Rolex Submariner HULK: How To Spot Fakes (2024)

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Last Updated on June 2, 2024 by Ch David

  • Wondering if you have a fake Rolex Hulk?
  • Our experts will teach you how to check it yourself

How to tell if a Rolex Hulk is REAL (or not)

To spot a fake Rolex Submariner 116610LV Hulk, verify the color of the bezel + dial. Genuine watches always have an emerald green color.

1. Color

Authentic vs fake Rolex Hulk comparison of the color
  • The fake watch above looks too dark compared to the genuine watch.

The authentic has the correct emerald green colour on the ceramic bezel.

Rolex is known to be one of the most respectable brands in the watch industry, so know that no quality is ever lacking in a genuine watch — even with the color!


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2. Date window

Authentic vs fake Rolex Hulk comparison of the date window
  • The fake number “2” is placed lower than the “3”.
  • The fake Rolex Hulk watch has its number “2” looking too thin, and the number “3” looking too thick.

3. Cyclops lens

Authentic vs fake Rolex Hulk comparison of the cyclops lens
  • The authentic watch has its cyclops distorting the light, and due to that, the date number is not as easily visible as the one met on the authentic watch.
  • The authentic Rolex Submariner Hulk watch has its cyclops properly magnified, always having the date number easily visible and readable.
  • Furthermore, the authentic watch has crystal glass with an anti-reflective coating, which makes reading the date even more easier and efficient.

4. Bracelet & Lugs

Authentic vs fake Rolex Hulk comparison of the bracelet and lugs
  • The fake bracelet is not properly attached to the watch, as there is a blank little space.
  • This is a flaw that is often seen even in top replica watches, so keep an eye out for this kind of defect.

5. Bezel rotation

Highlighting how to rotate the bezel of a Rolex Hulk, using a green arrow and a hand-emoji
  • Counterfeit Rolex Hulk watches most commonly have their movement the bezel feeling harsher.
  • They often don’t move smoothly and easily.

The authentic watch has to be really smooth, pleasant and actually just easy to use.

Note: Having only the replica in your hands without a comparison of the authentic watch is indeed difficult. However, anything that feels wrong most definitely points to a replica.

6. Winding action

Showing how to use the crown to wind a Rolex Submariner Hulk — additional text is added for instructions
  • When trying to adjust the time of the Rolex Submariner Hulk watch, the crown has to pull out and rotate smoothly, while running very easily.

Yet another factor that the counterfeit Rolex manufacturers never really manage to fix.

7. Crown guard

Authentic vs fake Rolex Hulk comparison of the crown guard
  • The crown guard of the fake Hulk does not look the same as the authentic ones, as the details on the fake watch have poorer quality compared to the authentic watch.

The crown guard on the authentic watch has two elements even and symmetrical.

8. Bezel engravings

Authentic vs fake Rolex Hulk comparison of the bezel's lines
  • The fake marks on the bezel are not as deep as the real ones.
  • They’re also narrower than the authentic remarks. See how the real ones are larger.

The replica Rolex Hulk watch cannot ever perfectly imitate the size and craftsmanship of the engravings on the bezel of the authentic watch.

9. Rehaut engravings

Authentic vs fake Rolex Hulk comparison of the rehaut's engravings
  • The inscriptions on the fake Rolex Submariner Hulk watch are too thin and perfectly aligned on the rehaut.
  • Also, note how the fake “ROLEX” text isn’t as deep into the metal as the real one.

10. Sunburst dial effect

Authentic vs fake Rolex Hulk comparison of the sunburst-dial effect
  • An authentic Rolex Hulk offers in a certain light and a certain angle, a sunburst effect on its dial.
  • The sunburst dial effect is too poor on the watches.
  • This is hard to replicate, so most of the counterfeit Rolex Submariner Hulk watches will not have this effect at all, because of the materials used.

Shortlist: Authenticate your Rolex Hulk in 30 seconds

  1. Examine the color of your Rolex Submariner Hulk. Counterfeit Rolex Hulk watches often lack the correct emerald green shade on the ceramic bezel.
  2. Verify the details on the date window of the watch. Fake Rolex Hulk watches typically exhibit flaws in terms of date number positioning and font-weight.
  3. Analyze the cyclops lens of your Rolex Hulk. Fake Rolex watches commonly feature improperly magnified cyclops lenses, making the date number difficult to read.
  4. Inspect the bracelet of your Rolex. Many fake watches have poorly attached or manufacturing-defective bracelets.
  5. Examine the bezel action. Counterfeit watches often lack the smooth, easy rotation experienced in authentic watches when manipulating the bezel.
  6. Check the winding action of your watch. Fake watches may prove more resistant to adjustments than genuine ones, and the hands might not respond promptly when the crown is rotated.
  7. Look at the crown guard of your watch. Replicas may have improperly positioned crown guard elements.
  8. Inspect the engravings on the watch’s bezel. Engravings on fake Rolex Submariner Hulk bezels are usually less detailed than those on genuine models.
  9. Check the engravings on the rehaut of your Rolex Hulk. Fake watches often display engravings that appear too thin and inaccurately placed.
  10. Verify the Rolex watch for the sunburst dial effect. Fake watches tend to reflect excessive light in comparison to the more authentic sunburst dial effect observed in genuine Rolex Hulk watches.

This checklist makes is way easier to spot fakes when you don’t have the time to go read the entire guide.


1. Is Rolex Hulk discontinued?

Since 2020.

Yes, the Rolex Hulk has been discontinued in late 2020. This decision coincided with Rolex’s release of a new Submariner lineup, featuring larger 41mm cases and updated designs.

The Hulk was succeeded by a new model, informally called the Starbucks Submariner due to its green bezel and black dial configuration.

2. Is Rolex Hulk collectible?

Yes, the Rolex Hulk is considered collectible by many watch enthusiasts. Its distinctive green bezel and dial, along with its association with the Submariner lineup, make it highly sought after among collectors.

Additionally, its discontinuation adds to its collectibility, as it becomes rarer over time.


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With this, we conclude our guide on discerning between real and fake Rolex watches. As more accurate and updated comparisons become available, we are committed to continually updating this article.


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