It’s very hard to detect the originality of it,” Bain explains.
While only an expert — and luckily, we have many — can really be trusted to determine whether or not a watch is genuine, we’ve compiled a list of 13 tell-tale signs to help train your own eye to spot a fake Rolex.
They do not correspond to any "model year" for any particular reference watch.
Additionally they have stated, and it is also mentioned in "The Best Of Time"by Dowling-Hess, that Rolex does not manufacture numbers sequentially...are random at some level. Rolex does produce cases specifically to re-case movements where the case has become damaged or unusable.
Very rare dials on vintage references can command enormous premiums over less rare dials.
For that peculiar reason, extra attention must be devoted upfront to this single part; you must ask yourself the three following questions: "Is the dial authentic?
ABOVE: Around 2005, Rolex started engraving the Case's Serial Number into the inside edge of the case (at the 6 o'clock position, under the crystal and below the bezel), also known as the rehaut, as shown in these images, which were taken at BASELWORLD 2005, in Switzerland in early April.
BELOW: A close-up view of the same watch, you can clearly see the Serial Number "F982176", engraved into the case at the 6 o'clock position, with "ROLEX" engraved repetitiously around the dial in a circular fashion.
In 1927, Rolex began issuing every Rolex Oyster case a unique serial number to distinguish them from one another.
“A lot of people got burned.”As technology and counterfeiting methods advance, understanding the intricacies of genuine Rolex watches is increasingly important for prospective buyers.
Illegal counterfeiting of watches is a billion-dollar industry, with an estimated 30 million to 40 million fakes introduced to the market each year, according to the Swiss Watch Industry.
Lists have been compiled and are available at various places on the net, and these lists are compiled by noting serial numbers and their first time seen on the market, or by their sales invoices matched to specific serials, and by word of mouth..