The all new "retro" Rolex Explorer II "Orange Hand" made its formal debut at BaselWorld this year. Rolex actually originally showed it off at BaselWorld a year earlier as a teaser. This all-new Rolex is probably going to become the new Daytona, in the sense that it will likely be difficult to get initially due to very-high demand. What a cool looking watch!!!!
It's clear John Mayer is sporting a Rolex Daytona, but I originally could not tell if it is a PVD'd out version or if it is some kind of rare prototype?
Update: Dave from Italy is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World and he wrote in to make a positive ID on John Mayer's Rolex in the photo below. It turns out John Mayer is wearing a customized Bamford and Sons Blacked-Out, Rolex Daytona as seen in the lower photo. Thanks for making the positive ID Dave!!!!
Tommy is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World and he sent in this amazing photo with the following note:
My name is Tommy and i'm from Italy. I read Jake's Rolex World every day, and for me it's like a drug. I enjoy your very interesting stories about Rolex watches and history.
I'm a great fan of Rolex and watches in general (I also read your Patek Philippe Blog ;) and since I was a child I dreamed about having a Rolex, but for me it was very expensive and all the watches I owned were gifts from my parents (Speedmaster, Monaco, Seamaster, Hamilton).
Two days ago my dream became reality, when I bought a Rolex Explorer 2. My Explorer has a white dial and is from 1993, but I am so happy to finally own a Rolex. I feel so happy, like a child with its toy!
I can't describe my happiness, but I think you can imagine it!!!
I took some photos of my Rolex and it would be so cool if you can show this photo of my watch on Jake's Rolex World Blog, which I consider my Holy Bible. If you publish this image of my watch it would take me to Paradiseeeeeeeeeeeeeee! (if you like the photo I took...I'm a poor photographer).
I must say my knowledge of Rolex watches increased significantly since I started reading Jake's Rolex World, and it has also improved my English.
I hope you understand my email, since my English is not so good.
Thanks a lot and good job and good luck for your blog.
P.S. Did you ever think about writing a book about the stories you tell on Jake's Rolex World?
I would like to thank you Tommy for sharing your great photo of your beautiful Rolex Explorer II. It is a great photo, and I would also like to thank you for sharing your very kind words regarding Jake's Rolex World.
I must admit, it is readers like you who make me push myself as hard as I can to keep researching and publishing Jake's Rolex World.
People ask me all the time if I plan to publish a book or books about Rolex and the answer is no. Why? Books are so 20th Century! I believe there are so many advantages that publishing on the web has over print publishing.
First and foremost, there is unlimited room on the web, so I can make a story as long as I want, and as I gain new insight, and images, I can easily update all the stories on Jake's Rolex World, whereas with a book, once it is published, that's it.
That being said, I very seriously considered developing an application for the iPad, but after much in-depth research, I concluded, that the web was the ultimate medium, so I optimized all the content on Jake's Rolex World so it looks amazing on an Apple iPad. If you have not checked out Jake's Rolex World on an iPad, do so. It looks great!!! Particularly if you view it in portrait mode.
On May 16, 2011, Christie's Auction House in Geneva set an all-time record for the selling price of a Rolex when they successfully auctioned a very rare 1942 Rolex Chronograph [Reference 4113] for $1.16 Million. As legend has it, Rolex made 12 of these watches, and there are only 8 known to exist today.
The ethos of this model is shrouded in mystery. As a matter of fact, Rolex never showcased or made this model available to the public, and it was never documented or illustrated in any Rolex collateral material. Christie's suggested it was possible these watches were made as gifts to famous race car drivers and team owners during the early 1940s. Others speculate these watches were made for the Italian Army during World War II.
One of the very interesting features of this rare model it that it is a whopping 44mm, which means it is not quite as large as the 47mm Panerai watches Rolex made during the same era (for the Italian Royal Navy) but pretty large. The Rolex Reference 4113 remains to this day the only split-seconds chronograph Rolex has ever made.
Since we see Brad Pitt in the photo above rocking his platinum and stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master, I though I would include this screen grab taken from a past Rolex.com. Cool watch and cool dude!!!! BTW, the platinum and stainless Yacht-Master was the first modern Rolex to bring back the Maxi Markers, and it is still one good looking watch!!!
CBS and Warner Brothers announced today that Ashton Kutcher would be replacing Charlie Sheen on its hit show Two and a Half Men. Ashton Kutcher will not be playing the Role Charlie Sheen played, of Charlie Harper, but he will be playing a new character.
Kutcher is replacing Charlie Sheen, who basically made a complete Jackass out of himself and in doing so gave up lost $2 million per episode he was earning by playing Charlier Harper on 2 and a half men. Charlie Sheen had demanded $3 Million per episode, because he wanted to make $100 Million per year, and CBS passed.
Ashton Kutcher is pictured above wearing his white dial Rolex Milgauss on the Piers Morgan Tonight show recently, and we see Charlie Sheen below, also on the Piers Morgan Tonight Show, when he had one of his meltdowns, wearing a stunningly beautiful Patek Philippe Moonphase.
Charlie Sheen is pictured below, wearing his 3/4 Stainless and Platinum Yacht-Master that he used to wear on the show.
Ashton Kutcher is pictured below with his beautiful wife, Demi Moore
Carlos Slim is from Mexico and he is regarded as the wealthiest man on Earth today, with personal holdings worth approximately $75 Billion!!! Carlos is pictured below sporting his stainless steel Rolex Daytona. It is interesting, a quarter century ago, the Rolex President (Day-Date) was considered to be the International Mark Of Success, and in may ways today, the stainless steel Rolex Daytona is considered to by the International Mark Of Success.
As legend has it, Omega developed the Omega PloProf with COMEX and Jacques Cousteau. Essentially, the Omega PloProf Seamaster Professional was developed to compete with the Rolex SEA-DWELLER. Omega formally launched the PloProf in 1970 after 4 years of research and development.
My pal Ariel Adams is the publisher of A Blog To Read and earlier this year, at BaselWorld he had the opportunity to interview Stephen Urquhart, who is the CEO of Omega Watches. I really enjoyed the interview and I was extremely impressed with Stephen Urquhart depth of knowledge, and he certainly is a brilliant conversationalist.
Marco is a reader of Jake's Rolex World and he is from the Netherlands. He sent in this photo of his Rolex Submariner witch a note saying he is just about to celebrate his 27th birthday, as well as his first year anniversary on his Rolex warranty card ;-) Marco also mentioned his LV Submariner is his only Rolex and he likes it with the black bezel insert...
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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