Yesterday, March 18, 2014, John Mayer brought a lawsuit against Robert “Bob” Maron. Mayer is seeking the purchase price of seven watches: $656,000.
This fashion law case was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles. The complaint (case no. BC539729) calls for rescission and restitution due to fraud, rescission due to mistake, breach of contract, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation.
Maron is a self-described preeminent expert on wristwatches, primarily specializing in Rolex and Patek Philippe. Maron acquires rare watches for select clientelle. In 2007 Mayor became part of the purchasing crew.
In 2010, Mayer sent one os his watches to Rolex for servicing and discovered the Maron-obtained watch did not contain all authentic parts.
Although Maron tried assuring Mayer that the occurance was an isolated incident, Mayer claims to have been taken for a fool. In 2011, a different watch of Mayer’s came up with inauthentic parts. According to Rolex,
“the addition of non-genuine parts to any Rolex watch renders it a counterfeit”
This is the same reason that adding after market diamonds to a Rolex usually decreases the resale value of the watch (unless you find a silly buyer who does not care).
Watches that contain components that are not ‘original’ or ‘authentic’ Rolex pieces are called Frankenwatches. Frankenwatches are not like counterfeits in the traditional sense but in the watch world they are very much devalued.
See this post on the difference between knockoffs and counterfeits.