Blog posts about scam

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 watches. In fact, often different references of the same model. […]

Scam: Are You Buying What You Think You’re Buying?

The first scam we want to discuss in detail is very simply, is the watch you’re buying what you think it is. Misrepresentation can happen several ways. Someone may just be asking an outrageous price for a watch. Unfortunately, people pay too much for things all the time. Watches are no different. Is someone asking […]

Afraid of Being the Victim of a Scam?

Here at Beckertime, we’re as concerned about scams in the pre-owned watch world as you are. Scammers are getting better and better, and there are several types of scams happening these days. The first and most obvious scam is, is the watch simply being misrepresented? Does the price match the model and condition? This is […]