Rolex Facts

by Rob Wagner

Rolex Facts

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Rolex watches have become the standard in luxury watchmaking since the Rolex Watch Company was founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905. It's the most copied watch, with tens of thousands of counterfeits flooding the market annually.

Production

The Swiss-based Rolex Watch Company produces an estimated 650,000 to 800,000 watches each year, with prices ranging from $3,000 up to $150,000.

Authenticity

Rolex watches can be identified by the serial and model numbers, caseback identification number and movement signature found between the top and bottom lugs and inside the case.

Casebacks

Rolex does not manufacture watches with clear casebacks or casebacks engraved with the Rolex or model names, with the exception of the Sea-Dweller.

Date Magnification

With the exception of the Sea-Dweller, all Rolex watches feature the cyclops date magnifying glass at 3 o'clock, while counterfeits enlarge the date to make it appear it's magnified.

Triplock Crown Seal

The Submariner, Daytona and Sea-Dweller Rolex watches feature a "Triplock crown" that employs an extra rubber o-ring seal on the winding mechanism to ensure a watertight case.

Secret Code

Since 2002, Rolex began micro-etching the Rolex coronet logo below 6 o'clock that can be only be viewed clearly with a jeweler's loupe.

Photo Credits

  • char1iej/flickr.com; Nick Atkins Photography/flickr.com; s.yume/flickr.com

About the Author

Rob Wagner is a journalist with over 35 years experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines. His experience ranges from legal affairs reporting to covering the Middle East. He served stints as a newspaper and magazine editor in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Wagner attended California State University, Los Angeles, and has a degree in journalism.