Hank Williams Jr. is the son of the greatest Country singer, Hank Williams Sr. Hank Williams Jr., is pictured below in the 1960s wearing his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.
Hank Williams Sr. is pictured below with his son, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams died when he only 29 years old in 1953.
As I mentioned earlier, Hank Williams Sr., is considered to be one of the greatest country singers in history and in this next video, we have the pleasure of watching June Carter, who later married Johnny Cash introduce Hank Williams.
Rolex Ambassador, Tiger Woods is off to a great start for his 2013 PGA Tour Season. He just won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in Souther California. This was his 75th career PGA career tour win, and his is now only 7 victories away from equaling Sam Snead's remarkable record of 82 career PGA tournament victories At age 37, this is the the seventh time he won this tournament!!! Tiger is pictured below wearing his now trademark Rolex DEEP-SEA Special.
Red DAYTONA Designation Confirmed For First Time In Rolex History
Today is Paul Newman's birthday and I have some amazing Rolex history news to share with you. As time goes by, on Jake's Rolex World, I constantly research older story topics in the effort to complete all Rolex history puzzles, and today, on what would be Paul Newman's 88th birthday, I am happy to share that I have solved a huge mystery regarding Paul Newman's Exotic White Dial Daytona!!!
The photo above is not new to Jake's Rolex World, but the very high resolution nature of the image is, and it reveals a never before documented detail, which is that Paul Newman's White Dial Daytona had a Red DAYTONA designation, along with red micro-minute markers. Why is this such a big deal? In the past there was never a photo that had enough detail to prove one way or another whether Paul Newman's dial had the red Daytona designation or not?
I recently discovered this image that confirms this to be a fact. I always assumed it to be true, because Paul Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward likely purchased Paul's exotic white dial Daytona in the U.S.A. in 1972, but over the years, some vintage Rolex experts have suggested there was no proof positive.
So today, on Paul Newman's birthday, I am happy to separate the fact from the fiction on another Rolex mystery. You can learn much, much more about Paul Newman and his Rolex Daytona collection in The Complete History Of The Paul Newman Datyona story on Jake's Rolex World. Happy Birthday Paul Newman!!!! Of course I will update the Paul Newman story with this information in the future, but for now, remember you saw it first on Jake's Rolex World!!!
The Paul Newman Daytona wrist shot above confirms my prior speculation that this is the same dial Paul Newman wore. Just to be crystal clear (no pun intended) Rolex made this same model with out the red micro-minute markers, and without any Daytona designation.
Of course, the version with the Daytona Designation and the red micro-minute markers is the most desirable because of its superior aesthetics. 2013 represents the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex Daytona model, so let's hope at the 2013 BaselWorld Watch Fair, in Basel, Switzerland, Rolex surprises us by bringing back the coolest Rolex Daytona model that ever existed!!!
"I would like it if people would think that beyond Newman, there`s a spirit that takes action, a heart, and a talent that doesn't come from my blue eyes." –Paul Newman
"We're just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl–year after year." –Pink Floyd
When Rolex introduced the revolutionary Oyster in 1926 it was an amazingly useful innovation. In other words, prior to the introduction of the Rolex Oyster, there were NO waterproof watches. It is hard to fathom (no pun intended) a world without waterproof cases, since we take them for granted today, but back in the late 1920s, through the 1960s, having a waterproof watch was a HUGE DEAL.
One of the most brilliant ways Rolex accurately communicated the waterproofness of their Oyster models, was for Rolex Authorized Retailers to showcase them in fishbowls, and this Rolex Magazine ad from 1964 probably represents the tail end of Rolex communicating waterproofness by using a fish in a fishbowl. Fascinating, uh?!?!
Achievement for achievement sake is one thing. Achieving for others–in the name of love–is the greatest achievement of all.
It has been a tradition for me to re-publish this timeless and deeply inspirational story of amazing achievement every year on the weekend leading up to Martin Luther King Jr., day on Jake's Rolex World. Each year, I significantly update the story and images to better share this amazing story, and this year is no exception.
Martin Luther King Jr., day is a National Holiday in the United States and the choice of January 19 is based upon Martin Luther King Jr's birthday and it is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year. Martin Luther King Jr., was born on January 15, 1929 and was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Ronald Reagan signed the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday into law in 1983, and President Reagan said "I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary."
25th Anniversary Celebration
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr., is the only American for which there is a Federal holiday in his name who wore a Rolex, and this years celebration of the Martin Luther Kind day is a special since it is the 25th year the United States has celebrated this holiday. Dr. King wore a yellow gold Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet as seen in the photos below.
"The time is always right to do what is right." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace March On Selma, Alabama
February 1, 1965
...Precursor To Bloody Sunday...
In the photo below we see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as he prays with some of his fellow civil rights warriors as they prepare to peacefully march on February 1, 1965 in Selma, Alabama.
Just 5 weeks later, on March 7, 1965 "Bloody Sunday" would take place, and this King would take his loyal and peaceful soldiers into the battle of their lives, which would fundamentally change American history and represent the pivotal and emotional peak of the Civil Rights Movement in America...
It crosses my mind that Dr. King is the greatest hero in the Rolex history world because he was real and he paid with his life so the world could become a much better place. Dr. King stood up for people who could not stand up for themselves and that is probably the truest definition of a real hero.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice eveywhere." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [Letter from Birmingham, Alabama Jail, April 16, 1963]
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is a man of tremendous achievement and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 as well as the Presidential Medal of Honor and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Martin Luther King Jr., is pictured above and below wearing his trademark yellow gold Rolex Datejust
"We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I made a bold declarative statement when I said Martin Luther King Jr., is the greatest heros in Rolex history. Why makes this so? Martin Luther King Jr's life was threatened by many people including the F.B.I. One day a bomb went-off in front of his home which blew-up and completely destroyed his front porch. He continued to get death threats and was told that if he did not stop, he would be killed.
After his porch was rebuilt, he kept going, and he kept standing-up for people who could not stand up for themselves. Every day he continued to walk up the stairs of his home with his four small children, past the porch that had been rebuilt, full-well knowing that at any moment, he or any member of his family could be killed. Martin Luther King Jr., refused to be driven by fear!!!
There are many men and women who wore a Rolex watch on their wrist in history which somehow propelled them toward achieving amazing feats, but none as heroic, substantial and meaningful as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I can't help but wonder if Martin Luther King Jr., was inspired by his beautiful yellow-gold Datejust the same way President Eisenhower was with his?
I wonder if Martin Luther King used to sit and stare in admiration at how beautiful his Rolex was? I can't help but wonder if he used to lay in bed at night in the dark and watch the lumed dial and hands glow in the same awe that many, many Rolex wearers do?
I can't help but wonder if wearing his Rolex didn't cause Dr. King to feel invulnerable like Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier with his Rolex on his wrist, or Tensing Norgay when he finally conquered Mount Everest, or Jacques Piccard when he and U.S. Navy Captain Don Walsh finally landed on the deepest known part of the ocean floor in the Bathescaph Trieste, 7 Miles down, in the Marianas Trench in 1960?
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and controversy." –Dr. Martin Luther King [Strength To Love, 1963]
To best understand the brilliant philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, let's first watch this video which was one of the first video interviews of Dr. King and it was filmed October 27, 1957 which was during the Eisenhower Presidential administration.
Next up we have another fascinating interview, also from 1957 of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King's Amazing Journey
"Let no man pull you low enough to hate him." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As you just learned if you watched the videos above, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an unusually peaceful and equally intelligent, courageous and articulate man. Martin Luther King Junior was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, and was the middle child of Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King.
Martin Luther King, Jr was actually born Michael King Jr., and in 1934, when his family traveled to Germany his father was so inspired, he changed their names to Martin Luther in honor of the Martin Luther, the German Protestant leader.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a brilliant student who was so intelligent he completed high school in two years and then attended Morehouse College at age 15!!! After graduating from Morehouse with a Bachelor Of Arts degree in sociology, he attended Crozer Theological Seminary located in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a masters degree of Bachelor Of Divinity in 1951.
On June 18, 1953 he wed Corretta Scott and they eventually had four children. At age 25, Martin Luther King then became the Pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Then he pursued his Doctorate in Systematic Theology at Boston College, and on June 5, 1955 he earned his Doctor Of Philosophy degree.
On December 1, 1955, Rossa Parks was arrested for refusing to give-up her seat to a white passenger and move to the back of the bus. This prompted the Montgomery Bus Boycott which lasted 385 days. Martin Luther King was on the committee from the Birmingham African-Amarican community and as a protester in February 1956 he was arrested and we see his mugshot below which was taken when he was only 27 years old.
Dr. King continued to fight for what he believed in and as we see in this next photo by Charles Moore, he is being arrested by police in 1958 for loitering in the in the vicinity of the Montgomery, Alabama Recorder's Court. The charge was later changed to "Failure to obey a police officer."
MLK meets Ike
On June 23, 1958, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to the White House to discuss the progress he was making on Civil Rights. Other African American leaders in the meeting included Roy Wilkins, Lester Granger and A. Philip Randolf.
Dr. Martin Luther King is pictured below with Vice President Nixon in the White House in 1957.
MLK Meets JFK
President Kennedy invited Martin Luther King to the White House to talk about civil rights on October 16, 1962.
On December 17, 1962 President Kennedy invited Dr. Martin Luther King back to the White House to discuss civil rights. In the photo below we see American civil right leader Roy Wilkins standing behind Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is shaking hands with Adlai Stevenson who was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, who is standing next to President Kennedy in the Oval Office.
MLK Meets with RFK
In the photo below, we see Dr. Martin Luther King was invited back to the White House on June 22, 1963 to meet with the United States Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, and Vice President Lyndon Johnson to discuss civil rights along with many other American Civil Right Leaders.
JFK and MLK would meet again in the White House on August 28, 1963, this time JFK would meet with the leaders of The March On Washington. This political demonstration garnered more political coverage than any other in history. It was crystal-clear that JFK understood the significance of the Civil Rights Movement.
Martin Luther King
On President Kennedy's Assassination
Roy Wilkins of the NAACP and Martin Luther King
Meet The Press: Just Before The March On Washington
I Have A Dream Speech
March On Washington D.C.
August 28, 1963
This next image is extremely profound as it offers an unusual view from behind Abraham Lincoln's statue located in the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington D.C., and we witness Abraham Lincoln witnessing what he set out to achieve. The symbology behind this image is amazing if you think about it!!! It is also a profound irony that Abraham Lincoln was also likely assassinated for trying to protect people that could not protect themselves.
"Beyond the reflecting pool, stand the dignified columns of the Lincoln Memorial. Whoever would understand in his heart the meaning of America will find it in the life of Abraham Lincoln." –President Ronald Reagan.
Martin Luther King Jr's, I Have A Dream speech is one of the deepest and most profound speeches any man has ever given.
The March On Washington was a huge success and many leading Hollywood actors attended the event including (as seen below) Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Charleton Heston.
"Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Winning The Nobel Peace Prize
With His Rolex Datejust On His Wrist
On December 10, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., became the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize and in the photo below, you see Dr. King holding his coveted Nobel Peace Prize medallion in his hand, and if you click on the image and look closely, you see him wearing his trademark yellow gold Rolex Datejust on his wrist.
"When a man has a world in his hands, you expect to find a Rolex on his wrist." –Rolex Advertisement (1965)
Dr. King with Malcolm X
In the photo below we see Dr. King with fellow civil rights leader Malcolm X at their first meeting in 1964.
The Rolex President & King
Dr. Martin Luther King is pictured below attending a meeting with President Lyndon Johnson in the White House in Washington D.C. You can click on the next two images below to get a better view of Dr. King's Rolex.
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [Strength To Love, 1963]
Dr. King is pictured below negotiating with President Johnson who also wore a yellow gold Rolex.
Dr. King's Dream Finally Came True
"I have a dream, that my four little children, will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The last celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., was profound because it fell on the eve of the eve of President Barack Obama's inauguration. Prior to being elected President Of The United States, Barack Obama gave this fascinating speech at Dr. King's church:
In this next short video interview we hear Dr. King predict that he believes America could elect a black president in the next 24-40 years.
"I submit to you, that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [Speech in Detroit. June 23, 1963].
Dr. King On Vietnam and The Value Of Truth
Even though this is a video, it is just audio of a speech Dr. King gave on why he opposed the war in Vietnam. This speech ended up winning a Grammy award for The Best Spoken Word Recording. Dr. King also speaks about how he was inspired by having won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Martin Luther King's Prophetic Last Speech
Delivered April 3, 1968: The Evening Before He Was Assassinated
Dr. Martin Luther King's last public speech was delivered on a stormy night in Memphis, Tennessee and his speech was amazingly profound and prophetic. If you carefully study the words of his speech, in many ways it seemed he knew he was going to be assassinated.
There were more than 2000 people in attendance at the Mason Temple and in the photo below, taken just before Dr. King gave his final speech, we see him sitting with aid, Jesse Jackson. If you carefully examine the image below that was taken that evening in the Masonic Temple, you notice Dr. King is wearing his yellow gold Datejust. It is amazing when you realize, Dr. King gave his extremely famous "Promised Land" speech while wearing his Rolex Datejust.
It is equally profound to realize the next morning when he was murdered and martyred he was wearing his trademark yellow-gold Rolex Datejust with the Jubilee bracelet.
One Man Came In The Name Of Love
One Man Come And Go
Early Morning, April 4, 1968
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride
"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for–he isn't fit to live."
–Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Help Build The Dream!!!
Martin Luther King's story of achievement is deeply inspirational, and his legacy is perhaps more powerful today than ever. Despite the fact that he was killed in cold blood, his martyrdom in some ways is makes him more powerful than when he was alive, and you can help to contribute to his cause, thus making you a part of his movement to bring mankind together on many levels.
In April of 2010 I received an email from Lowell Dempsey from BuildTheDream.Org. He mentioned that the BuildTheDream.Org was getting close to raising the $120 Million they need to complete the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and he said:
After years of fund raising, the memorial is now $14 million away from its $120 million goal. This will be more than a monument to a great humanitarian, the National Memorial will be a place for visitors from around the world to share the spirit of love, freedom, and peace. If you are able to post or tweet about this please let me know so I can share it with the team. If you have any questions please pop me an email. And if you are able to help, thank you so much.
Dr. Sylvia Earle is a DEEP-SEA Pioneer with a list of career innovation and achievement that is mind-blowing. Her amazing career spans 60 years since she first began SCUBA diving back in 1953.
Dr. Sylvia Earle is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and she has many nicknames including "Her Deepness", "The Sturgeon General" and "The Aquanette."
I Am Woman Hear Me Roar
In Numbers Too Big To Ignore
Dr. Sylvia Earle was on the 1970 NASA Tektite II Expedition and she is pictured below on the far left, along with her "Aquanette" team-members. Sylvia was really part of the first generation of divers that allowed a woman to do anything a man could.
Dr. Silvia Earle is much more than an Aquanaut. She is a pioneering oceanographer, Botanist and Marine Biologist. She can see below as she prepares to dive in one of Dr. Phil Nuytten's innovate diving suits that allows the diver to remain unsaturated.
Dr. Sylvia Earle has appeared in many Rolex ads over the years including the two below.
Dr. Sylvia Earle is an amazing woman of incredible achievement and we will explore her history in her upcoming story and I hope to do a podcast interview with her as well. In the recent photo below we see her wearing a ladies Rolex on a President bracelet.
Aquanaut Dr. Sylvia Earle
How To Protect the Blue Heart of the Planet
TED PRIZEWinner for 2009
Rolex is an official sponsor of the amazing 2009 TED Talks and in this video, scientist and aquanaut, Dr. Sylvia Earle–who is an amazing Rolex Explorer–recently gave this incredibly insightful & inspiring 2009 TED PRIZE-winning speech:
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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