It certainly would be memorable to give away expensive gifts to someone you love like a Rolex Submariner, whether it is for his birthday or for your first-year wedding anniversary. But as a consumer, you have to be very careful about what you buy and where you buy it because there are plenty of counterfeit models in distribution. You have to be critical about certain aspects of the merchandise so you dont get less of what your money is actually worth. To determine whether what you are looking at is genuine or fake, here are some pointers you need to remember.
A fake Rolex caseback uses a clear display or skeleton caseback and have engraved markings. A real rolex does not have the same characteristics. Unless they are vintage models, released back in the 1930s, what you are buying is a bonafide counterfeit.
Genuine rolex models also have a factory hologram-encoded sticker on the case-back which is usually three-dimensional. It features the trademark Rolex crown positioned above the watchs case reference number. Fake ones only have stickers which do not change in appearance from different angles.
Now, speaking of case numbers, real watches will have case numbers located next to the 12 oclock point and serial numbers near the 6 oclock point. They will both be engraved and for the reference number, it will typically be four to five characters. Both of these identifiers will only be acid etched on fake versions.
To add, usually, real Rolex watches have a second hand display that features a sweeping movement and ticks at about 5 to 8 times per second. A replicas second hand movement is jerky and somewhat random and only ticks once per second.
Counterfeit Rolex models will also characteristically feature only a standard crown seal. Genuine merchandises, however, will have the Triplock crown, which is determined through the presence of an extra seal within the threads of the winding tube. Its main function is to keep the crown from coming loose and altering the rhythm of the watch.
To add to this list, another sign that the Rolex watch you are looking at is real is if the dial and hands have certain inscriptions that are legible, colored and well-finished. Authentic versions will have all three match up in color and structure. And for some models, they will display unique characteristics like rounded ends or two-toned hues. For the Submariner, it will be a star on its hour hand, resembling the Mercedes car badge logo.
It might be a minute detail but the clasps of a real Rolex will have a tiny pin finished on both ends while rip-offs will just be plain.
And lastly, the date magnification crystal of a genuine Rolex watch you are considering will enhance the date 2.5 times larger than its normal size while knock-offs will fail to do so.
It would definitely make your shopping experience less complicated if you do some prior research on the models authenticity as it is common for buyers to encounter non-existent prototypes of the brand. It would also be better if you get your Rolex Submariner from licensed dealers. That way, you can take advantage of the warranties and perks that come along with this $10,000 purchase.