It was just over two years ago and I was up visiting my parents for a long weekend. My father and I were trying to find something and I was going through his desk drawer when I found a watch that I had never seen before.
Not just any watch my what appeared to be a Rolex Submariner Date. For those of you not familiar with the Rolex brand, a new, Submariner Date is just under $9,000.00. I was more than shocked as my dad was a Timex guy and bought most of his watches over the years at the drug store.
Once I caught my breath, I asked him where he got it from and did he understand how much it was worth? My mother walked in just about then and heard the question. She explained that not too long ago, one of their friends, before he died, mentioned that he had five (5) Rolex watches and wanted to give my father one to remember him by and to take his pick. (I should have friends like that, eh?)
I suggested that they have the watch appraised for insurance purposes and also for someday when it became part of his estate. I offered to bring it back to Aiken to take it to the jewelers we had known for almost 20 years as they were an authorized, Rolex dealer. They hesitated and the watch was put away.
The following year, I was up for another long weekend for my mother’s birthday and they gave me the watch. I cleaned it up a bit, began wearing it and it kept perfect time. I did some online searches and found there were some variations of the Submariner and I was thinking I may have had a unique, well-worn Rolex.
I took it to Floyd & Green’s Jewelers and explained to Jenny the history of the watch and that I wanted to get it appraised. As she took it, I could tell from her expression that something wasn’t right. She excused herself and went into the back room and came out a few seconds later and gently told me it was a fake.
Well, that was a bit of a shock, but made sense in light of some of the features that were not found on any of the models I saw online.
I walked out disappointed, head hung low, and my biggest concern was whether my parents would believe me and not think I was trying to scam them. Who, me? Mom and Dad were just as surprised as I was and felt bad for me and wondered if the former owner knew? What could I say aside from, “It’s the thought that counts. Thank you”
It may not be real, but it does keep perfect time and has a great story. That makes maybe getting called out for wearing a fake Rolex worth it.