Because the Rolex watch is the most popular luxury watch brand in the world, it's also the most counterfeited. The Rolex Oyster is a classic timepiece that comes in many styles, although you should take care when you buy a used Rolex Oyster to make sure it is genuine. Whenever you buy a Rolex from a source other than an authorized dealer, take the following steps you make sure you bought the real deal.
Begin by turning the Rolex face down and look for engraving on the back. A real Rolex watch will not feature any engraving on the back of the case, while many replicas do. Next, look for a hologram sticker.
This only applies to new Rolex brands, which are shipped from the factory with a holographic sticker on the back of the case. This sticker should have the Rolex crown logo above the reference number of the watch. Few replicas even attempt to fake the hologram sticker.
It's also important to check the movement of the second hand. Rolex watches are prized for their excellent movement and the second hand should glide smoothly across the face, whereas inferior quartz movement will tick the seconds away.
You should also verify that your Rolex has automatic movement and winds automatically while worn. A genuine Rolex will stand wound for around 2 days if it's not worn as well.
When you buy used Rolex watches you can also check the magnification glass at the 3 o'clock position over the date. While not all Rolex Oyster models feature the date, this magnification should be 2.5x, whereas many replicas have 1.5x or 2x magnification.
Finally, take your Rolex to an authorized watch repairman, who will open the watch and make sure it features Rolex movement. This is important if you have a high-quality replica and find it difficult to determine it's fake with the above tell-tale signs.
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