Real Rolex Submariner Versus Fake Rolex Compared 2024

In this day and age, where rapid prototyping is an activity you can easily do at home, it’s no surprise that replicating high-end watches has become more advanced. We're well beyond getting our hands stuck and moving only until the flight lands, and we know it doesn't take any more effort than that.

The price you pay for a watch usually corresponds to the number of skilled operations that went into its production, however, almost all watches begin their life cycle the same way: in a milling machine. Case, movement, bracelet, everything starts from a blank and is shaped by machine to get a rough approximation of the finished product.

The problem is that as technology advances, this general approach becomes less and less general, thanks to the greater precision provided by robots, which increasingly outperform the human hand. Hand finishing still applies to the extreme of tradition and perfection, but for factories making fakes, it's pretty close.

This is most concerning because inspecting the movement is a collector’s last line of defense in determining authenticity. This makes this replica watches easy to fool not only the average person, but also experienced enthusiasts. Is there still hope, or should we all panic? Let's take a closer look at this.

Normally, at this stage, we would focus on evaluating the quality of a replica watch; we do this now to determine what is right and what is wrong. You really need to go through all the details to weed out the falsehoods – let’s get started.

It’s in the refined finishes that the clues begin to emerge. The mirror effect of the polished hands does not match the luster of the originals and is slightly dulled by machine use compared to Rolex's more finely polished hand luster. The edges are rougher, handled with less care, and lose the light reflection it deserves when the watch is tilted.