- Last Updated: 8:00 AM, June 10, 2012
- Posted: 11:33 PM, June 9, 2012
Time flies when a rapper wants your Rolex.
Manhattan lawyer James McMillan said he purchased a brand-new, rose-gold Rolex Presidential with a diamond bezel for $30,000 back in 2009 at Rafaello & Co. on West 47th Street, and happily wore the splashy timepiece for two years without any problems.
Last year, the Manhattan entertainment lawyer brought the watch in for a cleaning at the same store, which boasts Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx and Carmelo Anthony among its clients.
But when he went back a week later to pick it up, staffers told him his beloved bling wasn’t there — because owner Rafael Aranbayev “loved the Rolex so much he was now wearing it as his own personal watch,” McMillan claims in a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
Assured the watch would be returned, a perplexed but determined McMillan waited another week and went back to the store. This time he was told the watch was “gone.”
They gave McMillan a Franck Muller watch, which can range from $30,000 to $180,000 in price, to hold and fitted him for a new Rolex, repeatedly promising to replace the custom timepiece. McMillan, convinced a new watch was on its way, even returned the Muller.
But his wrist remained bare. And the persistent McMillan finally learned who had his prized timepiece: Canadian rap star Drake, according to McMillan’s lawyer, Claudine King.
“He goes back to the store and confronts them and they confirmed that the watch was sold,” she told The Post.
A lawyer for Rafaello & Co insisted the jeweler would be vindicated.
“I believe the allegations in this lawsuit will be proven to be without merit,” Mark Rosenfeld said.