Prized item: The 34-year-old former Bachelorette also said he would continue to wear the watch ‘for as long as I live’
Straight to the experts: Like Daily Mail Australia who uncovered the story, the Channel Nine news program spoke to an experienced watchmaker who also claimed it to be a fake
Last Wednesday, Daily Mail had spoken with a well-known and established watchmaker in Sydney to confirm the authenticity of Michael’s prized item.
‘It’s a fake and it’s an ugly fake,’ the expert had said. ‘Rolex don’t make ugly, and that’s ugly.’
After glancing at the watch shown in Michael’s Instagram photos, the watch professional, who boasted 13 years’ experience working with Rolex, said his was an easy replica to spot.
‘Without a better picture or seeing it in person sometimes it can be hard to tell but that is 100 per cent fake,’ he said.
At the time of publication, DMA had contacted Michael for comment, but not heard back.
Hashtag Rolex: Michael has flaunted the luxury item on Instagram and on the reality show
No answer? When Michael was asked about the Getty Image of Cristal he shared to Instagram alluding to be his, he avoided the question, saying: ‘I love Cristal’
Socceroo who? The new revelations of his bogus lavish lifestyle came one month after Michael was accused of exaggerating his professional soccer career
The new revelations of his bogus lavish lifestyle comes one month after Michael was accused of exaggerating his professional soccer career.
During The Bachelorette’s opening night on Network Ten, the retired Melbourne Victory A League goalkeeper said in a clip as he stood in Suncorp Stadium: ‘The highlight of my career was playing for Australia and the Socceroos and also the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.’
But one of his old teammates told DMA at the time: ‘Michael didn’t play for Socceroos or the Olympic team like he said. He was selected [for the squad] but actually never played.’
‘Michael didn’t play for Socceroos or the Olympic team like he said. He was selected but actually never played,’ one of his old teammates told Daily Mail Australia at the time
Claim to fame: Michael came in as the runner-up to Sam Frost’s heart on the Channel Ten show
However, a source close to Turnbull revealed that what he said was taken out of context and it is difficult to get a message across in ‘a 10 second TV clip’.
‘Michael has played with the Socceroos during trial games and training camps, but not on the official team. He also played for the Young Roos and at many other levels.
‘What he meant was that he was part of the Olympic squad.
‘When you are a part of a team, “playing” is what you say because you have played with them. He was misconstrued.’
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