Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Tesla Roadster

Going Plaid!!!

New Tesla Roadster

0-60MPH in 1.9 Seconds!!!!!

Just yesterday I wrote a story about how much the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf admired American inventor, Thomas Edison. This is ironic, as Elon Musk is not only the Thomas Edison of our time, but also the Henry Ford, and Nikola Tesla—all bundled into one person. 

Tesla semi truck next to next-generation Tesla Roadster. Photo appears courtesy of TechCrunch.

Tonight, in Southern California, Elon Musk just unveiled the new Tesla Trucks, and surprised everybody by unveiling the upcoming next-generation Tesla Roadster which can do 0-60MPH (97KPH) in 1.9 seconds, making it the faster production car ever made!!! And even crazier, it has a 620 Mile range, achieved by a 200 Kilowatt hour batter, which means it will be able to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back on one charge!!!

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On a side note, the fact the upcoming next-generation Roadster has a 200 Killowat hour battery, that can travel 620 miles before it needs to be recharged, is probably a sign of things to come for the Tesla Model S and Model X, which currently max out at 100 Killowat hours. Basically, this could very well be the death knell for internal combustion engines, assuming a Model S or X Tesla could travel over 600 miles on one charge!

You can watch a replay of Elon Musk's AMAZING Keynote he gave tonight by watching the video below:

I almost forgot!?!! The star of the Tesla Keynote this evening in California was supposed to be the new line of Tesla Semi Trucks, as seen below. These vehicles represent a complete game-changing disruptive technology. 

Basically, in about 10 years there will be no more diesel trucks on the road. Instead, we will see these Tesla Semi Truck driving up and down the highways of the world with complete autonomy. In other words, they drive around and pick up and drop off cargo without even having a human on board. This will make highway driving much safer while significantly reducing freight cost, not to mention it will be much more environmentally friendly as these Tesla trucks will be powered exclusively by solar power generated from sunlight. 

Going Plaid!!!

During Elon Musk's keynote, which can be seen in the video above, he mentions how the only speed beyond Ludicrous is Going Plaid, which you get to witness yourself in the video below.

Going Plaid is a reference to the movie Spaceballs, which was a Mel Brooks parody of the original Star Wars Trilogy. Going Plaid is a play on Hyperspace. 

Now that I think about it, we are living in a fascinating time where many things are going plaid so to speak. Beyond the Tesla, there was the recent release of the iPhone X, not to mention Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona selling for close to $18 Million, which was definitely a great example of something Going Plaid!!!
Now that I really think about it, Sir Jackie Stewart comes to mind when I think about Going Plaid and Super-fast cars.

Rolex and Cinema

Rolex and Cinema

I was just visiting and noticed on the front page there was a banner for a Rolex and Cinema microsite, so I clicked on it, and noticed the video below is live. Why is this strange? After Rolex announced they were sponsoring the Academy Awards earlier this year I wrote a detailed history of Rolex @ Academy Awards. 

A month or so, after I covered the Oscars, I noticed the video above was not available on YouTube, as it said the video was private, so I assumed they were only airing it for a limited period of time. BTW, I did a detailed analysis of this video, to figure out who all the characters were, which was fascinating!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hans Wilsdorf Founder Of Rolex 1946 Rolex Jubilee Magazine Ad

Hans Wilsdorf
Founder Of Rolex
1946 Rolex Jubilee Magazine Ad

The Supremacy Of The Wristlet Watch

This Rolex Magazine advertisement from 1946 offers fascinating insight into the history of the Founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf. Basically, in this ad, Rolex tells the story of how Hans Wilsdorf invested everything he had in the belief that the wrist-watch would overtake the pocket-watch. 

It is absolutely fascinating to learn how inspired Rolex Founder, Hans Wilsdorf was, by the American inventor, Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison is one of my heroes, as he was one of the most innovative businessmen and inventors in history!!! My favorite Thomas Edison quote is:

"There is a way to do it better—find it!!!" 
—Thomas Edison

I would also like to point out that the Rolex magazine ad from 1946 at the top of this story articulates and confirms perfectly a myth that has been correctly perpetuated for at least a decade. In other words, many, many people have passed along this story about how men wearing 'wristlets' was so unfashionable, and considered to be effeminate. This ad is super-profound as it spells out and thus confirms the story perfectly, word-for-word. It is also worth pointing out that Hans Wilsdorf was not only alive when this was published, but likely provided the ghost-writing behind it!

The Original 1945 Rolex Pre-Datejust
The Design Ethos Of Every Modern Rolex

It is amazing how timeless the original Rolex Date from 1945 is!!! Notice it lacks the Datejust designation on the dial and has no cyclops-lens on the crystal. This model was an absolute game-changer in every way, and I believe this watch represents the absolute design ethos of every modern Rolex. This includes the modern Datejust, Day-Date, Submariner, GMT-Master, Daytona, Explorer, Air-King–you name it, it all began with this harbinger.

...Everything Considered Classic Today Was Once Considered To Me Modern...

This was the first watch in the world to ad a date-window complication and Rolex introduced the Jubilee Bracelet in 1945 on this model. The reason it's named the Jubilee Bracelet is the 40th anniversary (in marriage parlance/nomenclature) is typically referred to as The Ruby Jubilee, just as the 25th is referred to as The Silver Anniversary and the 50 Anniversary is referred to as The Golden Anniversary. I also believe it was the first Rolex watch to feature solid end links.

Thomas Edison

Founder Of General Electric

As we saw in the 1945 Rolex advertisement at the top of this story, Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf was extremely inspired by Thomas Edison's amazing career achievements.

Thomas Edison is considered by many to be the greatest inventor of all-time. He invented the modern electric light bulb, the record-player, stock-ticker tape, the motion picture camera, Mechanical Vote Recorder, as well as the battery for an electric car!!! Edison was also the first person to electrify a city, which was New York.

Thomas Edison held 1,093 U.S. Patents in his name, as well as international patents in countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. 

The Thomas Edison documentary goes into great detail on many of Edison's amazing lifetime achievements:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

YACHT-MASTER 18KT Everose Gold

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


40MM: 18KT Everose Gold

I have to admit that when I first saw this new Rolex Everose YACHT-MASTER, It did not appeal to me very much. It almost seemed weird looking, but lately, it has been growing on me. I think it has something to do with the fact the Rolex logo and chapter ring has a gilt dial look or something like that. In the future, I plan to write more about it, but I thought I would share this image for now.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Friedrich Gulda's Tangerine Dream Day-Date...

...One Of The Greatest Pianists That Ever Lived...

Friedrich Gulda

Friedrich Gulda is considered to be one of the greatest pianists in history. His unconventional style gained him many accolades as well as criticism. He was known for his amazing interpretations of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Shubert. He was also known for his eccentric behavior that defied convention. In 1999, a year before he actually died, he faked his own death and later said he did so because he wanted to see what the media would write about him.

Friedrich Gulda began his piano career as a classical pianist, but he tended to stray and would improvise. This resulted in him being nicknamed by some as "The Terrorist Pianist". I always perceived him as being almost the Jerry Lee Lewis pianist of classical music. This video below was shot back in 1964, and showcases Gulda's amazing classical piano abilities, as he plays Bach.

Light My Fire

Later in Friedrich's career, he was considered to be the cross-over maverick of his age, as he got into playing jazz piano. In this next video—shot in 1989—Friedrich plays, a radical version of Light My Fire (By The Doors) which was one of his favorite songs. Notice he is wearing his yellow gold Rolex Tangerine-Dream Day-Date. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!

Tangerine Dream Day-Date

The photos of the Orange Sherbert Dial Rolex Day-Date seen above are the actual watch that was owned by Friedrich Gulda as seen on his wrist in the photo below.

I have said in the past I believe many Rolex watches are high art, and this Tangerine Dream is no exception. It is so unusual and it reminds me of tangerines and a burst of sunshine. I think it is fascinating.

Night & Day

Here is a video you can watch of Friedrich Gulda playing live with Herbie Hancock and in the video you can see him wearing his Tangerine Day-Date. This is just amazing!!!!!

Here is another performance on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5, with Gulda sporting his Rolex. It is amazing how talented he was!!!!!!!

Amazing Documentary

Below is an incredible documentary on Friedrich Gulda's life and career achievements which explored and spanned so many different musical a piano playing Larry David ;-). It has English subtitles and offers fascinating insight into his personality and highly experimental career, as well as his many transformations.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Rolex Lume Shot of the Day: Explorer II Mark II Dial Lume...

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

Jocke's Rolex Orange Hand Explorer II
[Reference 1655]

Saturday, November 11, 2017

SEAL-DWELLER: The Tyrone Woods Story

Veterans Day Special


The Tyrone Woods Story

By Daniel Crivello

James Badge Dale, above, who plays retired Navy SEAL Tyrone "Rone" Woods wears a Rolex Submariner 116610 in Michael Bay's movie "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." When the movie came out  it tells the story of the six American men in Benghazi who fought a terror attack in 2012  the watch community went abuzz with theories on the exact Rolex worn by Tyrone. The date-cyclop in the picture above is clearly visible which makes the Sea-Dweller improbable. The movie was released in 2016, a year before the 43mm cyclop-equipped Sea-Dweller.

Because of quick action shots and poor lighting, it is hard to tell if the actor is wearing a Submariner with the Lunette Noire or Verte variant. [Warning, spoiler ahead:] No green bezel is clearly seen on Tyrone's wrist in the movie, except at the end, when Tyrone's effects are collected by his SEAL buddy.

Still, the bracelet above is not a Rolex bracelet. And the clasp is definitely different than the clasp of a six-digit-reference Rolex worn in the first picture on top. The clasp of a modern Rolex is more visible in the shot below. This bit of "watch swapping," or artistic license by Michael Bay made me wonder if the real Tyrone actually owned a Rolex.

I decided to read the 350 pages of 13 Hours, the book on which the movie was based, but I found no mention of any watch worn by him. In this testosterone-fueled action movie filled with G-Shock-wearing Special Ops types, why did Michael Bay decide to have one guy wear a Rolex?

After all, G-Shocks, not Rolex, were the current standard-issue watches for Special Ops. Was it to give Tyrone, the leader of the Global Response Staff (GRS) contractors in Benghazi, a more mature, dignified image as a veteran? Or maybe Michael Bay just loved Rolexes.

Michael Bay wears a Rolex, above and below. He sports a white-dial, stainless-steel Daytona reference 116520. 

I've also heard that some actors insist on wearing their personal watches in movies. Maybe James Badge Dale, not Tyrone, owned the Rolex Submariner featured in 13 HoursI found an interview with the actor playing Tyrone. The interview was made on location, and his personal watch is clearly not a Rolex but an Omega Speedmaster.

As much as I am a Rolex fan, I wanted to learn more about Tyrone as a person. Both my grandfathers served in the military. My dad served in the military, and I served in the military. I write about my grandpa, a submariner, in this post

To say Tyrone and other GRS team members came under attack in Benghazi during the night of Sept. 11, 2012, is only half the story. Tyrone and his men left their covert CIA Annex location which was not under attack to rush to the U.S. diplomatic mission that was the target of a violent and coordinated attack by insurgents. The mission had only three on-site security guards and the two that Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens brought with him from Tripoli.

After Tyrone and other team members carried out the rescue of State Department personnel, they would continue to fight from the roof of the CIA Annex. Tyrone lost his life in a sustained mortar attack at dawn that lasted 11 minutes. Still, the 31 lives of the State Department personnel and residents-staff of the Annex were saved thanks to him and his men.

I contacted Cheryl Croft Bennett, Tyrone's mother, who was kind enough to provide me with pictures of her son. I got chills when I saw actual pictures of him wearing his watch  indeed a Rolex  a Sea-Dweller! His mom is president of the Tyrone Snowden Woods Wrestling Foundation organized to honor Tyrone's becoming a state champion while in High School, in 1989. Wrestling was a mean for channeling his grit and competitiveness. At the age of 13, Tyrone had already earned an Oregon Hunter's Safety card and a Professional Association of Diving Instructors certification. Tyrone was a true SEAL in the making.

He earned his trident at the age of 20 and was a Navy SEAL for two decades, serving multiple tours of duty in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Jack Silva, a SEAL teammate, would later describe him as "smart and effective, a natural born leader, and perhaps the most motivated and hardest-working person I'd ever met," which is no small praise among Special Ops veterans.

Tyrone served as the medical corpsman and paramedic on SEAL teams 1, 3 and 5 and became a Bronze Star recipient. He had hands that could heal and the hands of a warrior. 

By the time Tyrone retired at the age of 40, U.S. government agencies relied more on contractors to provide security abroad. They were usually made of former Special Ops guys like Tyrone who were trying to adapt to civilian life. He heard through the SEAL grapevine of openings at Global Response Staff. 

Mystery solved! Above and below, pictures of Tyrone's actual watch, a Rolex Sea-Dweller reference 16660. The pictures were taken by him. Nicknamed the "Triple 6," the reference 16660 was a transitional model which boasted double the depth rating of previous Sea-Dwellers.

Tyrone holding his watch showing the reference 16660 in an undated picture. I call it the "SEAL-Dweller."

The picture below is a picture of a Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 like the one Tyrone owned. The "Triple-6" was the first Sea-Dweller to be equipped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It had the Caliber 3035, which replaced the Caliber 1575 of the previous Sea-Dweller ref. 1665.

Tyrone retired from the Navy at the age of 40 with the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer, which means that his pay had topped between $50,000 and $70,000 a year, according to  too little, I feel, for such an elite warrior.

Shortly after he had retired, he thought about selling his two-watch collection, a Panerai and the Sea-Dweller, two favorites of Navy SEALs, in order to raise money. 

On January 1st, 2010, late on a Friday night, he registered an account with under the username "sdfrog177." He wrote a post mentioning the sale of his Panerai Luminor Marina 44mm and a Rolex Sea-Dweller "triple 6 model (1983-1984 model)." Tyrone wrote that he was looking for a reputable shop in San Diego that is familiar with the value of these watches, and would anyone have any names available? "Thanks, T.W.," he signed at the bottom. 

Tyrone received no response. That year, he decided to join Global Response Staff. But after several assignments  and eager to spend more time at home with his family and infant son  he decided that Benghazi would be his last trip as an American security force contractor.

I am writing these lines two weeks after the auction of a rare, discontinued Rolex worn by a good-looking actor with blue eyes reached the highest price in the history of horology — $15.5 million before buyer's fees and sales taxes. And I can't help but think about Tyrone Woods, an American hero, a decorated elite warrior who fought for his country and saved countless lives during his 20-year service. He too was wearing a discontinued Rolex reference model. 

My hope is that the watch stays in the family   that it will be maintained, treasured and worn with more pride than a Paul Newman Daytona. But if the SEAL-Dweller ever gets auctioned off, you can count on me to be the first bidder.

Note from Jake: I am in awe of Danny's writing and research skill. He shared such a moving story with us on Veteran's Day. If you want to learn more about the relationship between Navy Seals and Rolex, I recommend checking out Chapter 20 of The Complete History Of The Rolex Submariner & SEA-DWELLER: Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean, which is titled, U.S. Navy Seals: Rolex Submariner Heritage.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day...

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Now We Are Talkin'!!!!

 Now We're Talkin'!!!!! 

Danny just sent me a text to let me know that Rolex just launched this fantastic new video which covers Rolex's new strategic partnership with National Geographic. You can find out way more on the Exploration microsite. You can learn much more about the Global Exploration Partnership between National Geographic and Rolex in the article I wrote back in July.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Contemplating The Paul Newman Daytona

Contemplating The 

Paul Newman Daytona

Friday before last stunned the world when Paul Newman's trademark Exotic Dial Daytona sold for close to $18 Million. I am working on a Super-Detailed follow-up article that will offer the most holistic overview of the significance of The Paul Newman, and as soon as I get it done I will publish it. 

The Paul Newman Daytona Thinker

If you missed the Paul Newman Daytona, or if you just want to trip on it again, you can watch a HD version below shot from different angles than the live Phillips feed. This was one dramatic event to witness!!!

People everywhere are in awe and contemplating what this new reality means, which is almost as fascinating as the auction event itself.

If you missed the event, Hodinkee created this AMAZING video overview of the Paul Newman Daytona auction highlights: