Originally Posted by Hay Ewe
So the local Rolex shop was open last night and I strolled by to have a look.....
they almost have one of each model in stock at the moment, the owner of the shop is quite proud of that. He also has a a fair few other limited edition wathes in stock at the moment.
but I digress.
It got me thinking about how one would verify the authenticity of a watch?. Sure, buying it from an authorized dealer is going to increase reliability, but, if they can fake airplane parts and then they get sold by authorized dealers, they can do watches as well.
How would you verify that you were getting a legitimate item, not a knock off?
I've seen fake Rolex watches - heck, we all have. At the end of the day, you have to trust the buyer. As is frequently said on every watch forum, "buy the seller". I've bought and sold a few Rolex watches over the year - and never had a concern as a buyer or a seller.
It starts at the dealer and no dealer wants to get caught selling a fake. Keep your records, your receipts, etc. as you should for any major purchase.