufactured entirely in-house by Rolex, the Cal. 3235 represents the brand’s latest generation of date-displaying mechanical movements and can be found in a number of other date-displaying Rolex watches, including all-time classics like the Datejust and the Submariner.

The Caliber 3235 movement is based around Rolex’s new Chronergy escapement, which features a skeletonized structure for improved efficiency. When combined with Rolex’s proprietary blue Parachrom hairspring and a redesigned gear train and mainspring barrel, the Caliber 3235 offers users an increased power reserve of 70 hours, which represents a significant step up from the 48-hour reserve offered by its predecessor. Additionally, despite its improved efficiency, the Rolex Cal. 3235 movement adheres to the same incredibly stringent ‘Superlative Chronometer’ precision standards, which permit a maximum timekeeping deviation of -2/+2 seconds per day.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Oysterflex Bracelet White Gold Reference 226659

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Price and Availability

The Rolex Yacht-Master 42 reference 226659 has only been around for a couple of years, so it is still in production and available for purchase from retailers and boutiques. However, as anyone who is familiar with Rolex watches will tell you, finding the model you want brand-new and available for immediate sale is virtually impossible and for many highly popular references, there is no way to buy a brand-new Rolex without spending a significant amount of time on a waiting list. As a result of this lack of availability on a retail level, many buyers turn to the secondary market, where they can add a Rolex Yachtmaster 42 ref. 226659 to their collections without the wait.

How Much is a Rolex Yacht-Master 42?

As of 2021, the retail price for a brand-new Rolex Yacht-Master 42 reference 226659 is $28,900, which represents a $1,600 premium compared to its 40mm Everose gold counterpart. However, due to the fact that the white gold Yacht-Master 42 cannot be purchased at a retail level without being on a waiting list, pre-owned prices exceed their brand-new values and you can expect to pay a premium of several thousand dollars if you wish to skip the line and add one to your collection today.

Where to Buy a Rolex Yacht-Master 42

Since the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 is still in production, you can technically still buy it brand-new from Rolex retailers and boutiques – just as long as you are willing to wait out the cue. A similar story exists for most of the popular modern Rolex models; however, compared to the steep premiums that many of the brand’s stainless steel sports watches trade hands for on the open market (which can frequently reach values in excess of 100% above their brand-new retail prices), the comparatively reasonable premium of a few thousand dollars to skip the line for a reference 226659 Yachtmaster 42 means that buyers often opt for a pre-owned example, where availability is immediate and guaranteed.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 18k White Gold Oysterflex 226659

Rolex Yacht-Master 42: A Modern Luxury Sports Watch

Rolex may have originally built much of its legendary reputation by building tough and reliable sport and tool watches, but the brand’s days as a manufacturer of utilitarian timekeeping devices have long since passed. These days, Rolex is an all-out luxury brand and it is arguably the single most famous luxury label in the entire world. The thought of a military branch supplying its troops with Rolex Submariner watches has become almost comical given that countless people all around the globe are unable to buy a Submariner, despite being more than willing to pay full retail price for one. In fact, the Rolex Submariner is so in-demand that most people are willing to pay far more than the brand-new retail price, just to skip the multi-year waiting list and add one to their collections.

Despite Rolex’s transition towards becoming a luxury manufacturer, it has never stopped producing reliable and finely crafted sports watches. However, the nature of its sports watches has certainly evolved to take on a more luxury-oriented approach, just like the brand’s positioning within the greater watch market. Rolex was producing sports watches back in the 1950s and 1960s and although its products were always considered to be premium timepieces, they were hardly regarded as luxury items, let alone status symbols.

These days, Rolex sports watches are some of the most iconic and desirable luxury timepieces in existence, and wearing one has become a universally recognized symbol of success and personal accomplishment. As a result of the implicit connotations that they carry, modern Rolex sports watches need to do more than just be tough and reliable; they also need to offer a bit of flash and match the opulent and exclusive image of Rolex itself.

The Yacht-Master 42 reference 226659 is the perfect poster-child for the modern Rolex brand. Its monochromatic color profile paired with its matte black ceramic bezel and black Oysterflex bracelet makes the watch inherently casual and sporty, and at first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was a humble stainless steel model. However, at its core, the Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 is a $30k solid gold Rolex. Wearing a Rolex watch has become a universally recognized status symbol, but Rolex is not a brand known for making over-the-top, statement pieces. The white gold Yacht-Master 42 is the perfect statement piece for those that do not want to make a statement, and that is precisely why the reference 226659 is the perfect poster-child for the modern Rolex brand.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 42mm 226659 Oysterflex White Gold

About Paul Altieri

Paul Altieri is a vintage and pre-owned Rolex specialist, entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of BobsWatches.com. - the largest and most trusted name in luxury watches. He is widely considered a pioneer in the industry for bringing transparency and innovation to a once-considered stagnant industry. His experience spans over 35 years and he has been published in numerous publications including Forbes, The NY Times, WatchPro, and Fortune Magazine. Paul is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest research and developments in the watch industry and e-commerce, and regularly engages with other professionals in the industry. He is a member of the IWJG, the AWCI and a graduate of the GIA. Alongside running the premier retailer of pre-owned Rolex watches, Paul is a prominent Rolex watch collector himself amassing one of the largest private collections of rare timepieces. In an interview with the WSJ lifestyle/fashion editor Christina Binkley, Paul opened his vault to display his extensive collection of vintage Rolex Submariners and Daytonas. Paul Altieri is a trusted and recognized authority in the watch industry with a proven track record of expertise, professionalism, and commitment to excellence.

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A guide to the Rolex Yacht-Master

how to tell if a yacht master is fake

Over the years, the Rolex Yacht-Master watch has grown significantly, becoming one of the most diverse ranges of Rolex watch available.

The evolution of the luxury brand’s classic sports watch has extended beyond imaginable parallels, offering the avid collector various choices in bracelet style, bezel material and case size over three entire decades. As such, the Yacht-Master continues to prove itself a valuable and dependable mainstay within the manufacturer’s current catalogue, despite many models having become discontinued over the years. To define the Yacht-Master by Rolex, one would categorize it as a luxury sports watch, yet the collection can be broken down into two watches that remain incredibly similar to one another, despite a slightly different name.

. One is the Yacht-Master - a watch that can be considered the original sports model designed by Rolex, intended for setting sail with and enjoying whilst sailing aboard a luxury yacht. The Yacht-Master II, however, is designed for more precise functionality. Equipped with all the technology to enable an individual to record regatta timings, this younger distinction of the model is classified as a watch for racing a yacht as opposed to enjoying alongside a ride on one.

how to tell if a yacht master is fake

Whether wearing a Rolex Yacht-Master for aesthetical or practical reasons, however, its sleek looks and refined qualities are characteristics that are sought after far and wide amongst Rolex fans. Like with every Rolex, however, there are some factors to research and consider before investing in your very first Yacht-Master and these include pricing, history and features amongst many others.

What are the differences between the Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II?

To break down the key differences between the Rolex Yacht-Master and the Rolex Yacht-Master II, here are a few quick facts. The Yacht-Master is available in sizes of 29mm, 35mm, 37mm, 40mm and 42mm and is manufactured in Rolesium, Everose Rolesor, yellow gold Rolesor, solid 18ct yellow gold, solid 18ct white gold and 18ct Everose gold. The watch offers running hours, minutes and seconds and features a date function at 3 o’clock. A bidirectional rotating bezel has a 60-minute scale upon its surface and each model promises a water resistance of 100 meters. The models are offered on an Oyster bracelet or Oysterflex bracelet. The Rolex Yacht-Master II, however, is available in a 44mm size and is offered in a solid stainless steel version, as well as Everose Rolesor, 18ct yellow gold and 18ct white gold. Function-wise, the models offer running seconds with an adjustable countdown timer with a mechanical memory. The watch also features a ring command bezel, along with 100-meter water resistance and is fitted on an Oyster bracelet.

how to tell if a yacht master is fake

A brief history of the Rolex Yacht-Master watch collection

A brief history of both the Rolex Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II watches is beneficial before investing in a model from this range. Though not introduced until 1992, the Rolex Yacht-Master watch had foundations secured for its release much earlier than that. The brand had partnered with the New York Yacht Club back in 1958, laying down the roots to its heritage in sailing long before the iconic sports watch was conceptualized. By this point, Rolex had ready developed its first waterproof watch thanks to the 1926 Oyster case.

how to tell if a yacht master is fake

In 1966, the Gipsy Moth IV yacht was sailed 29,600 miles around the world by Francis Chichester, who wore a Rolex on his wrist amongst very few other measuring tools including a sextant and nautical chart. Thanks to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch he wore during his journey, time could be tracked amongst rough conditions for an entire 226 days whilst at sea. It put Rolex officially on the radar of seafarers as a manufacturer capable of producing robust and reliable tools for facing the challenging conditions experienced at sea.

how to tell if a yacht master is fake

In 1992 the world’s first official Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master was released and was crafted entirely from 18ct yellow gold, cementing its status as a luxury tool watch. Over the next 15 years, Rolex would experiment with various case materials until in 2007, the first Yacht-Master II was born. Sportsmen could utilize this tool watch whilst regatta racing – its chronograph features stood out clearly and legibly across the surface of the dial. A programmable countdown timer enabled the individual to measure the countdown time before a race commences for improved precision and a better start to the competition. With flyback and fly-forward functionality, synchronization with the Race Committee was a breeze.

how to tell if a yacht master is fake

Current Popular Rolex Yacht-Master models

As mentioned, it is the Yacht-Master’s affinity with the sea and its diverse range of styles and case materials that make this collection so widely sought-after within the Rolex watch stratosphere. Paired with cutting-edge technology and primed for yacht race competing, the series has much to offer any luxury sports watch fan. Here are just a few Rolex Yacht-Master watches that have proven their popularity as both a tool and an investment since their release.

Rolex Yacht-Master ref 126622

Rolex Yacht-Master watches made from Rolesium make for an interesting talking point to wear with elegant attire and often make for sophisticated gifts to mark an anniversary or wedding day, especially for those who prefer their wristwatches to exude a very classic look. That said, Rolex packs a lot of modern technology into the design of a Yacht-Master watch such as the model 1266, which not only offers a very compact and manageable case size for those with a slender wrist but has also been forged from a material that is exclusive to the Yacht-Master watch range itself. Stainless Steel and platinum are materials chosen for their robust, corrosion-resistant and luxurious properties, whilst the three-link design of the oyster bracelet creates a timeless look whether paired with elegant or casual attire. Polished middle links and brushed outer links create a unique look against the wrist, especially when you consider that these finishes differ from those seen in the Rolex Submariner and Sea-Dweller models, which instead offer a fully brushed bracelet finish.

how to tell if a yacht master is fake

Rolex Yacht-Master ref 116680

One of the most popular Rolex Yacht-Master watches has to be the ref 116680 with a blue ceramic bezel. Rolex had begun equipping its watches with Cerachrom bezels back in the year 2005. This model was made available in stainless steel, two-tone Everose, or yellow gold, and since it belongs to the Yacht-Master II collection, measures a broad 44mm diameter. As of 2019, Rolex Yacht-Master II watches were equipped with the Calibre 3235 – a trusted workhorse for many of Rolex’s models. Framed inside this striking blue bezel is a white dial adorned with a small second sub-counter in blue at 6 o’clock, along with a countdown that can be programmed for a duration of between 1 and 10 minutes. The programming is memorized by the mechanism so that at a reset it returns to the previous setting and once launched, can be synchronized on the fly to match the official race countdown.

how to tell if a yacht master is fake

Rolex Yacht-Master ref 116655

The Rolex Yacht-Master ref 116656 is, without a doubt, one of the most coveted and popular models from this series of luxury sports watches. The model not only features a matte black ceramic bezel but features a set of two-textured, highly polished and raised numerals upon its sandblasted surface. The watch is fitted to an Oysterflex bracelet, promising all-round comfort and thanks to its unusual choice of contrasting rich black and luxurious pink gold colours, can be enjoyed by both male and female Rolex fans alike. An Everose case and gold serrated ring complete its look, combining nicely with the elegant black bezel, whilst on the display itself, cathedral-type hands and a cyclops date window reside.

how to tell if a yacht master is fake

The Rolex Yacht-Master II ref 226659

Slightly larger in size is the 42mm Rolex Yacht-Master II watch with the reference 226659, which features a stunning 18ct white gold case and bezel with a striking black Cerachrom bezel inlay for precise tracking of elapsed time. The Oysterflex bracelet is just one of the many appealing features of the Rolex Yacht-Master series. Although creating the aesthetic and sporty look of a rubber strap with its outer elastomer rubber shell in black - inside the structure of the bracelet is a series of flexible metal inserts. The Rolex Yacht-Master II ref 226659 debuted in 2019 with the desirable Calibre 3235 secured to the heart of its case, creating plenty of power reserve for those occasions when taken off the wrist, promising superior reliability and accuracy. Its classic black and white gold colourway make it easy to pair wot formal, casual or elegant attire.

how to tell if a yacht master is fake

There will always be plenty of reasons to invest in a Rolex Yacht-Master watch. Having been equipped with a reliable movement and a set of unique features that enable superior regatta timings out on the water, there is little else on the market that matches the supreme craftsmanship and instantly recognizable aesthetics of the iconic Rolex Yacht-Master watch. Whether you have any use for the polarizing watch’s regatta timer feature or not, it is one of the most niche complications watches imaginable. The Yacht-Master will always be a timepiece that holds its value, symbolizing a brand of significant provenance and value.

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How to Spot a Fake Rolex

Rolex is a luxury watch brand that not all people can afford to own. This is why counterfeit Rolexes are everywhere. Sometimes, they are offered at prices that are too good to be true and gullible consumers fall into the trap of purchasing a Rolex watch replica. Knowing how to spot a fake Rolex watch will save you from paying for a counterfeit watch.

 How can you spot a fake when the Rolex watch model seems to be legit? If you know the tips on how to distinguish a real Rolex, then a knockoff will be easy to spot.

How to Spot a Fake Rolex: 10 Telltale Signs It’s Not the Real Thing

Serial number.

A Rolex serial number is always engraved deeply into the metal, while the fake watches have serial numbers that are simply etched with acid. The placement of the serial number is also a sign of whether it is a true Rolex or not. Look for the serial number on the 6 o’clock side where the band connects to the lug. On a new authentic Rolex watch, the serial number is seen on the inner bezel.

Model Number

A real Rolex watch must have a verifiable model number. The model number is seen on the 12 o’clock side of the watch where the band and the lug meet. There should also be an engraving of “Original Rolex Design” on top of the model number. You may need to remove the band to see the number. To do this, simply use a paper clip to remove the pin that keeps the band in place.

Caseback Engravings

For Rolexes manufactured before 2007, a hologram of the crown logo is found on the caseback. Versions of Rolex manufactured after 2007 should not feature the logo. Most casebacks of newer versions are plain polished steel.

Most Rolex watches do not have engraved words on the caseback. The few exceptions to this rule are the Sea Dweller, military watches, COMEX, and other very rare editions. Older Rolex models like 69172, 69173, and 69174 also have engravings on the back with “Stainless Steel” and “Registered Design”.

Self-Winding and Mechanical Movements

Rolex craftsmanship is of high quality, and often unmatched. The movement must have an engraved “Rolex” on it. The location of the engraving on the Rolex movement differs from one model to another. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to know this unless you open the watch.

Rolex has also produced a limited number of quartz watch styles (mainly from the 1960s and 1970s) with the production of the now vintage Rolex in Oysterquartz.

Date Appears Bigger

The Cyclops, which is a part of the watch crystal, magnifies the date about 2.5 times. Run a finger over the watch crystal and feel the lens. You should feel a bump on the convex lens across the date. A flat Cyclops means that the Rolex watch is a fake. Another way to test it is to hold the watch sideways and look at the date without the Cyclops. If the size of the date appears the same, then it’s not a genuine Rolex watch.

Waterproof Cases

A Rolex watch is known for its waterproof capability. Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches have minimum 330 feet water-resistance level, while a Rolex Submariner can be water-resistant for up to 1,000 feet. A Rolex Sea Dweller can reach up to 4,000 feet, and the best of them all is the Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea which can withstand water for up to 12,800 feet.

This waterproof ability is thanks to the solid middle case of the watch, which has screw-down winding crowns that prevent the water from entering the watch’s internal mechanism.

Smooth Hand Motions

The hand movements on a true Rolex watch must move smoothly. If there is a jerk – no matter how tiny it may be – consider the watch a fake. A ticking noise whenever the hands move also mean that it is not a legitimate Rolex watch.

Crystal Micro-etched with Crown Logo

The crystal has a tiny crown logo micro-etched at the 6 o’clock position of a Rolex watch manufactured from 2002 onwards. To view the crown logo, you need to have the proper lighting as well as a magnifying glass since it is too small to be seen by the naked eye.

Examine the Winding Crown

The small knob on the side, which is used to set the time, is known as the crown. A genuine Rolex has a crown logo on the crown of the watch. The logo is made from one metal alone with exquisite detail. On a counterfeit Rolex watch, however, the crown logo is usually made of two or more pieces of metal joined together. Use a magnifying glass to examine the crown and the crown logo thoroughly.

Weigh the Watch

A genuine Rolex watch is always heavier than a knockoff. Before purchasing a watch, do some quick research on Google and check for the actual weight of the Rolex model you want to purchase. Then, weigh the item you are looking at. If it does not weigh the same amount as what you have researched, then it is surely a fake watch. 

Knowing how to spot a fake Rolex prevents you from being scammed. Skip the pawn shop and second hand stores and always buy from an official Rolex dealer to guarantee that the products being sold are legitimate, even on pre owned Rolex watches. If the price is too good to be true, that tells you the watch is not the real deal. Rolex timepieces, after all, is made with high-quality materials and craftsmanship like no other, which explains its hefty price tag.

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My watch arrived with a paper in case stating my watch was purchased originally in 2005. I was told it was a new watch from the factory, by my so who purchased the watch for me as a gift. The paper that came in the case also said it was a black Mother of Pearl. My watch is a mother of pearl but not black.

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“A genuine Rolex watch is always heavier than a knockoff” This is totally false and outdated. Super clones are either dead on or usually within 1-2 grams of the real deal these days. Dangerous information to provide as the novice might use the weight match as a validating criteria, when it no longer applies. Getting the weight right is way easier than some of the other few details they still struggle on. Bottom line don’t pay $10k, $20k, $50k or more without a jeweler opening the watch and taking a look at the movement. There are several super clone models passing every external detail test today and can only be differentiated by detail on the movement.

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I just want to know if my rolex watch is fake or real, my boyfriend give it to me as my birthday presents, its a complete accessories with paper and also have official certified chronometer, the thing is I still doubted.

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I have had someone try to sell it for me but the auction has not started. It is advertised as not certified authentic but needed opinions before I go through with it, so reserve is set right  

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The reserve should be changed to "buy it now" and set to £1 to include postage and packing but be prepared to offer the buyer a refund.  

Just need opinions on its authenticity that’s it  

Ok. IT IS FAKE. Case closed.  

Any other opinions?  

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Why would there be any other opinions? Haven't you seen the photos?  

Yes but I’ll break the forum rules.  

Was meaning from other members  

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Extra post bc I hit 666  

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Lots of details wrong with this one, but not going to go into all of them because of forum rules. It's fairly obvious that this watch is not built to Rolex' standards.  

Fake  

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A fake watch for a fake poster. Wear it in fake health  

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The story is barely credible and the watch is laughable  

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is the subdial for timing in 31st of a minute or 31st of an hour? knowing which will help determine its authenticity  

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It's for portioning the lucky loops for the hamster that runs the watch.  

Does the regatta chronograph work?  

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You like fake watches? How much you want for it  

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I don't know why so many members are saying that it's fake?? Notice the . is on the side of . Whereas if you look at the . you can see that it is a And if that is not enough evidence, the third photo shows the . That configuration is . Zoom in and you'll see for yourself. Sorry, something is up with my keyboard. But I believe that I made my point.  

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lucassmithe222 said: Was given the option me as a gift which was passed down from my late grandad. Is it real or fake? Click to expand...

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I googled rolex 16233 and this is definitely 100% appropriate for that reference number  

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1000% Legit…buy it. 🤡👍  

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Rolex Real or Fake? Check for yourself [Complete Guide]

For many, an obsession with perfection may feel delusional. However, considering the fans of the watch, or a person who is well aware of the watch he carries this perfection has been attainable.

Rolex has emerged out as a brand desired by all.  Starting from early 1905 , Rolex real oyster perpetual has been the talk of the town. 

However, with fame and demand, some rivals came into the watch market. Sadly, they hid behind the fake Rolex. Nevermind, it is the part of business Rolex has still managed to distinguish itself from the fake yet somewhat identical watches produced in the market.

This article is for those who do not want to spend thousands of dollars on a watch that isn’t even real. To know how to tell if a Rolex is a real oyster perpetual or fake you must know in detail what the real Rolex entails.

How to tell if a Rolex is a real oyster perpetual

To dig deeper into the fact of is your Rolex is real or not, you must have to go in detail of that. Let’s start the journey of knowing your Rolex better.

Tick, tick, and tick

You are at the shop, holding a watch near your ear! Stupid? Well, not more stupid or regretting than buying a watch for a thousand dollars and finding out it is fake.

Rolex watches are different from the fake ones with the installation of an automatic movement.

Hence, to figure out the answer to how to tell if a Rolex is real oyster perpetual or not, you must know that Rolex Doesn’t Make Sound.

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However, if your watch is in the cupboard for long it may not have the sound. But here is a complete guide on how you can wind your watch, this will help you in times of need.

Check out the Finishing

Brands like Rolex, leave no stone unturned to be different yet better from many other brands in the market.

Therefore, even the back case of the watch has fine finishing. 

Another way to know how to tell if a Rolex is real oyster perpetual, check the backside of the watch and know for yourself if it is real or not.

Clock position at 6′ o clock

Does Rolex have different features at every each clock time? No, it has specific crown etching at exactly 6′ o clock. This feature is so distinguishing yet invisible to the naked eye. Hence a secret to know how to tell if a Rolex is real oyster perpetual.

To save your money if required use the magnifying glass and check for the small crown etching.

Neither other brands have this not the people have the expertise of the craftsmen as those of Rolex to install a crown etching.

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Hand of the watches

Pay attention to the second hand of the watch. You will instantly find a jerky movement on the second hand of the watch.

How come Rolex let the left hand be jerky when specifying that it is an obsession for perfection. 

What answer do you get for the question of how to tell if a Rolex is real oyster perpetual? A fake watch in the name of a reputable brand.

Metal; weight

A real Rolex is not hard to figure out from the pile of fake watches if considering the weight. To examine the authenticity of Rolex you must weight it.

The real Rolex never compromises on the quality of its products.

With a high amount of metal used in the manufacturing of the watch, it weighs a little high. So when buying a watch one way to know how to tell if a Rolex is real oyster perpetual is its weight.

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The texture of the Serial Number

As mentioned many times in the article, Rolex never compromises on the quality and which later adds to its distinguishing features.

Every fake watch will have serial numbers too but the real Rolex has the serial numbers engraved in itself. 

How to tell if a Rolex is real oyster perpetual or fae, just check if the serial number is just written or engraved in it.

Never compromising quality

An ideal thing to consider when checking if the Rolex is real or fake check the quality in every part of the watch possible. Let us help you out here a little, how to tell if a Rolex is real oyster perpetual or fake?

  • Check the quality of the text, is it clear or merged?
  • Check the Cyclops, does it has fine finishing or not?

Not to lie, one other thing Rolex provides the quality that is worth the money. So, if you think you are getting that quality at much cheaper rates at one shop than the other you may be wrong about the authenticity of the watch.

With this being said, we have collected a list of best watches the market could offer for your money, check them out .

How to know if my Rolex is fake?

The major points of how to tell if a Rolex is real oyster perpetual have been discussed in the article above. However, to know right away if your Rolex is fake the easiest way is to check for the quality and finishing of every detail. The texts must not be submerged, the dial should be clean, there should be no tarnishing, the serial number must be engraved.

Is Rolex made of real gold?

The new models of Rolex are made of 18-carat gold. The purpose is to ensure quality and majorly to avoid any tarnishing because of the movement of the hands.

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Fake checks might look like business or personal checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, or a check delivered electronically. Here’s what to know about fake check scams.

Types of Fake Checks Scams

  • Why Do These Scams Work?

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How to avoid a fake check scam, what to do if you sent money to a scammer, report fraud.

In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check. It’s usually for more than they owe you, and it’s sometimes for several thousand dollars. They tell you to send some of the money back to them or to another person. They always have a good story to explain why you can’t keep all the money. They might say they need you to cover taxes or fees for a prize, to buy supplies for a job, to send back money they overpaid, or something else. But this is a scam. Here’s how to spot it.

Lots of scammers use fake checks to get your money. Here are some examples:

  • Mystery shopping . Scammers pretend to hire you as  a mystery shopper . They tell you that your first assignment is to evaluate a retailer that sells gift cards, money orders, or a wire transfer service like Western Union or MoneyGram. You get a check with instructions to deposit it in a personal bank account and wire some of the money to someone else. But once you do, the money is gone and the so-called “employer” can disappear, too.

  • Personal assistants . You apply online and think you’re getting hired as a personal assistant. You get a check and are told to use the money to buy gift cards and send the PIN numbers to your “boss.” But that’s a scammer, and once they get the gift card PINs, they use them instantly. That leaves you without the money when the bank figures out the check was fake.

  • Car wrap decals . You respond to an offer for car wrap advertising. The company tells you to deposit a check and then send money to decal installers. But it’s a scam, the installers aren’t real, and now your money is gone.
  • Claiming prizes .  A sweepstakes says you’ve won and gives you a check. They tell you to send them money to cover taxes, shipping and handling charges, or processing fees. But that’s not how legitimate sweepstakes work — and you’ll be out any money you send.
  • Overpayments .   People  buying something from you online ,   “accidentally” send a check for too much, and ask you to refund the balance. But that’s a scam.

Why Do These Scams Work?

These scams work because fake checks generally look just like real checks, even to bank employees. They are often printed with the names and addresses of legitimate financial institutions. They may even  be  real checks written on bank accounts that belong to someone whose identity has been stolen . It can take weeks for a bank to figure out that the check is a fake.

By law, banks have to make deposited funds available quickly, usually within two days. When the funds are made available in your account, the bank may say the check has “cleared,” but that doesn’t mean it’s a good check. Fake checks can take weeks to be discovered and untangled. By that time, the scammer has any money you sent, and you’re stuck paying the money back to the bank.

Your best bet: Don’t rely on money from a check unless you know and trust the person you’re dealing with.

  • Never use money from a check to send gift cards, money orders, cryptocurrency, or to wire money to anyone who asks you to.  Many scammers demand that you buy gift cards and send them the PIN numbers, buy cryptocurrency and transfer it to them, or send money through wire transfer services like Western Union or MoneyGram. Once you do, it’s like you’ve given them cash. It’s almost impossible to get it back.
  • Toss offers that ask you to pay for a prize.  If it’s free, you shouldn’t have to pay to get it. Only scammers will ask you to pay to collect a “free” prize.
  • Don’t accept a check for more than the selling price.  You can bet it’s a scam.

Here are ways to try to get your money back, depending on how you paid a scammer.

  • Gift card. Gift cards are for gifts, not payments. Anyone who demands payment by gift card is always a scammer.  If you paid a scammer with a gift card, tell the company that issued the card right away. When you contact the company, tell them the gift card was used in a scam. Ask them if they can refund your money. If you act quickly enough, the company might be able to get your money back. Also, tell the store where you bought the gift card as soon as possible.

Here is a list of gift cards that scammers often use  — with information to help report a scam. If the card you used is not on this list, you might find the gift card company’s contact information on the card itself. Otherwise, do some research online.

  • Wire transfer . If you wired money to a scammer , call the wire transfer company immediately to report the fraud and file a complaint. Reach the complaint department of MoneyGram at 1-800-MONEYGRAM (1-800-666-3947) or Western Union at 1-800-325-6000. Ask for the money transfer to be reversed. It’s unlikely to happen, but it’s important to ask.
  • Money order . If you paid a scammer with a money order, contact the company that issued the money order right away to see if you can stop payment. Also, try to stop delivery of the money order: if you sent it by U.S. mail, contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455. Otherwise, contact whatever delivery service you used as soon as possible. 
  • Cryptocurrency. If you paid with cryptocurrency, contact the company you used to send the money and tell them it was a fraudulent transaction. Ask to have the transaction reversed, if possible.

If you think you’ve been targeted by a fake check scam, report it to

  • the  Federal Trade Commission
  • the  U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • your  state Attorney General

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