Today in Basel Switzerland, at the Baselworld tradeshow, Rolex introduced the two-tone version of their highly iconic Submariner. They are offering it in a black dial-bezel combo and a blue dial-bezel combo as seen below.
The images above are official Rolex photos and Percy from the German R-L-X.de Rolex forum took the following photo.
I contributed to a fascinating conversation on RolexForums.com about the origin of the word "Cosmograph" and I learned some really fascinating facts from Larry who is a moderator who's handle is "Tools." (Larry lives in the Mojave Desert and currently has 12,344 posts!!!)
"Rolex registered the name Cosmograph in 1953, and as has been said, it was used on their Moonphase until 1956. Rolex used the simple "Chronograph" under the name on the standard 2 sub-dial models.
They began using Cosmograph on their three dialed Chronographs ..
They didn't start using the word "Daytona" on any watches until about 1962 when a few were given that additional name to capitalize on the growing hot-rod and especially NASCAR racing that was becoming popular.. In 1966 they were the official time-keeper at the NASCAR Daytona Race. You might say that Daytona was mostly a commemorative designation on the dial.
Cosmograph's can be found both with and without the "Daytona" on the dial all through the 60's and 70's....
After a few years, this simple name (Daytona) became the standard way of referring to the Rolex Cosmograph whether it was a Daytona or not.... so it wasn't until the late 70's or early 80's that Daytona badging started to appear on all Cosmo's."
I believe the photo below illustrates how the exact same model of Rolex Cosmograph which is a Chronograph appears with and without the "Daytona" designation. Thanks for sharing Larry. You can check out the thread on RolexForums.com by clicking here.
The two Rolex Chronographs [Reference 6263] pictured above are identical in every way except the one on the right has a Daytona Designation on the dial and the one on the left does not.
James Dowling took this amazing wrist shot of a Pepsi Rolex GMT Master [Reference 1675] from Dubai which has really cool Arabic writing on the dial. James Dowling is the co-author of "The Best Of Time–Rolex Wristwatches" which you can check out my review and podcast on by clicking here.
Baselworld is the largest and most significant watch show in the world and Rolex introduces its new models every year at Baselworld in Basel, Switzerland.
So what new models are we going to see later this week? Nobody knows except for Rolex. Rolex is just like Apple with the secrecy thing.
My best guess is that we will be seeing a Datejust 2 around 40mm, which should be a great addition.
I hope Rolex introduces the all-new Supercase Submariner in all Stainless Steel but I realize they might hold off another year, but hopefully we will see the new two-tone Supercase Submariner. Rolex introduced the first Submariner at Baselworld back in 1954.
Of course, Jake's Rolex Watch Blog will be keeping you up to date as new Rolex model information becomes available. It should be fun...
Hans Wilsdorf was the founder of Rolex and he was born 128 years ago, on March 22, 1881 in Kulmbach, Bavaria, which is part of Germany today. Han's Wilsdorf founded Rolex 101 years ago in 1908.
If it was not for Hans Wilsdorf's talent, genius, creativity, tenacity, brilliance, insight and vision, there would be no Rolex today; so on behalf of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog and on the eve of Basel week let's all take a moment to thank Hans Wilsdorf for leaving his amazing legacy for us all to enjoy and celebrate!!! It is indeed a happy birthday for Hans Wilsdorf.
Bernhard has amazing taste and an amazing vintage Rolex collection. He sent in these amazing photos of his latest addition which he refers to as his "Big Red Panda." The 6263 is unusual because the red "Daytona" designation is larger than usual and sits up higher above the bottom subdial.
The Reference 6263 is the same model that Daniel Craig has been wearing lately. I would like to thank Bernhard for sending in these great shots!!!!
David Blei's historic vintage Rolex collection is considered to be one of the finest in the world and parts of it are going to be up for auction at the Patrizzi Auction House in Milan, Italy this Sunday, March 22, 2008.
This really cool looking Rolex "Pre Daytona" Reference 6234 (made between 1960-1961) will be up for auction and if you want to see more watches and learn more please click here.
Mike O'Leary is a professional commercial diver for COMEX and he has a great website named diving-watch.org. He recently posted a story on his site that shows him testing the new Rolex DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER for the first time deep in the North Sea while performing maintenance and inspection work for British Petroleum. In the video located at the bottom of this post you can see the ROLEX DEEPSEA in action down 125 Meters (420 Feet).
The Rolex DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER is just that and as you see in this video it is a real tool watch:
John Goldberger, who wrote 100 Superlative Rolex Watches lives in Italy and he sent in photos of this very rare Rolex [Reference 6098]. He mentioned that it is very similar to the watch illustrated in his book on page 44, but in a bigger diameter, which makes it so rare.
The dial was manufactured by Cadra Stern Frères, and it is signed by Charles Poluzzi. John took the photos this last weekend in the Italian countryside and he pointed out that Spring Is Starting!!!
You can check out the review of his great book I did by clicking here.
On Sunday, we saw 60 Minutes reporter, Scott Pelley sporting his trademark stainless steel Rolex Daytona with a black dial. Anderson Cooper is a super reporter and he also reports for 60 Minutes. Anderson Cooper is pictured below wearing his trademark Rolex GMT Master II in stainless steel.
Here is a 60 Minutes Story reported by Anderson Cooper about African Gorillas
In this next video you see Anderson's lighter side on Letterman
Joe Namath is considered to be one of the great American NFL Quarterbacks as well as a Superbowl winning Quarterback. Brodway Joe Namath was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joe is pictured below wearing his two-tone Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet.
Eduardo is a mining engineer from Chile in South America and he reads Jake's Rolex Watch Blog 7 days a week (according to Eduardo). I spoke with Eduardo yesterday and he shared a fascinating story about his wife Marcela. He mentioned he told Marcela he thought it would be a good idea if she would wear one of his men's sport model Rolex watches and at first she thought he was nuts.
She said she thought she should be wearing a much smaller watch, then Eduardo showed her many of the photos on Jake's Rolex Watch Blog of women wearing men's Rolex watches and won her over–now she is happily wearing a two-tone Rolex Submariner he bought for her.
Eduardo has been having a lot of fun lately photographing Rolex watches from his collection and he sent a bunch in share with you. Today's shots from Eduardo are of his two-tone Rolex Daytona. Great Shots Eduardo!!! Thanks for sharing!!! We will be seeing more from Eduardo in the future.
I started watching 60 Minutes when I was 11 years old and it has been my favorite TV show ever since. Scott Pelley is one of the main reporters on 60 Minutes and he is pictured below wearing his trademark stainless steel Rolex Daytona with the black dial. Scott is a flawless gentleman and a superb reporter.
If you have not watched this fascinating 2 part 60 Minutes interview that Scott Pelley conducted with U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, I highly recommend watching:
Rolex is one of the most recognizable brands on earth, but very little has been known about its real history. If you really, really want to understand what makes Rolex tick, I very highly recommend you read the fascinating story of Rolex's amazing founder–Hans Wilsdorf.
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