Scam: Box and Papers Make the Watch Genuine

The last scam we want to discuss is whether or how “box and papers” verify the genuine nature of a Rolex. It’s a subject we at Beckertime have addressed before. In fact, Matt blogged about it just two weeks ago, discussing how a genuine set of box and papers could be used to sell a […]

Rolex Service or Independent Service?

If you’ve been following the BeckerTime blog recently, you’ve gotten the message that the Rolex Service Center handles your watch a bit differently than other service centers. So this begs the question, should you get your watch serviced by Rolex or an independent watchmaker? What are the ramifications of each? As we’ve discussed before, when you […]

Scam: Yet Another Scam: Can You Trust That Dial?

Here’s an insidious scam that we at BeckerTime are particularly concerned about. Can you trust the dial on that vintage Rolex you just bought? This particular scam has three facets: a refinished dial masquerading as original, an artificially patinated dial, and an outright counterfeit. Modern day dial refinishers are very, very good at replicating a […]

How Does Rolex React to Aftermarket Parts?

So what really happens when you use aftermarket parts or accessories on your Rolex? How does Rolex react? (For this article, we’ll say said aftermarket parts or accessories are NOT carrying a Rolex logo or part number). Well, not to put too fine a point on it but first Rolex needs to learn that you’ve […]

Scam: The Subtle Scam – the Frankenwatch

The third scam we at BeckerTime want to address is the frankenwatch. Mary Shelley’s monster was a single human being created from using parts of many different human beings. And that’s what a frankenwatch is, a single watch made up of parts from many different models. Are those hands correct for that particular version of […]

Do Non-Rolex Parts Make a Rolex Watch Counterfeit?

We’ve all heard that Rolex says if a watch contains any non-Rolex parts, the watch is counterfeit. Is this a reasonable position? Does it have any basis in law? We at BeckerTime did a little research on this issue and here’s what we found. First, a working definition of “counterfeit” (working definition because we’re not […]

Scam: Is That Rolex Genuine or Fake

The second scam we at BeckerTime want to address is that of fake watches. As you probably know, Rolex watches are among the most counterfeited items on Earth. Just walk down any street in a Mexican tourist town and you can step into a shop and buy a fake Rolex. These fakes used to be […]

Rolex And Aftermarket Modifications? An Unbiased Look

We’ve all heard stories about how vigorously Rolex protects and defends their trademarks and patents. In fact, I once heard a story about them running a small jeweler out of business for servicing a fake Rolex watch. That may be a little extreme. But, the storyteller couldn’t offer any proof that the incident had actually […]

What are Vintage Watches

So, what are vintage watches? Most collectors consider Rolex and other fine timepieces older than 25 to 30 years old as vintage watches. This is not only because of their age, but also because how their design and technology matches the time period in which Rolex produced them. For many, collecting vintage watches is an […]

Vintage watches: So where do I start?

How to Find a Vintage Watch Let’s start with a brand whose strong influence on the industry (and in facts et the timing standard for the rest of the watch industry).Who doesn’t love a list of Rolex watches to gawk at and dream about? Luckily Bloomberg decided to give us a list of almost two dozen […]

So you think you want a vintage watch?

Do you want a vintage watch?  Is a vintage watch a good fit for you?  Which vintage watch should you buy?  PreOwned Rolex?  Where do you start on your vintage watch journey? These are all good questions. Let’s first explore if a vintage watch is a good fit for you. Let’s use clothing as an […]