How can you tell a replica Rolex watch from one that is genuine

June 28th, 2013 at 18:45


´╗┐How can you tell a replica Rolex watch from one that is genuine

It should have a very slight tick (not one per second but rather 5 or 6 ticks per second.) If you look very closely you can see this minor tick.

This has been a big misconception regarding Rolex watches, “sweeping” versus “ticking”. And in the past people used this as a method of identifying counterfeit Rolex watches.

The truth is, genuine Rolex watches do, in fact, “tick”. However, they tick at around 5 to 6 times per second, so it gives the illusion of “sweeping” or “floating” around the dial. If you watch the second hand with a loupe you can see it.

In the past, cheap counterfeits would utilize quartz movements, and thus would “tick” once per second. However, these days counterfeits use mechanical movements that appear to “float”, but only at around 3 to 4 times per second. This gives what we call a “choppy step”, and can also be spotted with a loupe.

With that being said, Rolex also made quartz watches, since the 1970s, but were discontinued a few years ago. However, these models were only made in very small quantity, and represented only around 2% of their total watch production. Another Rolex model, the Trubeat, featured a mechanical movement that was designed to “tick” only once per second. This “dead beat” seconds feature wasn very popular and the watch was discontinued shortly after it was introduced, in 1954..