The chairman of the board of Heritage Management Services, Craig Duling possesses nearly four decades of experience in collecting antique pocket watches. He shares his passion for timepieces through the website HeritagePocketWatch.com, where he provides a variety of information. Craig Duling also helps consumers and fellow collectors identify fake brand pocket watches. The following tips can help you to avoid purchasing a fake Rolex Submariner.
1. Research the manufacturing process. Familiarizing yourself with the manufacturing process for an authentic Rolex can help you to identify fake watches by helping you spot inconsistencies and disparities. For instance, Rolex uses the highest grade of stainless steel and does not engrave its name and crown logo on the caseback.
2. Know your dealer. Get to know the dealer or seller you intend to purchase from and consider the ones that offer a guarantee of authenticity first. You can also conduct research on their reputation and experiences with past customers.
3. Avoid secondhand dealers. While you may find reputable dealers through secondhand platforms such as Craigslist or eBay, these platforms cannot take responsibility for fraudulent merchandise. While purchasing from a recognized dealer may cost more, it will also ensure that you receive an authentic timepiece.
4. Test water-resistance claims. Rolex tests all of its watches for water resistance up to 300 meters before putting them on the market, so feel free to conduct a test of your own watch if a dealer says it is waterproof. Manufacturers of fake Rolex watches will not take the time to test their products. Remember that a genuine Rolex is waterproof.
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Pocket Watch Dial
An accomplished San Francisco Bay Area business professional, Craig Duling maintains a passion for timepieces, which he explores through his website, heritagepocketwatch.com. On this site, Craig Duling explores a number of issues related to watch collecting and manufacturing, including the creation of dials.
Some watch dials start with a metal plate that is enameled on at least one side to improve overall rigidity. This enamel gives watch dials their characteristic glass-like look.
Often, watchmakers layer different sections of the dial by “sinking” – creating multiple enameled plates and soldering them together. Some companies save money by pressing a dial instead of sinking it. However, this process does not produce the same distinct transition layers.
Manufacturers may choose not to use enamel on watch dials at all. In addition to making a different fashion statement, these metal dials are more durable than enamel ones.
In addition to his professional responsibilities as the CEO of Heritage Management Services, Craig Duling is an antiquarian horologist. Through his website, heritagepocketwatch.com, Craig Duling shares information he has gleaned from over 40 years collecting rare timepieces. Patek Philippe crafted one of the impressive watches featured on heritagepocketwatch.com.
Patek Philippe stands as one of the most prestigious watchmakers in the world, as well as the world’s oldest independently owned watch manufacturer. The company was founded in 1839 by polish immigrant Antoni Patek, who was later joined by Adrien Philippe, a talented Frenchman who invented the keyless winding mechanism.
Widely recognized for its meticulous craftsmanship, Patek Philippe continues to make some of the finest timepieces in the world. The company makes all of its own watch components according to rigorous standards. Each year, Patek Philippe only manufactures about 40,000 watches. As a result, the timepieces are highly sought after and are often sold at auction for staggering amounts.
One watch, the Sky Moon Tourbillon men’s watch, has an estimated worth of $1.45 million. Patek Philippe’s most complicated model, the watch was introduced in 2001 and features 12 complications on two dials and has over 2,800 components and 242 jewels.