Season 1 [Episode 3: S.O.S. Dolphin]
Original Air Date: October 3, 1964
In episode 3 of Flipper Friday, I came across some confusing evidence. In the screen capture below, Porter Rick looks at his watch to check the time.
In the screen capture below, instead of seeing a Rolex Submariner we see a watch brand I have never seen before named Croton. The model appears to be named the Croton, Aviator Sea Diver. (Croton sounds like Klingon to me ;-)
This new evidence brings up some interesting questions, like, did Brian Kelly's figure ever wear a Rolex Submariner? or did he just wear this watch that looked so much like a Submariner?
You see in the photo below the Croton watch looks very similar to a Rolex Submariner, but if you look closely you see the chronograph pushers.
In this episode, as seen in the photo below a scientist with a small submarine appears to be wearing a Rolex Submariner. Before I draw any conclusions, I am going to investigate more.
I plan to investigate further because it is possible that Porter Ricks character wore two different watches, although it seems illogical. I wonder because in screen captures from Season 1, Episode one, in one shot I don't see the pushers and it looks like he is wearing a Rolex Submariner.
We have also seen three other characters in the first three episodes that seriously (98%++) appear to be wearing Rolex Submariner watches. On I Spy Saturday we have direct evidence that gave us positive ID because we got a clear shot of the dial with the Rolex logo. I intend to get to the bottom of this and as they say, time will tell...
Update: I spent some more time watching future episodes of Flipper and while I have not made a 100% positive ID, I would say the evidence points to Porter Rick's wearing a Submariner. My best guess is he wore two different watches, but the only way to find out is to keep analyzing the footage until we get a positive ID, so Flipper Friday will continue.