Rolex is one of the most sought-after luxury watch brands globally, and owning one is a status symbol.
But with great demand also comes a world of fake Rolex watches attempting to trick you into thinking they’re the real deal.
Thankfully, a watch dealer has posted a rather insightful video to TikTok showing how to easily spot a fake Rolex.
The video posted by Vookum shows a customer visiting the store to trade in a Rolex watch.
However, in the middle of the negotiation, the customer decides to offer another watch which he claims is his grandfather’s.
Without hesitation, the dealer says the steel Datejust is fake and to add insult to injury, it’s a bad fake, too.
The dealer then explains why he believes it’s a fake Rolex.
“Well, right off the bat I can tell you the bezel’s just looking real thick and the cyclops is just not as magnified,” he said.
The dealer then pulls out a genuine watch from under the counter to do a comparison.
Side by side, it’s easy to see the difference between the two watches.
For starters, the etched bezel around the fake Rolex is much thicker than that of the genuine watch.
Then there’s the lens, called a cyclops, over the date which magnifies the number.
The cyclops is meant to magnify the date window by 2.5 times, but in the case of the fake Rolex, it’s not magnified by that much which is a red flag.
As well as having a botched sticker on the back of the watch, the fake Rolex even has a stamp saying it’s 18 carat when in fact it’s a steel.
The dealer then pops a pin from the lugs to remove the bracelet to reveal the watch’s reference number engraved on the case.
And guess what – there was no reference number.
While it must have been incredibly embarrassing for the customer to find out his grandpa’s watch was a fake, hopefully he learned a thing or two about spotting a fake Rolex.
Oh, and the two-tone he traded in was genuine, so it wasn’t an entirely wasted trip to the store.