Friday, April 29, 2016

Antiques Roadshow 1960 Rolex GMT Master [Reference 6542]

Antiques Roadshow
1960 Rolex GMT Master
[Reference 6542]

"The Best Watch Ever Made!!!"
Bought 55 Years Ago for $120. 
Today is worth $70,000.

This is a heartwarming story about a man who bought a Rolex in Germany in 1960, when he was stationed in the U.S. Army. He paid $120 for it, and freaked out when Antiques Roadshow advised him that his Rolex is worth between $65,000 and $75,000 today!!! That means it increased in value by 625 times in 55 years. That's a 6000% return on his initial investment. I highly recommend watching this video. 

An obvious question is how many more of these valuable watches are sitting around in drawers, slowly collecting dust, and the answer is many, many, many!!!! Most people see these old watches, and if they can't get the watch to work, they think its broken and worthless...What a World!!?!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

FA-18 Hornet Fighter Pilot Rolex GMT-Master

...Rolex Coolness...

FA-18 Hornet Fighter Pilot
Rolex GMT-Master

What's the coolest job in the world? Perhaps being a U.S. Navy FA-18 Fighter Pilot. As we see in the photo below, the FA-18 pilot is sporting a two-tone Rolex GMT-Master. FA-18s cost $38 Million each, and are amazing flying machines.

The screen shot above that shows the FA-18 pilot wearing a Rolex GMT-Master was taken from the video below.

The documentary below is fascinating and goes into great detail on the FA-18.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rolex Coolness- Placido Domingo: Rolex Day-Date II

...Rolex Coolness...

Placido Domingo

An Amazing Career with Rolex Keeping The Time Of His Life

Placido Domingo has been a Rolex Ambassador for four decades, and in this first image we see him sporing the Rolex Day-Date II in Rose Gold.

In this next Rolex ad we see Placido Domingo sporting a Platinum Rolex Day-Date II.

2007 Vintage Rolex Ad
Yellow Gold Day-Date

1995 Vintage Rolex Ad
Yellow Gold GMT-Master

1992 Vintage Rolex Ad
Yellow Gold Day-Date

1984 Vintage Rolex Ad
Mocha GMT Master

It is profound to think this vintage Rolex ad was published more thana quarter-century ago!?!

This was such a great color combo on the Rolex GMT Master. I think Rolex Should bring back the brown bezel and dial on the Yellow Gold GMT Master.

1983 Vintage Rolex Ad
Mocha GMT Master

In the video below we see Charlie Rose interviewing Placido Domingo in 1993.

In the following videos from 1994 (15 Years ago) shot in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., you can see and hear Placido Domingo singing with his fellow 3 tenors, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavorotti, with Zubin Metha conducting. You could live a thousand lifetimes and it won't ever get better than this!!!!

The 3 Tenors singing "My Way" to Frank Sinatra!!!

I have an interesting story to share with you about Frank Sinatra's song, "My Way." One day, more than 20 years ago, I was in New York on business. I took a cab from the airport into Manhattan and I had this cab driver who who was a really nice gentleman. He was born and raised in New York and had a classic New York Accent. We had a nice conversation and I asked him what his favorite song was?

He responded by saying, "My Way, by Frank Sinatra." I asked him if he new the words to it and he said yes. Then I asked him if he would sing it for me and he said yes. So here I am in the back of this yellow taxi and in the most perfect voice, he starts singing My Way—flawlessly!!!

The thing I noticed about the way he sang it, was that he not only knew the words, but I could tell that he meant the words as he sang them. It was his anthem. He was a lot older than me, I would say he was in his mid to late sixties and he was wearing a sport coat and glasses and looked like a character out of a Leroy Nieman painting from the late 1960s.

If you ever listen carefully to the words to My Way, they give you a great perspective. In my mind's eye, I can still see and hear him singing My Way while driving me into Manhattan. What a song!!! What a Life!!!! What a World!!!

BTW, I am pretty certain at the time, I was wearing an all stainless Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet with a white dial with raised white gold Roman numerals or a yellow gold Day-Date with a white porcelain dial with raised yellow gold Roman numerals.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

...Lume Shot Of The Day... Submariner Sans Cyclops

...Lume Shot Of The Day...

Submariner Sans Cyclops
from Bondtoys in Germany

Monday, April 25, 2016

Matt Damon: Rolex Explorer-Bourne Identity [Trailer]

...Rolex Coolness...

Matt Damon
Academy Award Winning Actor & Writer
Vintage Rolex Explorer

Jason Bourne is Back!!!
Coming To Theaters July 29th

Academy Award Winning actor and writer, Matt Damon is pictured below wearing his Rolex Explorer. Matt started in Good Will Hunting (1997),  Saving Private Ryan (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (2000), The Ocean's series (2002), the Bourne Identity series, Syriana, The Good Shepherd (2007) and The Departed (2006), The Martian (2015).

In the photos in this post you can see photos of Matt Damon wearing his vintage Rolex Explorer on an Oyster bracelet.

One of Matt Damon's most famous roles is as Jason Bourne, from the Bourne Identity Series. Matt Damon just announced his fourth movie in the series, simply named "Jason Bourne", which will be released in theaters on July, 29, 2016. You can see the official trailer below, inch which Jason Bourne suddenly regains his memory.

This is Matt Damon's fourth time playing the iconic character of Jason Bourne. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Yellow Gold Rolex GMT Master Taking a Coffee Break

...Rolex Outdoor Shot Of The Day...

Yellow Gold Rolex GMT Master

Taking a Coffee Break

Thomas took this amazing photo of his yellow gold rolex GMT-Master in front of his coffee cup, and I just love this great photo. I have to go make a latte now!!!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

1966 Rolex Submariner Chronometer Ad

1966 Rolex Submariner Chronometer Ad
Handsome In A Big, Brawny, Uniquely Rolex Sort Of Way
Everything-proof to an ocean depth of 660 feet

Yachting Magazine: March 1966

One of my favorite features on Jake's Rolex World is exploring vintage Rolex magazine ads, and this one is just stunning and eye-opening in an amazing way!!! Why am I so fascinated with older Rolex ads like this 1966 Rolex Submariner ad from March of 1966? Because it conveys Rolex design intent and ethos, and it is just so cool, innovative and authentic. 

Rolex history is just so incredible!!! To put things in a proper context, consider the fact this ad came out only 12 years after the Rolex Submariner had been on the market–that's a half-century ago!!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Rolex Explorer Movement

...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day...

Rolex Explorer Movement

One of the strangest things about Rolex is they have never made watches for the public with exhibition case backs. The logic is that Rolex movements are not highly decorated, but I have to say I think Rolex movements are magnificently beautiful, and I hope one day Rolex starts showing them off.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tom Jones Yellow Gold Rolex Submariner

...Rolex Coolness...

Tom Jones
Yellow Gold Rolex Submariner

Sir Tom Jones is a world-famous Welsh singer that has sold over 100 Million records in his career that has spanned 6 decades. He has so many iconic hits that are immediately recognizable like, "It's Not Unusual", "Delilah", and "Green Green Grass Of Home." We see Tom pictured below sporting his vintage yellow gold Rolex Submariner. 

I realize this probably sound funny, but Tom Jones always reminds me of the father on the Brady Bunch :-)

Like everybody else, I was stunned to learn recording superstar, Prince died today :-( So here is a tribute to Prince with Tom Jones and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame performing Purple Rain. 

Stefano Mazzariol Rolex Macro Shot Of The Month...

Stefano Mazzariol
Rolex Macro Shot Of The Month
Vintage Rolex Day-Date Exotic Dial