How to Tell a Vintage Rolex’s Authenticity
A vintage Rolex that is up for sale can intimidate someone because of the amount of money you need to pay for it. And these days there are many replicates which are marvelously cloned and if your eye is inexperienced, they can pass a authentic pieces. Not only that, but there are a lot of discriminating brokers who when you start to dismiss them because to you their transaction is legit, and leaving you to discover much later that your watch may not be as original as you were led to believe and thus hurting its collectability, and thus 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. But even before looking at the watch that you intend to buy, it is crucial that you familiarize yourself with the specific features like twin-lock winding crown, the bracelet and safety locking device and etc.
You should check the condition of the dial next. The most important part of vintage Rolex is its dial. You cannot clean or polish dials so if you see any damage to it, that damage is likely permanent. If a dial appear to be in good condition, you should still verify if it is original because it can also one that is refinished. As surprising as it might sound to the novice vintage Rolex hunter, most of the value in a vintage Rolex 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. Going into the trouble of verifying the material is worth it because you need to be sure that the watch is authentic vintage Rolex.
Other things that you need to be mindful of are references and serial numbers, the correct bracelet for the watch, find out if the watch has been over-polished, and does the watch come with paperwork/service records?