Watch Crown

The winding crown of a watch is the part that we use to set the time. This small winder implies a functional role and less an aesthetic one. Because of this, most often we tend to ignore its looks and its degree of authenticity. The truth is that we should show the right amount of attention towards it and learn what the particularities of the original winding crown are so we will know how to spot a good replica when we see it.

I for one would start by researching the original model and looking at pictures of it from all possible angles to see all its numerous design details. Every marking, patter, thread or texture matters. After you are familiar with it you can really start searching for a good quality replica. You will see that there are not many variations for a winding crown. Again, its role is merely a functional one. Its enhanced aesthetics is actually just a nice bonus to bring extra joy to the eyes of watches aficionados.

Authentic

Authentic

If we take for comparison a rose gold Rolex Daytona and a replica watch, we will notice on both products the quite small and elegant winding crown, with threads all around its circular outside, threads which help the owner to have a better and firmer grip of it when setting the time. On the top of the winder there is the triple lock crown. This distinctive Rolex logo represents the triple lock water capabilities of the watch, meaning it perfectly seals the case to enhance the water resistance of this superbly crafted time piece. So far, just by comparing the designs of the winding crown the imitation seems to be almost perfect. The exception which ruins this first impression is the dots below the Rolex crown logo. On the original watch the center one is larger than the other two ones while on the replica these three dots have the same size. But let’s face it: this is a very small imperfection that can be noticed only by a professional.

Fake

Fake

The more you know about the original watch the more chances you have of finding a more accurate replica. Compare photos, research the meaning of each marking and logo and you will get a clear picture of how a good knock off needs to look like.