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How to differentiate between real and fake Rolex watches?

January 8, 2021

Rolex watches

Any of our customer really interested with Rolex watches? It can’t be denied that, owning Rolex watch brings pure joy. There are numbers of Rolex in market. However, great demand also attracts a booming counterfeit market and unfortunately, buyers can be duped into handing over cash for a fake Rolex while thinking it’s the real deal.


So, if you’ve decided that you’re ready to invest in a Rolex, it’s important to take the time to understand what you’re purchasing. Today, we will share five tips that you can use before spend money on Rolex watch.


Here we share how to spot a fake Rolex watch:

1. Serial & Model Number Stamping

Real vs Fake Rolex Serial Numbers - Bob's Watches
Fake vs. Real Rolex Serial Numbers


The serial and model numbers on a genuine Rolex are deep and perfectly marked in solid, very fine lines that will actually glow in the light at an angle like a diamond cut edge. Conversely, the numbers on a fake, or replica, are typically made up of faint tiny dots due to a lower quality marking process. In other cases, these numbers on counterfeit watches will have a sandy-like appearance from being “acid etched” as shown in the photo above on the left.

2. Stampings

real vs fake rolex stampings - Bob's Watches
Fake vs. Real Rolex Stampings


Replica watches come in different grades and the really low-quality phony ones don’t even bother to put the Rolex name or famous crown logo on the watch. This, of course, is a dead giveaway that you’re dealing with an inauthentic piece.

3. Movement

real vs fake rolex movements - Bob's Watches
Fake vs. Real Rolex Movement


The movement that powers a Rolex is an exercise in master watchmaking skill. A replica watch cannot match the craftsmanship, dedication, precision, and knowledge invested into each genuine caliber bona fide movement will always have “Rolex” engraved on it, which you can only see if you open up the watch.


Something else to consider is that the majority of the brands watches have mechanical movements, so if you’re looking at a quartz, that could be a red flag since only a very limited quantity of quartz watches throughout their history have been produced.

4. Dial

Real vs Fake Rolex Dials - Bob's Watches
Fake vs. Real Rolex Dials


The dial of an original is perfect, so if you see any uneven fonts, inconsistent spaces between the lettering, smudges, and/or misspellings on the watch then it’s unquestionably a fake.

5. Cyclops

real vs fake rolex cyclops - Bob's Watches
Fake vs. Real Rolex Cyclops


The Cyclops, in Rolex parlance, is the magnifying lens above the date window on the face of their watches. On a genuine timepiece, the Cyclops is convex and magnifies the date 2.5 times for ease of readability. If, on the watch you’re considering, the magnification lens is flat and the date isn’t magnified as such, then you’re dealing with a forgery.  To spot counterfeit watches you need to pay close attention to every detail.



For this time we will only share this five top information that you need before buy a Rolex watch. Till next time, we will share more how you differentiate between real and fake watch. We hope that this tips can help you from being duped by a seller. 

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