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You're About to Discover the 14 Most Important and Effective Tips to Avoid Replica Rolex® Rip Offs...
You want a Rolex.
You deserve a Rolex.
But you can't afford a real Rolex.
So you start hunting for a Replica Rolex watch.
But every day hundreds of innocent, unsuspecting buyers like you get ripped off online by unscrupulous scammers.
Don't you become their next victim...
Now you can quickly tell a great Replica Rolex from a Lousy One...
At Great Guy Life we love luxury watches and we are Rolex owners. There's probably no other watch on the planet that garners the amount of admiration as Rolex watches. Everything from their design, to their custom movements to the price screams quality, class and style. But unless you've got Trump-style cash in your wallet, it's hard to own one, let alone several. So Replica Rolex watches can be a great way to crank up your cool factor without mortgaging your house.
And it's because of this outrageous popularity that makes Rolex watches one of the most copied brands around. While these copies were mostly sold on city streets by shady operators, there's a whole host of companies that have cropped up on the Internet that deal exclusively in high quality, Rolex Replica watches.
At Great Guy Life we strive to give you the best info that even professionals sometimes don't know. With so much confusing info on the internet it's hard to know what's real and what's not. And there's nothing worse than discovering days or months later that the timepiece you forked over your hard earned cash for is a piece of crap. Man that burns!Replica Rolex Scam Tip - Try on a Real One!
Tip #2 - Learn the Three Kinds of Rolex Replicas
Let's face it you're buying an item that's in a legal grey area so don't expect everyone to be as pure as the driven snow. Makers of fake Rolex watches run the gamut from back alley hackers to sophisticated Swiss factories using Swiss made parts. There are three categories of fake Rolex watches:
1. Crude Cheapos - These watches cost about $7 to make and use Chinese made movements. The cases are badly machined, parts are often stamped metal and the dials have fuzzy numbers, the hands are clunky and they have mismatched date windows. These watches almost always have quartz movements. The good news is they run OK and they're really cheap - under $50. The bad news is that no one, even your blind Aunt Millie will think they're authentic Rolex timepieces. You'll find these Chinese fakes being sold on the street with strange names on the dials like Folex or Rolexx. Our advice is to stay away from these cheapos. They're only good for gag gifts - at best.
2. Knockoffs -- These watches usually cost the manufacturer no more than $40 to make and are known for their price to quality ratio. From afar, your Aunt Millie and that drunk brunette you met in a dark bar might buy that this is a real Rolex. But inside these watches use generic movements and lower quality components. For a while these knockoff watches mostly came from Japan. These watches might look ok, but their Japanese movements, which can be a bit clunky, are a dead giveaway. Expect to pay under $200 for one of these.
3. Replica Watches - At the highest tier sits the Swiss Replica Rolex. Swiss refers not to the country of manufacture, but rather to the origin of the movement used in the watch. These watches are the most expensive of the lot and can cost the manufacturer up to $300 or more to make. What sets the Swiss Rolex Replicas apart is their incredible attention to the little details that others get wrong or just ignore. These watches frequently utilize movements incorporated into Omega or other top end watches and often use real gold in the casework and bracelets. At the highest end, these Replica Rolex watches can be such exacting copies that many professional jewelers have a tough time identifying them as replicas. Expect to pay up to $1000 depending on the model.
We only recommend that you consider buying a Swiss Replica grade watch.
Tip #3 - Heavy is Good, Light is Bad
Hold the watch in your hands. If the watch you're looking at has the metal bracelet (as opposed to a leather strap band) it should feel heavy. And we mean heavy. If it feels light and airy, you can almost be sure that you're looking at a cheapo fake. So remember, light ain't right, but heavy is good.
Tip #4 - Crystal is Good, Plastic is Bad
The crystal is the transparent piece that allows you to see the dial face while protecting it. On most cheapos watches the crystal is plastic. But real Rolex watches use a sapphire-like crystal and so do high end replicas. Some say it actually feels cool like marble.
Tip #5 -- Big Date is Good, Small Date is Bad
One of the signature features of a Rolex watch is that bubble-like date window. It's there to magnify the date numerals like on the Date-just, GMT, Submariner and other models. If the date number appearing in that window or the magnifying bubble itself are crooked, or even just a little off kilter - run. That sucker is crap. Same thing is true with the numerals and arrow points on the dial. If they look like the fender of Uncle Ralph's '71 Gremlin - move on and find a higher quality watch.
Tip #6 - Smooth is Good, Choppy is Bad
A dead giveaway for most Rolex rip-offs is that second hand. On a real Rolex the second hand rotates smoothly around the dial. Most cheapo rip offs use a quartz movement so the second hand "ticks" second by second around the dial. If that second hand stutters, say "sayonara" cuz choppy is bad.
Tip #7 -Straight is Good, Kinky is Bad
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? Remember, a real Rolex is a finely machined piece of industrial art. The same is true with a Swiss Replica. So just say "no" if the bracelet is all kinked up, feels sharp along the edges or looks crudely machined.
Tip #8 - Clear Back is Bad, Metal or Gold Back is Good
A lot of rip off cheapo copies that show up have a clear window on the back that allows you to see the mechanism. This is cool, but is a big tip off that the watch is a poor fake. Rolex has yet to make a watch with a clear back cover. So if you really want your replica to pass muster, pass on any watch that you can see inside. It's 100% giveaway that you're looking at a cheapo or knockoff.
Tip #9 - Glued on Crown is Bad, Solid Winding Stem is Good
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.
Tip #10 -- Triplock Crown Seals are Good, Funky Loose Ones are Bad
Many Rolex models, like the Submariner, Sea-Dweller and Daytona, use an extra seal within the threads of the winding crown's tube. The gasket looks like a small o-ring and can be seen if you fully unscrew the winding crown. Most fake Rolex watches don't have this extra seal and only the highest quality replicas have a functioning seal. Remember a real Rolex is pressure tested for diving. And so are the highest quality replicas.
Tip #11 - Solid Stainless Steel is Good, Plated is Bad
Swiss Replica Rolex watches use the same grade of stainless steel that authentic Rolex watches are made with. True 440 grade stainless steel is expensive and difficult to work with. You can really feel the difference.
Tip #12 - Five Wrapped Gold is Better Than Triple Wrapped
Let's face it, for under $1000 you're not getting a solid gold watch, no matter what the ads say. With gold is trading north of $600 an ounce, you can't expect more than gold plating on a replica. But since you're expecting gold plating, how do you know what's the best. Triple wrapped plating has a tendency to wear quickly and dissolve after exposure to highly acidic skin, sweat and water. Newer quality replicas have upped the wrapping process to five layers. This is reputed to be good enough to last for over 10 years of regular use. Its still ain't solid gold, but for that you'll have to save your pennies for the real McCoy.
Tip #13 - A Swiss ETA Movement is Good, Quartz is only OK.
The dirty little secret about Rolex watches and many other high grade mechanical timepieces is that they're not really any more accurate than a $20 quartz Timex. So if total accuracy is your goal, then Rolex, real or replica is not the place to go. But the movement in a replica is of key importance so you might as well seek out the best possible movement. Almost all real Rolex watches use a self-winding automatic movement that is powered by the movement of your wrist. Hence, the "perpetual" trade name. The best Swiss replicas today are using the 27 jewel self-winding movement manufactured by Oris, a Swiss manufacturer of quality watches and movements since 1905. This movement is of the same caliber as that used by Omega, Breitling and others. It has up to a 38 hour power reserve and beats at the same rate as the Rolex movement - an amazing 28,000 vibrations per hour. This is pure velvet.
Tip #14 - Moving Holograms are Good, Static Holograms Bad
Real Rolex watches leave the factory with a Hologram-encoded sticker on the back of the watch. This hologram can be identified by the trademark crown sitting above the watch's reference number. These hologram stickers change their appearance by viewing it from different angles. While knockoff watches might have stickers on the back, they're usually not true holograms and don't change appearance.
Buying In Person
Now that you've tried on a real Rolex and you know our 14 tips, head over to the swap meet or flea market or that guy named Izzy on the corner of 52nd and 2nd Avenue and look at what they've got for sale. Most likely it will be the cheapo fakes, maybe a knockoff or two. And unless Izzy is willing to give you a written guarantee then "buyer beware" should be your mantra. The reality is that most high quality Swiss Replica Rolex watches are sold only over the internet or through private buyers
Buying A Replica Rolex Online
At Great Guy Life, we do a lot of buying and searching on the web. And we've run into a lot of rip-offs and unscrupulous scam artists. These jerks make their entire living by designing fancy websites, featuring expensive products such as Replica Rolex watches, baiting a few suckers and then disappearing into cyberspace with your hard earned bucks.
We know. We've been hosed too. So take a tip from us; when you order one online, to avoid getting scammed, you always have to think one step ahead of the people you're dealing with C'mon, you know the drill - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.. Being overly cautious can only protect your money.
When buying from an online auction like EBay, always check that sellers rating. How long have they been at it? If the watch is their first item offered for sale, that's a bad sign. Pepper them with email questions about the item. Where did it come from? What kind of movement does it have? Is the bracelet solid stainless steel? If they don't respond, then keep movin' on. The great thing about EBay is that there will always be another one coming down the pike if you're patient.
Buy only from a reputable dealer who will allow you to return the watch if you are unsatisfied.
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When you receive the watch, use the tips we gave you earlier in this report [link?] to examine the watch carefully. If it fails one or more of the tests - send it back and demand a full refund. That seller can kiss his EBay ranking good bye and you deserve your money back.
Avoid Website Swindles
Just because a website looks professional doesn't mean it's legitimate. Any oily shyster out of Vegas can easily pay a web developer some quick cash to set up an online scam. And all he needs are a few suckers to pony up for what they think are real Rolexes and he's scored big.
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 in .com. 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.
Another item to check for is if a website has a 1-800 number. If it doesn't and e-mail is the only contact, then buy at your own risk. There's a reason they don't want you to call. But here's the rub -- even if the website does include a 1-800 number it doesn't guarantee that the company is trustworthy. So pick up the phone, call the 1-800 number and ask as many questions as possible. Play dumb. Ask" questions like "where are you located?" "how many years have you been in business?" "Can you provide some references?" "Who is you merchant account bank?" and so on. Finally, log into a search website such as http://whois.domaintools.com/ and check the web company's contact information. The less information provided there, the more you should be concerned.
Put Money First
Money isn't everything but at Great Guy Life we hate getting ripped off. So use your noodle -- never pay by money order, wire transfer or Western Union. If they won't accept Pay Pal or a major credit card, think twice. Otherwise? - click on brother. There's always another vendor. Using check, wire or money order offers little guarantee and it's virtually impossible to get your money back after making payment. Some high end replica dealers will now send you a watch COD. Then you can actually inspect the product before you pay. That gives you a really secure way making your decision.
Speaking of guarantees, scrutinize just how much of a guarantee this deal offers. Every company should offer some kind of money back guarantee. That's how you know if they really believe in their product and value their customers. At the very least, use a credit card that offers a money back guarantee or a fraud protection program. Even if the company turns out to be a scam, you'll still be protected.
And don't think that its just back alley scammers and online rip-offs who are trying to grab your cash and run.
Because of the limited availability and high-price of authentic Rolex watches, the market for fakes is booming. In addition to shady street vendors, there are all kinds of online scammers just salivating over your hard earned cash. But there are also some "reputable" online retailers who specialize in selling very real looking replicas. They offer guarantees, warrantees and even COD shipping.
There's no longer any reason to be ripped off by unscrupulous scammers. Now that you've learned the real secrets of evaluating a Replica Rolex, you'll never have to worry about falling prey to rip off artists again.
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