Hi Christian & Morgan,
I don't know why you are surprised
The truth is that I originally published the image with a story saying how cool the watches were. I was mesmerized by them and I tried to do research on them, but could not find any background.
So I put up a story and mentioned how cool I thought they were. I also mentioned that if anyone knew more about the models, to please email me so I could add more information.
At the time, in 2008, I had a friend who proclaimed to be a Rolex "Expert." He was much, much older than I and had been wearing Rolex watches since before I was born. I talked to him on the phone, and asked "Did you see the story I wrote on The Rolex Corvette!?!?!" I remember staring at that photo for hours in awe of how cool those watches were, and I genuinely wanted to learn more.
My Rolex "Expert" friend responded by chastising me and saying something like "Those are fake. Don't embarrass yourself. You must delete that post" I asked him how he knew they were fake. We argued about it for about a half-hour. I finally said, "I am not going to take the photo down, because they look real to me. I will put up a "Questionable Authenticity" label on the image, and hopefully one day somebody will write in to prove you wrong." He laughed at me.
The funny thing is that day came yesterday, four years later, when I got your snarky comment as well as the email from the person who took the image.
The supreme irony in this is that all I do on Jake's Rolex World is genuinely try to showcase true Rolex history, while destroying all the false myths.
Morgan, I also find it to be extremely ironic that you called my work product "Google Journalism"
"Google Journalism March 8 2012, 1:29 AM
Is what I call blogs like this. People with way too much time on their hands who does readers digest styled blogs with none or very little original content.
Personally, I'd rather read VRF or thepurists any day of the week
So just out of curiosity Morgan, you realize that as a fellow blogger, you are a complete hypocrite? I would never refers to www.TudorCollector.com as Google Journalism!?!?!?
And, you suggested that Jake's Rolex World is a "readers digest styled blog with none or very little content."
My question is how would you know if you don't read my work? Did you read the story I did a few weeks ago on the founder of COMEX? Henri-Geramin Dealuze was a friend of mine, and I got him to even take photos for my readers of him wearing his COMEX Rolex SEA-DWELLER:
And by the way, in my COMEX story I busted the false myth that said that COMEX co-developed the SEA-DWELLER with Rolex, when in reality Rolex developed the SEA-DWELLER with the U.S. Navy SEA-LAB.
It is just fascinating to me that I have single-handedly researched, discovered and published more real Rolex history than any other human being on earth, and the best you can do is insult me by referring to my research and work-product the way you have...