Rolex Buyer's Guide

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So, you want to buy a Rolex? You’ve come to the right place. This is a buyer's guide for the Rolex watches, including how to spot a fake, key distinguishable features and seller authenticity.

Rolex watches are considered to be some of the most prestigious in the world, so it's no doubt that there are fakes. If want to buy a Rolex you should ensure you purchase from a reputable seller such as GMG, preferably good reviews on websites such as Trustpilot.

If it's too good to be true it probably is, if a have found a deal under market value you should take it to a Rolex specialist. Another option is to take it to a seller that could compare the precise model and look for differences.

Tools Required;

  • UV light torch, Rolex watches have luminous features that make them glow in the dark such as the hands and hour markers. You can also use the UV light on your warranty card to reveal a Rolex patten that is only visible under UV light.

  • Loupe/magnifier, as a Rolex watch buyer I would strongly recommend taking jewellers loupe with you to inspect in deeper detail it can also allow you to look over the condition of the watch for scratches and markings.


Seller Authenticity

If you feel as if you have been deceived or notice the seller behaviour is strange, leave. Is the watch as described? Has the seller asked you to meet in a irregular location or a public place/office?

Weight of the Watch

An authentic Rolex will be heavier than most fakes. You can do a quick search on google for the weight of that precise model and compare. This method can be used to inspect if a watch has been over polished or is a fake.

Model Number

Where the band and the Lug connect on the 12 o’clock side, there will be a engraving stating the original design and model number. Make sure there is a model number and that it matches the Rolex papers.

Size of the Date

There should be a bump on the lense that magnifies the date, called the cyclops which is crystal and magnifies 2.5x. if you can run you finger over flush, it is too magnified or under magnified, it’s a fake.

Mechanical Movements

Rolex watches are known for their high quality, mechanical movements, and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. You should be able to fully 24-hour wind the watch. Inspect the hands; are they smooth? Do they jitter? If the movement is inconsistent, it is likely that the watch has been tampered with or is fake and you should steer away.

It has become increasingly difficult to buy a genuine Rolex watch without getting ripped off with the influx of scammers. Do your best to purchase your time piece from a well-known, reputable brand. Rolex watches are one of the most desired luxury items in the world. They are also very expensive, so be cautions when buying, and make sure you know how to spot a fake Rolex.