|What is Rolex
||The Oyster is the most sold watch
among the series of Rolex watches and are fitted with the water-proof winding crown. When
a watch is called a "Rolex Oyster" it should just be considered as a basic model
with no special qualities. Apart from the Oyster, Rolex also makes the Cellini series that
does not include water-proof watches.
|What names are used?
||As previously mentioned all Rolex
watches that are water-proof are called Rolex Oyster. In addition the following models are
- "Date", shows the date
- "Datejust", self-winding and shows the
- "Daydate", shows the day of the week and
the date (only available in Gold, White gold, and Platinum)
- "OysterQuartz", model with a quartz movement
- "Perpetual", self-winding
|What series exists?
||Within the above
"professional series" Rolex has made a series of special watches that are all
equipped with each their special qualities designed for particular purposes:
- The Cosmograph Daytona has got a stop watch for example for
sport activities. It measures down to 9 seconds per unit.
- The Explorer is a basic model with no specific qualities but
in a design that is different from the ordinary Oyster watches.
- The Explorer II with a second 12-hour hand that can be
adjusted independently from the other. The normal hand rotates 12 hours while the other -
the red one - has got a 24-hour rotation. The 24 hours are indicated on the bezel and the
12 hours on the dial as normally. This allows travelers to keep track of time both locally
and at home.
- The GMT-Master has got an extra hand like the Explorer II
but in addition it has got a rotatable 24-hour bezel which makes it suitable f.ex. for
- The GMT-Master II has got an hour hand that can be adjusted
independently of the minute and second hand.
- The Submariner is made specially for divers and is
water-proof down to 300 meters (984 feet) in stead of the normal 100 meters.
- The Sea-Dweller is for professional divers, with a overpressure-valve, which makes
diving down to 1200m (3937 feet) possible
- The Yacht-Master comes in 3 sizes, and has a turnable bezel with 60 minutes on it, which
makes it possible to measure intervals.
|What kind of
||There are 3 types of bracelets
viz., the Jubilee, the President
and the Oyster.
|Can I change between Plexiglas and
||No. The diameter is not the same,
and a Plexiglas model will always be with Plexiglas, as with the sapphire.
does mail-ordering works?
||You transfer the amount suggested to John Fogtmann, and you
receive the watch by mail. After that you have eight days to return the watch, if you
there any guarantee on these watches?
||Yes. You have one year of
guarantee, unless something else is clearly specified. The guarantee does not include
|How old is my Rolex?
||Find the serial no.of the watch, and check this list for corresponding years.
|How can I tell, whether my
Rolex is genuine or not?
||Many people mistakenly believe
that if the second hand "floats" the watch is real. However, that alone does not
guarantee the authenticity of the watch, but it is true that the second hand moves approx.
6 times per second on a Rolex which makes the movement look "floating".
Besides it is very important to check the numbers that are engraved in the clock case
between the shoulders - remove the bracelet and check that the model no. of the watch is
engraved between the shoulders at 12 o'clock and that the serial no. of the watch - that
indicates when the watch was made - is engraved in the clock case at 6 o'clock. If no
numbers are found the watch is a fake. If the correct numbers are engraved and it is a
steel watch or a gold/steel watch it is almost certain that the watch is real.
If it is
a gold watch you should also make sure that the name of Montre Rolex S.A. is engraved
inside the works as so-called "Super Fakes" of 18 CT gold engraved with false
numbers have been made.
N.B. Gold bracelets, diamond dials, brilliant bezels etc. should always be checked by
professionals as it is almost impossible for non-experts to see the difference between
real and fake items.
If you have any doubts whatsoever do not hesitate to contact a professional.