Saturday 28 September 2013 - Filed under Replica Rolex
In the first place, you shouldn’t buy one Not only are the odds stacked HEAVILY against you as far as getting anything decent goes, you can get much better watches for your money. There are watches out there ( older Invicta models come to mind ) that look a LOT like a Rolex Submariner, are actually made with Swiss parts, have a warranty, and cost $300 – $500. Another example? Looking for something like a Rolex Presidential? Look at the Ernest Borel Nobel Series or a Sandoz. They’ve got “the look” and are actually very well-made watches with wonderful Swiss movements.
Recently, Rolex has begun shipping recent models with a 3-dimensional hologram-encoded sticker on the caseback that has a floating Rolex crown logo to the top of the watch case’s reference number, which is printed in black. Most of the stickers on counterfeit Rolex watches are either solid green or a repetitious ” Rolex ” pattern, instead of a hologram. Some of the replica Rolex watches manufactured in Laos, Vietnam and China from 2006 on have a solid green hologram on the caseback. Prior to 2002 the reference number was printed in gold and the hologram did not have the Rolex crown logo.
The first thing you should do, after oohing and awing at the first rate, professional design, is to check the exact web address. Beware of websites with long and strange names, especially one’s that don’t end incom. It’s amazing how many of us have been ripped off by scams from foreign countries. Also make sure that the website isn’t hosted by a free domain company like Geocities or Tripod. In the time it takes you to read this article, a scam artist can sign up for a site using the name Jim Locker or Ima Bogus and be on his crooked way.
I have been seeing a steady decline in the quality of several replicas, most notably replicas of watches with automatic chronograph movements. These include replicas of the Rolex Daytona, Omega Speedmaster and Breitling Navitimer. Just about every replica I see is utilizing a low quality mainland Chinese copy of the Valjoux 775X-series movement. These watches often have both running and functionality problems. They are often WILDLY inaccurate, sometimes running as much as 30 minutes per day fast. The chronograph functions often don’t work properly and frequently fail to reset to “zero” as they should.
Rolex SA was founded in 1905 by the German Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis. Contrary to popular belief, Hans Wilsdorf was neither Swiss , nor a watchmaker. Wilsdorf & Davis was the original name of what later became the Rolex Watch Company. They originally imported Hermann Aegler’s Swiss movements to England and placed them in quality cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were then sold to jewelers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from the firm of Wilsdorf and Davis are usually marked “W&D” – inside the caseback only.
2013-09-28 » Ronny