Date Window

Some watches have a date window and some watches do not. The ones that do not have it are pretty easy to imitate, whereas the ones with a date represent a real test for any skillful replica manufacturer. An even bigger challenge is to correctly clone a magnifying date window while respecting the original degree of magnification. This difficult aspect of a knockoff raises even more questions for us, customers. How do we identify a good replica? And what are the basic characteristics of a correctly replicated date window?

If we take a look at a Rolex Submariner we will see that it has a magnifying lens over the date next to the 3 o’clock marker. This is also called a Cyclops lens with a 2.5X magnification. It is domed and it perfectly centers and enlarges the date as to almost fully fit the window. It doesn’t take a trained eye to see that it really magnifies the date. Most important, due to its domed shape you can clearly read the date almost from any angle.

Authentic

Authentic

Fake

Fake

The downside of a replica is that just a few vendors are able to provide the 2.5 magnification lens. Almost in all cases, you will come across a 1.5 Cyclops lens. This inferior date window will obviously have a different look and will not be able to enlarge the date number that much. Even though the date will be visible, the effect will be different and naturally an indication that the watch is not the original one. Any watch educated person would be able to tell that your Rolex is a fake.  This is also what we notice when comparing these two pictures of an original Rolex Submariner with a replica of the same model. On the imitation the numbers are not perfectly centered and its size is clearly smaller due to an inferior magnification ratio.

Do not ignore this detail of a replica watches because you will be surprised to see how many people look first at the magnification lens of a watch and afterwards continue with other details. Watch enthusiasts use the Cyclops lens as a reference point for determining the authenticity of a watch. For everyone who will check out your timepiece it will be one of the starting points in assessing whether it is a replica or not.