Saturday, June 30, 2012

Clark Gable The King Of Hollywood

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Clark Gable
The King Of Hollywood

Yellow Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Academy Award Winner for Best Actor

As the editor an publisher of Jake's Rolex World, one of my absolute favorite things is when I discover that somebody who I always admired wore a Rolex. Events like this typically occur a few times a year, if I am lucky. Today I am extremely happy to share that I recently discovered the story of Clark Gable wearing a Rolex!!!

Why is finding Clark Gable wearing a Rolex so profound!?! Because Clark Gable is probably one of the top 5 coolest guys that ever lived. I would put him right up there with Steve McQueen, Cary Grant, Paul Newman and Sean Connery.

The recent photo below is of Clark Gable's actual Rolex Oyster Perpetual which is currently in the hands of a private collector. The watch is a beautiful Rolex originally retailed by Brock & Company, and it has the 3, 6, 9 &12 indices in raised yellow gold arabic numerals, along with lumed Leaf hands. Also, notice the yellow gold bezel has 5 minute markers with hairline sub second etching between the markers.

The wrist shot photo below shows a close-up of the photo above. As you will see later in this story, Clark Gable wore different bracelets with on the same wrist with his Rolex.

Mogambo 1953

The next two photos below, are from the 1953 movie named Mogambo which Clark Gable starred in along with Grace Kelly and Ava Gardneer. Clark Gable wore his Rolex Oyster throughout the movie.

This last photo of Clark Gable was taken in 1960, and it shows Clark Gable sporting his Rolex, looking very sporty and stylish. Ironically, he was only 59 years old when this photo was taken, and later that year he died.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

...The Greatest Guitarist Superstar Of The 1970s... Peter Frampton

...The Greatest Superstar Guitarist Of The 1970s...

Peter Frampton
An Amazing Career with Rolex Keeping His Time

Peter Frampton is arguably the greatest Rock Guitar playing Superstar from the 1970s. He is pictured below in a recent photo wearing his trademark stainless steel and platinum Rolex Yacht-Master.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rolex Hotness: Victoria Secret Model

Rolex Hotness: Iazbel Goulart
Victoria Secret Model
Blowing You A Kiss
Rolex Explorer

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rolex President on Oil and Now Energy Tycoon T. Boone Pickens...

Rolex Coolness: T. Boone Pickens
Billionaire Oilman & Industrialist
Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date

T. Boone Pickens is an oil tycoon. He is pictured below wearing his trademark Rolex yellow gold Day-Date.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ferrari Chairman & Lifetime Rolex Fan...

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Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
Ferrari Chairman & Lifetime Rolex Fan

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is the Chairman of Ferrari and Fiat. He has had an amazing career filled with many achievements. For many decades, Luca has been a big Rolex sport watch fan.

In the photo below, we see a close-up wrist shot which reveals Luca wearing a vintage Rolex Submariner 5512 or 5513, on a leather strap.

In the photo below, we see Luca at the unveiling of the all-new Ferrari FF1.

As I mentioned earlier, Luca has been a Rolex Sport Model fan for many decades, and in this next photo, from the early 1970s we see Luca sporting his Rolex GMT-Master.

In this recent photo we see Luca still sporting his vintage Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master. Luca has been sporting a Rolex GMT for at-least 4 decades!!!

In this next photo we see Ferrari Chairman, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo introducing the all-new 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Supercar.

Here is an Autocar video review of the the all-new Ferrari 458 Italia.

The head of Ferrari wearing a Rolex is nothing new. Luca's predecessor, Ferrari founder, Enzo Ferrari wore a Rolex as well. Vintage Ferrari automobiles, just like vintage Rolex watches, have continued to appreciate significantly over time. 

Luca is not the only head of an Italian sports car company to wear a Rolex Sport watch. Stephan Winklemann, CEO of Lamborghini also wears Rolex Sport Watch.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day Roberto's Yellow Gold Daytona

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Roberto's Vintage Yellow Gold Daytona

This is a seriously good looking watch and an equally stunning photo that Roberto–from Italy–took!!! Just Stunning!!!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rolex Galleon Cloisonné Dial 1952 18kt | Reference 6100

1952 Rolex Galleon Cloisonné Dial
18kt Reference 6100

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rolex Rendezvous Video Interviews

Rolex Rendezvous
Video Interviews

Rolex recently began publishing a series of short video interviews on YouTube named "Rolex Rendezvous" and they include, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, and Placido Domingo, being interviewed by  tennis legend and fellow Rolex Ambassador, Vijay Amritraj.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dan Gurney 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans Winner

Note from Jake: As I write this, the 2012 24 Hours Of Le Mans is going on in France, so I thought the timing would be perfect to begin rolling out this amazing story. I will be working on completing this story in much more detail in the future, so check back.

I would like to thank Bill LaMantia who is a reader of Jake's Rolex World for sharing his amazing insight into the history of auto-racing, as well as providing the impetus for this amazing Rolex story...

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Dan Gurney
1967 24 Hours of Le Mans Winner
Stainless Steel Rolex Datejust

Dan Gurney is an American race car driver, race car designer, and team owner. With an amazing career dating back to 1958, he is considered to be one of the living God's of racing. Dan Gurney is pictured below after winning the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. His teammate for the race, A. J. Foyt is standing next to him. This photo is very famous, because Dan Gurney did not drink alcohol, so when they won, he shook-up the champagne, and popped the cork and poured it all over the place–a tradition that he started, which continues to this day.

In the photo below, we see a close-up of Dan Gurney's Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet

The Ford GT40 that Dan Guryney and A.J. Foyt won the 24 Hours Of Le Mans in is pictured below. By the way, this is the first and only time an All-American team, driving an American car has ever won the 24 Hours Of Le Mans!!!

Dan Gurney's 2012 Le Mans Delta Wing

By the way, Dan Gurney is still extremely active in sports car racing, and at the 2012, his team is racing  his experimental GT Class  Delta Wing which is pictured below.

The video below was taken earlier today and I am sharing with you so you can see what the race looks like today. Rolex is the official timer of the 2012 24 Hours of Lemans, and at the beginning of the video, you can see the Rolex timing clock.

Here is a Road & Track video that goes behind the scenes with Audi and Toyota drivers, including Tom Kristensen who is a Rolex Ambassador. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day... Julian's Rolex Prince

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

Julian's Rolex Prince

The original Art-Deco Rolex Prince models are always fascinating and elegant. In the future, I plan to do a detailed history of the Rolex Prince models.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Marlon Brando Rolex GMT Master From Apocalypse Now...

...Profiles In Coolness...

Marlon Brando
The Wild One
The Greatest Actor In History
An Amazing Life with Rolex Keeping His Time

Marlon Brando is considered by many to be the greatest actor that ever lived. In his amazing career he won two Academy Awards. One for Best Actor in the 1954 movie "On The Waterfront" and in 1972, another for Best Actor in "The Godfather."

Not only was Marlon Brando a pioneer of cool, but he was also a lifetime Rolex wristwatch wearer. In this article we will see him wearing three different Rolex watches.

The Fugitive Kind (1960)
All The Crazy Moonphases

John Goldberger, the author of 100 Superlative Rolex Watches pointed out that in the 1960 movie, The Fugitive Kind, starring Marlon Brando and Joanne Woodward, that Marlon Brando mentions his Rolex Moonphase 6062. John also points out that he thinks the watch is a chronograph, but I can't see it well enough to tell. I definitely see the moonphase on the dial of the watch when Marlon hands it to Joanne.

John Goldberger pointed out to me in an email "I think this is the first Rolex advertising in the movies, because I bet the original book or script by Tennessee Williams didn't exist with the words Rolex Chronometer."

Update: In a follow-up email, John mentioned "Tennessee Williams wrote the script for The Fugitive Kind in 1937, at which time Rolex had NEVER made a Moonphase of any kind. This means that in 1960, the screenplay authors added the words Rolex Chronometer as well as the description for the Moonphase. Also the description is too precise for the knowledge of a film-maker, and the supreme irony is that the model was out of production in 1960!!"

The Godfather (1974)
Don Vito Corleone

In this next photo taken in 1975 we see Marlon Brando sporting his Coke GMT Master on an Oyster bracelet.

In the photo below, Marlon Brando is pictured with his secretary, and he is wearing his Rolex GMT Master.


In 1978 Marlon Brando played Superman's father Jor-El in Superman: The Movie.

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Rolex GMT Master

In this next set of photos we see Marlon Brando wearing his Rolex GMT Master in the movie Apocalypse Now. Apocolypse Now was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and Marlon Brando played Colonel Walter Kurtz. Notice his Rolex GMT Master is missing its bezel. The following set of photos were taken by Mary Ellen Mark from Apocalypse Now.

In this next photo, taken toward the end of Marlon Brando's life we see him wearing a two-tone Rolex GMT Master on a Jubilee Bracelet.