How to spot a fake Rolex in 5 minutes

When you buy a luxury watch such as the 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.

In light of a good friend recently enquiring if there is an easy way to establish if a Rolex watch is the genuine article, here we present our top three tips to spot a fake from the real deal.

Box and 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 this will give the pawnbroker another piece of the jigsaw.

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

Reliable dealer

Another way to ensure a Rolex watch is genuine is to buy from someone with a shop. A London pawnbroker like Suttons and Robertsons 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.

Weight and Quality

The best way to think of 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/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.

If you own a Rolex and want to get a fast cash loan from a London pawnbroker then please get in touch. We are experts in luxury timepieces and can guide you into this exciting world. You can also shop our pre-owned Rolex products online.