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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]