Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Roger Federer Wins Barclays ATP World Tour Finals


Roger Federer Wins Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Rolex.com is currently congratulating Roger Federer for having won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and published this photo of him with his trophy, and notice he is wearing the cool new rose gold Rolex Daytona.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rolex Triple-Date Moonphase Red Hand with Black Moon 1953 Reference 8171


Rolex Triple-Date Moonphase
Red Hand with Black Moon
1953 Reference 6062

Antiquorum Auction House in Geneva, Switzerland sold this rare and beautiful Rolex Triple-Date Moonphase in March of 2011 for $76,000. It has a very rare red date hand coupled with an unusual black-back moon disk.

Update: John Goldberger wrote in to say that the dial on this watch is a "fake redone dial" and said "The quality of your blog is declining?" It is pretty funny, to have a guy like John Goldberger who is one of the top Rolex and Patek Philippe collectors in the world constantly pointing out errors I make ;-) Actually, I like his assistance.




Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rolex Hotness: Jamie Lynn Sigler...


...Rolex Super-Hotness...

Jamie Lynn Sigler
Sopranos Daytona

Jamie Lynn Sigler played Medow Soprano on the HBO Blockbuster hit, The Sopranos. In her private life she wears several Rolex Daytona watches. In this first photo we see Jamie Lynn Sigler wearing her stainless steel Rolex Daytona.







Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Jake!!!


Happy Thanksgiving from Jake!!!

Hi Everybody!!!

It is hard to believe it is already Thanksgiving again on Jake's Rolex Watch Blog!!! It has been another absolutely amazing year of filled with growth and amazing new Rolex historical content. Since last Thanksgiving I have met many new international readers and made many new and exiting friends.

I even started Jake's Patek Philippe World Blog as well as Jake's Who Knew World Blog. I publish all my blogs more as notebooks for my interest, and as the CEO and Designer at BulletTrain, I also publish the BulletBlog by JakeE. As you can imagine, I have so much to be grateful for and I wish all my readers a happy Thanksgiving!!!!

"The First Thanksgiving" painting by Jean Gerome Ferris (1863-1930)

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because it gives us a chance to pause and reflect on how fortunate we all are to be able to experience this amazing miracle, known as life, on this spinning marble we all share–named Earth.

Of course I realize Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday, but I believe it's as timeless and universal as a sunset or a smile :-)))

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Warmest regards,

Jake

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

RubberB Back In Orange...


RubberB Back In Orange

RubberB is an extremely innovative company as well as being a sponsor of Jake's Rolex World. When I first saw the RubberB concept I was blown away because they made the first rubber straps that were custom designed to fit perfectly into the complete lug space on many Rolex sport watches. I wrote a review of RubberB on Jake's Rolex World to show how their innovate system worked.

I spoke with the owner and I mentioned he had to offer his strap in Safety-Orange. I argued it would look really good, particularly with a standard Submariner or Sea-Dweller. Turns out RubberB agreed and just introduced their updated strap in orange!!!


This new model in orange is actually a second-generation strap, which is similar in many ways to the older version, but different in one way. Basically, the first generation version was designed to accommodate all wrist sizes including people with enormous wrists. The challenge is that 95% of the population has a small, medium or large wrist, but not a huge wrist. RubberB optimized the second generation so it fits better, particularly on the Submariner and SEA-DWELLER models.

I have review units of the second generation RubberB strap in orange, black and in white, and as soon as I get a chance, I will write a review with pictures as well as creating an installation video. In the meantime, you can check out these images.
I love the orange color, because it give the Rolex sport watches more of an aquatic tool watch vibe. There is something just really kind of preppy, sporty, fun and aquatic about the orange color strap. I know because I have worn my Submariner on an orange NATO strap.

The challenge of course with NATO straps is there is so much extra hardware and nylon, that it looks like a flea-market that blew up. The RubberB on the other hand is super streamlined and clean-cut. Very French and Jacques Cousteau meets SEA-LAB cool.




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

1996 Concorde Airplane Pilot's Watch Captain Steve Wand Rolex GMT Master


1996 Concorde Airplane Pilot's Watch
Captain Steve Wand Rolex GMT Master



Monday, November 21, 2011

Rolex Coolness: John Travolta...


...Profiles In Rolex Coolness...

John Travolta
An Amazing Career with Rolex Keeping The Time Of His Life

John Travolta is one of the most famous and successful actors in history. Today he is a an Ambassador for the Brietling brand of watches, but before that, he wore Rolex watches as seen in the photos below.






John Travolta is pictured below wearing a Rolex Submariner, which he wore in the 2001 movie, Swordfish.




An Amazing Career

John Travolta's career has been absolutely amazing. He began starring on the 1970's TV show, Welcome Back Kotter where he played Vinny Barbarino which ran from 1975 to 1979.





Where did John Travolta learn how to dance? In this clip from Welcome Back Kotter, we see John rockin' out pretty hard and it is not difficult to imaging him dancing in Saturday Night Fever and Grease.




Saturday Night Fever
1977

John Travolta went on to star in the blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever, and followed up by starring with Olivia Newton-John in the blockbuster, Grease.

The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack broke multiple record industry records and became the highest-selling record album in recording history, be selling more than 40 Million copies, and to this day it remains one of the top five best-selling soundtracks of all time, and to this day it is believed to be remain in the top 10 yes selling albums of all time, world-wide.







In this next video we see the Bee Gees performing You Should Be Dancing from the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack. The Bee Gees consisted of three brothers from Australia named, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, and they are one of the best selling bands in history. In this next video we see the Bee Gees joined by their younger brother, Andy Gibb, and if you look closely you will notice it really looks like Andy Gibb is wearing a Rolex GMT...






Grease
1978

Grease was another mega-hit that starred John Travolta, and Barry Gibb who was the lead singer for the Bee Gees wrote the title song for the Grease soundtrack which Frankie Valli performed, which went on to become the number 1 song on the billboards.












World War II 1944 Women In Service Rolex Ad...


World War II
1944 Women In Service Rolex Ad

...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day... Matthias' Paul Newman Rolex Daytona


...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day...

Matthias' Paul Newman Rolex Daytona
Exotic Dial

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rolex Triple Date Reference 6236


Rolex Triple Date
[Reference 6236]

Raphael Too from Time Tapestry took this photo of a rare Rolex triple date [Reference 6236] when he was at an Antiquorum Auction preview. Very cool Rolex. I really wish Rolex would bring back complicated watches!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

James Bond Rolex from Live & Let Die Sells for $198,000


James Bond Rolex Sells for $198,000
from Live & Let Die
Reference 5513

The Rolex "Sawtooth Submariner" [Modified Reference 5513] that Roger Moore wore in the 1973 James Bond movie titled Live and Let Die just sold for $198,00 at Christies Auction House. Live and Let Die was the first James Bond film to star Roger Moore. Of course you can learn just about everything having to do with James Bond Rolex watches in "The James Bond Rolex Story."






1991 Jeff MacInnis Rolex GMT Ad [Coke GMT on a Jubilee Bracelet]


1991 Jeff MacInnis Rolex GMT Ad
[Coke GMT on a Jubilee Bracelet]

William Ford Chairman Of The Ford Motor Company Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner


William "Bill" Ford Jr.
Chairman Of The Ford Motor Company
Stainless Steel LV Rolex Submariner

William "Bill" Ford is pictured below in a recent photo with the all-new Ford Explorer which looks kinda cool. He is wearing his trademark stainless Steel Rolex LV Submariner.

William Ford is the the Chairman of The Ford Motor Company and the Vice Chairman of the Detroit Lions NFL Football team. He is the great-grandson of both Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.




Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rolex Coolness: Michael Caine


...Rolex Coolness...

Michael Caine
1968 Rolex Datejust

Michael Caine was one really cool mod dude in the late 1960's and early 1970s. In 1971 Michael Caine starred in Get Carter where he wore his Rolex Datejust on a leather strap. In this image we see Michael Caine on the set of Deadfall, in 1968, and you see him hugging Giovanna Ralli, while sporting his Rolex Datejust on a leather strap.

It is interesting to note how the suite Michael Caine is wearing in the photo below looks exactly like what is popular today, along with his timeless Rolex ;-)



Rolex On Top Military Leaders...



Rolex On Top Military Leaders

Now & Then
From General Guisan to General Petraeus

Wristwatches in general owe their genesis to the military. Before World War I, only women wore wristwatches. Men wore pocketwatches, but in warfare timing is everything, so if a soldier had to unbutton his overcoat, then unbutton his jacket to get to his pocket watch to see what time it was, he could get in a lot of trouble–especially if he was freezing in a muddy trench and had to hold his gun with one hand.

That's why soldiers during World War I started wearing wrist watches. Wristwatches allowed a soldier to simply glance at his wrist to see what time it was.

Military leaders have relied on Rolex since before Swiss Army General Henry Guisan put on the 50,000th Officially Certified Swiss Chronometer that Rolex made in 1946.

Let's begin by looking at U.S. Army 4-Star General David Howell Petraeus. General Petraeus is the 10th and current Commander of U.S. Central Command.



General Petraeus has an extremely distinguished military career and it comes as no surprise that he depends on his Rolex Submariner to keep time.


General Petreaus was recently selected as one of the world's top 100 public intellectuals in a poll conducted by Foreign Policy and Prospect Magazines. Time Magazine named General Petreaus in 2007 as one of the 100 most influential leaders and revolutionaries of the year.


General Petreaus previously served as Commanding General for the Multi-National Force in Iraq.


As Commander, General Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq.


General Petreaus has an amazing military career, but let's go back to beginning and take a look at military leaders who wore Rolex.

Swiss Army General Henri Guisan is Switzerland's most beloved protector in history. Guisan protected the Swiss from the Nazi's during World War II. Gusan not only wore a Rolex, but was given the 50,000th Officially Certified Swiss Chronometer that Rolex ever made.


Rolex gave Sir Winston Churchill with their 100,000th Officially Certified Swiss Chronometer which was a Rolex Datejust in Pink Gold.


Rolex chose U.S. General, Dwight D. Eisenhower as the recipient for their 150,000th Officially Certified Swiss Chronometer. Eisenhower is pictured below, briefing U.S. Army Airborne Paratroopers on the morning of the D-Day invasion he architected to save Europe and the rest of the world from Nazi aggression.


U.S. General Gruenther was the recipient of Rolex' 200,000th Officially Certified Swiss Chronometer which you can see in the photograph below.


Lord Mountbatten of the British Admiralty was also a big fan of Rolex watches. Mountbatten was so proud of his Rolex watches he gave Rolex permission to publish the fact that he wore them, but Rolex of Geneva decided no to exploit this fact for commercial gain.


Rolex & The Right Stuff

In 1947, when Chuck Yeager broke the speed of sound barrier for the first time in history he was wearing his Rolex Oyster as seen in the photo below.




Many years later, we see General Yeager wearing his "James Bond Submariner" in the photo below. To this day, General Yeager still wears a Rolex. This means he has been wearing Rolex watches continually for 7 decades straight–pretty amazing if you think about it.


Chuck Yeager and Scott Carpenter were both part of "The Right Stuff" and Scott Carpenter (pictured below) went on to the U.S. Navy SEA-LAB program that helped Rolex develop the Rolex SEA-DWELLER.

It should come as no surprise that military leaders throughout modern history have depended on their trusted Rolex watches.

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