Is your timepiece genuine?

Let’s face it, we all know there is a massive counterfeit market out there for designer goods, from shops abroad, to Ebay, to short lived websites. The scary thing is these replicas are becoming harder and harder to spot to an untrained eye and dishonest people will not hesitate in taking your hard earned money. Here are a few tips to help spotting a fake Rolex.


A genuine Rolex will have some weight to it dues to being crafted from the finest materials. A replica watch will feel lighter and flimsy due to cheaper construction materials.  If your watch doesn’t have any heft to it you’re likely dealing with a fake.

Is it waterproof?

Rolex wristwatches are built to be waterproof, fake versions will not withstand a proper water test. If you believe you have a non genuine timepiece have it inspected by a reputable professional don’t just dunk it in the sink to put the theory to the test.


If a cheap price sounds too good to be true it genuinely is. Check on genuine retailer websites and also pre-loved sites to see what the watch should be sold for.


The cheapest fakes are easy to spot because of their quartz dial movements. A real Rolex has a smooth second hand movement a fake one stutters along. Also there should not be a ticking noise coming from a true Rolex.

Cyclops lens

The date has to be very small to work properly so Rolex adds a magnification glass, or Cyclops window, to allow the wearer to see it more easily. On all Rolex models the magnification is 2.5X so the date really jumps out at you. On fake Rolex watches the magnification is often much lower at 1.5X so the date looks small and more difficult to see. It’s hard to replicate, so most counterfeit timepieces will skip this step and the date will appear the same size.


There will be no misspellings on a Rolex. Engravings are a little harder to reach sometimes. There are usually some on the interior of the band of the watch towards the actual face, but to see the engravings for the serial and model number you have to take off the band. You can examine the engravings with a magnifying glass. They shouldn’t appear sandy or misshapen. They should be perfectly cut. Also you should use this model number when you look up the watch to check if it’s the right one. The model number is on the 12 o’clock side of the watch.

Case Back

Another easy way to spot a fake Rolex is that many have case backs that are made out of glass, plastic, or crystal so you can see the inner workings of a watch. Most Rolex watches do not have clear case back, if you are buying a relatively modern Rolex with a clear case back it is a fake. Also Rolex does not engrave anything on the case back’s exterior. However things are engraved on the interior.

At Watch Agency we only deal in the genuine article so please ask us any questions you have on our watches, whether it is buying a new timepiece or selling your own we are happy to help.