Sunday, April 23, 2017

Frank Borman NASA Astronaut A Look Back @ Apollo 8



...Rolex Coolness...


Frank Borman

NASA Astronaut

A Look Back @ Apollo 8


To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before


So what's cooler than Rolex? NASA Astronauts wearing Rolex—of course!!! Over the years, I have researched like crazy and discovered many photos of U.S. NASA Astronauts wearing Rolex watches, and today I am excited to present another previously undocumented NASA Astronaut wearing his Rolex, and this time we it Frank Borman, who is pictured below wearing his two-tone Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet.


Frank Borman had an amazing career as an Astronaut, and went on to become the CEO of Eastern Airlines.


The photo above and below show the Apollo 8 mission Astronauts before the departed for the moon. Notice in the photo below that James Lovell, who is pictured on the far right is wearing his Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master. It is interesting to note that at least two of the Apollo 8 Astronauts personally wear Rolex watches.







APOLLO 8

Man's First Journey To The Moon

The Apollo 8 NASA mission was profound as it was mankind's first manned attempt to actually fly to the moon, and return safely to earth. Pictured below is the an illustration of the Apollo 8 Lunar Orbital Plan Profile.


The NASA photo below shows the primary and backup crew for Apollo 8, and was taken at the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A, in front of the Saturn V Rocket on the launchpad. 



The photo above shows the Apollo 8 prime crew standing in the back row, and we see (from left to right): Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders. The Apollo 8 backup crew is pictured in the front row, which consisted of (from left to right) Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Fred Haise.



This is Ground Control to Major Tom

You've really made the grade

And the blogs want to know whose watch you wear




In the photo above 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.




I was checking out a post on the OmegaForums.net, which was titled, "Hidden gems from the NASA photo archive", and I came across a post from TLIGuy, who posted the photo below, that said "And here is the same watch some 40+ years later." In other words, the photo below shows a recent photo of James Lovell's Pepsi Rolex GMT-MASTER close-up, and notice it has an unusual log next to the 9 O'Clock rectangular marker:




The most interesting point from TLIGuy's post was he said, 

"One of my favorite email exchanges about watches was with Ed Mitchell. I asked him a question about the Speedmaster and he said: 'I don't know about that but I think most of us were wearing Rolex watches.'"


Dr. Edgar Mitchell is pictured below as he prepares the settings on two of his Rolex GMT-Master models, as he prepares to fly to the moon aboard Apollo 14. Dr. Edgar Mitchell said he wore his Rolex GMT-Master watches on his wrists during his moonwalk, which was the longest moonwalk in history. 





The photo below shows the Apollo 8 team after they are suited-up and on their way to the Saturn rocket to leave for the moon.




The Apollo 8 capsule is pictured below, which is on a Saturn 5 rocket, which was the height of a 35 story office building. It carried a million gallons of rocket fuel and was the largest rocket ever devised.





Apollo 8 was the first manned mission to actually travel to and see the moon up close with their own eyes. They were also the first to see the dark side of the moon with their own eyes.

Apollo 8 crew members were the first to witness an Earthrise. Of course they didn't land and walk on the moon, but William Anders who was the Lunar Module Pilot took the "Earth Marble" [NASA Photo Reference: AS8-14-2383] photo below which was titled, "Earthrise". The famous photo was taken with on December 24, 1968 with a highly modified 70MM Hassleblad 500EL, electric drive camera that used customized Kodak Ektachrome film.


The dialog from the Apollo 8 astronauts at the time this photo was taken was as follows:

Anders: Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! There's the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty!

Borman: Hey, don't take that, it's not scheduled. (joking)

Anders: (laughs) You got a color film, Jim?
            Hand me that roll of color quick, would you...

Lovell: Oh man, that's great!

If you want to learn more about Rolex History @ NASA, I recommend checking out my Rolex X-Files named, "The Right Stuff, Godspeed, John Glenn."




Rolex Zietgiest

STAR TREK
Life Imitating Art

Just for the heck of it, let's get in the Rolex Time Machine and go back to 1968, and have a look around. One of the first things we would notice is the analog to the NASA Apollo Missions, which would be the original Star Trek TV show.



Space: The Final Frontier

These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.



In December of 1968, while Captain Kirk was boldly exploring strange new worlds, the crew of Apollo 8 really was 'boldly going where no man had gone before."



Assignment Earth 
[Star Trek. Episode #55, 1968]

Episode #55 begins with the Starship Enterprise traveling through the time-space continuum back to 1968 to conduct a mission as part of an earth history research program. All of a sudden, a man who is trying to beam to earth gets beamed onto the Enterprise transport station by mistake. His introduces himself to Captian Kirk as Gary Seven (played by actor Robert Lansing, who looked a lot like Steve McQueen).

Gary Seven's human ancestors were abducted from Earth around 4000BC and taken to an invisible cloaked planet named System Zeta Gamma 357. Gary comes back to Earth in 1968 on a mission to try and save Earth from nuclear destruction. 

Gary Seven travels with his companion pussy cat named Isis and as you can see in the photo below when Captain Kirk first encounters Gary Seven in the transport room, Gary Seven is wearing a Rolex GMT Master Pepsi, which is the same model that NASA Apollo 8 Astronaut, Jim Lovell was wearing at the time.







Saturday, April 22, 2017

Macro & Studio Shot Of The Day: Black and Blue Ceramic Bezel GMT-Master



...Macro & Studio Shot Of The Day...

Stainless Steel GMT
Black and Blue Ceramic Bezel
40MM Reference 116710BLNR





Friday, April 21, 2017

Rolex Hotness: Dr. Sylvia Earle...




I have some fantastic news to share with you!!! Rolex just published a new #EveryRolexTellsAStory on their official Rolex Instagram account, that features the veneralbe Dr. Sylvia Earle, and it can be seen below:


On Rolex's Every Rolex Tells A Story microsite, they just published these videos on Dr. Sylvia Earle's Rolex microsite, which are AMAZING!!!!




Below is a the original story I published on Dr. Sylvia Earle, and I also covered her involvement as the first female Aquanaut in Part 5 of my story about the all-new Single Red SEA-DWELLER.



The Complete History Of
The Rolex Submariner & SEA-DWELLER
Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean

Part 13: Dr. Sylvia Earle

The First Female Aquanaut

Dr. Sylvia Earle is a DEEP-SEA Pioneer with a list of career innovation and achievement that is mind-blowing. Her amazing career spans 64 years since she first began SCUBA diving back in 1953.




"The more we know, the more we realize there is to know."

—Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and she has many nicknames including "Her Deepness", "The Sturgeon General" and "The Aquanette." You can learn much more about her current work by visiting her Mission Blue Sylvia Earle Alliance website, which is fascinating.




I Am Woman Hear Me Roar
In Numbers Too Big To Ignore

Dr. Sylvia Earle was on the 1970 NASA Tektite II Expedition and she is pictured below on the far left, along with her "Aquanette" team-members. Sylvia was really part of the first generation of divers that allowed a woman to do anything a man could.




Dr. Sylvia Earl in many ways is the living personification of the 1971 mega hit song, "I Am Woman" by Australian superstar singer Helen Reddy, which I remember listening to in my childhood. Grammy winner, Helen Reddy's signature song, "I Am Woman", became an international anthem for the Women's Rights Movement in the early 1970s:



Dr. Sylvia Earle is pictured below in the 1970s diving with "Sandy" the dolphin in the Bahamas.




In the photo below we see Dr. Sylvia swimming with a whale shark.





Dr. Silvia Earle is much more than an Aquanaut. She is a pioneering oceanographer, Botanist and Marine Biologist. She can see below as she prepares to dive in one of Dr. Phil Nuytten's innovate diving suits that allows the diver to remain unsaturated.




Dr. Sylvia Earle has appeared in many Rolex ads over the years including the three below. This first one from 2005 has a great tagline of "Job Description: SAVE THE PLANET."






Dr. Sylvia Earle is an amazing woman of incredible achievement and we will explore her history in her upcoming story and I hope to do a podcast interview with her as well. In the recent photo below we see her wearing a ladies Rolex on a President bracelet.



Aquanaut Dr. Sylvia Earle
How To Protect the Blue Heart of the Planet
TED PRIZE Winner for 2009

Rolex is an official sponsor of the amazing 2009 TED Talks and in this video, scientist and aquanaut, Dr. Sylvia Earle–who is an amazing Rolex Explorer–recently gave this incredibly insightful & inspiring 2009 TED PRIZE-winning speech:





Dr. Sylvia Earl is pictured below with the greatest explorer that ever lived—Jacques-Yves Cousteau.


Dr. Sylvia Earl is pictured below with they President Obama in 2016 in Hawaii. Notice she is wearing a 36MM Rolex Day-Date. Sylvia Earle has a fascinating Twitter feed you should check out and follow to keep up with her amazing exploration.













The Complete History Of
The Rolex Submariner & SEA-DWELLER
Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean

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