It is important to note that Rolex has been around for more than 100 years. There have been many changes to Rolex watches throughout the years.
- Like all successful products and companies, the Rolex watch has evolved through the decades.
- Almost every Rolex model has been around for many many decades. Rolex usually makes changes to each model about every 10 years (give or take a few years depending on the model). This includes changes to the band. Usually, each change is small so that it does not compromise the style and success of that model. (Example: A Rolex from the 1970’s will be a little different from the same model from the 1980’s and the 1980’s Rolex will be a little different from the same model of the 1990’s… and so on).
- It is a red flag if a new Rolex is exactly the same as one from decades past. (Example: Although the styling has remained the same, a 1980’s Datejust will look a little different than a new watch. This includes changes to the band. A new Datejust will even be heavier than the 1980’s model. There have been many changes to the Datejust over the years, with the biggest changes happening mid 2000’s).
- Older Rolex watches typically weigh less than newer watches. This depends on the year of production and the model reference #.
- Rolex parts and accessories have changed throughout the years. (Example: Before Rolex outfitted their watches with sapphire crystals, they used plastic crystals).
Due to Rolex’s sales policies, authorized Rolex dealers are prohibited from providing verification of preowned Rolex watches with custom aftermarket additions (such as diamond accessories or a band)
- In general, we recommend having watches checked by 3rd party independent watchmakers. An independent watchmaker that specializes in Rolex will have the proper tools to open your watch. This also helps ensure an unbiased assessment of your timepiece.
- Customized Rolex parts such as dials are Rolex parts that have been customized/modified by a 3rd party (not Rolex). Rolex will not service, warranty or consider original any timepiece that has customized Rolex and/or non-Rolex parts such as, but not limited to dials, bezels, and cases unless those parts are replaced with unmodified genuine Rolex parts.
Aftermarket Parts and Accessories
- Aftermarket parts and/or accessories are not made by the watch manufacturer. They are made by a company independent from the watch manufacturer. (Example: If the aftermarket part and/or accessory is on a Rolex, then that part is NOT made by Rolex)
- Aftermarket parts and/or accessories can not have any of the watch manufacturer’s trademarks, hallmarks or logos. (Example: If the aftermarket part is on a Rolex, then that part will NOT have a Rolex crown or logo)
- Aftermarket additions void the warranty of new and used Rolex watches sold by Rolex S.A., Rolex Watch Company Ltd., Rolex Watch USA Inc., or any of Rolex’s authorized dealers
- On some watches, we do use aftermarket parts and/or accessories. Please review the description thoroughly as we provide full disclosure of what is aftermarket.