The Beginner’s Guide to Watches
How to Tell a Vintage Rolex’s Authenticity
Speaking about shopping for a vintage Rolex can be an intimidating task and most of the time frightening because it entails a lump sum amount of money. And these days there are many replicates which are marvelously cloned and if your eye is inexperienced, they can pass a authentic pieces. There are brokers who try to sell you what seems like authentic Rolex watches but once you have bought one you discover that they are not as original as you were led to believe and so hurting its collectability and its value.
And so to protect us from these scammers, it is best to have some basic knowledge so that you will not be on the losing end the next time you wish to acquire a Rolex for yourself.
The most important part of buying any vintage watch is that it is pre-owned, and therefore expect some wears. So before looking at the watch that you will buy, you should know the features of an authentic Rolex watch like twin-lock winding crown, the bracelet, the safety locking device and other important features.
You should check the condition of the dial next. The dial is almost everything when it comes to vintage Rolex. Dials cannot really be cleaned or polished, so any damage you see is likely permanent. Make sure that you still verify the authenticity of a dial even though it appears to be in good condition because it is possible also that it is only refinished. If you are a novice in buying vintage Rolex, you might be surprised to know that most of the value of a Rolex watch comes from the dial. This single part should be given much attention by the vintage Rolex buyer.
Most vintage Rolex have radium or tritium as based luminous on their hands and hour markers, and since neither of these materials are still being use by Rolex, then their presence is an excellent way to check if a dial or the set of hands is original. The tritium can often be easily identified because it will no longer glow, and it will have a brownish patina forming on its surface, but verifying the radium is most complex because you need to use a Geiger counter, it is a device for measuring radioactivity by detecting and counting ionizing particles. But still it would be worth it to go into that trouble if you are not sure.
There are other things that you need to check with the watch you are buying like references and serial numbers, the bracelet which should be correct for the watch, if the watch has been over polished or not, and if the watch comes with paperwork or service records.
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