How to Spot a Fake Rolex


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rolex-caveRolex are one of the most sought after brands in the world, and are renowned for their performance, looks, and reliability. Rolex the brand dates back to 1905 when it was founded by Hans Wildorf, a German watchmaker. Wildorf’s aim of the company was to create timeless watches at affordable prices. Wildorf worked hard over the years and Rolex has, in return become one of the most luxurious worldwide retailers.

The main problem with such sought after brands is that many manufacturers are producing fakes, some good, some bad, and consumers are finding it increasingly more difficult to spot some of the “better” ones.

Here are several ways you can spot a fake Rolex, courtesy of Bond Jewellers, Scarborough.

Brand/Crown Stamping

You can spot a fake Rolex by the detailing on the brand stamping. In the 2000′s Rolex began to place a crown logo above the Rolex name. Many manufacturers who produce the fake watches do not place the crown on their products.

downloadSerial and Model Number Stamping

The intricate detailing of the serial and model number stamping can highlight whether your watch is real or fake. For example, the numbers and letters are marked impeccably and are cut deep, whereby counterfeit retailers usually use a scratching method and are faint or of low quality.

Weight of Watch

The weight of a Rolex can be an indicator of whether it is real or fake. An authentic Rolex is crafted with the highest quality materials, including real or precious metal and quality gems or crystals, meaning that an original will be quite heavy and will have a solid feel. A fake will be significantly lighter and made of lesser materials.


Authentic Rolex watches are waterproof.

rolex-sea-dweller-deep-sea-MB08_zpsdb5b5162Case Engravings

Rolex DO NOT engrave the case back of their watches, apart from the Sea Dweller model. If your watch features an engraved back, it is likely that it is fake.

The Price

As originals are a luxury product and finely crafted, they come with a large price tag. Even a second hand Rolex will not be cheap. A low price can be a huge indicator that the Rolex is fake.

DSCN0330Be Wise

When investing in a Rolex it is important to carry out some vital checks to ensure that it isn’t a fake. If you are unsure or something doesn’t feel right there is a good chance it isn’t and you should beware before handing over any money. Also look out for the original papers that came with the watch when it was first purchased.

Common Diamond Buying Mistakes Part I


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Buying a diamond is an investment. A pricey investment. Therefore, you want to get things right. Where ever you decide to buy, be it a traditional jewellers or online read our common diamond buying mistakes and keep these in mind for future purchases and you’re at least on the right track. Before we begin the number 1 golden rule is to avoid buying from the high street (ie, chain stores, franchises, catalogue shops etc).

You may be shown two or more diamonds of various cut qualities. While the customer may choose the best cut from the diamonds shown, it is not necessarily a well cut diamond but more likely the best cut quality the shop currently has in stock.

Well cut diamonds are more expensive per carat but only a few are ever carried in traditional jewellers. ‘Less than’ well cut diamonds will cost less to purchase but will be more available to you as a customer as the jewellers can turn them over quicker.

It is near impossible to accurately judge the clarity and colour of a diamond once it is set (in say, a ring for example). Flaws are easily hidden under claws and the colour can be obscured by the reflections from the setting itself. A diamond set in white gold for instance looks larger than its actual size. If purchasing a diamond as an investment ask to see it loose.

More to follow in Common Diamond Buying Mistakes, Part II


Caught Red Handed


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A man armed with a crowbar terrorises a jewellery shop owner, but what he doesn’t know is that his violent act is being broadcast right around the town on short wave radio, to the police, the council and local shopkeepers…

You may have seen Scarborough’s top jewellery shop owner on Series 3, Episode 8 of the BBC’s Caught Red Handed series. For anyone that hasn’t, keep an eye out for it and watch Mr Bond in his acting debut   😉


Dominic Littlewood, Presenter of Caught Red Handed (BBC)


Mr Bond, Owner of Bond the Jewellers, Scarborough (and star of Caught Red Handed, Series 3, Episode 8)



What is Rhodium?


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Do you have any yellow gold jewellery you don’t wear any more because you may have fallen out of love with yellow gold?

Good news! There are options available to you.

First off, you can always come to our jewellery shop on Huntriss Row, Scarborough and we’ll try to buy it from you, or…

You can have it rhodium plated and turn it in to white gold jewellery.

What is rhodium?

Rhodium is a very precious metal that can cost ten times as much as gold or more! Rhodium is generally not considered a feasible material to make jewellery from, because it is stressed and brittle, very difficult to “work” properly for jewellery making, and it’s price is terribly volatile.

But rhodium is fabulous as a plating for jewellery because it is glitteringly, dazzlingly, white and mirror-like. It’s like chrome, but much whiter, and the most reflective of all metals.

Rhodium plating makes diamonds look bigger and better because it’s so bright that it glints like the diamonds. From a couple of feet away and under most lighting conditions it’s hard to see where the stones end and the metal begins. Nothing sets off diamonds like rhodium plating does. So most white gold jewellery today is rhodium plated.

So that’s another option. Why not bring your yellow gold jewellery in to us and let us give you a price on rhodium plating (turning it in to white gold jewellery). It’s very possibly cheaper than you think, and you can once again wear that jewellery you once loved.

Where are we?

7 Huntriss Row
North Yorkshire
YO11 2ED

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Scarborough Web Design Student is Awesome!


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Our amazing web designer finishes his second year at university in a couple of weeks time and is looking for a little Summer job. If you’re after a website for your local business, why not let him work (at your place, like we do) for a day a week until he starts the third year of his Web Design and Development degree in October. He can design you a brilliant website from the ground up, and it will work out so much cheaper than paying a third party to do this for you. You also have the added bonus of being able to see your website being built at every stage so he can tailor it to your exact requirements. He is also great at online marketing so will get you seen all over the social networks, and get you high up the Google rankings for your new site. Contact us and we’ll arrange something for you or give him a ring/text directly on 07505 362 987. You really won’t be disappointed. Bond Jewellers.

REAL Jewellery, REAL Price


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ricky from bond the jewellers

Bond the Jewellers, for REAL jewellery at a REAL price.

Some of you may have experienced a real jewellery shop, where sales don’t happen every week, and prices are based on the quality of jewellery offered within. At Bond Jewellers in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, you’re not just paying for a name, or for an item you think is a bargain (because the price is so low in a sale, even though the retail price of the item is highly inflated), but you’re paying for real jewellery at a real price. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and Bond the Jewellers are a real shop.

You’ll find them on Huntriss Row, Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

Valentines Day


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We’ve been talking about the nearing event known as Valentines Day and thinking how we can help make the love more wholesome. From now until Valentines Day we’ll be offering 10% off all our diamond stock (excluding THE Diamond) simply by quoting us the name “Cupid”.

Simply visit us on Huntriss Row, Scarborough to help make Valentines Day that little bit brighter!