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Old 07-10-2007, 06:36 AM   #31
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you dont know the difference...oh yeah, you think your friend's 60 dollar Chinatown watch he got hustled on by some African illegal is equivilent to a 50K rolex...my bad...oh yeah, paying 60 bucks for a knock off watch on the street is way too high.

So you are saying a watch store doesn't know a real rolex from a knockoff? The watch also came with a certificate of proof of authenticity.

The bootlegger said he worked at a rolex company or something; every month he would smuggle a few of watches.


You can buy a rolex for a little as $3'675 ... he said his was worth around $2000

http://www.abouttime.com/abouttime/rolexmens.invtc.html
Rolex Air-King Watch

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Old 07-10-2007, 06:48 AM   #32
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So you are saying a watch store doesn't know a real rolex from a knockoff? The watch also came with a certificate of proof of authenticity.

The bootlegger said he worked at a rolex company or something; every month he would smuggle a few of watches.


hey, that could be the case, but it seems a little fishy to me, simply for the fact that the smuggler could get so much more money for the genuine article. But like I said 60 bucks is a lot for a knock off, so maybe it is a quality time piece (ie good components), and maybe yoru friend got lucky, but a Rolex for 60 bucks? Not the genuine article, those things go for annual salaries on the price tag, and a hustler knows his game.

what kind of watch shop? there are many kinds, but if it isnt a rolex shop they might not know. Shops which sell rolexes usually have rolex signage on the front of the store.

the watches on the street in NYC are built in sweatshops around NY (used to be China town but prolly not anymore). usually built by illegals smuggled into the country payiong off their debt to the 'snakeheads' (human smugglers).
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Old 07-10-2007, 06:55 AM   #33
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True, I'm going mostly by word of mouth. Even though I saw the watch, I still can't be 100% sure its not a knock off.

Not all rolex watches are $50+K, so I'm inclined to believe the watch was real.
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