Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rolex Coolness: John Goldberger 2011 Rolex GMT Master Calender


Rolex Coolness: John Goldberger
2011 Rolex GMT Master Calender

John Goldberger is a great pal of mine and he lives in Italy and is one of the top Rolex collectors in the world. He is the author of "100 Superlative Rolex Watches" and recently published an amazing book on Stainless Patek watches, which I will be doing a detailed review on as soon as I get a chance.


Every year, John creates a Rolex watch calendar just to give his friends, so you can't buy one, and here is the amazing cover artwork for his 2011 Rolex GMT Themed Calendar!!! How passionate about Rolex do you have to be to make an amazing Rolex calendar every year, filled with beautiful photos of rare Rolex watches as a Christmas present for all your fellow Rolex collector friends?

How many of the fascinating characters do you recognize on the cover?

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Grandfather's Rolex from Snowy & Cold Sweden


A Grandfather's Rolex
from Snowy & Cold Sweden

Andreas is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World and he sent in the great image along with the following note:

Hi Jake!

I´m a loyal reader of your great blog!

I thought I could send you some christmas spirit from a snowy and cold Sweden.

Here is a shot of my late grandfathers Datejust ref 1600 from 1974 that has a very special place in my collection.

Have a lovely holiday

//Andreas

Friday, December 24, 2010

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day: Red White & Black Daytona Dial


Rolex Macro Dhot Of The Day
Red White & Black Daytona Dial

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Why I Research & Publish Rolex History Happy Holidays from Jake!!!!!!


Why I Research & Publish Rolex History
Happy Holidays from Jake!!!!!!

Hi Everybody!!!

I hope you are having a great holiday season!!!!

People often ask me what motivates me to capture all this amazing Rolex history?

First and foremost, I find it to be absolutely fascinating!!!! I am probably the biggest fan of reading Jake's Rolex World. I realize this sounds strange, but often times I love to get lost in these amazing historical worlds!!!

Secondly, I realize if I don't capture this amazing Rolex history, it will be lost forever, and that would be an absolute shame.

Last, but not least, I love all the friends I have made all over the planet, and if I knew there was only one other person on planet earth that enjoyed my research, writing and photo layouts as much as I do, it would all make it worth while. That being said, Greg Carrara is a huge fan of Jake's Rolex World and he just sent in this amazing holiday note:

Hi Jake,

I have to say, Jake's Rolex World is the best thing on the web. At night when I am hanging out late, I stay up much later than my wife, I love going through Jake's Rolex World…no matter how many times I go through your site, I always find something new or something I missed…it is like Seinfeld for me, I can never get enough…

Greg Carrara

I have to say that getting notes like this make for a very Merry Christmas!!!!

By the way, I have much more mind-boggling Rolex history coming up in 2011, and I mean mind-boggling!!!!!!

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!

Jake :-D

Rolex Coolness: Roger Waters...


Rolex Coolness: Roger Waters
Legendary Founder of Pink Floyd
Rolex Submariner on Conan O' Brien Show

Roger Waters is a living musical legend, and founding member of the legendary 1970s and 1980s British rock band, Pink Floyd. Recently Roger Waters was on the all-new Conan O'Brien show on the TBS network, and he was sporting a stainless Rolex Submariner.

Roger Waters sporting a Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner was of particular interest since he historically wore a stainless steel Rolex Datejust, as seen in the images later in this story.


Roger Waters wears his Rolex watches very loose, almost like they are bracelets. I am pretty certain, Conan O'Brien's sidekick, Andy Richter also wears a stainless Rolex Submariner.



Here is the complete Roger Waters interview video on Conan O'Brien





Pink Floyd Rolex

British Supergroup Pink Floyd reunited in 2005 to perform at Live8 as seen in these photos and some of the videos below. David Gilmour is pictured on the left playing his guitar. Roger Waters is pictured on the right.


Roger Waters is pictured above on the right and below sporting his trademark two-tone Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet.


It is amazing how iconic and timeless Pink Floyd's music is. In many ways Pink Floyd's music defined a generation. Enjoy, and if you are part of the generation that grew up with Pink Floyd, be prepared for a serious and magical Deja vu experience.























Separated At Birth?
American Gigolo v. Pink Floyd

1980 was a most fascinating year. Ronald Reagan was recently elected president of the United States, and the world was just really beginning to change. If you were alive in 1980, and of the age to listen to music on the radio, there were two songs that really kind of symbolize the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties. They were "Call Me" by Blondie, from American Gigolo, which starred Richard Gere, and "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, which featured Roger Waters.

In the first photo we see actor Richard Gere sporting his Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee Bracelet and in the image below we see musician and founder of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters sporting his Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet.



Richard Gere v. Roger Waters

For some reason, these two men seem to have the same vibe, especially their hairstyle and choice of Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet. As Spock would say on Star Trek, "Interesting Captain."


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The All New Ceramic Rolex 7up Submariner


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
The All New Ceramic Rolex 7up Submariner

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cary Grant & Yogi Berra in 1960 Supreme Timeless Style


Cary Grant & Yogi Berra in 1960
Supreme Timeless Style

Cary Grant is one of the coolest dudes that ever lived. One could even argue, he is the coolest guy that ever lived. In this fascinating candid photo taken in 1960 by Hollywood photographer, Leo Fuchs we see Cary Grant talkin' shop with baseball legend, Yogi Berra.

Over the years, I have been working on my series named "The Complete History Of James Bond Watches" and Part 2 of the series is named "Cary Grant Was The Real James Bond." As I point out in the story, Cary Grant was not only the archetype for the James Bond character, but he was also the first actor to be offered the role of playing James Bond.

Cary Grant agreed to play James Bond, but only in one movie, and EON productions insisted he sign at least a 3 movie contract, which he refused. What a shame!?!? Cary Grant was the living epitome and embodiment of timeless elegance...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

U.S. Navy Seal Submariner: Seal Team One: Vietnam War 1968


U.S. Navy SEAL Submariner
SEAL Team One: Vietnam War 1968
Seek and Destroy Operation in the Mekong Delta Jungle Swamp
Rolex Submariner: Reference 5512 or 5513

Jessy Chan is from Hong Kong and he is a big fan of Jake's Rolex World and he wrote in to say he though it was "Super and Informative."

Jessy also sent in a link to to a Vietnam War website that has this photo of an U.S. Navy SEAL from SEAL Team One, which was taken in 1968. Jessy pointed out it looks like the Navy SEAL is wearing either a Rolex Submariner Reference 5512 or 5513. Of course, he could also be wearing a Reference 1680 Submariner, which had the date, or, since the photo was taken in 1968, he could also be wearing an early Rolex SEA-DWELLER.

My younger brother is a former U.S. Navy SEAL and I remember him talking about how many of the Navy SEALs watch of choice was always a Rolex Submariner, so it fascinating to see this photo. If you are not familiar with the U.S. Navy SEALs, they are arguable the best trained special forces in the world. Navy SEAL is the acronym for Sea, Air and Land.


Navy Seal's specialize more than anything in amphibious operations which include underwater demolition, as well as other aquatic operations. The U.S. Navy SEALs represent the U.S. Navy's principal special force, and they are a part of the NSWC (Naval Special Warfare Command). The SEAL program is also considered the maritime component of USSOCOM (The United States Special Operations Command).

Since Navy SEALs specialize in underwater operations, which includes ocean and fresh-water, they are typically perceived as the best trained, most effective, amphibious units in the world, yet the are often deployed on all kinds of other special missions which include hostage rescue, special reconnaissance operations, foreign internal defense, as well as direct action.

It stands to reason the U.S. Navy SEALs would have been the ultimate target market for wearing the Rolex Submariner and SEA-DWELLER models as actual tool watches. After all, Rolex co-developed the Rolex SEA-DWELLER with the U.S. Navy SEA-LAB for their DEEP-SEA Divers.

I have yet to write the detailed chapters on the U.S. Navy SEA-LAB and how they co-developed the Rolex SEA-DWELLER, but at some point in the future, as time permits, I will publish this absolutely fascinating piece of history, which includes many podcast interviews I have recorded as well as many amazing, never-before-published historical photos. In the meantime, you can learn much more about the Complete History of the Rolex Submariner, SEA-DWELLER and DEEP-SEA by reading the chapters I have already published.


If you are interested in learning more about the absolutely fascinating origins of the U.S. Navy SEAL program, Wikipedia offers an amazing overview. I reversed the image on the horizontal axis, since the way it is was published is likely backwards.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

1986 John Newcombe Rolex Tennis Ad ...


Rolex Coolness: John Newcombe
Tennis Superstar with 26 Grand Slam Titles
Now & Then

John Newcombe is an Australian tennis superstar who dominated the tennis game from the early 1960 through the 1970s. He won 8 Grand Slam singles titles, and overall he won 26 Grand Slam major titles, and essentially he was the Roger Federer of his time. This first Tiffany & Company Rolex Day-Date ad is from 1975.



"In an age of instant obsolescence, the classic Rolex endures."
–Rolex (1975)

This next Rolex Ad is also from 1975 and it is from Rolex's photo in the watch series which was fun. You also have to love the Rolex statement about how Rolex watches transcend obsolescence. As we look 35 years back at this Rolex ad, we realize this statement was absolutely true!!!



This next image below on the right shows John Newcombe on the right featured in a Rolex brochure from the 1970s.



This next John Newcombe ad below is from 1986, after John retired, and it refers to him by his nickname of Newk.


This next image is a recent image of John Newcombe and he is still wearing his trademark Rolex Day-Date which he has been wearing for at least 35 years!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

U.S. Navy Doctor Bought Submariner for $70 and sells if for $66,100


Superman Submariner
U.S. Navy Doctor Bought Submariner for $70 and sells if for $66,100
[Reference 5510]

All my Rolex collector friends have been talking about this story where a U.S. Naval Medical Student who was a SCUBA diver bought a Rolex Submariner [Reference 5510] in 1958 for $70, and recently put it on eBay for an opening bid of $9.95, thinking it was worth nothing, and he was shocked when it sold for $66,100. HODINKEE wrote a great story that covers all the fascinating details.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hafez al-Assad Custom Arabic Rolex Explorer Dial...


A Different Kind Of Rolex President
Hafez al-Assad Custom Arabic Rolex Explorer Dial
[Reference 16550]

Sothebys recently auctioned this one-of-a-kind custom dial Rolex Explorer which belonged to Hafaz al-Assad, who was the President of Syria. It is a vintage 1989 Rolex Explorer II, and it is a very early version of the Polar dial Explorer II with white gold indices and matching white gold hands.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rolex History Video


The History Of Rolex Video

Fascinating all-new Rolex History video, made by Rolex!!!

Rolex Coolness: Captain Don Walsh 1 of 2 ROLEX DEEP SEA GMT's Coming to Antiquorum Auction December 8, 2010

Rolex Coolness: Captain Don Walsh
1 of 2 ROLEX DEEP SEA GMT's
Coming to Antiquorum Auction
December 8, 2010

U.S. Navy Captain Walsh set the all-time depth record 50 years ago in the Marinas Trench in the Challenger Deep off the coast of Guam, with his co-pilot Jacques Piccard. Both men received their DEEP-SEA Rolex GMT's as a gift from Rolex director, Rene-Paul Jeanneret.

Captain Walsh decided to put up his ultra-rare historical Rolex GMT so an extremely fortunate collector could enjoy it, since Captain Walsh has already enjoyed owning and wearing it for a half-century. Captain Walsh is pictured below at the 50th anniversary Rolex celebration of the record setting dive and he is wearing his ultra-rare DEEP-SEA GMT Special


Jacques Piccard co-piloted the Bathyscaphe Trieste's record setting dive in 1960 and we see him in the photo below wearing the only other Rolex DEEP-SEA GMT Special, which he actually wore on the record setting dive.


The
Antiquorum Auction is in New York on December 8, 2010 and if you are in New York later today, you can drop by and get a preview of the watch in person and meet U.S. Navy Captain Walsh. If you ever wanted to own a serious piece or the Rolex DEEP-SEA history, this is your opportunity...



You can read all about this amazing historical DEEP-SEA GMT Special and the record setting dive in detail on Jake's Rolex World.

The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah: LV Submariner...


The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah: LV Submariner
710 Horsepower STaSIS Engineering Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Matt Farah from The Smoking Gun is a funny dude, and he always wears his not trademark LV Submariner. In this video, Matt takes the all-new STaSIS Engineering Audi R8 V10 Spyder for a test drive. Turn the volume way up!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

1947 Rolex Speed Of Sound Record Ad


1947 Rolex Speed Of Sound Record Ad

Tasha lives in Dublin, Ireland and she and her friend Jessica wrote in to let me know they have been enjoying Jake's Rolex World and they mentioned they love this series of current Rolex ads that feature the beautiful Luciana Curtis. Of course this is a play on Chuck Yeager's breaking of the Sound Barrier in 1947 while wearing his trusted Rolex, and it is really cool.

2010 Asian Games Opening Ceremony Guangzhou, China


2010 Asian Games Opening Ceremony
Guangzhou, China

Jake's Rolex World Blog is a photo blog and so you know I love all kinds of photo blogs, and one of my favorite is the Boston.com's "The Big Picture." This photo taken by Jamie McDonald for Getty Images is crazy-stunning!!! It was taken in Guangzhou, China a few weeks ago at the Opening Ceremony for the 16th Asian Games. Boston.com has many more stunning images from the 2010 Asian Games.

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day Hannes Sprite LV Submariner


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Hannes Sprite LV Submariner

Hannes is an owner of the German R-L-X.de forum and he is an amazing Rolex photographer. He took this shot of his LV Submariner, which is amazing!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Jake's Quote Of The Day: Sir Winston Churchill On Vision


Jake's Quote Of The Day
Sir Winston Churchill On Vision

"The farther backwards you can look, the further forward you are likely to see."
–Sir Winston Churchill

I recently ran across this superb quote from Winston Churchill so I thought I would include this photo of Sir Winston Churchill wearing his pink gold Rolex Datejust which was a gift to him from Rolex. This watch was the 100,000th Officially Certified Swiss Chronometer made by Rolex.

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