So in theory, a Rolex serial number can tell you what year approximately the watch was made in. From approximately 1960 onward, this text was replaced with Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified. Interesting for us vintage Rolex lovers, we see at the top that their patent at United States Patent Office got filled already on April 14th 1961 from swiss application on October 14th 1960! Both where made around the same period in 1959 in small quantities experimenting with the correct way to add the protection around the crown. This convenient and great feature presents us with a great way to determine if the watch in question is real or not. The crystal is not having the sharp corner on the edge which we see with service crystals but still the domed. The golds white or yellow are made in Rolex's own foundry.Next
Fact is that the dial has gone tropical, from initial black to brown caramel. Another big change that they made in 2010 relates to how the actual watch was serialized. If we look at the art indexes like below you will see that alternative investments are scoring a very high return on investment, if off course you buy with knowledge and from a trusted source. A Tudor work in progress Serial Number List is included at the bottom of this page. To determine if a Rolex has the correct serial numbers, where it has been delivered or to get a original Rolex service, you can contact Rolex Heritage Department in Geneva directly.
Some of the reproductions are so good that only a professional watchmaker can distinguish between an authentic piece and a forgery. Whether vintage Rolex or more contemporary, your choice of a Rolex will always be a good choice. At this time, Rolex elected to start numbering with a letter prefix e. You can always pick up a set of older tritium hands if you like but in natural light the hand and patina on the markers are pretty close. Rolex luminous is always between the gold surroundings and hardly ever will go over it, something you see with later resumed dials a lot, the luminous material is often bigger then the white plot… If moisture enters the case, it will damage the surface and leave little black stains on the lume dots, as you can see below. Obviously a old style dial design that got luminated with tritium. Since third-party vendors are the only ones that sell such used and refurbished watches, the buyers will face an increased risk of being defrauded by fake ones or near replicas.Next
How do I find out what my Rolex is worth? A mayor influence on the originality has been played by the manufacture itself, namely during the servicing the watch. Which also tells us that most likely this Sea Dweller has not been serviced by Rolex yet as then most likely the patinated hands with little corrosion on top would have been changed. You can also learn by watching the video at the top of the page. There are no dings, dents, chips. If these little stamps, mostly hidden in the back of the case lugs or on the sides of the watch, are worn out and the rest of the case if looking perfect at first view, one can easily state the case has been polished.Next
Once moisture has entered the watch, the luminous sucks it up and will become very dark on the top and sometimes even fall off over time. If a certain part of the watch, e. Therefor buying from a trustable source where returning a watch with issues is never a problem, has become highly recommendable. This design is usually called the rehaut engraving or inner engraving. However, the information below can help you make a quick determination if the watch you are interested in is a genuine Rolex. Due to this change, it cannot be determined what year a Rolex was made if it was manufactured post-2010. Therefore the auction houses arrange viewing days prior the auction.Next
But it is much harder and more expensive to find a correct dial that has been changed by worldwide Rolex dealers during one of the many services to bring back the waterproofness and durability of your Rolex,. In 1927, Rolex began issuing every Rolex Oyster case a unique serial number to distinguish them from one another. Question every difference, ask fellow collectors or post your picture in a watch forum online before making the deal! If you can dive with it to 100 meter below surface, then you can sell it as extremely reliable above sea level. Nevertheless ones you see these service marks in the inside of the case back, the chance is considerably that besides a movement clean, the hands, crystal and crown have been swapped as this was almost done automatically with every serviced watch. Stop messing around and offer watches like they are and not how you would like to see them. Besides more volume we see at the same time that less high quality watches are being found farm fresh or coming from first owner in the market.Next
Analyze everything up close, use common sense and make your due diligence before you buy a vintage watch or a vintage Rolex in particular! The tritium markers and hands have gone from white to nearly that same color cream, matching nearly flawlessly. So again, your alarm bells should ring by now. How checking Rolex serial numbers online can help in determining a Rolex value? Moshe and his staff are highly recommended! Certainly a trigger to look for replacement parts. With everything that has been made new to look old the graphics might become closer but the patina and aging is missing. Case back inside of a freshly found Rolex 6062 stelline. Swapped, period correct parts has become a art in the vintage watch world.Next
The practice has a particular value in helping authenticate objects but establishing provenance is essentially a matter of documentation. All plots are perfectly shaped and color on the dial is matching the luminous of the hands, first owner find still in all original condition. Rolex watches are one of the most revered luxury items on the planet so naturally, there is also a pretty good market for their cheap knockoffs. The best way to determine the correct age of your is through the serial number. Eying the case and comparing it with the rest of the watch, the challenge is to spot any discrepancies in the story the watch might tell you.