The news comes as latest figures show how Swiss movement fake Rolex UK sales soared to over £415m ahead of the covid-19 pandemic.
As WatchPro reported last month, thanks to accounting laws in the United Kingdom, Rolex Watch Company Ltd, the wholly-owned distributor for Rolex (and the founding company of Rolex when it emerged in London in 1915), has to publish its financial results every year.
Giving context to the results, the total value of all watches sold at all price points in 2019 — at retail prices — was £1.49 billion, down a whisker from £1.51 billion in 2018, according to analyst GfK.
Swiss copy watch export figures tell broadly the same story, with the UK rising from a market worth CHF 1.2 billion in 2018 to CHF 1.3 billion in 2019. This is a measure of wholesale value.
In short, the overall UK watch market was flat last year – a trend Rolex did not fellow.
Accounts published at the government-owned Companies House show revenue for top quality fake Rolex, including Tudor, rising by 13%, from £367 million to £415 million. That amounts to around £700 million at retail prices.
Operating profit shot up by 27% to £70.2 million.
If Morgan Stanley’s estimate of Rolex global turnover estimate of CHF 5.2 billion (£4.4bn) is correct, that would mean just shy of 10% of Rolex global sales came from the UK.
Commenting on Rolex taking the top spot, Damon Segal, CEO and co-founder of The Academy of Chief Marketers, and Chief Executive Officer at Superbrands UK, said: “Huge congratulations to perfect Rolex replica for sale on achieving number one consumer Superbrand status, continuing its consistent and strong performance over the past few years.
“Whilst we have seen general steadiness in the last year, brands should not rest on their laurels, this year has seen momentous change in consumer behaviour, and this is likely to cause huge waves in terms of perceptions moving into 2021.”