Friday, April 29, 2011
...Studio Shot Of The Day...
The Last Emperor Rolex Triple-Date
Rolex Annual Calendar Moonphase
Reference 6062 on a Matching Gold Jubilee Bracelet
This watch belonged to Bao Dai, the last Emperor of Vietnam. The watch is featured in John Goldberger's book, 100 Superlative Watches on page 150.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Happy Easter from John Goldberger
1950s Rolex Cloisonné Mermaid Dial
John Goldberger is a renowned horological expert, collector and publisher. He sent in this photo to share with you and he said "Happy Easter!" This is clearly a beautiful Rolex Cloisonné dial from the 1950s and it features a mermaid holding what would appear to be a pearl, or perhaps an egg.
To all my readers who celebrate Easter, Happy Easter, and to all my other readers I hope you are having a great weekend, and special thanks to John for sharing this image.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day...
1st Generation "Orange Hand" Explorer II
2nd Generation "Red Hand" Explorer II
Photo Credit: Adam
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
...Now & Then...
The King Of Racing
Rolex Coolness: A.J.Foyt
1974 Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date Ad
5 Decades Wearing Nothing But Rolex
A.J. Foyt has had an amazing racing career. To this day, he is the only race car driver to win The Daytona 500, The Indianapolis 500, The 24 Hours of Daytona, The 12 Hours of Sebring, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. All together, A.J. Foyt won 159 auto races, which gave him the well-deserved title of "The King Of Racing."
We see A.J. Foyt in the photo above taken from the June of 1964 cover of Sports Illustrated. This photo was take just before he raced in and won the Indianapolis 500. In the next image below, taken a decade later in 1974, we see A.J. Foyt being celebrated in a Rolex Day-Date ad.
A. J. Foyt is pictured below with Richard Petty on the 4th of July in 1975.
A.J. Foyt is pictured below in a recent photo, and we see him wearing his yellow gold Rolex GMT Master. He also still wears his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date he is wearing in the 1974 Rolex ad pictured above.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Rolex Coolness: Warren Buffett
Worlds Wealthiest Investor
[Trademark Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date]
The Oracle Of Omaha
Warren Buffett Trusts Rolex To Keep The Time Of His Life
Warren Buffett is a very interesting man. On the one hand, he is extremely simple and un-materialistic–yet in his extremely successful career as an investor with Berkshire-Hathaway, he has managed to squirrel-away more nuts than any other American.
Warren Buffett was once asked what he thought about Rolex and he said he thought Rolex was an amazing brand and that if it was ever for sale he would buy it immediately.
"Success is getting what you want & happiness is wanting what you get." –Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is pictured below meeting with President Obama in the White House to give him economic advise on how to turn the American economy around.
Warren Buffett is the wealthiest man on earth and Bill Gates is the second wealthiest American. So is there a correlation between Warren being the wealthiest American and the fact that he wears a Rolex? I will let you decide that.
Berkshire has $35 billion in cash and Buffett, the world's richest person, has been looking for places to put it. He's invested in China, Israel and the U.K., complaining that there's a dearth of U.S. investment opportunities for a company as large as Berkshire.
Buffett On Rolex
Warren Buffett is a big fan of Rolex and has been wearing his Rolex Day-Date for many years. Buffett was once asked what he thought about Rolex as a company and if he would ever be interested in purchasing Rolex (even though it is not for sale, since Rolex is owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Trust). Buffett responded by saying: "Luxury watchmakers such as Geneva-based Rolex are great companies. They know my phone number, but they haven't called.''
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Robert Scheidt & Torben Grael
The Worlds Greatest Sailors
Robert Scheidt and Torben Grael are considered to be two of the greatest sailors in history and in 2011 we will be taking an in-depth look at the world or Rolex World Sailors. Torben Grail who is pictured on the right was named the 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor Of The Year.
Robert Scheidt is picture above on the left wearing his Rolex submariner, and Torben Grael is pictured standing behind him, and Torben Grael, who is from Brazil is also pictured below wearing his Rolex Submariner.
Torben Grael and Anna Tunnicliffe, are picture below accepting their awards for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor Of The Year Awards in 2009.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
...Wrist Shot Of The Day...
John Mayer's Incredible Hulk Submariner
John Mayer is one of the top guitarist and recording artists in the world today. On his blog he recently showed off his new Supercase Ceramic LV Submariner.
John Mayer wrote on his blog back on August 3rd, 2010:
"Look what I just got...No, not the brand new Rolex green dial/green bezel Submariner, ya goof. JM silly bandz! Available beginning tonight. One of these are worth at least a half dozen dolphins or bunnies."
Holy Men Wearing Rolex Two-Tone Datejust
Dalai Lama and Pope John Paul II
What do the the Dalai Lama and Pope John Paul II have in common beside the fact they are both holy men? They don't wear pants–they both wore gowns, and they both wore two-tone Rolex Datejust watches.
In this first photo we see the Dalai Lama at the the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and we see him wearing his two-tone Rolex Datejust.
In this next photo we see Pope John Paul II wearing his two tone Rolex Datejust.
In this next photo we see Pope John Paul II and U.S. President Ronald Reagan making a speech.
In the next photo below, we see Pope John Paul wearing his two-tone Rolex Datejust, as he sits next to President Ronald Reagan. It is interesting to note that Ronald Reagan also wore a Rolex Datejust.
In this next photo below, we see the Papal Father just after an assassination attempt was made on his life on May 13, 1981 as he entered St. Peter's Square. Notice he is wearing his two tone Rolex Datejust.
It is also interesting to note that in the photo above, that both Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul both not only wore Rolex Datejust models on a Jubilee bracelet, but they both also were shot at close range in assassination attempts that occurred within 43 days of each other in 1981. Dr. Martin Luther King was also wearing his Rolex Datejust when he was assassinated.
Pope John Paul and Ronald Reagan, both, in many ways symbolized the 1980s generation, and both passed away within a year of each other in the mid 2000s.
Pope Paul completely recovered and is pictured below with Mother Theresa. I think they were both very kind souls.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day...
Paul Newman Daytona Coolness
[Round Buttons: Reference 6239]
Antiquorum auction house just sold this super-cool Paul Newman Daytona for around $75,000. Why Rolex does not bring back this ultra-cool design language is far, far beyond me. It is unique to Rolex and amazing looking!!! Rolex, you finally brought back the "Orange Hand" Explorer II, now it's time to bring back the Paul Newman Daytona!!!!! Please!!!!!!!
Friday, April 8, 2011
Rolex Coolness: Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Pioneer & Founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer
1954 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ad
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Black LV Submariner
Maxi-Markers Are Mucho-Macho
A reader just posted a comment in this post asking where they can get a black bezel insert to replace the green one on a first generation LV Submariner? It is pretty easy to find one. I think just about any watchmaker can get one and swap it. Just to be clear, the watch below in an LV Submariner, which originally came with a green bezel insert. People prefer the LV over the standard older Submariner, because it has Maxi-Markers and fat hands. Maxi-Markers are bold and Macho ;-)
If you think you want to get an LV and learn how to swap the colors, it would be much easier to purchase a bezel insert with a bezel and swap the entire bezel. Swapping bezel inserts is a pain, but swapping bezels is much easier.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
...Lume Shot Of The Day...
Night & Day
All-New "Orange Hand" Explorer II
A few weeks ago, I covered Rolex's BaselWorld Fair introductions and the star of the show was the retro-inspired "Orange Hand" Explorer which is a real beauty. I took these Rolex images and spliced them together to illustrate what the all-new "Orange Hand" looks like in light and dark. Very Cool...Don't forget to drink your Tang!!!
Orange Hand & Explorer Go Together!!!!
Like Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
Posted by Jake Ehrlich at 10:20 PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
...The Power Of Simplicity...
The Very First 1953 Rolex Submariner
Exploring The Silent World
This is a photo from Rolex of the very first Rolex Submariner ever made in 1953. It is remarkably similar to modern Submariner watches from a distance, which is what gives it such a timeless appeal.
Notice there are no single track minute markers on the bezel from 0 to 15 minutes. Also notice there is no Mercedes logo circle on the hour hand, instead it has "pencil hands." The second hand is a small lollipop type with the second circle located way out at the end of the second hand.
Also notice it has a guilt dial and hands, and also notice there is no depth rating or COSC designation on the dial, and of course, it has no date.
I just updated the Jacques-Yves Cousteau story with the image above, and you see Commander Cousteau aboard his Calypso research ship during the filming of the Academy Award Winning "The Silent World" documentary in 1953, and he is wearing this same model.
My pal Auro who is one of the leading vintage Rolex collectors from Italy wrote in to share the photo below of his 1953 Rolex Submariner and he said:
"This very early Rolex Submariner [Reference 6404] has the serial number of 949,140, which is even earlier than the 1953 Rolex Submariner you showed in the photo at the top of this story. Rolex does not have early watches in their museum, the real Rolex museum is in the safes of collectors!"
Notice the very unusual "Submariner Perpetual" dial designation on this watch...
Monday, April 4, 2011
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
43rd Anniversary Of His Assassination
Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the greatest hero in Rolex History, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., being assassinated. If you have not read "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: The Greatest Rolex Hero In History" I am certain you will enjoy it very much.
I work on this story whenever I have time, and I have updated it since the last time I published it on the front page, and here are some new images of Dr. Martin Luther King wearing his yellow-gold Rolex Datejust. Enjoy...