Rolex aficionados can generally identify a fake Rolex from authentic, but what about the general public? The only 100% sure way to determine if a Rolex is fake or not is to take it to a Rolex service center and have them examine it. But there are less expensive ways for you to see if the Rolex you are looking at is real of fake.
There are several external clues that you can use to determine the authenticity of your watch.
1. The cheapest fakes are easy to spot because of their quartz dial movements. The second hand stutters along inside the counterfeit watch, whereas a real Rolex has a smooth second hand movement. If you’re still unsure about the difference between a “stuttering” second hand and a “smooth” one, listen closely — there should not be a ticking noise coming from a true Rolex.
2. The second way to spot a fake is by the heft of the watch. Fake Rolex watches are generally lighter, whereas an authentic Rolex is made of their own in house high-quality metals, and tend to weigh significantly more.
3. Next, take a look at the crown on the side. Usually, fake Rolex watches have rather basic crown to move the minute and hour hands. But a true Rolex will have a finely-crafted winder with engravings and grooves that are a work of art.
4. Last but not least, the cyclops lens on the face of the true Rolex will magnify the date. It’s hard to replicate, so most counterfeit timepieces will skip this step and the date will appear the same size.
5. If you still aren’t sure if your Rolex is real or a fake, the next step is to take it to an Authorized Rolex Dealer where they can help you identify your watch. One of the best methods is to remove the caseback and examine the movement. Genuine Rolex movements are laid out in a unique manner and are rarely duplicated. The most common way to fake a Rolex movement is to replace it with an inexpensive Swiss movement, or even a quartz movement.
If you want a Rolex and you want zero risk, buy it new from an authorized Rolex dealer. Anything else has some degree of risk. As the old saying goes; “buy the seller, not the watch”