Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Greatest Rolex Story You'll Ever Hear!

Dr. Jim Norman, driver in the Napleton Racing #16 Porsche Cayman team that just won class GX of the 2013 Rolex 24, has the funniest Rolex story you'll ever hear! In his own words --

FUNNY STORY! ... Today I take my new Rolex to the jeweler right down the street from my house in Tampa to get a link taken out so it fits me better (for those of you who don't know, the winning drivers of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona are presented with a new Rolex timepiece in Victory Lane).


The jeweler re-sizes it for me and charges me $8. I say "Wow, 8 bucks, that's not very much". The manager lady says, "well, if it were a REAL Rolex we would charge you more!". I chuckle and say "it IS a real Rolex". She says, "Nope it is not...We know Rolex watches and this is definitely a fake." My retort, "well, I guess you don't know these as well as you think!". Hearing this, the Jeweler comes out from behind his little glass window from where he is working on a frail, blue-haired lady's broach while wearing some very dorky-looking magnifying glasses and says, "I'll bet you bought that watch in New York". He puts both hands in his back pockets and sticks out his skinny "bird" chest in an attempt to be strong and assertive. "Nope" I say, "I haven't been to NYC in some time". He quickly replies, "I'll bet you $1000 you didn't buy that from a real Rolex dealer". I say, I won't take that bet, because you are right, I didn't buy this from a Rolex dealer". "AH HA!" he exclaims, "it IS a fake!! Where did you get it??" "I got it in Daytona this past Sunday". "HA! I am right!" he shouts, almost loud enough to break some of the crystal elephants assembled as a group on one of the overhead glass shelves. "I know all the Rolex dealers in Daytona, and none of them is open on Sundays!" He is quite pleased with himself and turns to strut back to his window-enclosed, nick-knack cluttered cubby. "Maybe I didn't get it from a dealer" I state smugly. He turns and says, "well then tell me, who DID you get this FAKE Rolex from?" "Well, I stated calmly and coolly, I was presented this beautiful timepiece from the President and CEO of Rolex Watches while standing on the podium at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona". "OH, Sure!" he says, "and I'm Santa Claus!!". 

And back into his cubby he went, oblivious to the REAL world around him. He doesn't get it... The world is passing him by and he isn't even aware that it is happening. You gotta love life and embrace life... even if it means you have to wear a fake Rolex.

Napleton Racing's Rolex 24 drivers, left to right: 
David Donohue, Dr. Jim Norman, William Wald, and Shane Lewis

15 comments:

  1. I will take a fake Rolex any time!!!

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  2. SO glad your birthday is right around the corner! This should save me (us!) a ton of money!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE this story!!! It's a classic!

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  4. Golfinglady, same here! Probably the best story I've seen since our "squirrels on racetrack" story over a year ago! What made the Rolex story so truly special is Dr Jim Norman's whimsical and engaging writing style. A man of many talents apparently. Let's see if we can entice him to write more stories for OneHotLap in between helping patients and winning Rolex races ;o)

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  5. The jeweler was right! The REAL Rolex Daytona has different push buttons (lug nuts). See for yourself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Daytona116509.jpg

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    1. http://www.rolex.com/en#/rolex-watches/cosmograph-daytona/cosmograph-daytona-40mm-steel-m116520-0016

      There's more than one variation on the Daytona.

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  6. LOL, these conspiracy theories are ate really entertaining. So then, Rolex Watches is handing out fake Rolexes to he winning drivers in the race that they sponsor? Now THAT would be some story! Rolex saving money by manufacturing fake Rolexes!

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  7. Christo if Rolex manufactured the fake Rolex. It's really not a "fake" Rolex now is it. It would just be a lowered quality Rolex.

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    1. Yes of course, that would be the irony of it. Selling $5,000 Rolex watches built to the quality of a fake Rolex.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this. Absolutely hilarious.

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  9. What I find strange about this story is that in Asia, an authorized Rolex dealer is obligated to adjust the links on a real Rolex without charge for anyone who walks in with a Rolex, and refuse to touch a fake at all.

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    1. That sounds like the right thing to do from customer and brand perspective. However, in this story, the customer went to "...the jeweler right down the street from my house in Tampa to get a link taken out ." I don't think this was an authorized Rolex dealer.

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  10. Lesson learned - The only difference between a real and a fake rolex is the price - i am going to get a patek

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  11. This Tweet of Jim's (and it's posting here) SAVED my life. Went to Dr. Norman's parathyroid.com when this hit my Twitter feed a month ago, quickly discovered I had the damnable disease!!!

    Am just back home from Tampa where he fixed (as in CURED) me in one morning (and it was only a 15 minute operation). Seriously. Really. Honestly. Feel better than I have in 10 years, and he has given me a new lease on life.

    Jim is a fast-ass gentleman racer, a funny funny story teller, and one brilliant endocrinologist, surgeon, and medical entrepreneur.

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  12. I would like to know where what jeweler so...I know never to walk in the door!

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