A real Rolex dealer always have to be authorized, even so does a Rolex repair center. And it is quite difficult to finish all those procedures, so just like many high-price, brand name watches, Rolex watches are one of the most counterfeit brands of watches available and can be found illegally being sold almost everywhere. These fake Rolex watches are mainly produced in Asian countries such as India and mainland China (European Union figures show that 54% of fakes seized in 2004 originated in China), and retail anywhere from $5 upwards to $1000 for high-end Rolex replica watches fabricated in gold. By some accounts, over 75% of all replica watches produced annually are copies of Rolex Oyster Perpetual designs.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all unauthorized Rolex dealers are selling fake Rolex, though it is a distinct possibility. Genuine Rolex may be available at auction sites, and as some sites say, may be bought from the wholesale secondary market, with savings passed on to the buyer. Still, it is a shaky business deal and one definitely worth investigating. The Rolex Company is notorious for demanding its dealers are authorized, and even its repair centers are authorized. The company is also known for not selling Rolex parts to anyone else.
Since it is not easy to purchase a real Rolex watch, and people are afraid to pay a real Rolex watch price on a high replica Rolex watch, many people refer to buy a high replica Rolex instead. And this greatly helps the popularity of replica Rolex watches.
But actually you can tell a Rolex is real or fake from it’s bracelet. If the bracelet of a Rolex doesn’t obviously match the watch, move on down to the next dealer. 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? Those bracelet links may stretch a bit over time, but they just don’t kink. If the bracelet is kinked, it’s probably a fake.