Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rolex Lume Shot of the Day...


Photo Credit: Daveathall

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

4 Years Buried Rolex Ad

4 Years Buried Rolex Ad

Eduardo Raffaelli from Buenos Aires, Argentina sent in this great Rolex ad which I believe is from the early 1950s. Definitely read the great story. Thanks Eduardo!!!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Rolex Nature Shot Of The Day: Micah's Pepsi Rolex GMT Master

Rolex Nature Shot Of The Day
Micah's Pepsi Rolex GMT Master

Micah, who makes some of the best custom-made Panerai straps on planet earth, took this photo of his classic Pepsi Rolex GMT Master. You can always find Micah and his amazing Panerai straps at

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Watch Quote Of The Day...

Watch Quote Of The Day

"A watch should tell more than time. It should tell a story." –Anon

Friday, July 26, 2013

...Rolex Underwater Shot Of The Day... Rolex DEEP-SEA

...Rolex Underwater Shot Of The Day...


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Phil Mickelson Wins 2013 Open Championship Rolex Cellini

...Rolex Coolness...

Phil Mickelson
Wins 2013 Open Championship
White Gold Rolex Cellini Danos
[Hand Wound 38 MM: Reference 4243/9]

Phil Mickelson won the 2013 Open Championship on Sunday, and it was his first time doing so. In the photo below we see Phil Mickleson wearing his trademark Rolex Cellini. In case you are not familiar with the Rolex Cellini, it is Rolexes line of dressier watches.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Rolex Lume Shot of the Month!!! Michael's Espresso GMT Master...

Rolex Lume Shot of the Month!!!
Michael's Espresso GMT Master
[Reference 1675]

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rolex Coolness: Orlando Bloom

...Rolex Coolness... 

Orlando Bloom

Lord Of The Rolexes
Vintage Rolex Explorer

Actor, Orlando Bloom is an English actor best known for his role in 2001 as the elf-prince Leoglas in Lord Of The Rings. He also starred in Black Hawk Down, Pirates of the Caribbean, Troy and Kingdom of Heaven. In the first two photos below, we see Orlando Bloom rocking a vintage Rolex Explorer II "Orange Hand" on a fatstrap.

Orlando is basically a vintage Rolex fanatic, up there with John Mayer–they actually look almost like brothers to me. In the next two photos we see Orlando Bloom rocking his vintage Rolex Explorer with a gilt dial.

Orlando Bloom is sitting on a track bike used for velodrome racing which is currently in vogue.

Vintage Rolex GMT Master

Vintage Rolex Submariner On A NATO Strap
[Reference 1680]

Orlando Bloom is pictured below with some friends and he is wearing his vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 on a NATO strap.

Vintage Rolex Milgauss on a Crocodile NATO


In this last image of Orlando Bloom, we see him wearing a Pro-Hunter Submariner on a NATO strap.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Wrist Shot Of The Day

...Wrist Shot Of The Day...

Lady Wearing Men's 36MM Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date
Pink Mother Of Pearl Dial with Diamond Markers
Being Worn with an Hermès H Bracelet

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Caroline Kennedy Rolex Two-Tone Datejust on Jubilee Bracelet

...Rolex Hotness...

Caroline Kennedy
Rolex Two-Tone Datejust on Jubilee Bracelet

Caroline Kennedy is pictured below with the First Lady, Michelle Obama attending the 50th anniversary of the Whitehouse Historical Association. Caroline Kennedy is wearing a 34mm Ladies Rolex Two-Tone Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee Bracelet.

Caroline Kennedy is pictured below with her father, former U.S. President, John F. Kennedy and her Mother, Jackie Kennedy. Some of Caroline Kennedy's cousins wear Rolex watches, including Maria Shriver and Ted Kennedy Jr. Somebody once told me Bobby Kennedy also wore a Rolex Submariner, but I have never been able to find a photo of him wearing one?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

...Rolex Lume Shot Of The Day... Jocke's Polar Explorer II

...Rolex Lume Shot Of The Day...

Jocke's Polar Explorer II

Friday, July 19, 2013

Jacqueline Bisset with Nick Nolte wearing a Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner

...Rolex Coolness...

Nick Nolte
Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner
[Reference 1680]


Peter Benchley's 1975 Jaws movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and it was a mega-hit. Jaws prompted a slew of underwater/aquatic adventure movies and TV shows. This include movies like The DEEP, and TV shows like The Man From Atlantis.

Nick Nolte wore a Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner as he costarred with Jacqueline Bisset from the movie "The Deep" from 1977, as seen below. I remember tripping on The DEEP when I was a kid. It was a great diving movie.

The DEEP featured an all-star cast including Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset, as well as Robert Shaw, Louis Gossett Jr, and Eli Wallach. Robert Shaw (pictured below in center) also starred previously in Jaws in 1975. Robert Shaw had previously also starred in From Russia With Love (1963), A Man For All Seasons (1966), The Sting (1973), and Force 10 From Navarone in 1978. Eli Wallach is pictured below on the far right, with his back to the camera.

Peter Benchley wrote Jaws and The DEEP, and he is featured below in the two Rolex Submariner ads from 1975.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Complete History Of The Rolex Air King

The Complete History Of The Rolex Air-King
by Joseph Lavender

Editors Note: Joseph Lavender is a reader of Jake's Rolex World and a big fan of the Rolex Air King. He put together this historical overview of the Rolex Air King for your reference and enjoyment.

Rolex Air-King Photo Appears Courtesy of Hannes from

The Rolex Air-King has one of the most complex histories of any Rolex model spanning nearly 70 years of continuous production.  During the Second World War, Rolex would supply their SpeedKing or other specified model on credit to British POWs. As the war drew to a close, Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf, chose to honor the RAF pilots of the Battle of Britain with a series of aviation themed watches. The "Air" series included the Air-Lion, Air-Giant, Air-Tiger, and of course the Air-King. Today, only the Air-King remains.

The first true Air-King was introduced in 1945 with the 4925. The 4925 was the follow-on to the 4365 series of "Air" models. For the international market the progression was from the 4925/4365 (sub-seconds), 4499, 6552, 5500, 14000, 14000m, then finally the super cased 114200. In 1958, however, a separate line evolved independently for specific markets. These included the Air-King-Date and the 550X models for the Commonwealth market. At the same time the 5504 Explorer 35mm case was used for the Air-King as well. This reference being the only 35mm Air-King to date. To make matters more complex, the 5500 case was used for both the Air-King and Explorer. This, of course, isn't the end of the Air-King/Explorer connection but for the sake of clarity we will leave that for another discussion. 

The models preceding the 5500, with the exception of the 6552, used Hunter movements. Rolex continuously issued new reference numbers as they refined the Air-King line. The 6552, introduced in 1953, can be considered a transitional model to the 5500 as they appear very similar. 

1963 Rolex Air-King Advertisement Pictured Above

The 5500 was introduced in 1957 and  used a caliber 1520 or 1530 movement but due to import laws, the jewels were reduced in the 1520. The 1520 was either 17 (US market) or 26 jewels. The 1530 had 17, 25 or 26 jewel variants. The movement type was denoted on the dial with the text Precision or no text for the 1520 and Super Precision for the 1530. Many dials were used during the long 37 year production run. Today, some are extremely rare, including the double red. This dial was an early production dial with the words Air-King and Super Precision in red. 

After the 5500s long and mostly unchanged 37 year run, the Air-King line was upgraded to a sapphire crystal and new cal 3000 movement. This new Air-King was rechristened with the reference number 14000.  Refreshed versions of the 5500 dials carried on with new 3/6/9 Explorer style dials following shortly after. This reference also marked the introduction of the engine turned bezel , reference 14010. The 14000 series received the cal 3130 movement in 2000 and the change was noted in the reference number with the letter M for Modified.

Rolex Air-King Photo Appears Courtesy of Hannes from

The 14000 series gave way to the 1142XX in 2007. This reference series was a full face lift for the AirKing. New concentric dials were added, the case became thicker at the lugs, and a brand new machined Oyster bracelet replaced the 78350. The engine turned bezel was retained but dropped only a couple of years later. A white gold fluted bezel became an option for the first time. Also, the 1142XX was the first Air-King to receive COSC certification. These changes took the Air-King line firmly into the modern Rolex range before most of the more famous Rolex cousins such as the Submariner. 

The photo below shows a modern Rolex Air-King with a 34mm white dial side by side with a standard black dial 36mm Rolex Explorer. 

Rolex Air-King Photo Appears Courtesy of Hannes from

List Of All Rolex Air-King Models

34mm Standard Air-King

4925 Introduced in 1945 Cal 10.5'
4365 Introduced in 1945 Cal 10.5'
4499 Introduced in 1946 Cal 10.5'
6552 Introduced in 1953 Cal 1030
5500 Introduced in 1957 Cal 1520/1530
14000 Introduced in 1989 Cal 3000
14010 Introduced in 1989 Cal 3000 (Engine Turned Bezel)
14000M Introduced in 2000 Cal 3130
14010M Introduced in 2000 Cal 3130 (Engine Turned Bezel)
114200 Introduced in 2007 Cal 3130 (Smooth Bezel, COSC)
114210 Introduced in 2007 Cal 3130 (Engine Turned Bezel, COSC, Discontinued)
114234 Introduced in 2007 Cal 3130 (White Gold Fluted Bezel, COSC)

550X for the US, UK, and Commonwealth Markets

5520 Introduced in 1974 until 1986 34mm Gold Filled Case, Steel Case Back Cal 1520
5504 Introduced in 1958 Cal 1530 (35mm)
5501 Introduced Appx 1958 Cal 1530 (Two-Tone Fluted Bezel 14k)
5502 Introduced Appx 1958 Cal 1530 (Gold Plated 40 Microns)
5506 Introduced Appx 1958 Cal 1530 (Gold Plated 40 Microns)

Air-King-Date Commonwealth Markets (Production lasting into the 1980s)

5700 Introduced in 1958 Cal 1525/1535
5701 Introduced in 1958 Cal 1525/1535 (Two-Tone)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rolex Coolness: Sylvester Stallone

...Rolex Coolness...

Sylvester Stallone
Rocky Balboa Rolex Collection

If you listened to the T. Walker Lloyd podcast interviews I believe he spoke about his experiences with Sylvester Stallone. Sly is pictured below sporting his yellow gold Rolex Submariner with the black dial and bezel in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Since the yellow gold Rolex has no nickname I am officially nicknaming it the "Sylvester Stallone Submariner."

You have to click the play button on the video below to get into the true spirit of this know you wanna...

Sylvester Stallone is picture below with John Travolta on the set of Stayin' Alive, which Sylvester Stallone directed. Sly is wearing his Rolex Submariner in the photo below.

Ronald Reagan and Sylvester Stallone
Two California Classics

Sylvester Stallone is pictured below with his wife at the time, Briget Nielsen at a White House party with then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Who You Callin' Girlyman!?!

Sly is pictured below with the Gubernator, and notice Arnold Schwarzenegger is wearing his yellow gold Rolex Mocha GMT on a Jubilee. Rolex seriously needs to bring back the brown bezel and dial on the yellow gold GMT Master–it was a superb color combination!!!

Sly's Black-Out Concept Rolex Daytona

In the recent photo below, we see Sylvester Stallone wearing his customized Black-Out Concept Rolex Daytona.