Rolex Evaluation Guide
What's it Worth?
Before you can assess a value you need to know what you have. Before you call us or buy anything follow the steps below to identify the watch.
Where do I find the model number?
All Rolex oyster (oyster=screw-back case) watches have a reference number located between the lugs at the 12 o'clock position (remove the bracelet to see this). For Patek watches you will need to remove the case back to see the model number.
Where do I find serial numbers?
All Rolex oyster watches have a serial number located between the lugs at the 6 o'clock position (remove the bracelet to see this). for Patek watches you will need to remove the case back to see the model number.
Do I need to open the back case?
Generally it is a good idea to view the movement before you drop the big dollars on any watch. The movement can identify the authenticity and/or originality. Removing the case back will reveal the serial numbers (Patek) and more case numbers for Rolex. Don't forget about caliber numbers, number of jewels, and signed plates-all are important identification.
Condition of the watch is a a key to value.
Nobody wants to buy a beat up watch. Inspect the item and look beyond what a simple polishing will fix. Does the case or bracelet have dents or gouges? Is the bracelet floppy or tight? Is the bracelet short and is it original? Take a 10x loupe and go over the dial-is it perfect or does it have stains? Does the movement work/? Does it make a scratching noise? Is the crown signed and can you wind it easily?
Quick Fake Guide
- Reference or serial numbers missing or not correct
- Sapphire crystal case back (not a Rolex feature)
- No signed movement
- The word Japan, China, Russia, Italy or ETA on the case or movement
- Old Rolex with a super tight bracelet or a bracelet that kinks
- Soldered Rolex crown on bracelet
- Low quality stampings on bracelet and case
- A price that's just too good to be true...