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?
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:
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…
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!!!!!!
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."
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.
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...
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.
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."
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!!!
U.S. Navy Doctor Bought Submariner for $70 and sells if for $66,100
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.
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.
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...
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!!!
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.
"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.
Historically Rolex has always been extremely secretive and discreet, and no journalists in the past have ever been invited "INSIDE ROLEX" to explore and report on all four Rolex Manufacturing faclities in Switzerland.
In November 2013, this changed when Rolex invited Jake to take an unprecdented journey into the heart of Rolex to learn and report on everything he witnessed and learned.
This Super-Detailed 3 Part Story is a "MUST READ" story for anybody who wants to really understand what really makes Rolex tick.
The Hans Wilsdorf Story: Founder Of Rolex
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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