I have been collecting and repairing watches for over 30 years and can tell you that most of the information on line about fake Rolex is nonsense. Lets start with the facts. The two features which make a Rolex, or any other quality watch are 1) the movement and 2) the watches ability to keep out moisture. The movement in Rolex is very good, its their own movement and is well made of good materials and includes tried and tested engineering. Its a bit like Skoda diesel, if you maintain it properly it will last forever. Even if you don't have it serviced it will last at least 25 years. Rolex produce these movements for about £100. The next clever bit is the crown or winder, and on a Rolex this is manufactured to very tight and exacting tolerances to keep water out and this is the bit the fakers find difficult because this mechanical trick requires expensive machinery that can only be bought and maintained if you generate good profit and spend some of it on production machinery. This was done by Rolex, etc years ago and the pr
Now to the fakes. If you are going to buy one, get the seller to take the back off the watch. If it says 'Myota' on the movement, buy it. If it doesn't walk away. The Myota movement is made by a Citizen owned company and they make and sell millions of these to watchmakers every year. The watch companies buy them for about twenty DOLLARS (£10) and build them into their products. They keep good time and are reliable. So that's OK then, now what about the water ingress issue on fakes. Simply, do not wear your fake near water. The fakers cannot manufacture the winder assembly well enough to keep out moisture. Also, don't buy the ones with gold plated parts, on the watch or strap, this will start to wear very quickly, and fade so that people will know you are wearing a fake. Buy the steel only versions. Never pay more than £80. Stick to these rules and your fake will give you many years service.
Dispaelling the Myth - Rolex Fakes
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3 January 2012
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