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. Aside from this, there are also a lot of brokers who can make you believe of the authenticity of the piece they are selling you, but afterwards you will discover that it is not an authentic one and thus diminish its value greatly.
To keep you from being a prey from these hoodlums, let me provide some guidelines that will at least help you with the basic knowledge to avoid being on the losing end during your next quest.
If you want to buy a vintage watch, remember that it is pre-owned and so you can expect some wear. 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.
The next thing that you need to do is to check the condition of the dial. The dial is almost everything when it comes to vintage Rolex. If you see a damaged dial then it is a permanent dial since dials cannot be cleaned nor polished. Even when a dial appear to be in good condition, it is important to verify that it is an original, and not one that has been 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. And so every vintage Rolex buyer should devoted extra attention to this single part.
You can tell an authentic vintage Rolex by the luminous material on its sets of hands and hour markers which is radium or tritium, since these materials are no longer being used by Rolex. 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.
To make sure about authenticity of the vintage Rolex, some other things you need to check are: references and serial numbers, the correct bracelet for the watch, if the watch has been over-polished, and does the watch come with paperwork or services records.
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