The True Story of OJ Simpson’s Fake Rolex Watch

Long after the 1994 murder trial had come and gone — and long after the wrongful death judgment against him demanded a $33.5 million payment from him to the Goldman family — it was 2007 and OJ Simpson was back in the news for one particularly embarrassing reason. Although not often seen wearing it, Simpson had been seen from time to time with a blue-dial yellow gold Rolex Submariner – specifically reference 16618 for those more familiar with the Rolex catalog.

The flashy bracelet isn’t exactly easy to hide, and with using a court order, the watch was seized with the intention of being sold so that the Goldmans could recover a small portion of what was promised to them. Estimates at the time hovered around the $22,000 mark, which remains true to this day, although $18,000 to $22,000 is the going rate for this watch with no connection to sports/sports. celebrity.

Once in the possession of David Cook, the Goldman family attorney, proper authentication was required. Cook says Simpson’s attorney told him that he had paid $125 for the watch. For Cook, of course, that was a red flag. He thought Simpson and his legal team might be intentionally trying to sabotage the settlement to which the Goldman family was entitled.

Cook’s suspicions were aroused later when the watch failed to set off any metal detectors at the airport – although this clearly indicates Cook’s lack of knowledge of anything to do with watches (or metal detectors). of metals, for that matter).

Whether it is made by Rolex or by a small factory in China, a fake watch is always made of real metal, and it’s entirely a matter of detector sensitivity as to whether a watch will trigger it or not. Somehow the watch was heading for an evaluation, and it failed pretty quickly (like any $100 forged will).

This story has crossed the mainstream media across the United States, and even internationally, but the bigger question has never been asked as to why Simpson would own a fake Rolex in the first place – specifically one in gold. Thinking logically, you’d assume that with the huge debt he continued to dodge, he wouldn’t want to be perceived as having more money than he actually had, so as not to attract more attention. attention of those trying to collect. On the contrary, swinging with a Timex would have been a much safer choice on his part.

That said, there are several reasons why the Rolex would make sense. Ego-wise, no longer in the NFL or the Hollywood glow, the man probably didn’t want to appear down or struggling. This is unfortunately all too common among those who are motivated by status, attention and ego. We see it in everyone, from hip-hop artists like Soulja Boy to military and political leaders like Indonesian General Moeldoko, and countless others around the world who want to make a bigger “impression” than they can. afford.

This kind of insecurity is precisely why the counterfeit market exists – much more than sketchy sellers trying to pass off counterfeits as real to the buying public. Think of it as the opposite end of the bell curve of those who believe in the “fake it until you make it” line – instead of being an “I got it and I need it to convince people that I still have it”.

There is of course also the idea that Simpson knowingly displayed his fake Rolex as a ruse. With civil lawsuits already coming for important items like his memorabilia, perhaps Simpson wanted to entice the Goldmans to pursue something he knew was worthless. While this is sinister – and downright sociopathic – behavior, we have to consider that this is the same man who wrote the book. If I did.

Although it’s a small footnote in the OJ Simpson case, we’ve already seen how something like his shoes proved instrumental in unraveling the mystery.

Floyd N. Morlan