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 […]

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 […]

Aftermarket Parts and Resale: The Real Story

We’ve all heard the truism that, when you buy a new car it depreciates significantly the moment you drive it off the lot. Nobody quite understands why (I’m sure auto and insurance savants can weigh in here), but it’s not a truism. It’s a fact. And if you add fancy aftermarket wheels, engine modifications, bodywork […]

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 […]

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 […]