How to spot fake Rolex

Learn how to spot fake Rolex watches with our guides made by experts. Select your Rolex model and learn how to authenticate it in less than 2 minutes.

3 quickest ways to spot fake Rolex

1. Black Hole


  • The bubble is black, as it should be.


  • The bubble appears blue instead of the correct black.

2. Cyclops Lens

Authentic Rolex Datejust:

  • The window reflects an appropriate amount of light.
  • Numbers are correctly aligned on the lens.

Fake Rolex Datejust:

  • The window doesn’t reflect as much light.
  • Numbers are misaligned on the lens.
  • The “28” is too thick and too big.
  • Be mindful of light issues on the window and font-weight problems on the text.

3. Clasp & Bracelet

Authentic GMT-Master II Watch:

  • Inscriptions, including “ROLEX” text, lines, and crown logo, are of correct thickness.
  • “GENEVA” and “SWISS MADE” texts are appropriately thick.
  • Proper spacing between the words “GENEVA” and “SWISS MADE.”

Fake GMT-Master II Watch:

  • Inscriptions including “ROLEX” text, lines, and crown logo, appear too thin.
  • “GENEVA” and “SWISS MADE” texts are also too thin.
  • Excessive space between the words “GENEVA” and “SWISS MADE.”

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