Full article from the NY Times in 1961 on Rolex being sued for radiation poisoning>>>

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Full article from the NY Times in 1961 on Rolex being sued for radiation poisoning>>>

Joined: May 7th, 2006, 5:02 pm

March 16th, 2011, 10:42 pm #1

Broke down and paid for the full article from which John Harris had previously linked an extract:



As we can read, the fellow was trying to cash in on on the Strontium 90 scare in the GMT, which is confirmed as the source of the problem in 6542 bezels once and for all by this period account. Note also that it says the AEC ordered the recall of these watches.

While this does not directly correlate to dial luminous, it does add further to the impression that Rolex was taking significant publicity hits and that they were on the defensive regarding radiation content in their watches during this period. That they would be extra careful going forward in monitoring their watches' radioactivity seems only logical. Ditto their reluctance to publicly acknowledge such unpleasantness...even until today.
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T.

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March 16th, 2011, 11:47 pm #2

boy the GMT with the Bakelite bezel was a colossal pain in the ass for Rolex... A problem watch to say the very least. Well done Tom.
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March 17th, 2011, 12:33 am #3

Broke down and paid for the full article from which John Harris had previously linked an extract:



As we can read, the fellow was trying to cash in on on the Strontium 90 scare in the GMT, which is confirmed as the source of the problem in 6542 bezels once and for all by this period account. Note also that it says the AEC ordered the recall of these watches.

While this does not directly correlate to dial luminous, it does add further to the impression that Rolex was taking significant publicity hits and that they were on the defensive regarding radiation content in their watches during this period. That they would be extra careful going forward in monitoring their watches' radioactivity seems only logical. Ditto their reluctance to publicly acknowledge such unpleasantness...even until today.
Best,
T.
Article shows that recall was mandated by AEC to Rolex and not a voluntary recall, so it was in the public domain.I think from this experience and publicity, you are right about their reluctance to acknowledge anything associated with radioactivity for legal and publicity ramifications.
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March 17th, 2011, 12:36 am #4

Broke down and paid for the full article from which John Harris had previously linked an extract:



As we can read, the fellow was trying to cash in on on the Strontium 90 scare in the GMT, which is confirmed as the source of the problem in 6542 bezels once and for all by this period account. Note also that it says the AEC ordered the recall of these watches.

While this does not directly correlate to dial luminous, it does add further to the impression that Rolex was taking significant publicity hits and that they were on the defensive regarding radiation content in their watches during this period. That they would be extra careful going forward in monitoring their watches' radioactivity seems only logical. Ditto their reluctance to publicly acknowledge such unpleasantness...even until today.
Best,
T.
Thanks for the education. I enjoyed that piece.
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March 17th, 2011, 12:37 am #5

Broke down and paid for the full article from which John Harris had previously linked an extract:



As we can read, the fellow was trying to cash in on on the Strontium 90 scare in the GMT, which is confirmed as the source of the problem in 6542 bezels once and for all by this period account. Note also that it says the AEC ordered the recall of these watches.

While this does not directly correlate to dial luminous, it does add further to the impression that Rolex was taking significant publicity hits and that they were on the defensive regarding radiation content in their watches during this period. That they would be extra careful going forward in monitoring their watches' radioactivity seems only logical. Ditto their reluctance to publicly acknowledge such unpleasantness...even until today.
Best,
T.
Thanks for sharing that tidbit!
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March 17th, 2011, 12:44 am #6

Broke down and paid for the full article from which John Harris had previously linked an extract:



As we can read, the fellow was trying to cash in on on the Strontium 90 scare in the GMT, which is confirmed as the source of the problem in 6542 bezels once and for all by this period account. Note also that it says the AEC ordered the recall of these watches.

While this does not directly correlate to dial luminous, it does add further to the impression that Rolex was taking significant publicity hits and that they were on the defensive regarding radiation content in their watches during this period. That they would be extra careful going forward in monitoring their watches' radioactivity seems only logical. Ditto their reluctance to publicly acknowledge such unpleasantness...even until today.
Best,
T.
Thank you Tom for sharing
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March 17th, 2011, 12:52 am #7

Broke down and paid for the full article from which John Harris had previously linked an extract:



As we can read, the fellow was trying to cash in on on the Strontium 90 scare in the GMT, which is confirmed as the source of the problem in 6542 bezels once and for all by this period account. Note also that it says the AEC ordered the recall of these watches.

While this does not directly correlate to dial luminous, it does add further to the impression that Rolex was taking significant publicity hits and that they were on the defensive regarding radiation content in their watches during this period. That they would be extra careful going forward in monitoring their watches' radioactivity seems only logical. Ditto their reluctance to publicly acknowledge such unpleasantness...even until today.
Best,
T.
A quick scout around the net tells me that the woebegone Mound family from Palmyra bounced back ok.

Richard W. Mound is alive and well, Cherry Hill, NJ
Gladys B. Mound is alive and well in Cinnaminson, NJ
William W. Mound is alive and well in Spokane, WA
Ronald W. Mound is alive and well in St George, UT


I dunno if the rays got Dad and little Debra but I'll toast the family's longevity by wearing my big, bad, radium charged Tip Top to work today.

Great work Tom !

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March 17th, 2011, 12:57 am #8

Broke down and paid for the full article from which John Harris had previously linked an extract:



As we can read, the fellow was trying to cash in on on the Strontium 90 scare in the GMT, which is confirmed as the source of the problem in 6542 bezels once and for all by this period account. Note also that it says the AEC ordered the recall of these watches.

While this does not directly correlate to dial luminous, it does add further to the impression that Rolex was taking significant publicity hits and that they were on the defensive regarding radiation content in their watches during this period. That they would be extra careful going forward in monitoring their watches' radioactivity seems only logical. Ditto their reluctance to publicly acknowledge such unpleasantness...even until today.
Best,
T.
I've been following the underline theory debate from afar and was trying to think of how the "answer" (assuming there is one and only one) could be prized out of Rolex. Just yesterday it occurred to me: how do Americans usually get "corporate secrets?" Lawsuits of course! Think tobacco and asbestos litigation. I pondered whether a newly filed suit seeking damages for injury caused by radioactive material, and alleging that Rolex knew more about the danger than they let on through their recall efforts, would open up company documents and quite possibly some that discuss directly the underline put on the dials.

I am certainly NOT advocating this. I happen not to be a fan of our litigious society. Just occurred to me as a way of getting at the facts.

Then the story about the 1961 lawsuit is posted! Given that generally litigation documents are public records, someone might want to do some investigation into the case files from the lawsuit (assuming Rolex and plaintiff didn't settle with a confidentially clause sealing the file) to see if through discovery Rolex produced any documents explaining or referencing the underline process.

Interesting stuff.
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March 17th, 2011, 1:17 am #9

Broke down and paid for the full article from which John Harris had previously linked an extract:



As we can read, the fellow was trying to cash in on on the Strontium 90 scare in the GMT, which is confirmed as the source of the problem in 6542 bezels once and for all by this period account. Note also that it says the AEC ordered the recall of these watches.

While this does not directly correlate to dial luminous, it does add further to the impression that Rolex was taking significant publicity hits and that they were on the defensive regarding radiation content in their watches during this period. That they would be extra careful going forward in monitoring their watches' radioactivity seems only logical. Ditto their reluctance to publicly acknowledge such unpleasantness...even until today.
Best,
T.
Thanks T, that is a good research work (nt)
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March 17th, 2011, 1:29 am #10

Broke down and paid for the full article from which John Harris had previously linked an extract:



As we can read, the fellow was trying to cash in on on the Strontium 90 scare in the GMT, which is confirmed as the source of the problem in 6542 bezels once and for all by this period account. Note also that it says the AEC ordered the recall of these watches.

While this does not directly correlate to dial luminous, it does add further to the impression that Rolex was taking significant publicity hits and that they were on the defensive regarding radiation content in their watches during this period. That they would be extra careful going forward in monitoring their watches' radioactivity seems only logical. Ditto their reluctance to publicly acknowledge such unpleasantness...even until today.
Best,
T.
Great article Tom--thanks for sharing!!
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