There may be many reasons to buy a used Rolex Daytona watch. Collectors surely know what we are talking about. What are the most important details to focus on when buying (or, better still, before buying) a used Rolex Daytona? Analyzing them may be useful in order to avoid unfavorable situations when buying a used Rolex Daytona model watch. For example, if someone were to be on the Chrono24 website or on a website selling used Rolex Daytona models such as Watchclub, would they able to understand if the model they examined is genuine or if it is a perfect replica instead? Let’s find out together what elements should be considered in order to avoid being cheated!
What are the main elements to be considered and observed before buying a used Rolex Daytona?
It is in fact very hard (even for experts and collectors) to establish clearly if any observed Rolex Daytona model is original or a fake (or if it is an original model with some changed components). Most of all, being it a used model, it is important to assess if its condition is optimal or not. Therefore, we are going to provide here some direction in order to detect and pinpoint any issues the Rolex Daytona you intend to buy may have, in order for you to avoid being cheated and having trouble.
1) The quadrant should be checked carefully, not only to assess if the Rolex Daytona model is genuine or a fake, but also to check whether it works perfectly or not. First of all, one should check if the writing on the quadrant is clear, with a neat and clear lettering. Furthermore, it should be checked if the second hand has a fluid movement rather than a jerky one: besides checking these elements, the Rolex Daytona should be put near one’s ear in order to check if its ticking is quick and constant, rather than jerky
2) Prospective buyers should also focus on a seemingly obvious detail, which often gets overlooked before buying a Daytona: the serial number of the watch. Before buying, one should check that the serial number of the watch coincides with the one printed on its warrant. By the same token, it is important to check whether the serial number may be a fake. Generally speaking, whenever the serial number begins with a letter, it is then followed by five numbers (the numbers may also be six in the case of more recent models).
3) Besides the quadrant, prospective buyers should take other elements into consideration: this is very important, not only in order to assess the status of a watch, but also to verify that the model one is examining is not a fake. After the quadrant, one should focus on the wrist strap of a Rolex Daytona watch. In case of a genuine model, wrist straps seamlessly integrate with the watch case, with no space between them. The older models may differ, but, in such cases, if one is not an expert, he or she should seek out a professional in the field.
Prospective buyers should check the buttons, in order to see if they work as they should.
4) Prospective buyers of a Daytona model watch should also check on dealers: it may seem obvious, but it’s always important to gather information on a dealer, to inquire whether he or she has a website, what’s his or her address, and the like.
5) Given its peculiar features and the materials used in its construction, a Rolex Daytona model is bound to have a certain weight. If you can, compare the weight of the Daytona model you are examining with that of an equivalent economic model (or with a replica of a Daytona model) in order to assess any and all differences. Should the (supposed) Daytona model watch appear too light, it could very well be a fake.