The Washington Examiner admired the inadvertent irony.
He couldnâ€™t wear a regular wristwatch. It had to be a Rolex. That’s just a little awkward for Brian Flynn.
The top Democrat running in New Yorkâ€™s 19th Congressional District took out a full page ad in the Albany Times Union slamming the â€œbillionairesâ€ and the â€œcorporationsâ€ who â€œhave rigged the system against us.â€ It is a pretty typical political ad. He looks stern with his arms crossed and his sleeves rolled up on his blue dress shirt â€” literally a blue collar! And then, there’s the $8,950 timepiece on his wrist.
Connoisseurs looking at his social media will recognize the watch as the Rolex GMT Master-II. The choice of fighter pilots and frat boys with large trust funds, it makes a statement but not the kind a progressive politician might want to make. …
First introduced in 1955 for international aviators, the Rolex GMT Master-II can tell the time in three time zones simultaneously. And so, it was fitting that when English and French test pilots climbed aboard the Concord, they were wearing the Rolex GMT Master-II. To this day, the brochure advertises the watch as â€œsupersonic luxury.â€
Flynn looks like the kind of guy who can appreciate the finer qualities of the Rolex GMT Master-II. Before entering politics as a candidate, he worked as an executive at Citibank, and later, he went on to become president of a large medical manufacturing company.
No one should begrudge him his wealth, of course. No one can question his taste either (as weâ€™ve established, the Rolex GMT Master-II is exquisite). The Rolex GMT Master-II definitely fits that aesthetic of Flynn the businessman. Unfortunately, it clashes with the style of Flynn the progressive warrior.
HT: Glenn Reynolds.