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Rolex Submariner Collectors

Somehow, collecting watches has become like collecting stamps or paintings. The important thing is to have a beautiful face. Collectors still buy Rolexes with amazing dials and worn cases because it is a known fact that a dial in good condition is much rarer than a case in good condition.
Interestingly, when it comes to collecting watches, we seem to have the exact opposite situation. There was a time in the 1980s when complicated movements and technology defined the appeal of watches and increased the demand and value for watch collectors. While the dial was an important part of the watch, it was not a decisive factor in the buying process. Dials are often polished and reprinted to be as close to the original as possible.
The increased demand for vintage Rolex tool watches has pushed prices to new heights. With this came the inevitable ugly counterfeiting. Demand outstripped supply and suddenly the value of your Daytona tripled. Dials began to play an important role in finding specific models or types. Asia became the epicenter of fake dials and Italian Rinaldi dials entered the market. Quality fake dials emerged using unconventional production methods such as burying the dial in the ground or baking it in an oven in an attempt to get a matching patina. As prices rose, a little chemical magic was used in the printing of the dials, a small investment compared to the high revenues of this secret industry.
Since Rolex is a smart company and since they have produced many Rolex models over the years, they have done a really good job from the beginning by having a system of marking the serial number on the date of production. Your first look should be to see if the watch is a full match, and then consider zooming in on the details! If a part of the watch, such as the case, shows obvious signs of wear, this should match the condition of the rest of the watch, such as the dial, inlay, etc. If something is incorrect, from the outside, then this is a clear sign that the watch has been repaired or messed up to hide a flaw in its authenticity and originality. To make your evaluation easier, I have compiled a list of things to look for when analyzing a vintage replica Rolex watch. The list is broken down by case, dial, and bezel sections.
Let’s take a closer look at the case to determine the originality of the watch and its condition. Many factors may affect whether the case is still in its original condition and what has been done to it through wear and/or repair. The challenge in looking at the case and comparing it to the rest of the watch is to spot any differences in the story the watch may be telling you. My experience over the years has taught me that even a well-worn watch will retain its original shape. Obviously, there will be signs of wear around the edges, but overall, the shape should still be OK.

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