My client sent this watch back to the seller, via insured Priority Mail. After weeks of emails, he was told that they couldn’t give him a refund because the watch had been opened, voiding the warranty. Of course they only knew this because my client told them that the watch had been inspected. He was able to get his money back from his credit card company, ONLY BECAUSE HE COULD PROVE HE RETURNED IT. This is a big “gotcha” with a lot of these online sales. If there’s no address to ship back to, and no proof of return, you will not get any help from your credit card company.
The first thing you should do, after oohing and awing at the first rate, professional design, is to check the exact web address. Beware of websites with long and strange names, especially one’s that don’t end incom. It’s amazing how many of us have been ripped off by scams from foreign countries. Also make sure that the website isn’t hosted by a free domain company like Geocities or Tripod. In the time it takes you to read this article, a scam artist can sign up for a site using the name Jim Locker or Ima Bogus and be on his crooked way.
Now let’s look at that bracelet. The bracelet is what holds the watch to your wrist and it accounts for a lot of the value of the whole watch. If the bracelet doesn’t obviously match the watch, prepare to walk. But that bracelet can also help tell you whether that watch is a cheapo fake not worth your cash. Pick up the watch and hold it over a soft surface with the watch facing down. Look at the links in the bracelet. Are they hanging nice and smooth or are they all kinked up like Homer Simpson’s back? The same is true with a Swiss Replica.
The first self-winding Rolex watch was offered to the public in 1931, preceded to the market by Harwood which patented the design in 1923 and produced the first self-winding watch in 1928, powered by an internal mechanism that used the movement of the wearer’s arm. This not only made watch-winding unnecessary, but eliminated the problem of over-winding a watch and harming its mechanism. Rolex was also the first watch company to create a truly waterproof watch – another milestone from novelty to functional timepiece. The watch survived and tested as having kept perfect time during its descent and ascent. Best regards, Jacques Piccard”.
This one takes a little bit more sleuthing with the magnifying glass. But take a good look at the winding stem, the part used to set the date and wind the watch. It should have the Rolex crown trademark molded into the end of the stem. If it doesn’t – do not pass go, you’ve got a cheapo fake on your hands. But even if it does have the crown, take a look at the stem from the side. Is that crown glued onto the end of the winding stem or is it really molded in one piece. It’s the little details that make all the difference.