Thursday, August 25, 2016

When you were young and your heart was an open book, you used to say 'Live & Let Live'...

Live & Let Die 

Rolex Sawtooth Submariner

The Rolex Instagram page seems to be impressing a lot of people—including me—with the superb content they are generating. Today, Rolex put up this very special Rolex Submariner on the Official Rolex Instagram page, which it titled:

"This is a pretty sharp watch. A Submariner with a special spin. Customized in 1973, it features a unique rope-cutting, villain-escape function."

Below is the amazing Rolex History behind this one-of-a-kind Rolex Sawtooth Submariner. It was originally published on November 8, 2015:

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James Bond

Iconic Rolex Submariner 

Sells For $363,000!!!!

Specialized Unique Reference 5513

James Bond and Rolex are both extremely iconic brands. In 1973 when Roger Moore took over as James Bond, his first Bond movie was Live and Let Die, and he wore a Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 as seen in the photos below.

Rogers Moore is pictured above and below with the gorgeous Jane Seymour, who co-stared with him in Live and Let Die. This watch that sold at auction is NO ordinary Rolex Submariner, even though it appears to be in these photos. The watch was highly customized for the movie, as you can see lower in this story.

The James Bond Movie, Live and Let Die was an EXTREMELY successful movie at the Box Office. The scenes in this movie that featured his special Rolex Submariner are deeply ingrained in many peoples minds, which is arguably why this highly iconic sold for so much!

As previously mentioned, Rogers Moore's Rolex Submariner was highly customized, and it included a spinning bezel with sharp teeth that could cut through rope, as seen in the screen shots from Live and Let die—pictured above and below.

The sketches below show the Syd Cain's conceptual schematics for this unique "James Bond Rolex Submariner."  Last time, in 2011 this watch was auctioned for around $200,000, but four short years later, it almost doubled in price!!!

In the movie Bond used the Magnetic Field Generator to unzip Madeline Smith's dress. Roger Moore said, "Sheer magnetism, darling." The prop watch had special hole in it that held the very fine wire that was used to "invisibly" unzip Miss Smith's dress as seen below:

The photo below shows the inside of the watch. The fan blades inside the case were added so that when compressed air was blown inside the watch, as a special effect, it caused the Submariner bezel to rotate and simulate the spinning saw blade. Ironically, in order to get the fan blade element in the watch, they had to remove the movement altogether.

You can learn much more about the history of this watch in my 13 Part Story named The Complete History Of James Bond Watches.

So Paul McCartney leaves the Beatles and starts a new band called "Wings", and writes a little song which is equally iconic to any Beatles song. 

You know the super-iconic words by McCartney:

When you were young and your heart was an open book
You used to say live and let live!
(you know you did, you know you did you know you did!)
But if this ever changing world in which we're living
Makes you give in and cry

Say live and let die
Live and let die
Live and let die
Live and let die

What does it matter to ya
When you got a job to do
You gotta do it well
You gotta give the other fellow hell

When you were young and your heart was an open book
You used to say live and let live
(you know you did, you know you did you know you did)
But if this ever changing world in which we're living
Makes you give in and cry

Say live and let die
Live and let die
Live and let die
Live and let die

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Roger Federer 2017 Mercedes Benz SL Ad

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Roger Federer

2017 Mercedes Benz SL Mockumentary

Roger Federer is not only considered to be the greatest tennis player that ever lived, but he is also an official Rolex Ambassador. 

Mercedes just came out with this really funny ad that features Roger, and of course, you see him wearing different Rolex watch models. 

It's kind of funny, because Roger really is a dyed-in-the-wool Rolex fanatic, as we see him wearing Rolex watches throughout the mochumentary... 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Isabell Werth World Champion Dressage

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Isabell Werth
World Champion Dressage

Isabell Werth is one of the top equestrian horseback riders in the world. She has won 10 Olympic medals, including 6 gold Olympic medals, as well as 7 Dressage World Championships. 

Speaking of Olympics, Issabell Werth just won Gold again at the Summer Olympics in Brazil in the Team Dressage event, and she also won Silver a Silver Medal in Individual Dressage. This is a truly remarkable feat, as she has been winning Olympic Gold Medals since her Olympic debut in Barcelona in 1992. She has competed in the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2016 Olympics.

Equestrian dressage is so amazingly majestic and interesting to watch, as we see in the video below of Isabell Werth's amazing performance!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Vintage Rolex Ad: Summer of Love Olympics

Summer Of Love Submariner
1968 Acapulco Summer Olympic Games
Stainless Steel Reference 5513

It's Olympic time again, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some vintage Rolex Olympic ads. This first one is from the 1968 Summer Olympic Games which were held in Mexico City, Mexico. The boating events of the XIX Olympiad were held in Acapulco, Mexico, which is featured in the Rolex ad below.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Special 1988 International Olympic Committee Rolex

1988 International Olympic Committee Rolex 

Back in May of 2014, Sotheby's auctioned off a very rare 36MM Rolex Datejust which was made for the International Olympic Committee in 1988. The watch achieved an auction sale price of $24,000. I have seen these models before, and of course it is always interesting to see something so fascinating with two great 20th Century icons together.  If I recall correctly, Olympic Skiing legend, Jean-Claude Killy wears this same model.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Star Trek Rolex Cast of Newest Star Trek Movie

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Star Trek Rolex
Cast Members of Newest Star Trek Movie

The newest Star Trek Beyond movie is currently in theaters, and some of the key Star Trek actors, and writers wear Rolex watches in real life. Below we see Chris Pine, who plays Captain Kirk, sporting his vintage stainless steel Rolex Submariner.

To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before!

The original Star Trek TV series was just about as iconic as it gets. In the photo below, we see William Shatner as Captain Kirk, along with Leonard Nimoy, who played the fascinating Mr. Spock. Shatner and Nimoy were so iconic together, they were almost like peanut butter and jelly.

Speaking of Captain Kirk wearing a Rolex Submariner, let's not forget that the original Captain Kirk played by William Shatner also wears a stainless steel Rolex Submariner. In the photo below we see William Shatner attending a Star Trek movie debut, standing next to Leonard Nimoy, who was the original Spock.

Speaking of Leonard Nimoy who played Mr. Spock, it is hard to imagine anybody could ever do as good a job, but Zachary Quinto who is pictured below does an excellent job. Notice Zachary Quinto is wearing a Rolex Oyster Perpetual in the photo below.

Idris Elba is pictured below and he plays Krall in the new Star Trek Beyond movie.  As you can seen in the photo below, he is wearing a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.

Star Trek Beyond
4K Movie Trailer

Cool Captain Kirk
Chris Pine Rolex Submariner

Chris Pine who plays Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek movies can be seen bellow at the Indianapolis 500 wearing his Submariner, along with wearing his Steve McQueen Foldable Persol Sunglasses.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Stefano Mazzariol Cream Colored Explorer II...

Stefano Mazzariol
Cream Colored Explorer II

This excellent photo from Stefano Mazzariol is of a first generation stainless steel Rolex Explorer II with a cream colored dial and white gold applied indices and matching hands. All later generation versions of this watch have a white dial with black applied indices with black hands.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Stan Barrett: The World's First Supersonic Driver

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Stan Barrett
The World's First Supersonic Driver
Wearing A Special Paul Newman Daytona

Recently, I have been spending much time interviewing legendary stunt man, speed demon, NASCAR Race Car Driver, Pilot, and philanthropist, Stan Barrett. I was introduced to Stan by my good pal, David Concannon who is a famous explorer himself

Stan Barrett was best friends with Paul Newman and if you think he looks a lot like Paul Newman, you are right. As a matter of fact, he was Paul Newman's stunt double in many famous movies, and another thing they shared was a love for Rolex. It was actually Paul Newman who turned Stan Barrett on to Rolex when he began giving him Rolex sports watches as gifts. Stan Barrett is pictured below in a recent photo, still wearing his loyal and trusted Pepsi GMT-Master.

"My Rolex watches have been like good luck charms for me—especially since many of them were gifts from my best pal, Paul Newman."  —Stan Barrett

This is not only a fascinating story about man and machine, but a story about a man's man who constantly pushed the envelope. As we will learn, Stan Barrett is The Real Deal. How real? He was a Golden Gloves boxing winner and has two black belts in Karate. Oh, and he used to work-out with Bruce Lee.

Stan Barrett is pictured below with his good pal, Paul Newman, and notice both are wearing Rolex sport model watches. The photo was taken in 1975 at a mud race track one weekend when they were filming the movie, The Drowning Pool. Stan is wearing his Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master and Paul Newman is wearing his trademark Paul Newman Daytona with the exotic white dial. Later in this story we will delve into their friendship that lasted 40 years.

Supersonic Speed King

Rolex has an amazing history with land-speed kings, beginning with Sir Malcolm Campbell, who wore a Rolex while setting multiple land speed records back in the 1920s & 1930s. Today, Rolex is a sponsor for the Bloodhound SSC, with Andy Green driving, which is scheduled in 2017 to attempt to set a new land speed record at 1000MPH, which is 239 miles faster than Supersonic. 

Let's go back to 1979, and take a look at the man who was the very first to shatter the Supersonic sound barrier on wheels, and his name is Stan Barrett.

In the photo below we see Stan Barrett wearing his Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master and Rolex Daytona on his left wrist as he prepares to become the first man to drive a vehicle on earth past the speed of sound. The Rolex Daytona on his wrist is no ordinary watch. Stan Barrett's best friend, Paul Newman gave him that Daytona specially for the occasion of his attempt to break the sound barrier. 

In the photo below we see Stan Barrett on his Budweiser rocket car, sporting his red K-Swiss sneakers just after shattering the Speed Of Sound Barrier, and notice he is still wearing two Rolex watches on his left wrist. 

On Jake's Rolex World I specialize in sharing the stories behind the stories, and this is no exception. In order to really understand this story, I recommend first watching the two compelling video documentaries below, as they offer an amazing historical context.

The first video below showcases live video from the Stan Barrett's event when he drove the Budweiser Rocket Car past the speed of sound–right into the history books. I highly recommend watching this fascinating documentary. 

The next video below shows the live coverage of the event from 1979, and I highly recommend watching it as well. It is particularly fascinating to gain Chuck Yeager's insight and passionate perspective.

Stan Barrett is pictured below just after becoming the first man to break the sound barrier on land, and that is no other than Chuck Yeager standing over him. Stan was recorded driving at 739.666 Miles Per Hour in the Budweiser Rocket car in 1979. 

Many other famous Rolex wearing speed demons were also present to witness his achievement, not just Chuck Yeager,  but also, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, and William J. "Pete" Knight, who, to this day holds the all-time speed record for level flight, when he flew an X-15 at Mach 6.7

THE Paul Newman Daytona

Paul Newman (pictured below wearing his famous exotic cream dial Rolex Daytona) gave Stan the Rolex Daytona he wore on his record setting speed run in the Budweiser Rocket Car, but refused to attend, because he didn't want to see one of his best friends killed in a rocket car.

An Amazing Friendship

Stan Barrett and Paul Newman were best friends for four decades. Stan told me, "Paul and I were as close as too straight guys could be for over forty years, sharing many wonderful and fun times, and a few challenging days as well." The photo below of Stan Barrett and Paul Newman was taken in the early 1970s, and shows Stan Barrett holding his cast which he cut off so he could go skiing with Paul Newman.

Stan Barrett and Paul Newman first met, when Stan began as Paul Newman's stunt double. Paul was 18 years older than Stan, and used to tease him by saying Stan was his illegitimate son since the looked and were built similar. The photo below was taken in Yosemite in 1975.

In the next set of photos below, we see Paul Newman climbing into the Budweiser Rocket to check it out. These photos were taken at Boneville.

In the next image below we see Stan Barrett with his back to us, as he helps his best pal, Paul Newman climb in the Budweiser Rocket. In the photos, we see Paul Newman, who was an accomplished race-car driver struggling to get in the Budweiser Rocket, which demonstrates just how challenging it was to get in and out of.

In the next two images taken at the same event we see Stan Barrett and Paul Newman sharing some smiles.

Stan Barrett said to me in an interview, "We were like father and son in some ways due to our 18 years age difference, but more than anything we were just great pals. We would spend countless hours talking about everything you could imagine."

The photo above and below were taken on Stan Barrett's birthday, and in the photo below we see Stan's son, Stanton Barrett, who today is a famous NASCAR race car driver.

This next set of images is not only interesting but offers rare insight into Paul Newman's sense of humor. In this first image we see Paul Newman and Stan Barrett hanging out at a NASCAR racing event where Stan was racing.

Paul Newman sent the signed photograph below to Stan Barrett as a signed memento. It is really funny if you think about it. Stan is saying "Can I open my eyes now?", and Paul's character says "No Autographs PALEASE!" Then Paul signed it, "Two dunces in search of character!"

I believe the photo below is one of the last photos of Stan Barrett and Paul Neman taken before Paul passed away. Stan told me "I really miss Paul and Hal Needham as they were my closest friends. Actually, they were more like kin."

The photo below is a recent close-up wrist-shot of the GMT-Master Paul Newman gave Stan Barrett, which Stan still wears.

The Right Stuff

The Complete History Of The Rolex GMT-Master & Daytona

Rolex X-Files

Rolex makes many famous and iconic watches, like the Day-Date, Datejust, Milgauss, and Yacht-Master. They also make the Rolex GMT-Master which historically has been a pilots watch, as well as the Rolex Daytona Chronograph, which was originally intended to be a racing watch. So a good question is what do the Rolex GMT-Master and Rolex Daytona have in common? Probably much more than most people realize, and that is kind of what this story is about, and I will go more into this later.

The Speed King

So now that you know Stan Barrett's story, lets go deep— really deep—into the story behind the story. On the surface, with Stan Barrett we see a man who set a number of world land speed records, back, to back, to back, but what does this all mean? In order to really understand, we need to get in The Rolex Time Machine and go back to the early 1920s. Enter, Sir Malcolm Campbell, known famously as The Speed King.

Sir Malcolm Campbell was English and was an early pioneer in setting land-speed records. In the photo below we see Malcolm Campbell in 1922 at Saltburn Sands in North Yorkshire, Wales in his Sunbeam V12, which had a 350 horsepower engine. He proudly named this Sunbeam, Blue Bird. On June 17, 1922 he set his first record when he drove it at 138.08 miles per hour.

Sir Malcolm Campbell was a Rolex fanatic and we see him below wearing his Rolex Oyster with a cushion case [Think Early Panerai Reference 3646 Art-Deco style].

Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf was so impressed with Sir Malcolm Campbell's achievements, he offered him to become the first male Rolex Brand Ambassador, and pictured below we see a 1930 Rolex magazine ad featuring Sir Malcolm Campbell.

Sir Malcolm Campbell set one land speed record after another, and in his later years of record setting, ended up in the U.S.A. racing his significantly updated Blue Bird up and down Daytona Beach in Florida.

The video below shows Sir Malcolm Cambell setting a new land speed record on the hard-packed sand of Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Right Stuff

Next in the line of men Barrier Breakers who wore Rolex watches is Chuck Yeager. The singed photo below from Chuck Yeager to Stan Barrett shows Chuck Yeager in front of his P-51 Mustang fighter plane he nicknamed 'Glamourous Glennis'. The photo was taken in England in 1944 at RAF Leiston, when Chuck Yeager was an Ace World War II fighter pilot.

After World War II, Chuck Yeager came back to the United States where he became a United States Air-Force Test Pilot.   

On a clear California winter day, on October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager flew into the record books, as the first pilot to Break The Speed Of Sound. He did this flying his X-1 at an altitude of 45,000 feet (13,700 M), and of course he did this wearing his faithful Rolex Oyster Perpetual.

The signed photo below was a gift to Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf, from Chuck Yeager in 1954.

Chuck Yeager is a dyed-in-the-wool Rolex fanatic of the highest order. He was wearing his trusted Rolex Oyster Perpetual the day he broke the speed of sound barrier in 1947, and in the later photo below, taken in the 1950s, we see him wearing his Big Crown Rolex Submariner. 

It turns out Chuck Yeager would play a vital role in Stan Barrett's success with breaking the speed of sound barrier on land, many years later at Edwards Air Force Base.  After 9 runs at Boneville, the Budweiser Rocket kept digging into the unstable salt surface which presented a serious safety issue. 

Chuck Yeager was so engaged in the process, he took it upon himself to go directly to U.S. Air Force General Phil Conley who was the commander of the Edwards Test Center to seek permission to move the project to Edwards Air Force base.

Chuck Yeager was enamored with the project as well as  Stan Barrett. So much so, he once said to Stan Barrett, "Driving that beauty looks like a lot of fun!?!!" He kept asking Stan when he could drive it, and then he put forth a proposal that he wanted to be the back-up driver for setting the speed of sound record in the Budweiser Rocket. He asked to have his name painted on the outside of the Budweiser Rocket—listed as the Backup Driver.

So one day, after Stan set the record, he let his pal Chuck Yeager drive the Budweiser Rocket Car. The photo above is kind of funny because if you look closely, you notice Chuck Yeager is wearing Stan Barrett's racing uniform, as well as his K-Swiss shoes. Stan and Chuck ended up becoming good friends—a friendship that exists to this day.

The Fastest Man That Ever Flew

The next man in the line of Rolex Barrier Breakers was U. S. Air Force Test-Pilot & NASA Astronaut, William J. "Pete" Knight

William J. "Pete" Knight is pictured above and below in front of his X-15 Spaceship. Notice I said Spaceship and not airplane. The X-15 looks like an airplane, but airplanes can't leave the Earth's atmosphere like an X-15 could.

The Hypersonic X-15 Experimental Spacecrafts were made by a U.S. Company named North American, and they were rocket-powered aircraft. The X-Series began with the Bell X-1 that Chuck Yeager flew in 1947, and ended up with the X-15.

In the photo below we see William J. 'Pete' Knight's special X-15a he flew into the record books when he set the all-time speed record for level flight. A record that he holds to this day. On a clear winter day, on October 3, 1967, Pete Knight's X-15a took off from Edwards Air Force Base, attached to a B-52 Bomber. He hit Mach 6.7, and returned safely to earth.

Pete Knight's special X-15a had special 'abatement' white tiles on it, as they could withstand extreme heat. These tiles famously ended up being used on the Space Shuttle many years later to protect it as it returned into the atmosphere of earth at super-high speeds. As a matter of fact, the first Space Shuttle named Columbia landed at Edwards Air-Force Base on April 12, 1981.

Pete Knight is pictured below wearing his Pepsi GMT-Master he wore when he set the all-time speed record for level flight at Mach 6.7. 

Pete Knight, like Chuck Yeager, played a pivotal role in Stan Barrett's record setting performance in 1979. Stan Barrett is pictured below with Pete Knight during the time trials at Edwards Air Force Base in 1979.

The photo above is of Pete Knights actual GMT-Master watch he wore when he flew his X-15 at Mach 6.7. Notice it is almost identical to Stan Barrett's Pepsi GMT-Master [Rolex Reference 1675].

Command Module Pilot

Next we are going to take a look at NASA Astronaut, Michael Collins, who was part of the Apollo 11 Mission, which was the first NASA mission to land men on the moon, and return them safely to earth. In the photos below we see Michael Collins just before he left for the moon, and he is wearing his trusted Rolex Turn-O-Graph. 

The Rolex Turn-O-Graph Michael Collins is wearing looks remarkably similar to the Rolex Submariner, but its slightly smaller.

So what does Michael Collins have to do with this story and Stan Barrett, beside the fact they were both barrier-breakers, and the fact they both wear Rolex watches? 

Michael Collins was present to support and witness Stan Barrett breaking the sound barrier in 1979, as seen in the photo above, just to the right of Hal Needham. Michael Collins is checking out the Budweiser Rocket with avid fascination, as he was a United States Air Force Test Pilot, prior to becoming a NASA Astronaut.

The U.S. Air Force

So we have three key U.S. Air Force Test Pilots who were all Right Stuff Characters who helped and watched Stan Barrett break the Speed Of Sound Barrier at Edwards Air Force Base in 1979. There is nothing unusual about a Speed Demon setting back-to-back-to-back land speed records at a U.S. Air Force Base is there? 

Well, YES it is unusual—but, all the top U.S. Air Force brass were so enthralled by what Stan Barrett was attempting to achieve they couldn't help but get super-excited. Stan Barrett and the Budweiser Rocket represented everything they dreamed of and lived for as men—To be a super competent Alpha-male who genuinely pushed the envelope. In Stan Barrett they found their true idol, a man who was The Real-Deal.

The photo below shows Stan Barrett shaking hands with U.S. Air Force General Conley and General Slay, who were also both on hand to offer their support and watch him break the sound barrier at Edwards Air Force Base.

The photo below shows Stan Barrett with his Budweiser Rocket standing next to Colonel Grazier with his F-15 parked behind them. Colonel Grazier helped facilitate all the events at Edwards Air Force Base for The Budweiser Rocket Team. 

In the photo below we see Colonel Grazier on the left along with Chuck Yeager, Stan Barrett and Pete Knight, inspecting the cockpit of the Budweiser Rocket. If you look closely you will notice Pete Knight is wearing the Pepsi GMT-Master he wore when he set the all-time speed record for level flight when he flew his X-15 at Mach 6.7 in 1967—also at Edwards Air Force Base.

If you think about it, it makes sense that Stan Barrett ended up at Edwards Air Force Base, as it is the home of Supersonic Speed, beginning with Chuck Yeager, and continuing through the X-15 program, and as previously mentioned it is even the place the first Space Shuttle Columbia landed. 

The photo below shows Stan Barrett's Budweiser Rocket at the exact moment he was driving it at supersonic speed, past Mach 1 at Edwards Air Force Base. 

If you look closely at the photo above of Stan Barrett's Budweiser Rocket being driven past the speed of sound in the photo above, you notice that just after the sonic boom, the vehicle started seriously buffeting, which caused the rear wheels to lift off the ground, and the rocket got airborne. You can see the shockwaves from the buffeting under the car in the photo above.

The photo below is of an award the U.S. Air Force gave Stan Barrett for his outstanding achievement.

I think the bottom-line is that Stan Barrett, much like his best pal, Paul Newman, was a Man's Man. In other words, many men were deeply inspired by his achievement, determination, discipline, and courage. As a matter of fact, the Edward's Air Force Base test pilots gave him this custom trophy seen below that reads:

"To Stan Barrett. Undisputed Holder Of The Biggest Pair. Mach One--Edwards AFB. 17 Dec 1979."

In the photo below we see Stan Barrett just after he broke the speed of sound barrier by driving Mach 1, as he prepares to fly an F15 through the sky at speeds past Mach 1, thus making him the first man on Earth to drive and fly faster than the speed of sound!

In the photo below we see Stan Barrett speaking with then Budweiser CEO, August Busch with the Budweiser Rocket car between them. Paul Newman was responsible for putting together the relationship for Budweiser to be the lead sponsor. In the photo below, if you look closely, you will notice Stan Barret is wearing a yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master, which August Busch gave his as a congratulatory gift after he broke the speed of sound barrier in the Budweiser Rocket.

In the final analysis, it is important to point out that Stan Barrett really represents the tail end or final culmination of the Right Stuff.

BloodHound SSC

Although The Right Stuff begins with Chuck Yeager, I think Sir Malcolm Campbell could easily be added to the list as could Andy Green, kind of like the bread on a sandwich.  Illustrating all this rich Rolex land-speed history, really ads valuable and fascinating new insight into the history of the Rolex Daytona and GMT-Models.

Speaking of Andy Green, let's fast forward to today. Rolex is a sponsor of the Bloodhound SSC, which is pictured below. Andy Green, the driver of the Bloodhound SSC is basically the Sir Malcolm Campbell of today.

The video below offers an amazing overview of Stan Barrett's achievement, and continues on to cover Andy Green's incredible accomplishments with the Thrust SSC. 

The video below features Chris Harris interviewing Andy Green, and I can't highly enough recommend watching it. If you look closely, you will notice that Chris Harris is wearing his Rolex SEA-DWELLER in the video, along with Andy Green wearing his Batman GMT-Master. If you get a chance, I highly recommend checking out the official Bloodhound SSC Twitter feed, which has a great deal of fascinating information.

So what does all this mean? and what does it have to do with Stan Barrett? Stan Barrett  essentially represents THE NEXUS point between Sir Malcolm Campbell and Andy Green. In other words, his Rolex history was a serious missing piece in the Rolex Daytona history puzzle—until today.

Rolex is a primary sponsor of the Bloodhound SSC, and as you will see below, at BaselWorld 2016, Rolex introduced a new Air-King model that incorporates design language from the Bloodhound Clock.

Singer Michael Bublé is pictured below wearing the all-new Rolex Speed King watch model.

World's Top Stuntman

Stan Barrett was the top-billing stuntman of his era, and as such he was absolutely fearless. Stan said to me "Death is the ultimate beyond and that is where we all end up, so why fear it?"

Stan was Paul Newman's stunt double for many years, and he also was a stunt double for Burt Reynolds, and other famous stars from that era. 

Stan told me a story about how he was the stunt double for Burt Reynolds on the movie Hooper in 1978, and interestingly enough, he loaned Burt Reynolds his Rolex GMT-Master to wear in the movie as Burt played the role of Hal, and they kept passing it back and fourth as Stan wore it in the stunt scenes and Burt wore it in the regular scenes. Stan mentioned to me that the action movie Hooper was loosely based upon his and Hal Needham's careers as stuntmen. Hall Needham directed the movie Hooper.

In the photo above, we see Burt Reynolds on the set of Hooper, wearing Stan Barrett's Rolex GMT-Master, as he poses for a photo with fellow top-actor Clint Eastwood, with movie producer, Lawrence Gordon.

Years ago I watched the 1978 movie Hooper, and captured the screen shots above and below that show Burt Reyolds wearing a Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master and Yellow Day-Date. I captured them with the intention of publishing them, but they remained in my unpublished images archive until now.

The first image above is from the opening scene of Hooper and shows Burt Reynolds switching Rolex watches as he prepares to do a stunt.

In the screen grab below we see Burt Reynolds wearing Hal Needham's Rolex Day-Date in the movie Hooper.

In the photo below we see Stan Barrett shaking hands with famous actor, Jimmy Stewart. In the photo we see Stan's Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master with crystal clarity. Shenandoah was the first Jimmy Steward movie Stan Barrett was in, and in the photo below we see Stan with Jimmy Stewart on the set of Airport '77 in 1977.

Stan is an accomplished athlete and holds two different black belts. He even used to work out with Bruce Lee. In the photo below we see Stan Barrett pulling a wheelie in front of a small crowd.

In the photo below we see Stan Barrett with world famous Olympic Skiing Champion, Jean-Claude Killy, who is a Rolex brand ambassador.

In the photo below we see Stan Barrett hanging out with fellow Rat-Pack members, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. This photo was taken at an event where Stan Barrett roasted Ronald Reagan, before he became the President Of The United States.

Breaking Mach 1
The World's First Supersonic Driver

I asked Stan Barrett: "In 1979, when you set the record, what was you favorite song or album?' Stan responded: "Music Box Dancer by Frank Mills! I listened to it from the time I was in the van till i got out to the rocket every time, and before qualifying in NASCar! Jackie Arute called it my go fast music." The video below is of Fran Mills performing Music Box Dancer, which is an amazing performance. I highly recommend listening to it, as it ads a whole different dimension to exploring Stan's amazing story of achievement!!

So why did I ask Stan what his favorite song was at the time? I was hoping, as he did, that he would tell me he had a theme song that inspired him to push the envelope the way he did. 

In my own experience, many times when I was trying to push the envelope in my own life, I was inspired by a special song that became my theme song at the time, so it is neat that he shared his amazing choice with me. I plan to keep enjoying listening to it as I keep working on expanding this article, and I imagine it will inspire me. Music Box Dancer by Frank Mills was Stan's song, and was really his zeitgeist, that set the mood and defining spirit of that time of achievement in his life. I have to admit, I like the song so much, I can't stop listening to it!!!! I vaguely remember it from my childhood, and don't recall hearing it since the late 1970s. As I write this, it is defiantly my favorite new/old song :-) Somehow, listening to this song adds a while different dimension to this story...

Hal Needham is pictured above sporting his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. Hal is former stuntman and movie director. He can be seen in the videos toward the top of this story.