How to Sell a Rolex without a Certificate - Chronoexpert

You want to know how to sell a rolex without a certificate? You are in the right place.

Since its first appearance in 1905, Rolex has been a pioneer in watchmaking. Ever since its founder, Hans Wilsdorf, began dreaming of an elegant and reliable wristwatch, Rolex watches have been a companion for adventurers and achievers all over the world.

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There are rumors that a genie was the one who came up with the ‘Rolex’ name and whispered it to Wilsdorf’s ear. No wonder he then had to convince people that his innovative watch was reliable. To achieve this aim, Hans equipped his original piece with small and extremely precise movements from a Swiss watchmaking company in Bienne.  

Nowadays, Rolex’s recognition has grown worldwide. As well as being a timepiece jewel, it has turned into an emotional symbol for its owners. With its worldwide reputation for quality products, the international company sells its timeless pieces in a precious box along with a guarantee and a certificate of its authenticity.  

Having said that, we understand that sometimes you need to move on and sell your Rolex. If you’ve been careful enough to keep all the embellishments that accompanied your luxury watch, you’re on your lucky day. Having an authentication certificate can help to speed up the process. It can also make it appealing for a collector, which will add a few extra dollars to the price.

If for whatever reason you don’t have this paper, don’t panic. You can still sell it. A Rolex is like a piece of art. Any extra items, like certificates or additional pieces that come with it, help to increase the value of its story, and therefore to verify its authenticity. This makes it a little bit easier for the buyer to accept your word that your watch is genuine. But those extra parts aren’t an essential requirement for selling your Rolex. 

So, what can you do to sell a Rolex without a certificate? Let us guide you through the process, as it can be a little difficult.

  1. Be honest

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First of all, you’ll need to give all the information you can about it. We live in a world of fake news. Break the chain and be completely honest with the buyer. They say trust is everything in a relationship, and in this case, it couldn’t be more accurate. Buyers want honesty and a guarantee that what they are buying is genuine.

Now that you’ve confessed everything, even your darkest sins, there was no need for that – but thanks, you’ll need to get your Rolex, photographed.

  1. Photograph Your Watch

Add high-quality photos to your description, but do not post a picture of the full serial number for security reasons. Really, do not do it. Posting it online can lead to fake replicas. Do include photos from every angle and every imperfection. This will lead potential buyers to trust you and buy your Rolex.  

  1. Detail the Rolex movement

Whether it’s quartz or automatic, the movement can have an impact on your watch price. Rolexes with a quartz movement, like the rare Oyster quartz that was in circulation for 25 years, are typically operated by a battery, making them very accurate but with less value than an automatic movement. On the other hand, if your Rolex has an automatic movement, like the majority of Rolexes, it can increase its value. Thanks to the hundreds of experienced years behind this technology, Rolexes with a mechanical movement are extremely accurate and can last a very long time.

  1. Authentication

With a certificate or without one, a potential buyer will be looking for proof that the watch is an authentic Rolex. Papers on their own don’t authenticate a piece as they can be faked. Therefore, it’s highly recommended you go with a seller who can verify your watch’s authenticity.

At Chronoexpert, our expert team will verify the authenticity of the watch. We’ll look at the different features that stand out in a Rolex like the movement, the crown, its weight, the glass and the clasp, and offer a guarantee of its legitimacy. We act as trustworthy intermediaries for your buyers peace of mind.

  1. Searching for a potential buyer

Selling your Rolex to an individual, in a face to face transaction, might seem like the best option at first. But, just like everything in life, it’s a risky business. Selling it to a person without having an intermediary backing you can result in the buyer claiming that something is wrong with the watch and wanting a refund. That’s why it’s  important to have a trustworthy mediator, especially if you don’t have the Rolex certificate.

Well now you know everything you need to know about selling a Rolex without a certificate. Let us know in the comments, is there anything you would add to help other readers?


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