Thursday, October 27, 2011

Is my gold Rolex a fake a simple test

Is my gold Rolex a fake?

If you have been on holiday in any tourist resort in Europe, chances are you’ve been offered a fake gold Rolex watch for around 15 € They look quite good from a distance.

Once you get home, you can enjoy wearing the watch until the battery runs out which seems to take around 2 weeks.

These are fun items and you would have to be pretty gullible to believe that you have the real thing made of 18k gold. However, there are plenty of convincing fake gold Rolex watches on the market that can fool even the experts.

So how can you tell them apart from real thing?
There are many small details that only an expert would notice but here are a couple of quick clues to spotting a fake gold Rolex watch.


Rolex watches do not tick and the second hand sweeps round the face in a fluid movement. Most fakes will tick at one second a time. This is because a fake is battery operated unlike the genuine Rolex. In fact, genuine Rolex watches do tick but at a faster 8 seconds per minute which gives them this smooth movement.


Most fake gold Rolexes feel lightweight in the hand. Gold is heavy and feels solid. However, a convincing fake Rolex also feels heavy, making it hard to tell the difference by the weight alone.

Screws and links

A genuine Rolex has solid gold links in the bracelet that are held in place by screws. Fake Rolexes have hollow links and generally are fixed with pins, although fakes that are more convincing can also have screws.

Hall marks 

Rolex watches are made in Switzerland. All gold, silver, palladium and platinum watches must bear the Swiss hallmark, which since 1995 is the head of a St Bernard dog. Before 1995, the hallmark was a side view of a woman’s head.

Watch cases should display a number which designates the purity of the metal and the maker’s responsibility mark which is the word Rolex and a crown – the official Rolex trade mark.

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