Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rolex Bubble-Back Unique Queen Mary Dial

Rolex Bubble-Back
Unique RMS Queen Mary Dial

John "Crash" Moittel is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World. He is also a Trustee of

He wrote in recently to share some fascinating insight on is RISitus condition. John said:

"Here is a very interesting item that may now be unique—and as such—may be of interest to you. It’s a Rolex “Queen Mary.” I am attaching some photos. The photos didn’t catch it, but in actuality, the name “Queen Mary” is clearly visible on the bow of the ship image."

Seeing this beauty for the first time took my breath away! To the best of my recollection, this is the earliest known "Exotic Dial" Rolex, or, in other words, Rolex dial with graphics on it.

The RMS Queen Mary Ocean Liner is pictured below as she cruises by Manhattan back in the 1930s.

John continued: 

"You seem like the most prolific and eclectic RISitus victim around my newly discovered field of interest so I’d be interested in any medications that you can recommend &/or what you think about my affliction."

RISitus, if you are not familiar with the term, stems from the term WISitus, which is a condition of sorts. "WIS" is the acronym for "Watch Idiot Savant", thus "RIS" is the acronym for "Rolex Idiot Savant". This is a condition I have happily suffered from for four decades now ;-)

John, my best advice is to "Keep Truckin'!!!". WISitus and RISitus, are some of the best conditions one can suffer from, as the cornerstone of them is The Spirit Of Inquiry, or if I am speakin' wif a cockney accent  (fink: Michael Caine), The Spirit Of Enquiry :-) Definition:

RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line (known as Cunard-White Star Line when the vessel entered service). Built by John Brown & Companyin Clydebank, Scotland, Queen Mary along with her running mate, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between SouthamptonCherbourg, and New York City. The two ships were a British response to the superliners built by German and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Queen Mary was the flagship of the Cunard Line from May 1936 until October 1946 when she was replaced in that role by Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and captured the Blue Riband in August of that year; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952 when she was beaten by the new SS United States. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Alliedsoldiers for the duration of the war.

Following the war Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service and along with Queen Elizabeth commenced the two-ship transatlantic passenger service for which the two ships were initially built. The two ships dominated the transatlantic passenger transportation market until the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s. By the mid-1960s, Queen Mary was ageing and, though still among the most popular transatlantic liners, was operating at a loss.

After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. She left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United States, where she remains permanently moored. Much of the machinery, including one of the two engine rooms, three of the four propellers, and all of the boilers, were removed. The ship serves as a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum, and hotel. The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted the Queen Mary as part of the Historic Hotels of America.[2]

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Steve McQueen Racing At Le Mans Rolex Submariner

...The King Of Cool...

Steve McQueen
Racing At Le Mans
Rolex Submariner

Below is a previously unpublished image of Steve McQueen at Le Mans in 1971. In this photo we get a clear shot of Steve McQueen wearing his Rolex Submariner.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Roy's Big Crown Rolex Submariner

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

Roy's Big Crown Rolex Submariner

It never ceases to amaze me, how absolutely timeless Rolex watch design is. Take for instance this vintage Rolex Submariner from the 1950s. In particular, I was tripping on how much modern Rolex watches have been inspired by past design. Notice this 1950s Rolex Submariner, essentially has a Supercase, which Rolex brought back when then they introduced the ceramic Submariner.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bond v. Bond Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery

Note: This story is still in progress and when it is complete, I will remove this notice.

Bond v. Bond
Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery

I have been working on a huge update to my "Complete History Of James Bond Watches—The Definitive Guide", and when I came across the following image of Sean Connery wearing his Rolex Submariner, it jogged my memory and made me remember a similar posed beach shot with Daniel Craig.

And by the way, since the Queen has been calling Sean Connery, "Sir" he's still looking pretty cool on the beach. In the photo below we see Sir Sean Connery in a recent Louis Vuitton photo shot by Annie Leibovitz.

In the photo below we see Sean Connery with Ursula Andress on the set of the 1962 James Bond Mega-hit entitled, Dr. No., and Sean is sporting his Rolex Submariner.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 Overhaul & Relaunch
Overhaul & Relaunch

My longtime pal and fellow Rolex-Fanatic, Sheldon Smith just completed a super-detailed overhaul of his Rolex-centric website named Minus4Plus6 is a superb online resource for all things Rolex including great how-to's, as well as Rolex reference materials, as well as great watch reviews and comparisons. I highly recommend you check it out!!!

Friday, September 25, 2015

1962 Stein Eriksen Rolex Explorer Skiing Ad

1962 Stein Eriksen
Rolex Explorer Skiing Ad
Winter Olympics Skiing Gold Medal Winner

Earlier this week we took a look at Jean-Claude Killy's amazing career, so I thought it would make sense to look at the best Olympic Skier prior to Killy, which is Stein Eriksen. It is fascinating to realize that J.F.K., was the President Of The United States when this Rolex Explorer ad was published in magazines!!!

Rolex Coolness: Stein Eriksen
Now & Then

"Be tough, be confident, but you will never be a whole person if you aren't humble."
–Stein Eriksen

Stein Eriksen has lived an amazing life!!! In the 1952 Winter Olympics, held in Oslo, Norway, he won the gold medal for Giant Slalom and Silver for Slalom. Stein Eriksen was born in 1927 and is 88 years old today. The photo of him below was recently at age 83!!!

Growing up Stein Eriksen was a gymnast which he incorporated into his skiing skills and he was the first skiing superstar. He is pictured below in the early 1950s.

With his gymnastics background, Stein Eriksen is renowned for inventing the skiing areal, which went on to become a freestyle skiing event.

Since Stein Eriksen was the pioneer of ariels, he must have seriously freaked-out spectators!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rolex Macro Shot of the Day: Explorer II

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

Macro Magic
Rolex Coronet

Photo Credit: Chris B.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Liza Minnelli Yellow Gold Date Lady Datejust...

Academy Award Winner For Best Actress

...Rolex SuperStar Hotness...

Liza Minnelli
Yellow Gold Date Lady Datejust

Liza Minnelli is an absolute SuperStar! She is one of the very few people in history to win an Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy Award. Liza Minelli is pictured below with Sammy Davis Jr., and she is wearing her yellow goal Rolex Ladies Date. Sammy Davis Jr., also wore many different Rolex watches.

Liza Minnelli's mother was Judy Garland, who was also achieved extreme success in her lifetime, beginning with her role as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz. In the video below we see Judy and Liza (Mother and Daughter) perform together in 1964, live at the London Palladium!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day: David's Super Simple Submariner

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

David's Super Simple Submariner
[Reference 5513]

Monday, September 21, 2015

Like Father Like Son: Arnold & Patrick Schwarzenegger

...All In The Family...

Arnold, Maria & Patrick Schwarzenegger
Like Father & Mother—Like Son

Arnold Shwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were married and have four children—two girls and two boys. Patrick Schwarzenegger is the oldest boy and and we see him pictured below in a recent shot sporting a Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner with a Ceramic bezel.

Like Father—Like Son: Arnold Shwarzenegger is pictured below around the same age as his son is today, and we see him wearing his Rolex GMT-Master on a Jubilee Bracelet.

Arnold Shwarzenegger is pictured below with Maria Shriver when then first started dating, and we see him wearing his Yellow-Gold Rolex GMT-Master.

Like Mother—Like Son: In the photo below, we see Arnold Shwarzenegger with his wife, Maria Shriver, who is wearing a 36MM Rolex Day-Date. Maria Shriver is a Kennedy, and many of her fellow Kennedy relatives also wear Rolex.