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Old 12-27-2004, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default So how do you tell if a certain watch is real or fake.

So for christmas.....my girlfriends mother got me a Rado watch for christmas. And from what i can tell.....it looks real. It has the weight all the markings etc....however...is there a definate way of telling if it's real or not?
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Old 12-27-2004, 05:50 PM   #2
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If there's two D's in RADO...it's probably fake.
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Old 12-27-2004, 05:51 PM   #3
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So for christmas.....my girlfriends mother got me a Rado watch for christmas. And from what i can tell.....it looks real. It has the weight all the markings etc....however...is there a definate way of telling if it's real or not?
Is that like a Romex?
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Old 12-27-2004, 05:54 PM   #4
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If you can touch it, it's real.

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Old 12-27-2004, 05:56 PM   #5
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red pill or blue pill?
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Old 12-27-2004, 05:57 PM   #6
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Take it to an authorized Rado dealer and ask them to inspect it.

A dead giveaway is did it come with a box, factory paperwork including a warranty card and booklet and is there a gift receipt included whihc will be required to prove ownership toward submission of the warranty card info to the mfr.

If all you got was a watch in a box with no papers or warranty, then well just be accept the gift as it was meant to be.
A token and expression of fondness and love.
There is nothing fake about that.

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Old 12-27-2004, 05:58 PM   #7
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Janq is right, except that the gift could also be an expression of parsimony or guilliblity.
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Old 12-27-2004, 05:59 PM   #8
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So for christmas.....my girlfriends mother got me a Rado watch for christmas. And from what i can tell.....it looks real. It has the weight all the markings etc....however...is there a definate way of telling if it's real or not?
Your best bet is to go to a watch store and ask them. I have a friend who owns a watch store. Alot of watch professionals can tell just by quickly glancing at them.
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Old 12-27-2004, 06:04 PM   #9
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...is there a definate way of telling if it's real or not?
Yeah, all the numbers are lowercase
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Old 12-27-2004, 06:49 PM   #10
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I have a Tag that cost $20, you'd never know it though. The jeweler who resized it for me even asked if I wanted to register my paperwork with them. I tried REAL hard not to laugh.
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Old 12-27-2004, 06:50 PM   #11
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Yeah, all the numbers are lowercase

Or maybe it runs on metric-time?



Anyways, its a real watch (as in physically there) and tells the time, right? Then why be concerned if it is "real" or fake?
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Old 12-27-2004, 07:08 PM   #12
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I have a Tag that cost $20, you'd never know it though. The jeweler who resized it for me even asked if I wanted to register my paperwork with them. I tried REAL hard not to laugh.

post a pic of it.
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Old 12-27-2004, 07:09 PM   #13
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I have a Tag that cost $20, you'd never know it though. The jeweler who resized it for me even asked if I wanted to register my paperwork with them. I tried REAL hard not to laugh.
tittywop!

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Old 12-27-2004, 07:16 PM   #14
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When you hold the watch in your hand you can get an idea. A co worker bought a "rolex" on ebay and when he got it, it was really light and cheap feeling. He took it to a jewler and he confirmed it was a fake. If you are not sure, I would take it to a jewler and ask their opinion.


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Old 12-27-2004, 07:16 PM   #15
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wth? You mean army 00.00-24.00?
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Old 12-27-2004, 07:38 PM   #16
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Old 12-27-2004, 07:43 PM   #17
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I'll try to get to a diggy tonight. When I first got it, I can see why he had trouble telling it apart. Now, a few months later, there is metal-metal wear, a few scratches that I doubt would have occurred on a real Tag. Even still it does what it's supposed to; walk the walk. Albeit at 1/100 the price.
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Old 12-28-2004, 12:10 PM   #18
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i'll actually post a pic of it when i get a chance.....and i think imma take it to a jewler
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Old 12-28-2004, 12:26 PM   #19
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Old 12-28-2004, 12:30 PM   #20
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If all you got was a watch in a box with no papers or warranty, then well just be accept the gift as it was meant to be.
A token and expression of fondness and love.
There is nothing fake about that.

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Work for Hallmark much?? I'm ok, I just have something in my eye...
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Old 12-28-2004, 12:31 PM   #21
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I bought a rolex as a longshot at an estate auction for $1. Yep, it was fake, as confirmed by the watch repair store.
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Old 12-28-2004, 12:35 PM   #22
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Work for Hallmark much?? I'm ok, I just have something in my eye...


Nope, but Jimmy crack corn and I don't care.

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Old 12-28-2004, 12:39 PM   #23
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Janq is right, except that the gift could also be an expression of parsimony or guilliblity.
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Old 12-28-2004, 12:43 PM   #24
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I bought a rolex as a longshot at an estate auction for $1. Yep, it was fake, as confirmed by the watch repair store.
A buddy of mine bought a real Rolex 'DateJust' in white gold on super discount via a local pawn shop thinking he scored big time.
Problem was the watch didn't work which he thought would be no big deal.
So he ends up taking it to 4 local Rolex autorized dealers including Bailey, Banks and Biddle.
Each one refused to accept it or do repair without him presenting a valid warranty card (proof of ownership) to go with it.
He even expelained that he'd purchased it used via a pawn shop and each replied that it's Rolex policy to protect the actual 'owner' against theft and such.
They will do noservice work without presentation of the Rolex warranty card, or ones name being in the Rolex database as the registered owner.

It took him a year to find some tiny shop in Leesburg that the owner eventually agreed to repair the watch for him.
He paid a small fortune to replace some supposedly worn out parts and now the thing works.
Total cost IIRC between acquisition, parts and repair was in the neighborhood of $1K.

He's happy and all but says he'd never do it again.
Ironically the thing sucks at keeping time and has to be wound often, both typical issues with Rolex which he did not know when making the impulse buy.

Sometimes having a fake/knockoff works out to be cheaper in the longrun for the owner, assuming bling appeal are ones motivation and they aren't real fans of horology.

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Old 12-28-2004, 12:43 PM   #25
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Pray to Jesus and ask him if it's fake. If jesus says it is fake, he is probably right.
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