Everybody is allowed to write about vintage Rolex, also specialist watch blogs like Hondinkee and as it's guarantees maximum exposure, more blogs are doing it. Generally speaking I like that as the more passion for vintage the better for all of us. Problem raises when a blog is writing nonsense, a rumor that's not checked presenting their audience as the truth, then using a 'first owner Rolex PN' to show one has to be careful but instead using a photos hoped picture, that only helps raising questions instead of explaining them, specially not when these so called guru's want to explain how important it is to buy originality...
Here is the first phase, I really don't like:
"You see, a Paul Newman is an expensive watch, and Newman waters are murky, and full of sharks - often times Italian, Dutch, and Vietnamese sharks that know a thing or two about manufacturing dials. So, when buying a Paul Newman, you'll want as much faith in your seller as possible, and preferably, some original documents too."
Dutch sharks doing what ?!? WTF! If somebody should know, it's me and I can tell you, here's no such culture in The Netherlands. We love vintage Rolex, real ones. I know of italian specialist in restoring dials and Vietnames for faking them but Dutch being involved, no way guys! A shame you present this to your readers! These same readers contacting me to ask me if, after spotting the same end links on the shown PN, if the watch is real, discussing it on their forum...crazy!
So before I post this, I had contact with Ben, he just wrote me he 'found' the picture online and if I had a problem with it that it's shopped, I should go to the owner, lol! great research and tons of knowledge you guys have! ;( Further he could not explain me where he had heard the rumor of Dutch being involved in faking dials off course ;(
Honestly, this is another great example of why we real vintage Rolex lovers should stick together and work even harder on serious platform like VRF where readers find honest info and don't get misinformed. If you want to know about it, come over here and discuss it but please, take watch blogs NOT to serieus, they gain from your hit.