Blog posts from Ed Estlow

What Rolex Can Teach Us About Quality

Pre Owned Rolex Quality What Rolex can teach us about quality is demonstrated in its position with value, integrity, and prestige. Pre owned Rolex quality has been confirmed over time. These timepieces have maintained their value and integrity over generations. Even the Rolex name is synonymous with status, style and precision.  In fact, you can find an extensive selection […]

The Reverse Bait And Switch eBay Scam

I just made that title up. Can you tell? But is describes a phenomenon that’s all too real. I want to tell you about it. This one happens when you’re SELLING your Rolex – on eBay or via another mail order vehicle, not when you’re buying it. You sell your watch, get your money, and […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]