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Q: How Can I tell if My Rolex is Fake or Real?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: How to Pick the Perfect Luxury Watch for Me?

So you’ve decided to leap into the world of luxury watches.  It’s no light decision considering how much money is involved in the process, so making sure you buy a watch you want to spend thousands of dollars on is crucial in the process.

But where do you start?

It can be daunting, but having a few guidelines will make the process much easier:

1. Which brand do you want to buy from?  They all have their unique aspects.  Some of the most popular are: Rolex, Cartier, Hublot, Breitling, and others.

You pay for quality with each brand but they’re all trying to get at a certain style, so knowing what your style is and what will fit with it is a must.  The best way to check is to browse each of the collections and see what stands out to you.

2. What do you want your watch to be made of and in turn look like?  These are luxury watches we’re talking about so the materials will always be the finest quality, which means anything from gold to stainless steel.  The insides are also high quality with the intention of lasting for generations.

3. What do you want the watch to do?  Function is the question.  What different functions could there possibly be?  Well, Breitling has several stopwatches of the highest grade along with a face that looks like the cockpit of a P-42 airplane.  Rolex carries a Deepsea watch that works with scuba gear.  Cartier has a French style, squared watch.  Some have diamonds, some have gold lining them.  If you want something to wear with a suit on formal occasions, then know the flashier ones are the way to go.  It ranges from formal to rugged.

4. Find a watch you love.  If you don’t love the watch then don’t buy it.  It’s simple.  This is a big investment and it requires a lot of deliberation and time to find the watch that fits you perfectly.

If you’re buying for someone else, then really get to know the person, their personality, their style, their clothes.  All of it should be considered.

Once you’re ready to dive in and buy your luxury watch, stop by Dallas Watch & Jewelry first for the best prices on fine luxury watches in the DFW area. Contact us today.

Disclaimer: Dallas Watch & Diamonds is not affiliated and/or associated with Rolex, S.A., Rolex USA or any other watch manufacturer —or any of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates— in anyway. All our  new and pre-owned watches come from private sellers and watch dealers all over the world. All our items are guaranteed authentic and we will stand by its authenticity. We are not authorized dealers for the brands we sell at our boutique.

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