Spot A Fake Rolex Before It’s Too Late
Posted on March 9, 2015
An interesting article on ablogtowatch.com about John Mayer and avid Rolex collector who sued over receiving some fake Rolex watches.
Musician John Mayer has been very vocal about his passion for collecting watches. Not only has he shared with (and perhaps confused) many of his fans when post images the high-end timepieces from his collection via social media, but he has also participated with the watch industry and news media as a sort of celebrity watch expert. Now John Mayer is suing Robert Maron, a former friend and trusted colleague over what he claims is fraud and the repeated sale of counterfeit vintage Rolex timepieces.
The suit for civil damages (John Mayer v. Robert Maron Inc.) filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on March 18, 2014 complains that Robert (Bob) Maron repeatedly sold to Mayer, on advice of Maron’s purported and esteemed expertise in the watch community, a series of pre-owned vintage Rolex timepieces that contained counterfeit parts. The larger context is that some (but not all, or even most) rare vintage Rolex watches are extremely valuable, many with prices that can soar over $100,000. These are some of the pieces that Maron sold to Mayer, which turned out to not contain 100% authentic Rolex parts.
The complaint does not mention with specificity the precise details of each timepiece in question. It does state that in total John Mayer spent about $5,000,000 with Maron over the years. Mayer does not claim that all of the watches he purchased contained counterfeit parts, nor that all of them were Rolex pieces. It even mentions that on certain occasions Rolex itself expressed to Mayer upon attempting to service watches originally purchased by Maron, that they contained counterfeit parts. In at least some of these instances Maron issued a refund to Mayer used for the purchase of future timepieces. According to Mayer, he eventually discovered through information received from Rolex that a number of Rolex watches he purchased from Maron contained counterfeit parts, and Maron would subsequently not refund any of Mayer’s money. The lawsuit ensued.
This goes to show you that even the best fake is still a fake. Make sure you learn how to spot a fake Rolex, or work with a person or business you trust. Jewelry-N-Loan in Orange County has specialized in pre-owned and vintage Rolex Watches for several decades, and we are one of the most trusted and respected names in the business. Contact Jewelry-N-Loan today or stop by our shop in Costa Mesa, CA to look at our fine selection of Rolex watches, or to sell, trade or get a loan on a Rolex you currently own.