Beware! How to tell a fake Rolex

“I’m worried about my fake Rolex…”

As a Swiss watch, Rolex is synonymous with the brand. Whether it’s a chronograph or a wrist accessory, this Rolex fulfills every expectation of a Swiss luxury watch.
Rolex watches are such a luxury.
Everyone, knowing that their Rolex is fake, is shocking.
Some customers say “warranty cards are absolutely genuine”, but our evaluators evaluate many Rolexes every day, and we don’t necessarily say that.
The same goes for fake Rolexes on specific routes, depending on where you buy them. Appraiser, it is said that there are many fake Rolexes in the world.
However, it is actually difficult for the average person to distinguish between counterfeiters, not evaluators.
Since the parts of the watch and logo are so small, you naturally know how to tell them apart.
In addition, public brand purchasing shops and pawn shops have not released a large number of knowledge and materials about authenticity.
As a result, knowledge about how to differentiate and mimic information has not been widely disseminated.
I think this is one of the reasons.
So, unless we are evaluators like we are, can’t distinguish counterfeiters?
No, that’s not true.
Of course, we can’t tell the difference between a well-crafted fake.
However, if you have some knowledge of the genuine and fake, then you can easily tell the imitation.
Today, I want to address the concerns of Rolex users by showing their knowledge and how to differentiate them.
How to Identify a Fake Rolex Teaching
We will tell you.
Please prepare a Rolex watch and check it.

How many fake Rolexes are there?

– Did you also bring a fake Rolex on eBay?
Rarely brought in sometimes.
– Does the client know they are fake?
Unfortunately, most customers don’t notice
– What’s the difference between fake and fake?
The fundamental difference between the two is “whether a professional is making it”.
A Rolex is a carefully crafted “piece” that takes time and effort from top watchmakers.
Not only the appearance and function, but also the insistence on details such as the feel.
On the other hand, it’s a craftsman making fakes in less than two streams.
Counterfeiters are trying to bring them closer to the real thing, but if you look closely at the details, you’ll find Allah.
The technology couldn’t keep up with it and made it obsolete.
Let’s observe true and false in this view.

Rolex explorer my fake

The first thing to verify is Explorer I. A very basic watch called Three Hands on a Black Dial.
Classic Classics are available for both formal and casual use, introduced by Rolex.
Rolex is the most popular.
Do you know which is real and which is fake?

no sharpness

First, look at the case pictures. (left is true, right is false)


Although one is true and one is false, I don’t know what the difference is.
I think it does a great job…
But watch out for the crown mark.
The false crown is large and the letters are slightly thicker.
The joints, also known as the parts of the breathing ear, seem to be just a tad thick and fake.
In general, some fakes lack sharpness.

The balance between the crown and the role of “ROLEX”

Let’s expand the watch face further.


I think a comparison gives a good idea of the difference between the thickness of the crown and the ROLEX characters.
Let’s expand it further.


how about this?
The fake one is vague and unclear.
The real thing is drawn with sharp figures and is very clear.
Writing with crisp lines without blurry letters requires advanced technology.
You can see professional craftsmen crafting it carefully.
On the other hand, fakes are made by unskilled artisans.
Even if you try to draw the same way, it’s not reliable because it doesn’t involve technology.

digital balance

See the “9” section of the watch face.


Let’s expand it further.


The white part of the picture is light paint. (The dial lights up even in the dark)
Look closely, this kind of painting is more complicated to imitate.
Note the red circle.
The balance of space between paint and silver is poor. It’s off to one side.
The real picture is drawn at beautiful intervals.

Amount of luminous paint

This is the magnified symbol of “△” on the watch dial.


In this “△”, luminescent paint is used.
For fakes, the amount of luminescent paint is minimal. The painting method is also mixed, a little blurry.
The real thing is all paint around the edges, but the paint is neat.
As expected, this will be a professional process.

glass surface crown reflection

Note the part of the dial, this time “6”.


I think you can see that the fonts are a little different, but leave a point…


I think you can see the crown marks where you can see the fake “6” part.
In Rolex watches since 2000, the dial of the crown has been engraved on the dial glass.
The mark of this crown was originally marked with the naked eye, and it is the first time that the magnifying glass is seen from the side.
However, this fake reflects the crown emblem without delay. I guess it’s too little.

Breathe “Crown Logo” stamp.

Next, let’s pay attention to the support wrapped around the arm.
ROLEX engraves the symbolic crown on the stand.
Do you know the difference between true and false?



It’s really full, isn’t it? The shape of the lower ellipse is also different.
The real thing is the rough crown stone carved by professional craftsmen.
The counterfeit has no bumps and bumps, and the engraving should be flattened.
The technical differences are obvious.

Engraved on the inside of the belt

Let’s take a look at the inside of the belt buckle.


On the letters of ROLEX, there is also a crown mark.


Imitation has no three-dimensional feel, I think you want to be dull.

Crown and crown rim

Next, we also pay attention to the crown (part of the screw).
It is also different from imitation and real.


Please zoom in and pay attention to the jagged portion of the crown.


The shape of the tip is different. The imitation is a bit sharp.
If it’s as sharp as a fake, it will weigh on the fingertips and be difficult to roll up.
Professional craftsmen insist on the comfort of production, so the crown function of “the cushion is not too sharp and easy to wind”.
This is because in such a great place there is a difference between pro and pro.

Explorer II is illegal

The next thing to verify is “Explorer II”. The successor to the “Explorer I”, this clock was released in 1971.
It can withstand any harsh environment and is loved by adventurers around the world.
The 24-hour display function (24-hour bezel) is a feature.
Do you know which one is real?

Explorer II is similar in design to Explorer I.
But the difference is that it comes with a “date display”, “partial protection of the crown” and “24-hour display function (24-hour bezel)”.
Also, the use of “904L stainless steel” uses a very fragile material even in space planes.

Imbalance Index

First, take a look at the photo of the watch dialing out.


The circular pockets placed on the dial instead of the numbers 1 to 12 are called hour markers.
Note the location of the index.
The actual balance is evenly distributed to the left and right of the scale and indicator.
In order to arrange the indexes in a balanced way, only the advanced technology that Rolex craftsmen can do is required.
On the other hand, imitations are unbalanced, so they are on a medium scale.
Although it looks like a whole, the positions of the indexes are not uniform, and it is uncomfortable to just observe.
If you’re uncomfortable with a Rolex, you might suspect imitation.
This intuition is inappropriate.

Luminous paint highlights

Please check the dial carefully.
As you can see, in the dark, both the pointer and the tip of the needle are coated with luminous paint.

  Let us expand the portion of the lacquer that is further painted and observe it.

The genuine product is carefully painted with luminous lacquer with clear black borders.
However, knockoffs have paint protrusions and thin edges.
Depending on the skill of the craftsman, there are differences.

The crown watermark is clearly visible

This time we enlarged the glass part of the dial.


Since about 2001, Explorer II has had a small crown watermark that was lasered out.
This watermark is hard to see with the naked eye and does not appear in the picture.
It’s a level where you can finally look at the magnifying glass from an angle, finalized.
However, it is imitating it clearly shown in the picture, like this fake photo.

For a total of 24 hours, the red needle is very thick

Next, note the Explorer II, one of the functions of the red needle.
This red needle is a 24-hour clock that shows 24 hours.


Let’s compare real needles and fake red needles.
Fakes are thicker than real ones.
Needles are made by applying red paint to thin needles.
Painting on a needle requires great skill. (Even big overseas brands sometimes don’t draw well)
Rolex craftsmen are beautiful and not overly.
On the other hand, because there is no technique, the craftsman redraws many times, so the needle becomes thicker.
Look closely, there are air bubbles, and the paint is not applied to the base layer.
That’s the “it’s appealing!” impression.

very good printing

Let’s take a look at the printed part of the dial.


Please compare the crown marking with the character “ROLEX” which is the hallmark of Rolex.
Although the real product is drawn with sharp lines, the fake product is bleeding due to prominent ink marks.
To draw beautifully and not drop ink requires the skills of first-class craftsmen.
No forgery craftsman has this technique.
Also compare the letters of “PERPETUAL”.
The original is Mincho style, the imitation is Gothic.
There is no fake “whisker (pop)” on the stop section seen in the Mincho type body.
– How did Mimic Craftsman write the character?
It seems that I pushed it, maybe it was handwritten one by one.
There are many counterfeit manufacturers with various methods.
However, the idea that any counterfeit product is “more complicated than it really is” is common.

Does not work with fonts

Next, look at the bezel around the dial.

  Let’s zoom in on the numbers drawn on the bezel.

Please compare the parts circled in red carefully.
True digital series has deep curves and effective edges.
For fakes, on the other hand, the curves of the letters are flat and cannot draw sharp lines.
There is no sharpness overall, and the impression is vague.
We also mine this character manually, so it requires skilled skills.
If you don’t have enough skill, you can’t draw a line, it will get thicker.

Boundary line “chamfer” not complete

Next, look at the edges of the bezel.

  For real things, part of the edge is chamfered cleanly (thinned corners).
For counterfeits, there is almost no chamfering.
The real chamfer looks stereo and refined.
The real article has been carefully processed to the details.

Uneven connection between the case and the belt

Next, look at the bottom of the case.
  The part that connects the case and the strap (the part surrounded by the red circle). Pay attention to flash coordination.
Looking at this photo, doesn’t the middle part of the fake flash look bigger?
The size of the original parts is also very precise and accurate.
On the other hand, the dimensions of the simulated parts are different.
Let’s expand it further.


Really flat and smart.
The engagement between the shell and the belt portion is not uniform.
It’s just a little different, but this part comes out of nowhere, comfortable and rude.

The parts themselves are different

Here is a photo of the case and belt seams seen from the back.


At the connection between the case and the strap, there is a section called the very small spring bar.
When comparing the two, use spring bars of different shapes.
As a result, sometimes parts of the fake are completely different from the real thing.
Used as a knockoff were cheap spring bars widely used in commercial watches.
Part of the screw is exposed.
– If you repair a Rolex with parts other than original parts, will it be considered a fake?
If it is the difference of the spring bar, it will reduce the purchase price, but we will not refuse the purchase.
Basically, think “if you don’t mess with the inside of the machine”.

The crown is not delicate

Let’s focus on the belt part.


In Explorer II, the belt section also has a crown seal.
Let’s expand it further.


Comparing the two, the shape of the crown is not refined, because you can see fakes.
There is no sense of three-dimensionality, it is as simple as “engraving” rather than “paste”.
The real thing has a firm violation and the goods drift.

Unsmooth contour

Next, let’s take a look at the buckle on the belt mounting section.


Within the buckle, the brand name is stamped.
We will expand further.


The real thing is smooth, beautifully carved and shiny.
On the other hand, the imprint of counterfeit goods leaves cracks and rough marks and has no luster at all.
The parts that are difficult to see from the table, such as the back of the buckle, are parts made by the fake craftsman, especially by pulling out the hand.
If you pay close attention to these behaviors, the public sometimes knows that they are fakes.

Crown is hard to end

Continue to adjust the watch, please pay attention to the crown (screw winding).


In the Explorer II, the shroud is attached to both sides of the re-shield to withstand harsh environments.


If a protective cover is installed, the crown is difficult to roll up.
So the real sawtooth is sharp and sharp, so the real thing is not difficult to end.
On the other hand, counterfeit products are too jagged and not too round.
It is difficult to wind the crown in this way.
ROLEX is easy to use and touch, stick to Tocoton.
If you lack such detailed considerations, you will find that it is fake.
– Even if a small difference is accumulated, this is a big difference.
Rolex watches not only have advanced technology, but also the pride of first-class craftsmen.
It may be difficult to identify the real thing and distinguish the real thing.
However, holding the watch, I think it is doubtful whether you think it is “a bit difficult to use” or “feeling uncomfortable”.

Fake Rolex Submariner

Next is the Rolex submariner.
What is a submarine? Even in Rolex’s lineup, it is also a model for divers, especially in terms of water resistance and durability.
The bezel with 60 minutes of engraving marks is made of ceramic. Excellent corrosion resistance with anti-reverse function.
You can adjust the length of the bracelet without using a tool, or you can wear it from the top of the wetsuit.
– What are the functions of Submariner?
Submariner is a diving watch.
This is a watch developed by Rolex for diving.
It can be worn when you enter the ocean, it is extremely waterproof and has durability that won’t be defeated by water pressure.
– This is a submariner, isn’t it?
The picture below shows the submarine crew actually brought to Daikokuya.
One is fake.
Do you know which one are you?

There is also an imitation from the needle to the kiri, and some imitations are difficult to distinguish from counterfeits that appear suspicious immediately.

The color of the numbers stands out

Please pay attention to the memory, numbers and borders around the surface of the watch.


Since the submarine is a diver’s watch, it has the function of measuring the dive time.
This feature is a total of 60 minutes (independent recording time) engraved on the bezel.
Please note the number “30” within 60 minutes.


Looking closely, the fake numbers are a bit slender. Looking at the number of zeros, I think this is easy to understand.


Please compare the lines of white letters.
The real thing is that there are numbers, and the white lines are beautiful.
However, fakes have no evidence that the numbers have been engraved and only the numbers are drawn.
Moreover, the white line is prominent and the whole character is blurred.
To draw lowercase letters requires advanced technology.
For fake craftsmen, there is no technology that makes it as beautiful as a Rolex craftsman.
If the balance of numbers and how to draw colors are so dirty, they are considered to be false.

No Beautiful shape

This circular engraving is one of the characteristics of a submarine.


How to apply luminescent paint is miscellaneous


Different fonts
Next, look at the character “ROLEX” drawn on the dial.


However, if you look closely at the “O” letter, the thickness is uniform both vertically and horizontally and does not become a Mincho type. It looks like a Gothic body.
We also have the better letter “PERPETUAL”.
The real thing is drawn with a Gothic body.
On the other hand, it is a fake type, and you can see a strange font in Mincho and Gothic.
Looking at the letter “P”, it is not clear whether it is Mincho or Gothic.
Therefore, if the font is ambiguous and more than one font is used, it is false.


The watermark of the crown is clearly displayed

Next, let’s zoom in on the lower half of the dial (about 6 o’clock position).


If you look closely, here is the watermark for the crown.
Even in a submarine, it is impossible to visually confirm the watermark of this crown.
When magnified with a magnifying glass, it will eventually become thinner.
For fakes, this crown’s watermark has become very unnatural.
Looking at the counterfeiter, don’t you think you put it in?
If the crown can be confirmed, we suspect it is false.
Finishing of small parts is miscellaneous
Refer to the attachment housing (body) and the belt’s accessories for the flash.


The real flash fit has a gentle curve.

No stainless steel luster
In the future, let’s take a look at the back of the flash.
Inside the joint between the housing and the belt is a helical member called a very small spring rod.
The flashing fit has small holes on the left and right sides of the back to see the spring strips.


Crown logo attached later


The real thing is engraved with stainless steel in the buckle part, forming a crown mark.
However, the forged crown mark is then attached to the buckle.
In addition, it seems to use bad stainless steel as a material, no gloss, and a cheap impression.


Tearing off the invisible part
This is the back of the belt buckle.


It is not treated by the eraser
This is part of the invisible part of the buckle.


Jagged crown and logo engraving
Next time, please pay attention to adjusting the clock screw, crown.
Rolex’s crown mark is also engraved on the crown.


Screw damage design
Let us look at the belt from the side this time.
Please pay attention to the parts that are tightened.


Jagged width on the back of the watch
Finally, look at the back of the watch case.
The edge of the case is engraved with a small “serrated” shape.


Distinguish between true and false except appearance
– In addition to the appearance, is there a difference between genuine and fake?
Yes. If you check the following points, you can see the difference.


However, the real ROLEX knows that professional skills will be refined into details.
There are many experienced buyers who are familiar with ROLEX.
We will firmly evaluate whether it is genuine or fake, so please don’t hesitate to contact us!