Poorly Made Aftermarket Parts Can Lead To Issues

When dealing with aftermarket parts, quality is everything. That’s especially true if you’re talking about parts for the movement. But it also applies to case parts – bezel, crown, dial (not technically a case part, but it needs to fit the case), etc. Rolex has invested a century in developing truly specialized machines and manufacturing […]

Wearing a Rolex – Rude or a Symbol of Hard Work?

A few days ago, Matt, my fearless leader here at BeckerTime, received this e-mail: Matt, I would love to read a story about a salesperson wearing a Rolex vs. a Timex. Is it rude and the customer will think the price is overinflated or simply a status of hard work and accomplishments? In other words, […]

Fall Auction Season

The fall auction season is beginning to heat up. It’s always interesting to see what pieces make it to the auction block. The first notable big ticket watch this fall is a Jean-Claude Killy Oyster Rolex triple date chronograph from the 1940s. This one, said to be in excellent condition go under the hammer at […]

Why Would Someone Do Custom Aftermarket… Anything?

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the validity of watches that have aftermarket parts and modifications. But why would someone put aftermarket parts on their Rolex? And if they’re aware of the risks they take by modifying their watch, why would they take such a risk? In fact, why would someone modify anything – […]

Accuracy of Mechanical Watches

The accuracy of a mechanical watch is determined by comparison to an accepted standard such as an atomic clock. Accuracy is then stated as the deviation from the standard, usually expressed in seconds per day. Several conditions can affect the accuracy of a mechanical watch. Exposure to magnetic fields, temperature extremes, alignment of the gear […]

Scam Recap – What We’ve Learned So Far

OK, let’s recap what we’ve learned the last few weeks about scams that involve alleged Rolex watches. Scam Number 1: we learned that, while a Rolex watch may be genuine, it still may be misrepresented. From simply being overpriced to watches that contain parts not original to that model to out and out fakes, misrepresentation take […]