After 15 years of service, my stainless steel Rolex Datejust died yesterday. The hands will only move backward instead of forward.
Rolex watches have a terrible reputation for being handsome but then dying at an early age. My Rolex never failed me a day in 15 years and I will miss its ugly magnifying bubble for the date and its dull blue face.
The death of the Rolex was a bit of a heartbreak because that watch was given to me by my mentor, Marshall Jamison, upon the occasion of my graduation from the Columbia University MFA program.
The Rolex had a functional role and a melancholy one because Marshall died a couple years ago. Here is the start of my online memorial to a great master:
On September 2, 2003, the earth broke for us forever when
Marshall Jamison died of congestive heart failure in Orlando, Florida.
He was 85. Marshall was a fine man, a great scholar, a caring father, a
proud mentor and a loving friend. He was a Golden Boy in the Golden Age
When it came to writing the only thing that mattered was
if the work was good: Fame, success and money all flowed from being
good first. One of Marshall’s many gifts was making bad good. We
already painfully miss him for the world is less without him. Marshall
Jamison’s intelligence, beauty and kindness were powerful inspirations
for everyone at GO INSIDE Magazine and he will eternally shine herein
and glimmer from within us always.
Marshall was the best and I miss him and think of him every day.
My new Seiko replacement watch arrived today and, while it isn’t a
Rolex, it tells time fine at a fraction of the price, but it has not a
sliver of magnitude:
Seiko Diver’s watch is big and bulky and sort of fun to have around my
wrist, but somehow I doubt I will still have it around in 15 years.
My “Marshall Rolex,” old and broken and backward telling, shall remain
with me forever.