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.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sir Jackie Stewart Formula 1 Racing Legend & Rolex Ambassador An Amazing Career Wearing Rolex...


...Rolex Coolness...

Sir Jackie Stewart
Formula 1 Racing Legend & Rolex Ambassador
An Amazing Career Wearing Rolex

Sir Jackie Stewart is a former Scottish race car driving legend. He began his Formula 1 career in 1965 and raced until 1973, and he won three World Drivers Championships.


Jackie Stewart is pictured below with fellow racer Graham Hill during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend on June 12, 1966.

The Flying Scotsman

In this next photo we see Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill getting some serious air as they race against each other at the Nurburgring in 1965. Jackie Stewart's nickname is The Flying Scotsman, and we see why in this amazing racing photo.


Sir Jackie Stewart began his racing career struggling to win races and in May 1966 he won the Indianapolis 500.


Jackie Stewart is pictured below in 1967 at the Indianapolis Grand Prix banquet with fellow legendary superstar Formula 1 drivers, Mario Andretti (white jacket) and with Graham Hill (mustache) along with Sid Collins.

Sid Collins was the voice known as The Voice of The Indianapolis 500 from 1952 to 1978, and made famous the saying The Greatest Spectacle In Racing! Sid Collins was presenting the three drivers with an award in 1967 for their winning participation in the 1966 Indianapolis 500.


Sir Jackie Stewart purchased his first Rolex, which was a yellow-gold Day-Date in May of 1966 in Texas just after he won the Indianapolis 500. He became a Rolex Ambassador in in 1968 when Andre Heiniger, the Director of Rolex asked if Rolex could use his likeness in Rolex ads.

Andre Heiniger was an interesting director of Rolex who gravitated toward people who were never satisfied with maintaining the status quo–he appreciated men who were constantly trying to push the envelope, and Jackie Stewart was certainly such a man.

Jackie Stewart was once asked how Andre Heiniger discovered that Jackie wore a Rolex, and Jackie said he had no idea.

The next three Rolex ads were published in 1968 and feature Jackie Stewart.




Jackie Stewart is picture above and below with his wife Helen Stewart and high school sweetheart which he married in 1962, and they remain happily married to this day.



As I mentioned earlier in the story, Jackie Stewart gained the nickname of The Flying Scotsman and you see from the photo below why this was such a fitting nickname.


Jackie Stewart is pictured below in 1969 on the far right with his trademark tartan plaid helmet on the far right side. He is accompanied by fellow racing legends (from left to right) Henri Pescarolo, Johnny Servoz Gavin, and Jean-Pierre Beltoise.


Jackie Stewart is pictured below with Ed Sullivan who was presenting him with an award trophy.


Jackie Stewart is pictured below with fellow race-car driver and Rolex Daytona wearer, Paul Newman.



We see Jackie Stewart pictured below hanging out with George Harrison and Ringo Star who were both members of The Beatles.



Jackie Stewart was a sports commentator during the 1970s on ABC's Wide World Of Sport and we see him below at the the Monaco Grand Prix, giving Argentinian Formula 1 racing legend, Carlos Alberto Reutemann a Rolex GMT Master wrist watch. American's loved his Scottish accent and colorful personality as a sports commentator.



Jackie Stewart is pictured below in 1991 sporting an espresso GMT Master. After Jackie Stewart retired from his racing career, and commentator career, he pursued a successful career in building his own racing team. To this day, Jackie Stewart remains extremely active and travels an average of 300,000 miles a year!


Jackie Stewart is pictured above and below in photos taken decades apart sporing his trademark cap and sunglass look.

Jackie and Helen Stewart have been happily married for 49 years and we see them pictured below in a recent photo. Helen appears with Jackie in the third 1968 Rolex ad earlier in this story.




Rolex Coolness: Sport Legends
Celebrating 40 Years Together

Sir Jackie Stewart, Arnold Palmer and Jean-Claude Killy are all sports legends and in this vintage Rolex ad we see them all celebrating their long-stanind relationship as Rolex Ambassadors in this recent Rolex magazine ad.


The Miracle Man & The Flying Scotsman

Speaking of legends, Sir Jackie Stewart is pictured below with fellow Formula 1 racing legend, Niki Luada. Niki Lauda is known as The Miracle Man, and if you look closely at this photo, you will notice both Niki Lauda and Jackie Stewart are both wearing Rolex watches.






Sir Jackie Stewart is pictured below in 2009 racing at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed. As far as I know, Jackie Stewart is the longest running Rolex Ambassador and he has enjoyed an amazing career–with Rolex keeping the time of his life.



The Jackie Stewart Story Documentary from 1991
















Here is a video of Sir Jackie Stewart with Top Gear co-host, James May




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.












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