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How to identify a fake Rolex

How to identify a fake Rolex.

Reader comments

PeteDec 15, 2003 at 5:12PM

If it's that hard to tell the difference, why bother getting a geniuine Rolex?

dowingbaDec 15, 2003 at 5:45PM

My $40 indiglo timex has done me well for like 7 years now.

Fake Rolex UserDec 15, 2003 at 11:33PM

My $5.50 fake rolex from times square has done me well for like 6 years now.

sixtoeDec 16, 2003 at 1:02AM

If only there were a site outlining how to identify fake people wearing real Rolexes.

GabeDec 16, 2003 at 12:17PM

sixtoe: well said.

padraiginDec 16, 2003 at 11:47PM

I figured it out like this:

1. I bought it in Mexico, on a beach, from a guy carrying around a box of them, for six dollars.

2. The second hand fell off, and now rattles around under the crystal.

I didn't need any special information to come to my conclusion. On the bright side, the watch still works after ten years.

MahanguDec 19, 2003 at 4:09AM

I live in Sri Lanka, and as you can imagine, a lot of the stuff we get here is fake. Usually, isn't it possible to tell a fake Rolex by the price alone? Maybe that's just in the sub continent though. :)

Chaz Milli-VanilliDec 26, 2003 at 4:38AM

Real Rolex watches cost at least $20, so if you paid less than that you probably have a fake.

JoeDec 30, 2003 at 1:01AM

Its not easy, there are $5-$50 fakes you could buy out in the streets of New York City. And there are also couple of hundred dollar replicas, and how to tell from the 5-50 dollar ones is by the quality, the fake ones are usually very bad. And for the replicas, its almost impossible to tell...

johnJan 02, 2004 at 6:14PM

Response to Chaz Milli-Vanilli, real rolex watches go for thousands and even ten thousands, not 20 bux

ninoJan 10, 2004 at 6:21AM

i purchased 2 rolexes in hong kong the man insisted that they were first quality replicas, they boath work fine and have not rusted marked or tarnished as well as the band has rolex imprinted on the inside and the rolex crown on the outter of the band i payed 70 australian dollars for one witch is a diamond day date and a submariner do u beleve that i pay to mutch???

seanJan 17, 2004 at 4:57AM

i bought a grade 1 replica for 1,300.00 and the jewler could not tell the difrence. the wheight and movment are the same as the real thing so i have a 20,000.00 dollar watch for 13,000.00

seanJan 17, 2004 at 4:57AM

i bought a grade 1 replica for 1,300.00 and the jewler could not tell the difrence. the wheight and movment are the same as the real thing so i have a 20,000.00 dollar watch for 13,000.00

ninoJan 18, 2004 at 3:44AM

dudes can enyone give an opinion on my watches

Jude ReidJan 27, 2004 at 12:53AM

yeah um whoever said real rolexs are $20 theyre not theyre r thounsands of dollars
I own 2 rolexs (a submariner and an explorer 2 - all real) and the cheapest is $6'000USD so if u pay less than 3 grand the chances are its fake. Telling the difference depends on weather it is a good or bad fake i suppose. If the second hand (or other pieces) falls off its a bad fake. My submarniner was my dads 21st birthday present and that was 37 years ago and it still keeps times perfectly except i had to get the pearl replaecd a few months ago and that is the point of geting a real one.

MikeFeb 02, 2004 at 5:06PM

I found a clone I think. The back of the Daytona watch says Rolex24 winner. Is this real or a fake?

DFeb 10, 2004 at 2:02PM

Dude, that is so not true... I own a real Yacht Master that I bought for $2,000USD, it's not gold, or white gorl or platinum. It is a steel, rotating bezel, authentic Rolex... the cheapest I have actually seen was around $1,500USD... and it was not a fake considering it was selling in a Rolex store...

JoeFeb 15, 2004 at 7:17PM

Mike, unfortunaetly to tell you, your rolex is fake, real rolexes on the back does not have any engravings on it, its either flat with nothing at all on it, or a green holographic sticker telling the model of the watch. Also rolexes that the back is clear, are fake

Joe JoeFeb 23, 2004 at 1:26PM

I just got a Rolex from NY not to long ago about maybe a year ago and there is no gold comming off of it most fake gold does but im not sure b.c there is stuff on the back of itits says like Geneve Swiss Made and 18K and then right under it it says 750

JoeMar 14, 2004 at 5:12PM

For more info about the differences between fake and genuine rolexes, visit

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