Rolex Submariner 2020 Genuine Vs Replica Guide (Rolex Submariner 126610)

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Wondering how to spot a fake Rolex Submariner 2020 watch? Trying not to get scammed with a counterfeit Submariner?

If so, then you are in the right place, as we are going to teach you how to easily differentiate between the real vs fake Rolex Submariner watches.

The Submariner which we are going to cover in this guide is the Rolex Submariner 126610, which is the 2020 release, and the one we’ll cover today is a little bit different from the one we previously made a guide for, which was the Rolex Submariner 11610. Please be informed that there is an almost identical watch, but without a date window – the reference number 124060.

The Rolex Submariner 124060 can be authenticated using the steps below, except of course for tell number 5 that does not apply, as the watch does not have a date window.

The 126610 comes in different models and reference numbers: 126610LN (black dial and bezel), 126610LV (black dial and green bezel), 126613LB (blue dial and two-tone bezel with blue and yellow gold) and the 126619LN (black dial and blue bezel).

The 126610LV is a successor of the discontinued Rolex Hulk (116610LV), the 126613LB is a successor of the Rolex Bluesy (116613LB) and the Rolex Submariner 126619LB is somehow considered to be a successor of the Rolex Smurf (116619LB). The reference numbers are pretty suggestive, though the 2020 Rolex Submariner model is a bit different when it comes to design and colors.

To put it shortly, the Rolex Submariner 126610 (2020) is the successor of the 11610, and today we are going to have a look at the fake vs real Rolex Submariner 122610 watches.

The fastest way to spot fake Rolex Submariner 2020 watches is to look at the length of the minute’s hand, as most of the replica Submariner 2020s have their minute’s hand being longer than the one found on the authentic watches, while all of the legitimate watches always have their minute’s hand at the same length, with no error.

At the same time, we’d like to mention that all of the steps which we’ll cover in this real vs fake Rolex Submariner 126610 (2020) authentication guide apply to all of the colourways in which the watch comes.

How to spot fake Rolex Submariner 126610 (2020)

Step 1: Genuine vs fake Rolex Submariner 2020 minute hand length

Starting with the first step of the guide on how to spot fake Rolex Submariner 126610 watches, we are going to check out the minute hand’s length.

Just as we’ve previously mentioned, the minute hand’s length is the best way to see real vs fake Rolex Submariner 2020 watches.

With this being said, below we’ve pasted the real vs fake Rolex Submariner 2020 comparison image with the minute hand’s length, so as to easily visualize the difference between the two watches.

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In the image with the fake vs authentic Rolex Submariner 2020 watches above, we have pointed out at how the replica item has its arm which indicates the current minute being too long.

In fact, looking closely at the real vs fake Rolex Submariner 2020 image above, we can notice how the fake watch has its arm almost overlapping the line that shows us what minute is it.

On the other hand, the authentic Rolex Submariner watch has its arm shorter, as it only points out what minute is it, but does not overlap with the minute’s painting line.

Keep in mind that the authentic watches must have their minute hand’s line placed close to the current minute’s line, but never overlapping that little line.

Step 2: Fake vs real Rolex Submariner 126610 hour hand size

As for the second step of the guide on how to see real vs fake Rolex Submariner 2020 watches, we are going to check out the shape and the size of the hour’s hand on the two watches.

So as to properly see the details between the fake vs real Rolex Submariner 126610 watches, let’s have a look at the image below.

rolex submariner 122610 real vs fake

In the image with the fake vs real Rolex Submariner 126610 watches above, we have noticed how the replica watch has its hand at the base with the tree lines looking too bulky and generally too thick.

Back to the authentic Rolex Submariner watch, you can see how its hour’s hand is is thinner and “less fat” than the fake watch’s hand.

In most cases, the fake Rolex Submariner 2020 watches have their hour’s hand being fatter and more massive than the authentic watches, which tend to have their line smaller.

Step 3: Inspect the solid end links between the bracelet and the watch

Going to the third method on how to authenticate the Submariner 126610 Rolex watch, now we will have a look at the solid end links that tie up the watch with its bracelet.

Usually, the counterfeit-produced Rolex Submariner 2020 watches have their bracelet badly attached to the watch, and they present gaps.

So as to see this, let’s quickly brief the reference real vs fake Rolex Submariner 2020 image from below, and after that, we’ll explain the situation on the two watches.

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In the image with the genuine vs replica Rolex Submariner 126610 watches above, we’ve noticed how the replica Rolex Sub 2020 watch has too much space between its metal parts that form the bracelet.

Even though that seems like a little bit of empty space, compared to the genuine watch, that is a whole lot of blank space that should not be free like that, as it should be glued to the other part of the metal.

Speaking of which, the authentic Rolex Sub 126610 watch has its two metal parts placed as close to each other, as they seem glued, so that no empty space is allowed in-between.

Step 4: Check the recession between the solid end links on your Rolex Submariner 126610

Moving on to the fourth method on how to spot fake Role Submariner 2020 watches, we are now going to have a look at the real vs fake Submariner 126610 items for their solid end links’ recession.

Just as always, let’s first have a look at the real vs fake Rolex Submariner 126610 image from below, and after that, we’ll properly explain the difference between the two watches.

As you can see in the image with the fake vs real Rolex Submariner 126610 watches above, we have shown you how the fake watch doesn’t have a little gap between the solid end links and between the lugs.

On the other hand, the genuine Rolex Sub 2020 watch has a little gap between its solid end links and between the lugs of the bracelet.

If that wasn’t so clear, we get it. Below you can see another real vs fake Rolex Submariner 126610 image, where we have the watches from another angle.

how to spot fake rolex submariner 2020

In the image with the real vs fake Rolex Submariner 2020 watches above, we have noticed how the fake watch, right below the bezel, has a gap that’s too large, and how between the solid end links and the lugs, the gap is a bit too small.

On the other hand, the genuine Rolex Submariner 126610 watch has almost no gap below its bezel, and between the solid end links and the lugs, the gap is larger than the one on the fake watch.

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What we’re really pointing out here is the fact that the authentic watches must have the same depth for the gap found all around the watch’s solid end links and the lugs.

Lastly, below you can see another example of a replica Rolex Submariner 2020 that has this flaw present as well.

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The steps we’ve written so far are the best ways to authenticate this item.

The next few steps are still reliable signs of authenticity, but are for non-top-versions of replicas available for this item. We recommend sticking to the steps we’ve explained above to make sure you’re not drawing the wrong conclusions.

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Step 5: Verify the black hole on the date window of your watch

Proceeding to the fifth method on how to spot fake Rolex Submariner 2020 watches, we are now going to have a look at the real vs fake Rolex Submariner 126110s for their black hole on the date window.

The black hole on the date window can be seen when you hold you watch at a specific angle, when the date can’t be readable anymore, and when this bubble pops up.

What we are going to talk about is the black bubble, which us and the community call it as “the black hole”.

fake vs real rolex submariner 126610

In the image with the fake vs real Rolex Submariner 126110 watches above, we have noticed how the replica Submariner has its black actually… blue.

The bubble should not be blue on the authentic watches, because just ash how its name says it, the bubble should be black.

Mentioning this, if you look at the genuine watch in the real vs fake Rolex Submariner 126610 image above, you can see how the legit piece has its bubble black, unlike the blue one on the fake watch.

Step 6: Analyze the text on the rehaut of your Submariner

As for the sixth method on how to spot fake Rolex Submariner 2020 watches, we are now going to have a look at the fake vs real Rolex 126110 watches for their text on the rehaut.

The rehaut is the metal circle placed between the dial and the bezel, placed below the window. But, what we are going to look at is the text engraved on the rehaut.

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In the image with the replica vs authentic Rolex Submariner 2020 watches above, we have pointed out how the fake 126610 Rolex has its text on the rehaut being too little visible.

Back to the genuine Rolex Submariner 126610 watch, you can see how its text engraved on the rehaut is more visible and easier to be read rather than the text on the fake watch.

Step 7: Brief the glowing lume effect on your Rolex Submariner 126610 watch

Going to the seventh method on how to see real vs fake Rolex Submariner 2020 watches, we are going to have a look at the fake vs real Rolex Submariner watches for their lume effect.

In order to reveal the lume, you need to charge your watch with a source of light. Once the watch is charged, if you go into a dark environment, you will see it glow.

rolex submariner 2020 fake vs real guide

In the image with the fake vs real Rolex Submariner watches above, we have pointed out how the replica Submariner 126610 watch glows a bit darker than the authentic watch.

The genuine Rolex Submariner 2020 watch glows in a lighter shade rather than the one found on the replica watch.

Step 8: Examine the cyclops lens on your Rolex Submariner

As for the eighth and the last step of the guide on how to spot fake vs real Rolex Submariner 2020 watches, we are now going to check the cyclops lens on the two watches.

The cyclops lens is what helps people read the date on the watch from almost any angle, without facing any difficulties such as reflections and light landing directly on the date window.

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In the image with the authentic vs replica Rolex Submariner 2020 watches above, we have pointed out how the replica watch has its material of the cyclops lens properly defined, as the date can be easily read.

On the other hand, the fake Rolex Submariner 126610 watch has its date being harder to read due to the cyclops lens which allows light to land and reflect on top of it, and that’s something that won’t happen on an authentic watch.

How can I spot the fake Rolex Submariner watches in 60 seconds?

The 8 detailed real vs fake Rolex Submariner steps outlined above might not be so practical when you are in a hurry or when you want to buy the item online.

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your Rolex Submariner watch. Below are the top 8 indicators that can help you determine if you have a fake or real Rolex Submariner watch.

  1. Check the minute hand’s length so it wont be as long as to overlap the minutes’ paintings
  2. Verify the size of the hour’s hand, because the replica watches tend to have their hour’s hand too big
  3. Analyze the solid end links between the watch and the bracelet, as no empty space should be in-between the watch and the bracelet
  4. Have a look at the recession between the solid and links and the lugs. The fake watches commonly don’t have the gaps and the lines symmetrical
  5. Examine the black hole on the date window, because most of the fake watches have the bubble blue instead of black
  6. Verify the text on the rehaut. The replica Rolex Submariner 2020 watches tend to have their text too little visible
  7. Check the lume effect on your watch. In most cases, the replica Rolex Submariner 126610 watches have the shade of blue being too dark
  8. Look at the cyclops lens, because the authentic watches will never let light and reflections to land on top of their date window

Where can I get my Rolex watch authenticated? The Rolex Submariner authentication service

If you need help with the authentication of your Rolex Submariner watch, we’ve got you covered.

All you have to do is send us high-quality pictures of your Rolex Submariner watch and we will get back to you with the results within 48 hours. The results will also come with a report on why we believe your Rolex watch is fake or authentic.

That brings us to the end of our guide on how to spot fake vs real Rolex Submariner watches. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.


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