Can You Spot A Fake Rolex?
Hello from Pawn America in Madison, Wisconsin. My name is Brad and I am one of the managers here. Before I get started, I want to tell you a little about me. I have been with Pawn America for just about four years and have loved every minute of it. If you had told me five years ago that I’d be working in a pawn store after finishing college, I would not have believed you. I studied history at UW–La Crosse, so you can maybe imagine why this line of work appeals to me. I get the chance to see and learn about things that I would never see unless I worked in a museum. I have done a little blogging in the past, and when I found out that Pawn America was starting up a blog, I jumped at the chance to contribute. With my posts I want to pass on to you the things I’ve learned in the past few years and show you the unique items that come through the doors of any of our stores every day.
I want to kick this off with an old pawn favorite: How to spot a fake Rolex. Those of you who know me or have brought a watch into the Madison store know that I’m a watch nerd. I spend an hour or so every day reading blogs, articles and news about watches. I can’t get enough. So it always kills me when someone gets fooled into buying a fake Rolex or other high-end brand because they don’t know enough. I will add pictures of fakes I come across to help raise awareness and show you the difference, so you don’t get taken for a ride. Just the other day I had this little beauty brought in by someone who wanted to sell it.
The owner wanted to know how much he would get for it if he had a new battery put in. Here is the first lesson: Rolex only made one watch ever that was battery powered: the Oysterquartz. This watch was a fantastic flop. From 1977-2001 it is estimated that less than 23,000 were ever produced. There are technically two variations of the Oysterquartz, one with a date window and the other with a window for the day of the week as well as the date, as seen below.
Currently they are extremely hard to come by and typically fetch premiums at auctions. You are definitely not going to buy a real one off the street from some guy in an overcoat for $100. The watch pictured above doesn’t even say Oysterquartz on the face. Now I do not believe that the maker of this fake was trying to fake an Oysterquartz. They just slapped the Rolex label on a watch and sold it. The materials used are lower quality than those you would find on a Fossil
and the bracelet is wrong, too. If you want to see a real Rolex, head to a pawn store you trust or an authorized dealer and actually touch one. Feel the weight and materials. See the watch work and see the smooth sweep of the second hand. Rolex’s don’t tick, except for the Oysterquartz, of course. After you do that, the cheap knockoffs will jump right out at you and you don’t have to waste your hard-earned time and money on them. If the price on eBay is too good to be true, it usually is. Well, that’s enough for today I think. I will be back soon. Thanks for taking time to read and don’t forget to step into your neighborhood Pawn America.