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2005-09-15 10:00:49 AM  
Thank God she didn't get a rash on her gash...
 
2005-09-15 10:13:59 AM  
Silly lady.

If you don't have any reason to sue someone, sue Microsoft!

You don't need a reason to sue Microsoft!
 
2005-09-15 10:14:18 AM  
High Class Problems:

Rolex gave me a rash

A/C on my Jaguar is broken

Low Class problems:

Bus driver is drunk and made me late for work

mac and cheese burned on the stove because the microwave is broke
 
2005-09-15 10:22:45 AM  
l.i.m.b.o.t.h.e.l.a.w - the two-tone sub is the sign of a used car / life insurance salesman. Tres gauche. IWC Portofino is the way to go. I have a stainless Sub as my dress down watch but am turned off by how loud looking it is.

The watch in the article was not a fake by the way. The green hologram sticker on the back of the watch is the only proof of authenticity of a real Rolex these days as the fakes have gotten so good that is is near impossible to tell the difference.
 
2005-09-15 10:23:20 AM  
I'm personally never buying a Rolex until it can drive me to work. In business, I've always viewed people who wear Rolex watches as fruit ripe for the picking.
 
2005-09-15 10:30:21 AM  
I have a few watches. My current favorite(and every day watch)is my 50th anniversary Sub. Dress watch is a Perregaux.
 
2005-09-15 10:30:52 AM  
I should clarify my previous statement. My opinion of Rolexes is also colored by the fact that I don't find them particularly attractive. They also just seem to fall into the same damned mens jewelry definition of "Its manly because its bulky".
 
2005-09-15 10:31:04 AM  
dookster yes the sub is kinda loud but it is the type of statement that a young guy like me (about 30 when I bought it) wants to make whilst still single and new to money.

i actually find myself wearing my first high-quality watch much more than the Rolex. it is a Breitling Aerospace "Patrouille de France" limited edition. It's very low key in titanium and 18k (blue face again). nobody knows what it is but i still find it's style to be my favorite. i bought it when i was in my early 20's for $2175 and i still wear it all the time. have you ever seen one? being it was limited edition, maybe it has retained its value as well as the Rolex?
 
2005-09-15 10:36:52 AM  
Time is a confidence trick invented by the Swiss.
 
2005-09-15 10:38:11 AM  
after taxes, lawyers fees, etc. she'll have sued Rolex for enough money to buy a watch. bravo, lady, bravo you could have just returned the watch.
 
2005-09-15 10:44:10 AM  
2005-09-15 10:36:52 AM Archie Goodwin


Time is a confidence trick invented by the Swiss.

That may be obscure to some, but not to me.
 
2005-09-15 10:45:24 AM  
I also require the day of the week to be on a watch of mine since...I sometimes forget.
 
2005-09-15 10:53:34 AM  
kin242:
The culture of blame sinks to an even lower low...

I still dont understand how with all this bullshiat flying around you cannot sue the president of the USA for being a criminally negligent imbecile, and how you cannot sue gun makers for making weapons that fire when you pull the trigger.


Amen to that. Wanna round up a class-action lawsuit? I think we have PLENTY of evidence that W's a complete asshat. Then, after we win that, we can sue all of the people who voted for him, since they indirectly caused our pain. LOL!!!

/hoping and dreaming
//George W. Bush doesn't care about jewelery-induced rashes
 
2005-09-15 10:59:57 AM  
good to see China working its way to becoming just like us..
 
2005-09-15 11:11:19 AM  
For 4 grand, not only should a watch not give me a rash, it should readily fellate me and have a team of highly-trained ninja assassins at my beckon call.

/Man, I need assassins.
 
2005-09-15 11:21:50 AM  
Amen to that. Wanna round up a class-action lawsuit? I think we have PLENTY of evidence that W's a complete asshat. Then, after we win that, we can sue all of the people who voted for him, since they indirectly caused our pain. LOL!!!


You guys never cease to amaze me.
 
2005-09-15 11:25:26 AM  
People who sue over every little thing are a rash on society.
 
2005-09-15 11:33:08 AM  
tHeCoNmAn2k5 That's "beck and call". No wonder you don't have ninja assassins.
 
2005-09-15 11:59:48 AM  
dookster: The watch in the article was not a fake by the way. The green hologram sticker on the back of the watch is the only proof of authenticity of a real Rolex these days as the fakes have gotten so good that is is near impossible to tell the difference.

People pay lots of money for hologram stickers then?

/I'm in the wrong business!
 
2005-09-15 12:03:28 PM  
I'm allergic to nickel. I had to buy a titanium watch.
 
2005-09-15 12:09:06 PM  
Well, this pretty well belongs with that all time favorite from the Brits of having to put instructions on a pack of toothpicks so people know how to use them.

I wonder if this lady takes the wrapper off her tampons before inserting them?
 
2005-09-15 12:21:34 PM  
So does this mean I should remove my green sticker too? Already removed the plastic covering.

/loves Rolex ... as well as Omega, IWC, Tag, Baume & Mercier ...
 
2005-09-15 12:25:34 PM  
SOiSAID: I think that's allergic contact eczema.
I can only wear gold and a few other metals. No cheap stuff and no silver unless I want big blotchy wrists that I scratch all day long. :(



From someone who has sold and worm real Rolex's: Me.

Oh, and seen a BA-Jillion fake ones from HK and Mexico:

Real Rolex's are made from Stainless Steel and GOLD. THAT is it. 99.99% of all people are NOT or NEVER HAVE BEEN Allergic to these.

They are Allergic to lesser metals like Nickel, etc. (My girlfriend is one such as these).

This woman either has a FAKE Rolex...colloquilay known as a Faux-lex, or the glue from the sticker and her skin re-acted and she created, as someone else said, a mini-petri dish o'fun.

If she had bought the thing legally from someone, like a real Rolex vendor, then they should have removed the sticker for her after talking with her about what it was and all that. Or, at the very least, told her to remove it.

ALL REAL Rolex's have serial numbers engraved in the bands, the watch cases, and in/on the movements, that and all Real Rolex's have solid SS or Gold links, which is something most Faux-lex's do not.

So know you know, and what does G.I. Joe say?

Sue the farking seller of the watch, if you're Rolex, and then take the account away from them, because they're dumb.

Oh, and hire a Triad to take the idiot woman out, and let them steal the Rolex from her as a bonus.
 
2005-09-15 12:30:13 PM  
Snarfle: People pay lots of money for hologram stickers then?

/I'm in the wrong business!


People pay for a hand made self winding mechanical watch. These watches are like works of art and the more functions they have the better to the collector. Some are even able to adjust for leap year all through springs and gears.

Persoanly I don't care for Rolex, I think they are ugly. I have a Breitling myself. There are a lot of Swiss watch companines out there that are as good or better than Rolex. For some reason though Rolex is the only watch the unwashed masses know of.
 
2005-09-15 12:31:29 PM  
dookster: The watch in the article was not a fake by the way. The green hologram sticker on the back of the watch is the only proof of authenticity of a real Rolex these days as the fakes have gotten so good that is is near impossible to tell the difference.

Not to anyone with a little experience with a Rolex.


And a two-tone Submariner? Puh-lease, I think you're thinking of the Red and Blue Bezel of the Rolex GMT Master or Master II. Those are much 'louder' and have less cool associated with them, unless you're out on the sound and dressed down in your 50ft. Bavaria.

Used car salesmen could never afford a real rolex, they get all of theirs from mexico or the streets of New York and Hong Kong.
 
2005-09-15 12:33:00 PM  
2005-09-15 10:22:45 AM dookster

l.i.m.b.o.t.h.e.l.a.w - the two-tone sub is the sign of a used car / life insurance salesman. Tres gauche. IWC Portofino is the way to go. I have a stainless Sub as my dress down watch but am turned off by how loud looking it is.


Then why didn't you buy a Sea Dweller instead? Or an Omega Sea Master? Unfortunately Breitlings don't hold their value, Omega is underappreciated but very classy. Most other watches I like are waaaay out of my price range.

The watch in the article was not a fake by the way. The green hologram sticker on the back of the watch is the only proof of authenticity of a real Rolex these days as the fakes have gotten so good that is is near impossible to tell the difference.

Only if you don't know what to look for. There's a serial number betwen the lugs if you take the bracelet off. Then there's the crown etched in the crystal, which is usually larger and uneven in fakes, or the incorrect hands on the movement, etchings on the back of the case, etc. It's all about knowing what to look for in a fake.

And say what you want about a Rolex, but fewer watches are as recognized by the horologically ignorant out there. Buying a used one is one of the best investments one cane make in the corporate world when you're getting started, and it won't lose it's value due to Rolex' annual price increases to sustain the prices of the watch.

The two most common watches used by the military? Casio G-Shocks and stainless steel Rolexes.

Remember the Alamo, and God Bless Texas...
 
2005-09-15 12:34:13 PM  
wks9326: Persoanly I don't care for Rolex, I think they are ugly. I have a Breitling myself. There are a lot of Swiss watch companines out there that are as good or better than Rolex. For some reason though Rolex is the only watch the unwashed masses know of.


That's true. In fact, most Swiss Watches are Better!

The thing that seperates Rolex from the rest is that Rolex realized the potential of marketing early on. They spend tens of millions of dollars more a year on advertising than any other Swiss watch company.

In a typical christmas season Rolex will drop something like 156 full page ads in various major magazines across the company, in one month. The next best, Raymond Weil, Omega, Cyma, Brietling, and/or Tag Heur, they all take out like maybe 10 to 20 or so.

Advertising works.
 
2005-09-15 12:36:35 PM  
The green hologram sticker on the back of the watch is the only proof of authenticity of a real Rolex

So, how long before some knockoff manufacturer in China starts pumping out fake hologram stickers?

Re: Dubya and incompetence. This is what I can't understand.

There's this pair of nursing home operators (their names are Salvador and Mable Mangano. Hmmm...could they possibly be not born and raised white American?) who thought they could ride out Katrina. They thought wrong, and 34 dead people were found (not including them, of course, and it's not even clear that all 34 were their clients.

But then, these WERE nursing home residents. Slow in mind and body, fragile, requiring special aid, unable to fend for themselves, and probably with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel in the first place--you can't just toss em on a bus and haul ass like you could for most people. They even called the families of the patients, most of which agreed: it's taking a chance either way, staying to try to ride the storm or hauling ass and joining the maelstrom of evacuees.

No matter, says the law. We will charge them with negligent homicide. So, after 20 years of complaint-free service, they make a mistake in the face of Katrina, 34 already-disabled people die--that's assuming all 34 were patients, and none were outsiders who came in looking for shelter, and these two get to consider going to prison for the rest of their lives. (seeing as the two of them are in their 60's, and each count carries a five year sentence...even a half dozen charges sticking would about do it.)

Meanwhile, Mike "I'll delay and reject help from outside, and not start mobilizing until after the shiat hits the fan even though I've got radar warning" Brown and George W. "I wanna play gittar like a cowboy, that's after I appoint a man who got fired from being a horse show commissioner to a position where lives are at stake. No, Unka Cheney, I never heard of no guy named Nero, you know I don't pay so much attention to Japan." Bush go free.
 
2005-09-15 12:59:39 PM  
So, if you scam a sailor by selling him a fake designer watch for full price, is it a Roll-Ex?
 
2005-09-15 01:04:04 PM  
Shadow Blasko: Being a jeweler, I get this crap all the time.

"You said it was sterling! .. I broke out"
me "How did it affect you, red, black, or green."

them "Green!"

me:"Congrats, you are dehydrated. Drink some water, look up sterling silver, and STFU and GBTW"


Uh, I work for a company that makes sterling silver jewelry, as well as white brass, and "nickel silver".

Sterling doesn't turn you green, brass does.
 
2005-09-15 01:15:51 PM  
Wow, a thread on Fark that doesn't have to do with politics. And on watches to boot. And to actually hear that there are fellow Farkers who are watch fans as well. Who would have thunk?

An owner of a 1970's vintage stainless steel rollie date sub.
 
2005-09-15 01:53:28 PM  
What about the red rash from sterling? My g/f and I have identical sterling rings. Hers gives her a red rash while I have never had a problem with mine.
 
2005-09-15 02:04:30 PM  
My 2 rolex stories! whoohoo!

1)My ex moron boyfriend bought a $5grand "Rolex" (despite the fact that he had a crappy job and could have spent the money on something like BILLS or rent or whatever). He was so proud of that damn thing and flaunted it all over creation. Anyway-- he went to get it insured only to find out it was a genuine FAKE. He wound up getting his money back from the shady jeweler he got it from but boy oh boy did I have a good laugh.

2) My friends cousin got married (he and his wife were like 23 at the time) and they took all of the wedding money (about 10grand) and bought matching Rolex's with it. Six months later they wind up moving in with his parents because they couldnt afford their own place anymore. But at least they have two very nice watches! Morons.

/Love Rolex, nice watches etc... But hate it when people spend money on things they really can't afford just to make a statement. Tacky!
 
2005-09-15 02:04:55 PM  
Hagbardr: What about the red rash from sterling? My g/f and I have identical sterling rings. Hers gives her a red rash while I have never had a problem with mine.

I don't know anyone alergic to it, but I know some people are. You could always have her apply a coating of clear nail polish to the section that touched her skin. I've seen a lot of brass stuff with a clear coat to prevent your skin from turning green. I see no reason that wouldn't work for silver.

But the green is caused by the metal tarnishing and rubbing off on your skin. Even real gold can turn your skin green if it contains enough copper.
 
2005-09-15 02:06:29 PM  
st_gulik "And a two-tone Submariner? Puh-lease, I think you're thinking of the Red and Blue Bezel of the Rolex GMT Master or Master II."

Funny how we all understood that two-tone refers to the combination of stainless steel and 18k gold and not the color of the lacquer on the bezel... all of us except you.
 
2005-09-15 02:13:23 PM  
Seriously! WTF!?!
Is she going to sue Playtex next because she forgot to remove the BOX before shoving a tampon up in her?!?
How much more dumb can people get!?
 
2005-09-15 02:14:45 PM  
Best watch on the market: Breitling Emergency series. It doesn't give you a blow job but if you pull the pin on the side the coast guard will come rescue you. That is the best benefit of any piece of jewlrey I can think of.

My cousin in law has one and it looks amazing. My best friend has a solid silver Baum and Mercier Chrono. and when you put the two next to each other the Baum is dwarfed by the Breitling. It also weighs about twice as much as the Baum.

"Breitling engineered its Emergency watches with homing beacons that complement a downed aircraft's own distress signal. When activated, the miniaturized transmitter broadcasts a signal on the 121.5 MHz aviation distress frequency at a range of approximately 100 miles. That frequency is monitored up by Cospas-Sarsat, an international search-and-rescue operation. The watch's rescue signal will remain operational for 48 hours. (The batteries that operate the watch are separate from those that power the transmitter.)" -Cigar Aficionado ragazine
 
2005-09-15 02:17:34 PM  
Rik01
I didn't notice yours till after I posted.
Same wavelength.
 
2005-09-15 02:23:33 PM  
On the plus side, she's only seeking $6,044 in damages. Instead of the 10 million that would be sought in an American lawsuit.
 
2005-09-15 02:24:12 PM  
Rolex is nice. But, really it's mass produced and common. Thye're expensive and nice looking. But, just "nice". Really, if I had the money, my dream watch is a Patek Annual Calender or any Breguet. Either brand, their watches are art IMHO. Probably won't happen. Sigh.

Oh, and also I'd like an Aston Martin DB7.
 
2005-09-15 02:25:50 PM  
johnNJ... is that you mr. Travolta!?! lol, j/k

Yes, the Emergency is very cool. Travolta appears in the ads for it. your quote from Cigar mag is on the correct. A common mistake a lot of people make is thinking that the watch can be picked up by satellite. it can't. the rescuers must be within range of it's radio transmission...
 
2005-09-15 02:27:43 PM  
ha on the correct? i was gonna type on the money, but changed it hoping that it might read "is correct"... sorry but i'm not really paying attention
 
2005-09-15 02:32:23 PM  
l.i.m.b.o.t.h.e.l.a.w

[Travolta rant]If I knew ass clown John Travolta was in the ads for the Emergency series I wouldn't have mentioned it. He is such an asshat when he wears the pilots outfit for tv interviews and talks about his landing strip in his backyard. If he wants to be cool he should fly fast jets not the 747s that he douches around in.[/Travolta rant]

It is the equivelant of some celebrity driving around in a Town Car pretending to be a limo driver for fun.
 
2005-09-15 03:44:44 PM  
Josu
I think you got their bandwidth stealing message.
The pic looks like Malk when I go manaully.

Always rehost a pic from the web, out of courtesy.
 
2005-09-15 04:09:28 PM  
I don't want to cut and paste replies to all these so figure out which goes to who or ignore them all, heh.

How do you justify buying something like a Rolex? Well, if you buy a pre-owned Rolex and keep it in good condition, you should be able to sell it in 2-3 years for the amount you paid for it. If you bought a quartz watch for 3-400 dollars, in 3 years it's time to throw it away and buy another one. I drive a '66 Mustang for a lot of the same reasons, it looks cool as heck, is a masterpiece of style, and is appreciating in value while I drive it.


Rolexes are not made in steel and gold only. There are platinum rolexes, rose gold, some gold plated, and if you want to get into vinatge watches, low alloys like 9k that could be allergic.

Yes, people would buy a genuine Rolex sticker if you could remove it intact from the watch. People will buy the boxes, the pamphlets, the little anchor charms, anything Rolex produces.

Yes, there are fake holograms. Everything Rolex does has meticulous quality control so people will knock off everything for a little lower price. I've seen fake Rolex screws.

A hologram is not the only way to tell them apart, but it is one of the more difficult things to duplicate well, so one of the easier to distinguish.

Unless you are allergic to the sticker, heh, you should leave it and the protective covering on as long as you can. The resale on Rolexes is amazing, especially in mint condition. On most people, a week or so of wear will change the way the hologram blinks, so we can tell it is not "new new." After you wear it a while longer, it will fade and fade until it is just a green dot. All of these get a little different money.

When I see someone wearing a Rolex I usually think "successfull" but don't comment on it. Since my passion is vintage watches, those I will comment on since the person wearing it will know what they are talking about usually and didn't buy it just to be cool.

As for keeping time, when they left the factory, they were between 1.5 minutes a day slow or fast I think. Better than chronometer specs I know, but not sure of the exact stats. If you have the patience to regulate the watch to your wear pattern, it can keep great time. One day when we were just messing around we put a Girrard Perregaux Gyromatic from the 50's or so on the machine and it was supposed to be accurate to within 3 seconds a year it worked out. That was a fluke that probably changed as soon as we took it out of the maching, but it was fun to see it keeping better time than a quartz watch we tested right after that.

If you have many manual or automatic watches and rotate them, the time keeping doesn't enter in so much as you'll set the time in the morning when you put it on and wind it. Even people who wear one mechanical watch will set it twice a year for daylight savings anyway. If you get it to within 5 minutes a month, you can go to setting it 4 times a year and enjoy great timing. Just set it 5 minutes against it's trend, and the next month it will be right on time, the next month, 5 minutes off, then reset it back 10 minutes. Most collectors I know value the skill and imagination that went into creating the movement or the rarity of the item primarily.

My watch today? 1949 Patek Phillipe Calatrava in 18k Rose Gold. Can't wait to give it to my son.
 
2005-09-15 04:18:17 PM  
I wear a timex. Tells me the date, time, good for running, and when I lose it I'm out $40. Usually I replace them with a newer model before the battery runs out anyways.

People with expensive watches... I don't get it. It's a watch. BFD. I do own one moderately expensive watch though: a Garmin GPS I use for running and hiking sometimes.
 
2005-09-15 04:19:11 PM  
Gemguy, you sound like a man after my own heart. A calatrva in rose gold? It just doesn't get cooler than that!
 
2005-09-15 04:34:58 PM  
Covets:
Mechanical watches and clocks changed the world, that's what the BFD is. Some people admire them for what they are and how they are made.
 
2005-09-15 04:35:38 PM  
"People with expensive watches... I don't get it. It's a watch."

It's not rational really. Time is cheap nowadays. You can get it from a cell phone, your computer, whatever. I'm a collector, but most people think I'm nuts for spending anything above a few hundred bucks for a watch. For me, it's just nice fine craftsmanship. Everything is so disposable nowadays. A computer or TV is obselete the minute you buy it. So, a nice watch is a throwback to another time period. Something that should last forever. Some people appreciate a nice pen (not me, I'll lose it), a hand made blade/knife, a firearm. Me, I like the mechanics of a watch.

Again, not rational.
 
2005-09-15 04:44:52 PM  
People think I'm nuts when I tell them I enjoy winding my watch in the morning, so I get ya Ralex. Course some of that may have to do with the overall excitement level of my life...
 
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