Rolex raids suspect stores to stop sales on counterfeits

Rolex Watches USA, Inc., on Thursday raided several lower Manhattan retailers suspected of selling phony Rolex watches.

Rolex had obtained an order to seize the watches in federal court on Wednesday. Businesses listed in the order were: Penta Watch Co. and Tempa Watch Co., both at 864 Broadway; Charlie Co., 253 Canal St.; Kim Lee’s, 263 Canal Street; Lucky Jewelty, 157 Centre St., and Jewelry & Watches, 277 Canal St. They were charged with infringing on the Rolex, President and Crown Device trademarks. Exactly which firms were raided couldn’t be determined.

Also named in the suit were three individuls, Nguyen Ng and “Mrs. Ng,” of Jackson Heights, N.Y., and Kim Lee, 263 Canal St.

All have been temporarily barred from buying or selling the allegedly phony watches under the order.

Rolex argued in court papers filed with Judge Robert J. Ward that the defendants would continue to sell the watches unless they were quickly stopped.

The order signed by Ward authorized Rolex to seize the watches along with any bank records connected with their sale.

A hearing for a preliminary injunction has been scheduled for Dec. 24. Gibney, Anthony & Flatterty represents Rolex.