January 06, 2020
  • The second hand is ticking in a herky-jerky-type motion which means you’re looking at a quartz-movement watch powered by a battery. Rolexes always run on automatic movement, where the motion of a wearer’s wrist winds an intricate system of tiny gears and springs, resulting in a smoother, sweeping second hand.
  • On the watch’s face, inspect the magnifying lens over the date, which is often not as strong on counterfeits.
  • Open the back and look for sloppy or oddly proportioned engraved lettering. The stainless steel should be evenly polished.
  • If a watch comes with its original box and warranty, examine those, too. Does the paper look cheap?
  • Be suspicious when someone tells you they found it or won it in a card game.


All that being said, a Canadian woman recently found a Rolex between the cushions of a $25 used couch. It turned out to be a vintage Rolex Daytona model, favored by actor Paul Newman. She sold the watch for more than $200,000 and is buying herself a house.


SOURCE: New York Times Magazine, 12/22/19