Just because a Rolex Submariner weighs ±155 grams, that doesn’t mean the authentication stops there. Join us and let’s check out the 9 other steps to tell if a Rolex Submariner is real.
Let’s check it all out!
Genuine Submariner watches have the following specifications:
40 millimetres (= 1.57 inches) case diameter, excluding crown and crown guard.
155 grams, ±15% (case and original bracelet).
If your Rolex Submariner watch is out of this range of specifications, you are most likely looking at a counterfeit Rolex watch.
2. SWISS MADE
By improperly font-weighted, we mean that the fake Rolex Submariner watch has the letters in the “SWISS MADE” text looking too thick and a bit washed-out, compared to the letters met on the genuine Submariner watch.
Fake manufacturers must save up on costs with the production and the machines that they use, so they will often skip some details, or make them present on the watch, but not perfectly displayed/installed/engraved/written etc.
So, if you take a quick look at the real vs fake Rolex Submariner image again, you can see how the genuine Rolex watch has all of its letters at the same font weight, unlike the fake watch.
With this being said, let’s have a look at a zoomed-in fake vs real Rolex Submariner image in order to spot the flaws with the placement on the fake Submariner easier, with a little help of the hand-emoji pointers.
The fake Submariner Rolex watch has its “SWISS MADE” printings improperly aligned.
The “SWISS” text is placed too close to the tick which indicates the 30-minute time.
The “MADE” text on the fake Rolex is placed too far away from the 30-minute tick.
The letter “A” on the fake Submariner is too boxy and thick.
Note how the “D” on the fake watch is too rounded.
3. Date window
On the authentic Submariner, the number “1” is placed evenly, in the middle of the window.
The fake “1” is placed higher, leaving too much blank space at the bottom.
Let’s look at another comparison:
The number “5” found on the genuine Submariner watch is perfectly centred in the middle of the box.
The “5” is misplaced, as it is placed too close to the right edge of the box.
The fake Submariner watch has its “R O L E X” text on the rehaut, along with the Rolex Crown logo, looking too bold.
The logos are engraved too deep and they’re improperly centred.
The fake “R O L E X” and crown logos are too close to the top, and farther from the bottom.
5. Bracelet (Strap)
The genuine Rolex Submariner watch’s strap material is made out of oyster steel.
On the replica Rolex Submariner, the strap looks like it is made out of poorer-quality material.
Older, second-hand but authentic Rolex Submariners might be scratched and worn-out
Also, keep in mind that the authentic Rolex Submariner watches are not bulletproof, but since they use oyster steel for the bracelet, it is really hard to scratch it.
A fake Rolex Submariner watch can be spotted if it has a lot of easy scratches.
When inspecting such a Rolex, you can be aware of and check the steps mentioned above.
Don’t forget to check your Smurf’s date window, rehaut engravings, pearl and the rest of its elements.
Another example is the nicknamed Rolex Bluesy, reference number 116613LB, pictured below.
The Bluesy is a bit more special, mainly because it is crafted using 18K yellow gold too.
The gold can be checked with a watch-smith using different chemicals.
However, almost all of the other elements on the Rolex Bluesy can be authenticated by yourself.
So, don’t forget to closely inspect your Rolex Bluesy’s:
Weight: In particular, the Bluesy weighs 172 grams, so watch out for this.
Shortlist: Authenticate your Submariner
Check the weight of your Rolex Submariner. The authentic Rolex Submariner watches must have a 40-millimetre case diameter and weight of 155 grams +/- 15% (case and original bracelet).
Inspect the lettering on your Rolex Submariner. Usually, the fake Rolex watches have their text improperly font-weighted and positioned.
Analyze the magnification on your Rolex watch. Most of the time, the counterfeit Rolex Submariner watches have their date number improperly font-weighted and positioned on the box.
Check the dial’s text on your Rolex Submariner. Usually, the counterfeit Rolex Submariner watches have their text poorly engraved on the dial.
Look at the bracelet (strap). Mostly, the fake Rolex watches use other materials than the unique authentic oyster steel, and the poor quality of the fake watches is commonly visible on the strap.
Verify the details on the side of your watch. The authentic Submariner Rolex watches must have inscriptions about the Rolex manufacturing and product ID number at 6 o’clock, and the fake watches commonly miss these inscriptions.
Examine the pearl of your Rolex Submariner. Usually, the fake Rolex Submariner watches have their pearl improperly heightened, as it is too small for the metal case, and the authentic watches always have their pearl as tall as the metal case.
Authenticate the watch watch on the interior side (by opening it). The fake watches are commonly missing the inscriptions on the interior side of the watch.
Check the quality of the window. Mostly, the fake Rolex Submariner watches have their window quality as poor as to scratch easily, and the authentic Rolex watches are always hard to scratch.
Inspect the cyclops lens. Mostly, the counterfeit Rolex Submariner watches have their cyclops improperly positioned, as they are off-centred from the middle of the magnification.
While our in-depth 10-step guide for distinguishing genuine from counterfeit Rolex Submariner watches is comprehensive, it might not be convenient if you’re short on time or making an online purchase.
Recognizing this, we’ve crafted a rapid 60-second checklist for validating your Rolex Submariner. Above you can find the top 10 tell-tale signs to ascertain the authenticity of your timepiece.
Expert Rolex Submariner authentication
Should you require assistance in verifying the authenticity of your Rolex Submariner, you’re in the right place.
Simply forward us clear photographs of your Rolex Submariner, and expect a response within 48 hours. Our feedback will include a detailed analysis explaining our rationale for categorizing your timepiece as genuine or imitation.
This concludes our guide on discerning genuine Rolex Submariner watches from counterfeits.
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