If you have decided to buy a Rolex or other luxury watch, and you have saved up for years to be able to buy one, you aren’t quite ready to make the purchase just yet. This is because it is still too tempting to accidentally buy something fake. After all, if you look for that latest Rolex, such as the Day-Date 40, you may wonder why you should have to pay more than $30,000 for it when you can find it on eBay for about $200. The reason for this is that watches on Facebook, eBay, and email campaigns are FAKE and you will get busted if you wear them in the next large-scale heist. According to Michael Briese, however, there are more things to consider than just the price.
Michael Briese on Finding a Real Watch
Only purchase from a reputable dealer. If you are in New York, go to an authorized dealership. They are also the only ones who are able to provide you with a true warranty on the watch as well. If you must buy online, then do still make sure that the business is reliable. Good websites cost quite a lot to build and have specific safety features that ensure your details are safe. This is very important when you consider how much you will spend on a watch. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about things such as how long they have been in business, how long they have offered Rolex, what their relationship with the Rolex company is, and so on.
Michael Briese on Rolex
Briese adds that if you have purchased a Rolex, there are a few things that you should look for to determine it is actually a genuine one. This includes:
- Look at the watch’s back. If it is authentic, whether new or used, it should hold a hologram sticker. Replicas do have this sticker on it as well, but their hologram is not as good as the real deal. If you move the watch around near the light, you will quickly see that it isn’t a true hologram.
- Take out a magnifying glass and check underneath the number 6. There should be a tiny etched Rolex crown there. They are very small, but clearly visible with a magnifier.
- Feel the weight of the Rolex. It should feel quite heavy, a sure sign that it was made with genuine materials and parts.
- A Rolex doesn’t tick unless it is part of the Quartz series. Rather, the second should glide and not make noises.
- Only the Price models have clear case backs. If you see any other model with this back, it is a fake.
- The face cover of the watch should be crystal. Fake ones tend to be glass. Put a drop of water on the face and see whether it smears or beads together. If it smears, it’s a fake, if it beads, it’s the real thing.