Sir Jackie Stewart
Formula 1 Racing Legend & Rolex Ambassador
An Amazing Career Wearing Rolex
Sir Jackie Stewart is a former Scottish race car driving legend. He began his Formula 1 career in 1965 and raced until 1973, and he won three World Drivers Championships.
Jackie Stewart is pictured below with fellow racer Graham Hill during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend on June 12, 1966.
The Flying Scotsman
In this next photo we see Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill getting some serious air as they race against each other at the Nurburgring in 1965. Jackie Stewart's nickname is The Flying Scotsman, and we see why in this amazing racing photo.
Sir Jackie Stewart began his racing career struggling to win races and in May 1966 he won the Indianapolis 500.
Jackie Stewart is pictured below in 1967 at the Indianapolis Grand Prix banquet with fellow legendary superstar Formula 1 drivers, Mario Andretti (white jacket) and with Graham Hill (mustache) along with Sid Collins.
Sid Collins was the voice known as The Voice of The Indianapolis 500 from 1952 to 1978, and made famous the saying The Greatest Spectacle In Racing! Sid Collins was presenting the three drivers with an award in 1967 for their winning participation in the 1966 Indianapolis 500.
Sir Jackie Stewart purchased his first Rolex, which was a yellow-gold Day-Date in May of 1966 in Texas just after he won the Indianapolis 500. He became a Rolex Ambassador in in 1968 when Andre Heiniger, the Director of Rolex asked if Rolex could use his likeness in Rolex ads.
Andre Heiniger was an interesting director of Rolex who gravitated toward people who were never satisfied with maintaining the status quo–he appreciated men who were constantly trying to push the envelope, and Jackie Stewart was certainly such a man.
Jackie Stewart was once asked how Andre Heiniger discovered that Jackie wore a Rolex, and Jackie said he had no idea.
The next three Rolex ads were published in 1968 and feature Jackie Stewart.
Jackie Stewart is picture above and below with his wife Helen Stewart and high school sweetheart which he married in 1962, and they remain happily married to this day.
As I mentioned earlier in the story, Jackie Stewart gained the nickname of The Flying Scotsman and you see from the photo below why this was such a fitting nickname.
Jackie Stewart is pictured below in 1969 on the far right with his trademark tartan plaid helmet on the far right side. He is accompanied by fellow racing legends (from left to right) Henri Pescarolo, Johnny Servoz Gavin, and Jean-Pierre Beltoise.
Jackie Stewart is pictured below with Ed Sullivan who was presenting him with an award trophy.
Jackie Stewart is pictured below with fellow race-car driver and Rolex Daytona wearer, Paul Newman.
We see Jackie Stewart pictured below hanging out with George Harrison and Ringo Star who were both members of The Beatles.
Jackie Stewart was a sports commentator during the 1970s on ABC's Wide World Of Sport and we see him below at the the Monaco Grand Prix, giving Argentinian Formula 1 racing legend, Carlos Alberto Reutemann a Rolex GMT Master wrist watch. American's loved his Scottish accent and colorful personality as a sports commentator.
Jackie Stewart is pictured below in 1991 sporting an espresso GMT Master. After Jackie Stewart retired from his racing career, and commentator career, he pursued a successful career in building his own racing team. To this day, Jackie Stewart remains extremely active and travels an average of 300,000 miles a year!
Jackie Stewart is pictured above and below in photos taken decades apart sporing his trademark cap and sunglass look.
Jackie and Helen Stewart have been happily married for 49 years and we see them pictured below in a recent photo. Helen appears with Jackie in the third 1968 Rolex ad earlier in this story.
Rolex Coolness: Sport Legends
Celebrating 40 Years Together
Sir Jackie Stewart, Arnold Palmer and Jean-Claude Killy are all sports legends and in this vintage Rolex ad we see them all celebrating their long-stanind relationship as Rolex Ambassadors in this recent Rolex magazine ad.
The Miracle Man & The Flying Scotsman
Speaking of legends, Sir Jackie Stewart is pictured below with fellow Formula 1 racing legend, Niki Luada. Niki Lauda is known as The Miracle Man, and if you look closely at this photo, you will notice both Niki Lauda and Jackie Stewart are both wearing Rolex watches.
The Jackie Stewart Story Documentary from 1991
Here is a video of Sir Jackie Stewart with Top Gear co-host, James May