Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Just gotta say...there sure are a lot of folks at http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=225097 and I think that most of them have visited my blog.  Unbelievable stat count.

After reading some comments there, i would like to make a few things a little clearer.

First, yes I am a real person and yes I may be a bit "disgruntled", but with just cause.  Never did I expect that experience to end up being so negative.  Ever look forward to something so much you are literally giddy about it and can't contain your self?  That is what it was like when I started at Rolex in Lititz, PA.   After all, it's Rolex, right?  How incredible is that?  It just has to be the coolest place to work and spend my time until I finally retire. Unfortunatly it was the worst.  I have never before been ashamed to go to work so this was a new low for me.  Fact is, the worst disappointment can only come after the greatest expectations.  And I was ready to bleed Rolex blood if I needed to.  So, yes I am still a bit disgruntled.  But it wasn't my choice.   I still wonder who made me their pawn in who knows what game they played with my career.  My instructors never said anything negative about Rolex, but maybe I should have picked up on the fact that they didn't exactly gloat over them either. 

Second,  while I am so not perfect, I do take the truth seriously.  BTW, the best way to get out of a ticket is to immediately admit you were wrong.  When the cop asks you "do you know why I pulled you over"?  He isn't looking for your opinion, he is simply finding out whether you are a decent human being or not and if you consider lying to the police acceptable.  It isn't as if he doesn't already know what you did wrong...

I don't like being lied to and that is what Rolex did.  In a letter I wrote to Human resources at Rolex I stated that my employment was contingent upon my becoming a a full watchmaker within a short period of time.  Never happened and no reason was given.

Third, the purpose of my writing this is hopefully to save someone else from wasting their time, money, hopes and dreams.  Besides all the money, we lost at least 4 years of our lives and almost our marriage...which I didn't ever think was possible.  As I stated, if I had known what to expect, this would never have happened, I would not have gone into watchmaking in the first place, much less would I have gone to Rolex.

Currently, I am working in my original career field working for a (very) large aircraft manufacturer and absolutely love it here.  We laugh and work very hard  and carry on all day long.  Great bunch of people here.  I know how good I have it and I'm stayin'.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A list of quotes from other sources:

Rolex has the right to decide to whom they want to sell their merchandise. I have the right to decide from whom to purchase merchandise.
I intended to buy a new Cadillac in 2010 but, when GM got bailed out and then cancelled their contract with my dealer of choice, I bought something else.
I had intended to add a couple more Rolexes to my little collection of four but their recent actions may result in a purchases of a different brand or none at all.
Such freedom is the beauty of the system.

Of course it is free (Rolex Watchmaking education). Rolex needs factory workers to service their watches. But once the enthusiastic graduate starts to work he is very disappointed at what he finds. He has the choice of working in just a few big cities and often sits on a virtual production line cranking out the same movement day after day with not much room for any advancement. But how can they keep the enterprising individual who wants to strike out on his own? Simply refuse to sell him parts or make the required equipment costs outrageous and unaffordable.

The only nightmarish thing about the old system was from the watch and equipment company point of view in that they could not make it more profitable for themselves. The answers to most issues can be found by simply following the money. In the old days you simply bought the parts and did the work. If the consumer wasn’t happy, he found someone else and you wouldn’t last long. It was simple capitalism and it worked. But what if you could eliminate the competition? You could fix your price and get all the business.

Much of this can be understood by simply looking at the application for a Rolex parts account. Their prerequisites include education, workplace environment and equipment. Most of the equipment required is the expensive Swiss stuff sold by their IAB brothers. And at the bottom of the prerequisites is this statement:

“Note: We may reject any application even if these prerequisites are met.”

So if an aspiring young individual asks me if he should go to school for 2 years and spend $50,000 or more on equipment to be able to work on watches what should I tell him?

And the consumer should have the freedom to have their watch serviced by anyone they choose and not be at the mercy of the brands service departments . Could you imagine if you could only have your car serviced at the dealer! It's a deceptive practice not telling a perspective customer that they are forced into a service commitment with the companies service department .

Really, where else are they going to work but at one of the service agencies? A recent grad is barely able to work independently and usually needs another couple of years experience. Traditionally, he would work with another watchmaker- maybe in a jewelry store or for a trade shop. Where’s he going to work if these places are put out of business because they can’t get parts?

There are 2 parts to this issue. These companies not only want to put the independents out of business and sell Swiss equipment, but also control the work force. If a talented young person is frustrated, working on the same movement day after day, where will he be able to look for a better job? He’ll be stuck there with no career options.