Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

If she only had a Rolex November 5, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 8:32 AM
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DID YOU HEAR about the St. Paul car dealership owner who was robbed this week of $5,000 in cash and a $20,000 Rolex watch?

Two men posing as would-be customers attacked the owner of Brothers Auto Sales after he accompanied them off-grounds to view a trade-in. The whole thing was a set-up. The duo punched, kicked, tackled and maced the auto dealer while stealing his wallet and watch.

Sadly, reports like this really don’t surprise me any more.

But what surprises me about this crime is the value of the watch. A $20,000 watch? You’ve got to be kidding, right? I had no idea, none, nada, that a Rolex costs that much.

Who has that kind of money to spend on a watch?

Of course, these comments are coming from someone who buys her watch at Walmart. Even if I could afford a Rolex, which I clearly can’t, why would I need a time-piece that costs thousands and thousands of dollars when I can get a working watch for under $20? Both keep time, although I’m certain my discount store watch is not nearly as fashionable as a Rolex.



My Walmart watch photographs just like a Rolex in this unedited image.


My comments are not meant, in any way, to diminish the crime or the harm inflicted upon the victim.

But this whole $20,000 watch thing really bothers me, especially since just hours earlier my 22-year-old daughter and I were discussing repayment of her college loans, all $20,000.

Gee, if only she had a Rolex to pawn.

© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


2 Responses to “If she only had a Rolex”

  1. Kristin Says:

    I haven’t worn a watch since I bought my Jeep – 9 and a half years ago. They two items correlate but it’s not an interesting story… I definitely cannot imagine spending $20K on a watch. That’s just nuts!

    Of course, I’ll spend half that on a trip halfway around the world. Less tangible than a watch. I guess we all have our own priorities.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Interesting that you should comment about not wearing a watch as I just heard a story the other day about watchmakers concerned that consumers are not buying watches. So…, they are trying to convince the public that watches are a fashion statement. I guess a Rolex would definitely be a fashion statement.

      And, yes, we all have our priorities, but a $20K watch is not mine. I can tell time just fine with my inexpensive watch, thank you.

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