No, Rolex watches usually don’t make the ticking sound normally, this is one of the ways to identify an original Rolex. But there are a few Rolex watches that do tick
Forgers can’t frequently consummate the cogwheels thus a ticking sound is made and this can truly help you spot fakes without any problem.
An important thing to note at this point is that Rolex now only produces mechanical watches which basically means that any new rolex models that you might end up buying would most definitely not tick.
But in the past, there were quite a few Rolex watches that used the quartz movement and ticked, so it would be wrong to class them as fake just on the basis of the ticking sound that it produces
Identifying Fake Rolexes
To make it hard for Rolex watches to be counterfeited there are some details that Rolex adds specifically! and these details are where the fake rolexes really stand out now
The first one’s an easy one it’s a serial number every single rolex has a unique serial number and before 2010 you could actually use a serial number to date the watch.
But after 2010 they used a random collection of numbers and you can no longer date the watch by that so if you have the serial number of the watch just type it into google put quotation marks on either side because that’s your command in google to search just for that exact item and if it comes up with lots of results then it is fake.
Fun fact between 1987 and 1990 rolex actually used the name rolex as part of their serial number sequence of course missing out the o because o is similar to zero and that would have just been confusing
The next point is the cyclops or the date window this is there to magnify the tiny date disc behind so that it’s more legible a real submariner magnifies that tiny date number by 2.5 times the cyclops is a really hard thing for these fake factories to get right not just because of magnification but also the clarity of the number behind.
A real rolex won’t have a massively skewed distorted number it’ll be relatively clear also rolex uses anti-reflective material under the cyclops to make it easier to read but this anti-reflective material is clear this is obviously harder for people to find and so fake watches often have little tint in the cyclops.
This is a massive giveaway now with the next point we’re going to start to get a bit geeky because it requires quite a bit of attention to detail and quite a bit of time to kind of dissect this part and it’s the laser etched crown
The Laser-Etched Crown
The Laser-etched crown down at six o’clock real rolex’is another give away. have a tiny laser etched crown on the sapphire crystal down at six o’clock it is incredibly hard to see with the naked eye but you can just about make it out if you angle the watch in a certain way it’s easier to see if you’ve got a loop or a macro lens on a camera rolex don’t just laser etch the crown logo at six o’clock they do it with tiny dots at different heights different depths within the sapphire crystal and so it’s not just one continuous line creating the logo.
This is one of the biggest places where fake watches are identified as being fake because it’s such a hard process to be replicated a lot of fake watches over accentuate the crown down at six o’clock to make it stand out on the real watches it’s very very difficult to see just get out a loop and or a macro lens or something that allows you to magnify it and see if it has these dots in different depths another little fun fact if the logo has an s inside of it it just means that the glass has been swapped during a service.
But it’s legit it’s just stating that this is a service part as opposed to the original part that came with the watch now we’re going to look at the rehort this is kind of like the inner ring that connects the dial to the glass or the bezel and it has rolex rolex rolex written all the way around.
And it’s engraved or it’s now laser etched at 12 o’clock we have the rolex logo the crown and then at six o’clock we have the serial number this is a tricky area to look at because the process has changed over the years but there are two major things to look at one how the text is executed rolex laser engraves this stuff it is exact it’s so precise and it is super super clean everything is super sharp and it’s without doubt perfectly executed another thing to look out for is on the right hand side of the dial so one o’clock down to five o’clock the x of rolex is going to line up with the hour markers on the left-hand side of the dial so seven o’clock up to 11 o’clock the r of rolex is going to line up with the hour markers
The next part is finishing which is a weird one because rolex isn’t really known for its high finishing but there are areas of the watch which will be absolutely perfect and that’s usually around text and markers in the fake one the text has been executed absolutely horribly it’s really quite sharp, the size and shape of the numerals is incorrect
But the main thing is how poorly this has been executed, the font on the dial is a tricky area because over time again rolex changes the fonts the shape the spacing that changes over time but again the big thing to look out for is how has it been executed font on or printing of the dial on a real rolex will be perfect
The printing on this watch on my fake rolex is decent it to the naked eye it looks absolutely fine when you get up close that’s when it starts to fall apart the last point about finishing is again text and spacing that number on the date disk must be printed absolutely perfectly and the placement of it must be in the middle of the date window
The next point is the movement and this is probably the easiest way to identify a fake watch but it’s also hard because you need the watch in your hand a real rolex the movement will feel absolutely buttery smooth when you interact with it through the crown, when you unwind the crown on a real rolex there should be a little bit of resistance because essentially you’re unlocking the crown but as you unscrew it that should feel super smooth when you interact with the movement either winding the watch or changing the time.
All of those cogs moving together should just feel like you’re sliding a hot knife through butter on a fake watch it’s a completely different story even unwinding the crown unlocking the crown it feels horrible it feels the finishing of the thread is just terrible and then when you wind it and interact with it the movement is just not as exact, it doesn’t feel as highly engineered as what a real rolex does.
If at any point it feels like there’s sand in the movement or as if you’re pushing a knife through soggy sand then that’s that’s not a good sign this game over
Now there are expensive fake watches that have actually cloned a real rolex movement or at least attempted to there’s technology in a rolex movement which is just incredibly hard to copy and it’s just not commercially viable for a fake counterfeiting company to copy the watch as there’s a reason why relics watches cost so much.
Of course as part of the branding but they are highly engineered things and they’re difficult to manufacture which is why good copies cost a lot of money which i just find completely ironic even with the highest grade of cloned relics watch any half decent watchmaker could spot a fake movement from a mile away.
That’s about it for this blog, if you have any further clock/watches-related questions, feel free to use the comment section below. And if you want to read an interesting article on why clocks don’t appear in dreams, we have a great article on just that so do give it a click if you are interested “Why don’t clocks appear in dreams? Clocks and dreams!“. Here is also a link about the history of clocks if you want to give that a look “History of timekeeping devices“