2020+ Submariner: How To Spot A Fake Rolex 126610

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Last Updated on June 2, 2024 by Ch David


  • You’ve got a Rolex Submariner made after 2020 (126610)
  • And you can’t tell if it’s real

Relevant: Rolex 16610LN guide (for those made before 2020).

How to spot a fake Submariner 126610

Examining the minute hand’s length is the quickest method to identify fake Rolex Submariner 2020. Over 90% replicas have a longer minute hand.

1. Minute hand

Authentic vs Fake Rolex Sumbariner comparison of the minute hand's length
  • Authentic: Minute hand is short and doesn’t overlap minute markers.
  • Fake: Longer minute hand, often overlapping minute markers.

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2. Hour hand

Authentic vs Fake Rolex Sumbariner comparison of the hour hand
  • Authentic: Hour hand is thinner and more refined.
  • Fake: The hand is bulky and significantly thicker.

3. Solid end links

Authentic vs Fake Rolex Sumbariner comparison of the solid end links
  • Authentic: Bracelet’s metal parts are closely fitted with no visible space in-between.
  • Fake: Noticeable space is present between the bracelet’s metal parts.

4. Fitment

This is about the distance/fitment of the:

  • Solid end links
  • Lugs
Authentic vs Fake Rolex Sumbariner comparison for the fitment
  • Authentic: Small gap between the solid end links and the lugs of the bracelet.
  • Fake: No gap observed between the solid end links and the lugs.

Let’s switch the angle.

Authentic vs Fake Rolex Sumbariner fitment comparison
  • Authentic:
    • Minimal gap below the bezel.
    • Consistent and adequate gap depth around the solid end links and lugs.
  • Fake:
    • Noticeable large gap below the bezel.
    • Inconsistent gap depth around the solid end links and lugs; gap is too small in some areas.

One more fake example:

Fake Rolex Submariner with improperly fit parts

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

5. Black hole

To enable this feature:

  1. Turn your watch to the left.
  2. And view it from a 45 degree angle.
  3. This reveals a “black hole/bubble” above the date window

It should look like in the authentic example below

Authentic vs Fake Rolex Sumbariner comparison of the black hole on the date's window
  • Authentic: The bubble is black, as it should be.
  • Fake: The bubble appears blue instead of the correct black.

6. Rehaut

  • The rehaut is the metal circle.
  • Placed between the dial and the bezel, placed below the window.

However, we care about the “ROLEX” text engraved in the rehaut.

Authentic vs Fake Rolex Sumbariner comparison of the rehaut
  • Authentic: The text on the rehaut is clear, visible, and easy to read.
  • Fake: The rehaut text is less visible and harder to read.

7. Lume

Use light to charge your watch and reveal the lume (glow in the dark) effect.

Authentic vs Fake Rolex Sumbariner comparison of the lume effect
  • Authentic: The glow is in a lighter shade.
  • Fake: The glow appears darker than on the authentic watch.

8. Cyclops

  • The cyclops lens is what helps people read the date on the watch from almost any angle…
  • Without facing any difficulties.
    • e.g: reflections, light landing directly on the date window.
Authentic vs Fake Rolex Sumbariner comparison of the cyclops lens
  • Authentic:
    • The cyclops lens material is well-defined.
    • Making the date easily readable without light reflection issues.
  • Fake:
    • The date is harder to read due to a cyclops lens that improperly reflects light.

Authenticity checklist

When time is limited, or you’re shopping for a Rolex Submariner watch online…

These 8 quick indicators can help you authenticate your timepiece:

  1. Ensure the minute hand isn’t excessively long, avoiding overlap with minute markings.
  2. Check the size of the hour hand; replicas tend to have oversized hour hands.
  3. Examine the solid end links between the watch and the bracelet for a seamless connection.
  4. Inspect the gap between the solid links and the lugs; genuine Rolex watches have symmetrical gaps.
  5. Verify the color of the date window; fakes often have a blue bubble instead of black.
  6. Check the legibility of the text on the rehaut; replicas may have excessively small text.
  7. Examine the luminescent effect; counterfeit Rolex Submariner 126610 watches may have overly dark blue lume.
  8. Inspect the cyclops lens to ensure it prevents light and reflections from landing on the date window.

Expert Rolex Submariner authentication

If you require assistance with authenticating your Rolex Submariner:

  • Simply provide us with high-quality photos of your watch.
  • We’ll deliver the results…
  • Along with a detailed authenticity report within 48 hours.

This concludes our guide on how to differentiate between fake and genuine Rolex Submariner watches.


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