How to Spot a Fake Rolex

In the market for a Rolex watch? Be sure to do your homework first. Luxury watches are in high demand, which, unfortunately, means there are often many counterfeits floating around fast cash pawn shops. However, you don’t have to be an expert to tell the difference between a real or fake Rolex.

Here’s everything you need to know:

  1. Weight – Rolex watches are made with durable metals, giving them a heftier weight than your average watch. If it feels light, you may want to take a closer look.
  1. Font – The labels, lettering, and numbers should appear very distinct and clear. Look for imperfections in the font, such as spacing or blemishes that seem a little off.
  1. Hands – The second hand of Rolex watches always moves smoothly across each second. If it’s jerking or ticking from second to second, it’s a fake.
  1. Serial Numbers – The serial numbers should be cut deeply with fine lines. If you hold the watch at an angle in the light, the numbers will glow similarly to a diamond cut edge.
  1. Crown – Every Rolex comes with a trademark crown logo at 12:00.
  1. Cyclops – On Rolexes that contain a magnified date, there should be a convex magnifying lens known as the cyclops. The lens pops outward and is never flat.
  1. Case Back – With very few exceptions, the case back is always solid metal and does not contain any engravings or etchings. Also, the case back should not be clear or reveal the watch’s inner workings.


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