Friday, March 16, 2018

BaselWorld 2018 Teaser Jubilee Pro Clasp with Fliplock?


BaselWorld 2018 Teaser

Jubilee Pro Clasp with Fliplock?

Alright, kiddies, the real Rolex Christmas is around the corner. The tree is decorated, and all the presents are under the tree. Now we all get to guess what's inside the pretty box. just put up this teaser video that shows what appears to be a white gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet with a Fliplock clasp. The Fliplock historically has been reserved for Professional Rolex models only, which means we are likely looking at a new Submariner, SEA-DWELLER, GMT-Master, Daytona, or Yacht-Master model.

So I am going to take an educated, uneducated guess. Rolex used to offer the Jubilee bracelet on some professional models, like the on the Yellow Gold GMT-Master, but obviously, that lacked a Flick Lock Clasp. 

If you examine the screen grab below from the Rolex Basel World teaser trailer you will notice there are crown guards on the right side of the photo. This proves it is a Professional Rolex model. The consensus on the web is that we are looking at the return of the Coke GMT, which has a black and red bezel insert.

I am including the image below as a frame of reference for the vintage Coke GMT-Master on a Jubilee bracelet Rolex discontinued years ago.

My best guess (or hope ;-) is that Rolex will be offering an alternative Jubilee bracelet on Professional watches, so you are not just stuck with an Oyster bracelet option, but with Rolex who knows? The video below is the same Baselworld 2018 Teaser playing on

Thursday, March 15, 2018

James Bond Rolex Ad Sean Connery

James Bond Rolex Ad

Sean Connery


A while ago, I stumbled across this apparent Sean Connery as James Bond Rolex Submariner magazine ad that appears to be from the 1965 James Bond movie named 'Thunderball.' I had never seen anything like it before, and I did not immediately publish it as I was not able to confirm its authenticity.

This is a really intriguing magazine ad, as it would change the narrative of the James Bond/Rolex history if it is real. If it is not real, then it is still pretty cool. 

Do I think it is real? It's hard to tell. I know that at one point in the 1960s some of the executives at Rolex in Geneva shied away from the James Bond movie franchise and said they thought it was "like a circus." On the other hand, assuming I am recalling correctly, at the end of some of the James Bond Movies the credits thanked Rolex, so it might be real.

Also, when I interviewed retired Rolex U.S.A. executive, T. Walker Lloyd in Part 2 of our podcast back in 2008 he told me he was hanging out with Sean Connery on the set of Thunderball. I also noticed in the bottom right hand of the magazine ad it says "Printed in England."

I recently completed and published a major update to  Chapter 5 of my James Bond Rolex Story, which covered George Lazenby who played James Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."

I will continue researching this Sean Connery Thunderball Rolex ad, and report back if I am able to prove or disprove its validity. I also have some more major updates that I will be making in the future to my 13 Chapter Story titled "The James Bond Rolex Story...The Complete History Of James Bond Watches Including ALL Watches Worn In All James Bond Movies—The Definitive Guide."

Diving Deeper

So now I am getting more curious about the legitimacy of this image? Notice the photo of the Submariner in the add. 

The Rolex brochure below shows the exact same photo of the British Military Submariner. In case you are not familiar, Rolex made several different Military Submariner models over the years. In the 1960s, they made the model seen below, which came was used by the British Admiralty on NATO straps for divers.

Below we see a Rolex Submariner brochure from 1969, which shows the same British Admiralty Diver seen in the image above. So one thing is for certain, the James Bond Rolex Submariner ad shows a watch that is period specific and accurate. Also, that model was sold in the U.K. at the time.

Rolex Submariner with 3, 6, 9  'Explorer' Dial

Phillips Catalog Essay on this watch reads:

"Today, the so-called 'Explorer' dial is very fashionable and sought after. The name 'Explorer' stems from the original Rolex Explorer dial featuring the 3-6-9-numerals. Other than the Explorer, the only other Rolex watches to feature 3-6-9-dials are the Large Crown Submariner, reference 6200, 6538 and 5510 are known and the later reference 5512 and 5513 with crown guards. In production for only the first half of the 1960s, 5512 and 5513 are rare, however, it is virtually impossible to find these reference fitted with the Explorer dials.

The present watch was manufactured in the last half of 1963 and features the correct 'underline' and 'Swiss T 25' dial, which is the transitional period for when Rolex stopped using radium and transfer to tritium. The watch also features pointed crown guards, which is correct for the period. The dial itself is a gorgeous black lacquer and the case has retained with its original beveled edges and period bracelet. The present watch has great charisma and is an exceptional example."

The Rolex Submariner: 
A Salty Watch

I pulled up this early 1960s Rolex Submariner advertisement from my archive, which I originally published back in May 2008. It features the Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 as seen above.

So what does all this mean? It's hard to say. I seem even more confused now!?!! I'll keep digging and update this story once I conclude.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking's Universe–The Greatest Scientific Documentary Ever Created...

...Iconic Astrophysicist...

Stephen Hawking 

Belongs To The Ages


Author of 'A Brief History of Time'

I am sad to report that renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking just passed away at age 76. Stephen wrote a famous book named 'A Brief History of Time', which I tried to read when I was younger and had a really challenging time understanding it. The great news is that Stephen Hawking created a 6 part documentary, based on his book and it is amazing and easy to follow.

Stephen Hawking on June 16, 2012 in Seattle. Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP

Stephen Hawking's Universe
The Greatest Documentary

I am extremely excited to be able to share this amazing documentary series with you on Jake's Rolex Watch Blog. I must say if I had to get stuck on a desert island for the rest of my life and I could only watch one documentary series over and over for the rest of my life this would be it.

On Jake's Rolex Watch World I explore the history of many explorer's. I like to think I explore their history with the same veracity, moxie and gumption they explore with. Whatever that explorer energy is, Stephen Hawking's successfully captured it in this magnificent series. I typically refer to this as The Spirit of Inquiry.

As a historian, I take a scientific approach to exploration. I try to consistently separate the fact from the fiction, which is really what science is all about—the pursuit of truth.

In chapter 1 of Stephen Hawking's Universe, he explores the beginning mankind's measurement of time and space. Measuring time using the heaven's and the solar calendar is what really first made men think.

I am a big fan of Ken Burns documentaries, and if you like them or are interested in learning more about the universe, I very highly recommend you enjoy these free videos.

Stephen Hawking's Background
The Greatest Explorer

Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist and is considered to be one of the greatest scientific minds that has ever lived. In many ways, he was a modern Einstein. Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University and he is best known for his contributions to the fields of cosmology, and quantum gravity–particularly for his work on black holes.

Unfortunately, Stephen Hawking was severely disabled physically and had been left paralyzed from a motor neuron disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, most commonly referred to as ALS, which confined him to a wheelchair.

Stephen Hawking's physical disabilities, fortunately, didn't affect his amazing mind as you will clearly see.

Over the last couple of weeks, I wrote extensively about the movie Interstellar beginning with a story about Matthew McConaughey, and just yesterday I published a story about Jonathan Nolan and Elon Musk. In that story, we learn that Kip Thorn was a consultant and co-producer of Interstellar, which is interesting as Kip was a close friend of Stephen Hawking and Stephen talks about their friendship in this documentary.

Part 1: Seeing is Believing

Part 2: The Big Bang

Part 3: Cosmic Alchemy

Part 4: On The Dark Side

Part 5: Black Holes and Beyond

Part 6: An Answer to Everything

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rolex Hotness: 34mm Ladies Watch

...Rolex Hotness...

Riyo Mori

Miss Universe 2007

Ladies Special Edition Datejust

Bejeweled Masterpiece
34mm Ladies Rolex Watch

Monday, March 12, 2018

Falcon Heavy & Starman...

...Rolex Super-Coolness...


Jonathan Nolan 

Jonathan Nolan is a British-American screenwriter, director, television producer, and author. He created the CBS science fiction series named Person of Interest. He is also the co-creator of the HBO science fiction series named Westworld. Jonathan Nolan Nolan has worked with his bother, director Jonathan Nolan and they co-wrote the superhero films The Dark Night (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), as well as Interstellar (2014).

Yesterday I ran a story on James Lovell who is one of the most accomplished NASA Astronauts in history. Just after I wrote the story, I learned that SpaceX released the video below named "Falcon Heavy & Starman" which was created by Elon Musk and Jonathan Nolan.  I covered this event live when it occurred back in early FebruaryElon Musk is obviously an amazingly innovative man, and witnessing this new history being made is incredible!!!

Elon Musk spoke today at SXSW with Jonathan Nolan who wrote Interstellar, which I wrote an article on earlier this week.

Notice Jonathan is wearing his Rolex Submariner in the video while he interviews Elon Musk. If you listen to Jonathan Nolan speak you will notice he somehow got rid of his British accent, and he did so after having moved to Chicago to fit in better.

In the video interview above, from SXSW 2018, Elon Musks brother Kimbal Musk comes out late in the interview and I noticed he is wearing a Patek Philippe World Time Reference 5130G which is pictured on his wrist in the photo below.

The Patek Phillipe World Time Reference 5130 that Kimbal Musk is wearing in the photo above is pictured below. The case is made of white gold. It's interesting to note Kimball is a total WIS, but his brother Elon appears not to be.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

James Lovell NASA Astronaut Explorer Club Medal Award...

...Rolex Super-Coolness...

James Lovell

NASA Astronaut

Explorer Club Medal Award

My pal, David Concannon, who among other things is a fellow Rolex fanatic of the highest order, sent in some great photos from the Explorers Club in New York that show legendary NASA Astronaut James Lovell at a special luncheon in his honor, that took place before the awards ceremony that will present Captian James Lovell with the Explorers Club medal. In the photo below we see James Lovell, David Concannon and Mike Massimino who was a U.S. Space Shuttle Astronaut.

David Concannon is a lawyer who specializes in exploration, and he is also an avid explorer himself, having spearheaded many submarine expeditions to visit and explore the Titanic in its watery grave. David is also famous for having helped Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon with his special project to recover all the Apollo F-1 engines.

Another Rolex Mystery Solved

David Concannon snapped the photo below during the Explorers Club luncheon of NASA Astronaut, James Lovel showing off his vintage Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master.

David Concannon took this close-up wrist shot of James Lovell's Pepsi GMT, and notice on the left side of the dial, there is a U.S. Naval Academy Crest. Another Rolex mystery has been solved, and the mystery question was: "Where did James Lovell get this interesting Rolex with the unusual Naval Academy Crest."

David Concannon just solved that mystery and the answer is that James Lovell confirmed that his Rolex was a gift from the Naval Academy to honor him after his first Gemini Flight.

Apollo 8 crew members Bill Anders and Frank Borman are pictured below on the left wearing their MA-1 flight jackets, which became the standard issue for the U.S. Air Force and Navy Pilots, and ground crew. These flight jackets were designed to be worn in temperatures of 15 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and featured a knitted wool collar with matching cuffs. 

James Lovell who was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Navy is pictured below with fellow Apollo 8 crew members, Bill Anders and Frank Borman. Notice James Lovell is wearing the exact same Rolex GMT Master in the photo below, as in the photos above.

In the photo below we see James Lovell on the far left wearing his Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master standing with Apollo 8 crew mission members, Bill Anders and Frank Borman in front of their Apollo 8 Rocket. Frank Boarman is pictured wearing a classic Omega Speedmaster Chronograph, which is very cool.

In the photo below we get a closer look at James Lovell's GMT-Master.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Vintage Rolex Green Malachite Dial Day-Date

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

Vintage Rolex Day-Date 
Green Malachite Dial 

In the 1970s and 1980s Rolex went crazy making all kinds of fascinatingly beautiful Rolex Day-Date and Datejust models with very colorful exotic dials, and the watch pictured below is no exception. The green Rolex dial is known as a Malachite dial, which is very cool looking.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Chapter 5: George Lazenby: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

...The James Bond Rolex Story...

The Complete History Of James Bond Watches
Including ALL Watches Worn In All James Bond Movies
The Definitive Guide

Chapter 5: George Lazenby: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Rolex Submariner & Pre-Daytona Chronograph

George Lazenby wore two different Rolex watches when he played James Bond. He wore a Rolex Submariner and a Rolex pre-Daytona chronograph which is pictured below. This watch came to auction in 2016 but apparently did not sell. I don't know why, but I imagine it was withdrawn because it did not meet the reserve, but I do NOT know that to be a fact.

“Bond surveyed his weapons. They were only his hands and his feet, his Gillette razor and his wristwatch, a heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on an expanding metal bracelet. Used properly, these could be turned into most effective knuckle busters.”  

—Ian Fleming's James Bond novel: 
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

An American James Bond?

Sean Connery grew tired of playing James Bond and in 1968 decided to move on with his acting career. Albert Broccoli, the producer of James Bond approached Burt Reynolds and offered him the role. Burt Reynolds claimed he rejected the role saying "An American can't play James Bond. It just can't be done!!!"

Burt Reynolds around the time he was offered the James Bond Role

It sure is interesting to wonder what would have happened if Burt Reynolds had accepted the role? Kind of like, wondering what Raiders Of The Lost Ark what have been like if Tom Selleck played Indiana Jones instead of Harrison Ford!?!

It is also interesting to see how remarkably similar Sean Connery and Burt Reynolds look when they got older. By the way, both Sean Connery and Burt Reynolds are wearing toupees in this photo.

The Search for a new James Bond Continued

Sean Connery had played James Bond for five straight movies and decided it was time to move on in his career. EON productions had to find a replacement in 1968 and narrowed down the field to these five British actors. Of course, George Lazenby was chosen. George Lazenby is located on the bottom right-hand side of the photo below.

Movie #7. On Her Majesty's Secret Service [George Lazenby, 1st] 1969
• Rolex Submariner [Reference 5513]
• Rolex Chronograph [Reference 6238]

"Bond surveyed his weapons. They were only his hands and his feet, his Gillette razor and his wrist-watch, a heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on an expanding metal bracelet. Used properly, these could be turned into most effective knuckle busters." –Ian Fleming [On Her Majesty's Secret Service].

Here is a really cool French version of the movie poster for On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Before becoming James Bond, George Lazenby was a superb skier and overall athlete. In the poster image below, George Lazenby as James Bond is shown wearing his Rolex Pre-Daytona Chronograph. 

On a side note, having grown up in San Francisco, I learned to ski at Squaw Valley, which is located near Lake Tahoe in California. I remember back in the early 1980s, when I was 16 years-old noticing, after a day of great skiing, how many dudes (including myself) were wearing Rolex Submariner watches. (I remember when I was 16 thinking there was something so James Bondish about the Rolex Submariner, even though at the time I was not aware that any James Bond had ever worn one.) 

There was something just so cool about wearing a Rolex and Skiing. It had to do with how sturdy and waterproof the Rolex watch was. If you ski, you probably know what I am talking about. Thus it is ironically cool that George Lazenby is pictured above wearing his Rolex Pre-Daytona in his ski outfit. Very Cool if you ask me!!!

George Lazenby Rolex Submariner & Pre-Daytona Chronograph

George Lazenby only played James Bond once. Believe it or not, he was offered a 7 movie contract to play James Bond and he turned it down!?!?!

In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Lazenby wore two different Rolex Watches. He wore a Rolex Submariner as seen in the first four pictures below and in the last next two images that follow he is wearing a Pre-Daytona Rolex Chronograph.

How This Bond Got His Rolex Submariner
Reality Is Stranger Than Fiction

Apparently, Lazenby purchased the Rolex Submariner he wears in the movie to wear for his audition for the role of James Bond.

The Cure sings a song named Why Can't I Be Youand that is exactly how George Lazenby felt about Sean Connery. In his obsession to replace Sean Connery as James Bond, George basically became Sean Connery, and if you watch the fascinating interview below this photo, you will learn straight from George Lazenby how he became Bond.

Telly Savalas plays Ernst Stravo Blofeld–Bond's arch nemesis–leader of SPECTRE.

James Bond Pre-Daytona Rolex

Roger Lazenby wore two different Rolex watches when he played James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. First, he wore the Rolex Submariner seen in the photos above, and he also wore a stainless steel Rolex Daytona, as seen in the photos below.

The Rolex in the photo below is the actual watch George Lazenby wore.

Roger Lazenby On Being Bond

George Lazenby Today
James Bond Wears Rolex On & Off Screen
Still Wearing Rolex 50 Years Later!!!

Actor George Lazenby replaced Sean Connery in the role of James Bond in 1969 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. George Lazenby only played James Bond once but interestingly he wore a Submariner and a pre-Daytona Albino Rolex Chronograph in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

To this day George Lazenby still wears a two-tone Rolex Datejust as seen below. I imagine, like Daniel Craig, he prefers Rolex in his real life. You can learn much more about George Lazenby and the history of James Bond Watches by clicking here.

I think it would be really cool if in the next James Bond movie if they brought back Lazenby to play a different character. You know, like one of the older dudes James Reports to. Wouldn't that be really cool!!!