How to Spot a Fake Rolex in 5 Minutes

When looking to buy a second-hand Rolex watch, a common question is, 'how do you tell the difference between a fake Rolex and a real Rolex?'

When you buy a luxury watch such as the Rolex GMT-Master, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are getting a precision timepiece – fit for the purpose for which it has been designed. The GMT has been designed for its professional purpose with the ability to display different time zones.

Here we present our top three tips to spot a fake from the real deal...

Rolex Box Papers 

When a pawnbroker is authenticating a Rolex watch, they will be looking for ‘clues’. Other than the obvious method of looking at the watch itself, the pawnbroker will also examine the associated items to ascertain if they are contemporary to the Rolex watch. For example, they will check if the box is the correct style for the watch, and whether the guarantee number on the papers match the number that has been engraved on the watch. All Rolex watches are provided with an information booklet; if present, you will have another piece of the jigsaw.

When buying a vintage Rolex the ‘box papers’ are highly useful because they assist the buyer in establishing whether the watch is authentic or not. Although a watch made in 1960 will not have a valid warranty, but the card will still have the serial number.

Reliable Rolex Dealer

Another way to ensure a Rolex watch is genuine is to buy from someone with a good reputation and well-known shop. Here at S&R London Jewellers, we are experts in Rolex watches, and are aware that once sold they will need to stand by an item, as it can easily be returned. Web sites such as eBay should be avoided for watches of this calibre, as while you may believe the item to be real, there is no way to ensure ownership.

Rolex Weight Quality 

The best way point to think about with a Rolex is that it is the finest quality watch they can make. Each model is made of patented oyster steel or a patented gold and platinum alloy. The movement is made by a master, and every detail, down to the engraving, must be perfect for it to be sold. A great way to spot a fake is by weighing it. All Rolex watches will be the same weight, thus making this a great way to spot a counterfeit bracelet. A true Rolex submariner should weigh 155 grams.

Pre-owned Rolex Watches at S&R Jewellers London

Here at S&R London Jewellers, we are renowned for our collection of pre-owned luxury watches from world leading brands such as Rolex, TUDOR, TAG Heuer, Gucci, Bvlgari, Breitling, Cartier and more. Discover pre-owned Rolex watches like the Rolex Submariner model.

If you have a specific pre-owned luxury, designer, or vintage watch model that you are looking for, then feel free to get in touch with our team at S&R, and we will be happy to assist, or to guide you in the right direction! 

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