Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Reinhold Messner Rolex Explorer Mark II...

The Complete History Of The Rolex Explorer II

...Rolex Super Coolness...

Reinhold Messner
Conquering Mount Everest and K2

1979 Rolex Explorer Mark II

Recently, I have been working on putting together "The Complete History Of The Rolex Explorer II" series, which includes my story on French cave explorer Jean-François Pernette, who was the 1998 Rolex Laureate Winner in the Rolex Awards For Enterprise. Today we are going to look at the other man who best represents the spirit of the original orange hand Rolex Explorer II, and his name is Reinhold Messner.

Reinhold Messner is a legend in the Rolex world of adventure. In this photo he is seen climbing a mountain in Italy back in 1979, sporting his orange hand 36mm Rolex Explorer Mark II [Reference 1655].

The Telegraph in the UK, just published a fascinating story today named "20 reasons why Reinhold Messner is the world's greatest living man", which is fascinating. 

Messner was also the first climber to conquer Mount Everest without oxygen. If you think about it, that is a truly amazing feat because there is less than 1/3 of the amount of oxygen on top of Mount Everest than you are breathing right now.

Extreme Mountain climbing may seem like it is glamorous, but the truth is that it is anything but. It is an extremely dangerous sport and it is common for climbers to loose fingers and toes to frostbite. In this photo we see Reinhold Messner with the tips of his feet missing from frostbite.

Reinhold Messner & Peter Habeler
Conquering Mount Everest in 1978
First Climb Without Oxygen

In this next photo from 1978 we see Reinhold Messner with his climbing partner Peter Habeler. This was the first Mount Everest expedition that climbed to the summit without oxygen. This climb was documented in the movie Everest Unmasked.

In the photo above Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler are wearing their Rolex OysterQuartz Datejust watches [Reference 17000]. Peter Habeler is pictured below wearing his Rolex OysterQuartz Datejust.

Reinhold Messner is pictured below wearing his Rolex OysterQuartz

Below is a recent photo of Peter Habeler and Reinhold Messner

1978 Rolex Oysterquartz Ad
Sir Edmund Hillary and Reinhold Messner
Two Rolex Mountain-Climbing Legends Together

Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Reinhold Messner from Italy are two of the greatest mountain-climbers that have ever lived. Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to conquer Mt. Everest in 1953 and he was wearing his Rolex Oyster wristwatch.

Reinhold Messner was the first man to summit Everest without oxygen. He achieved this amazing feat in 1978, and when he came down the mountain, Sir Edmund Hillary was waiting to congratulate him and this photo was taken. Reinhold Messner was wearing his Rolex Oysterquartz when in 1978 when he first conquered Everest.

You have got to click on this image to see all the detail and read the story:

Update: Kristian Holm from Denmark who is reader of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog and he pointed out that in this next photo:

"It appears Sir Edmund Hillary is wearing a Rolex Oysterquartz 17013. I think it is a bit funny, that both Hillary and Reinhold Messner, 2 of the worlds best climbers, trust the Oyterquartz."

I agree Kristian and thank you for pointing this out. Indeed, Sir Edmund Hillary did wear a Rolex Oysterquartz for many years in his later life. Today Rolex no longer makes quartz watches, meaning watches that run on a battery. Maybe there is something to the quarts watches after all!?!

Pictured below is another Rolex ad featuring Reinhold Messner. It is ironic, if you think about it, that two of the greatest climbers in history preferred to wear Rolex watches that were Quartz!!! Maybe there is something to Quartz watches after all?

The Documentary

In 2012 a full-length documentary came out on Reinhold Messner that was simply titled "MESSNER". You can see the movie poster blow and watch the full documentary below the poster.

In the recent photo below we see Reinhold Messner wearing a 42MM Rolex Explorer with the polar white dial with retro orange hand.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Orange Hand Explorer 42MM with Polar White Dial

...Wrist Shot Of The Day...

Orange Hand Explorer

42MM with Polar White Dial

What is my favorite current Rolex model? Probably the 42MM Orange Hand Explorer with the Polar What dial as seen in the three photos below. 

In particular, I really like the super fat hands, and Maxi-Markers, as well as the fat lugs, and of course, the 42mm size seems just right. Also, the orange hand with the polar white dial is so cool looking!!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Niall McCann Royal Geographical Society Explorer

Biologist and Royal Geographic Society Explorer Niall McCaan, along with his amazing team just won the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Award for Best Endangered Species Category for their episode of Biggest and Baddest which featured the Mountain Gorilla. If you live in the New York Area, you can catch the screening on October 18th and 20th, 2016, which will feature both the Mountain Gorillas and Tree Lions documentaries. Congratulations Niall!!!

...Rolex Coolness...

Niall McCann
Royal Geographical Society Explorer

The Biggest and Baddest

This is a fascinating story about a modern day Royal Geographical Society Explorer who has his own TV show named Biggest and Baddest, which airs on the Animal Planet/Discovery International channel.

Below is a special video which tells the story of how Niall's grandfather, Patrick Baird, an arctic explorer received a special Rolex in 1953 to commemorate an expedition he oversaw, which climbed Mt. Asgard in the Baffin Island in Canada. His grandfather, Patrick Baird was awarded the prestigious British Royal Geographical Society "Founders Medal" for Exploration in 1952.

Patrick Baird's 1953 Rolex Oyster Perpetual is pictured below and it appears to be very similar to the Rolex Sir Edmund Hillary wore when and Tenzing Norgay were the first to conquer Mt. Everest in 1953.

Niall McCann is a Canadian born- British schooled Biologist whose personal adventures include crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat in 63 days, crossing Greenland's Polar Icecap and helping to create wildlife conservation areas in the jungles of Central and South America.  He's also in the Royal Geographical Society.

Be sure to check out all the fascinating videos and you can learn much more about Naill McCann on his website.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day: Roland's RootBeer GMT

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Roland's RootBeer GMT
[Reference 1675/3]

Saturday, October 15, 2016

1957 Rolex Submariner Ad Proof...

The Evolution Of The Revolution
1957 Rolex Submariner Ad Proof

This 1957 Rolex advertisement proof from Asia is very similar to a 1955 version which you can see by clicking here. If you click on the link and see the original version of this ad you see the first known Rolex advertisement I know of for the Rolex Submariner. Click on the image below to be able to read it more clearly.

If you read this ad and then think about the historical significance of a watch we take for granted today, it is really profound. It is also profoundly interesting to understand that at the time of this advertisement, which has Hans Wilsdorf's name on it, that Hans Wilsdorf (The Founder of Rolex) had started Rolex 51 years earlier and was three years away from his death. Hans Wilsdorf must have been one proud man and his achievements to this day are astounding!!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Week: Greg's GV 50th Anniversary Rolex Milgauss

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day
Greg's GV 50th Anniversary Rolex Milgauss

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kermit Meets Kermit Dave's LV Submariner

...Rolex Wrist Shot Of The Day...

Kermit Meets Kermit
Dave's LV Submariner

Dave is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World from Melbourne, Australia and he sent in this super-cool photos and said:

Dear Jake

David Bladen here down in Melbourne Australia. I know how much you love the sub LV and so do I. In Oz we have many green tree frogs. This one is one of the kids pets. She has taken a liking to my green Rolex. She has good taste. Please feel free to use the photo on your blog which I still look at everyday. Thanks for all your hard work. 


Monday, October 10, 2016

Battle To Be The Next Rolex President: Clinton v. Trump...

Battle To Be 

The Next Rolex President

Last nights U.S. Presidential Debate was OVER-THE-TOP!!!! Like most American's I am almost at a loss for words!?!! It almost seems like all hell broke loose!!!! The theme of the second 2016 Presidential debate almost seemed to be, 'Anything Goes', or, now that I think about it more, 'The 1980s v. the 1990s'. It has been a while since we had an American President who wore a Rolex President model, but that will be changing soon. So Who is it going to be? The Donald, or Hillary?

Donald Trump

If owning and wearing the right Rolex model is any indication of who the next U.S. President will be, it would go to The Donald as he wears a Rolex 'President' Day-Date model in Yellow Gold, as seen below.

Hillary Clinton

But wait a minute, Hillary Clinton also wears a two-tone Ladies Rolex Datejust as seen in the photos below.

It's been a while since we had a U.S. President who wore a Rolex President, while in office. President Dwight Eisenhower was the first as he wore his yellow gold Rolex Datejust while in office from 1952 to 1960, then Lyndon Johnson wore his Rolex Day-Date while in office from 1965 to 1968. Also, Vice President Dick Cheney wore his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date while in officePresident Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton (pictured below in this article) both wore Rolex Day-Date models, but only after they retired from office. I heard Richard Nixon may have worn a Day-Date, but I have not been able to prove it with photographic evidence. That leaves Jimmy Carter, and both the Bush's, as well as Obama who did not wear Rolex. This means it's high time we have a President who wears Rolex, and as we see above, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both wear Rolex watches, thus guaranteeing the next President of the United States will be a Rolex President!!!

The photo below shows Hillary Clinton with President Obama early in his first administration, when after she had been appointed Secretary Of State.

A Rolex President

Bill Clinton

A President Wearing A Rolex President

[42nd President Of The United States]

The history of the Rolex President is absolutely fascinating, and what is more interesting than seeing a U.S. President wearing a Rolex President? Bill Clinton is pictured below wearing his platinum Rolex President.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is a hardcore watch collector and enthusiast. In the photo below we see a U.S. President, wearing a Rolex President, with trays of Rolex President models in front of him.

Bill Clinton 

In the following photos from years ago, former U.S. President, Bill Clinton is seen meeting with the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. Former U.S. President Clinton is wearing a Pro-Hunter Rolex. If you are not familiar with Pro-Hunter's, the are made be a company that takes standard Rolex watches and modifies them for professional hunters by converting them with PVD to make them black and they also put a non-reflective coating on the crystal. It appears Bill Clinton's Pro-Hunter Rolex is being worn on a blacked out NATO strap.

So if you are wondering if I am making any kind of political statement or endorsement with this article, the answer is NO. I, like many people and just sitting and watching history unfold with a bucket of popcorn and a coke in my hand, with a Pepsi on my wrist :-) That being said, I will point out the Kennedy's tried it and almost pulled it, so did the Bush's, and now the Clinton's. 

Back in 2008, I published an 11 part series titled, "The Complete History Of The Rolex President", which is a fascinating read.

The Donald

So what about "The Donald" and Rolex? Wait a minute, I almost feel like I am stuck in a 1980s flashback!!?! Is that Duran Duran's Rio playing in the background? In the photos below we see Donald Trump in 2014 sporting his Rolex President / Day-Date in yellow gold.

Donald Trump is pictured below at his Mar-A-Largo resort in Florida, at a Rolex Awards Dinner reception where he presents golfer, Lorena Ochoa with a trophy. We see Rolex U.S.A. Vice President, Peter Nicholson standing next to Trump holding a Rolex which is part of the prize for winning the the LPGA Player Of the Year Trophy.

In the photo below we see Donald Trump with Mark Bellissimo and Shelia Johnson attending the Central Park Horse Show which was presented by Rolex, on September 18, 2014 in New York City.

Bill Rancic
The First Apprentice
Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona

I have a confession to make. I remember being a big fan of the first couple of seasons of Donald Trumps, 'THE APPRENTICE' reality show. Bill Rancic was the very first candidate to by hired on by Donald Trump in the first season of The Apprentice, and in the photo below we see him sporting his stainless steel Rolex Daytona.

1966 Rolex President Ad

It is amazing when you think about it, how remarkably timeless this vintage 1966 Rolex Day-Date ad is. It features a wrist shot of a man wearing a yellow gold Day-Date holding a red phone in his hand. Kind of reminds me of Commissioner Gordon talking on the red Batphone ;-) 

It is interesting to note, in this 1966 Rolex Day-Date watch ad, how the title says "The presidents' watch." This of course, is referring to then elected, U.S. President, Lyndon Johnson. This moment in Rolex history represented a high-water-mark–having the sitting U.S. President wearing Rolex's flagship watch model. So pretty soon a new chapter in The History Of The Rolex President will be written, and I am certain it will be fascinating!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jack Forster Writes Brilliant Hodinkee Rolex Day-Date Article

Jack Forster 

Writes Brilliant Hodinkee Rolex Day-Date Article

I am a fan of, and daily reader of Hodinkee, and have been since long before founding Editor and Publisher, Benjamin Clymer and I toured all four of the Rolex manufacturing facilities together back in 2013, along with James Dowling of Timezone and Ariel Adams of A Blog To Watch. Jack Forster joined the Hodinkee team as the Editor in Chief back in June of 2015, and I have to say he is one of my favorite horlolgical journalists! Jack's writing is beyond, and his use of metaphor, quotation and analogy, as well as his observation prowess is superb!!!

Jack Forster compares & contrasts the 40MM Rolex Day-Date model to the 36MM

Jack Forster recently published a story titled, "In-Depth: Conspicuously Consumed—The Rolex Day-Date In 36mm and 40mm, Compared." I have to say this is the best Rolex article I have ever read written on the Rolex Day-Date. And understand, Rolex asked me to write the lead introductory story regarding the Rolex Day-Date for 'The Rolex Magazine' Issue Number 4, which is a Rolex paper magazine that cannot be subscribed to, but can only be acquired at local Rolex Authorized Dealers.

I only bring this up to illustrate I tried/struggled to write a meaningful article that clearly defined the essence of the Rolex Day-Date, A.K.A., The Rolex President. I must admit Jack, you did a much better job than I did, and I enjoyed reading every word of your brilliantly descriptive article!!! I highly recommend reading Jack Forster's superb Article, and I also recommend you read all the amazing comments that follow under his story.

Jack began his amazing story with the following quote: 

" my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold—everywhere the glint of gold." —HOWARD CARTER, THE DISCOVERY OF THE TOMB OF TUTANKHAMEN.

Beginning his story with this gold quote serves as the most perfect elixir for such a great story. Later on in the story, Jack drops this superb quote:

"This is gold, Mr. Bond. All my life I've been in love with its's brilliance, it's divine heaviness." —Goldfinger, 1964.

Once again, Jack's use of quotation is incredibly contextualizing!!! It's cuts like a warm knife through butter.

Jack Forster, Editor In Chief of pictured above

Ironically, Jack and I had a somewhat antithetical experience with the Rolex Day-Date when we were younger. He initially shied away from it, whereas I went after it like a moth-to-the-flame, or a kid-in-a-candy-store, as I point out in my above mentioned article named The Rolex Precedent. I have said many times before that often times I have to hate something before I can love it, and sometimes it's vice versa.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Rolex Lume Shot of the Day: Yachtmaster

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Yacht-Master Glowpower