Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Stan Barrett: The World's First Supersonic Driver


...Rolex Super-Coolness...

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

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 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. But wait a minute!!?! Let's go back to 1979, and take a look at the man who was the very first to break the Supersonic sound barrier, and his name is Stan Barrett. 


Stan Barrett is pictured above just after becoming the first man to break the sound barrier on land. He actually went 739.666 Miles Per Hour in the Budweiser rocket car in 1979. 


Some other famous Rolex wearing speed demons were also present to witness his achievement, including Chuck Yeager,  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. If you look at the photo of Stan Barrett at the top of this story above, you will notice he is wearing two Rolex watches!! 

One Rolex is a Pepsi GMT-Master and the second was a special gift of a Paul Newman Daytona, which was actually given to Stan Barrett by his good friend Paul Newman to wear on the record setting run. Paul Newman (pictured below wearing his famous exotic dial Rolex Daytona) gave Stan the Rolex Daytona, but refused to attend, because he didn't want to see one of his best friends killed in a rocket car.


Stan was Paul Newman's stunt double for many years, and he also was a stunt double for Burt Reynolds, and other famous stars of from that era. Ironically, I learned of this story from another famous Rolex wearer, and good pal of mine, David Concannon who is a famous explorer himself. He mentioned that Stan Barrett still wears his Pepsi GMT-Master today, and in the future I hope to interview Stan about his amazing career achievements.






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 below.



The video above 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.



Conclusion

I usually don't write conclusions on stories, but in this case, I think it makes sense. Why? Because Stan Barrett's previously undocumented Rolex related achievement represents the nexus between Sir Malcom Campbell and Andy Green's amazing achievement. Illustrating all this rich Rolex land-speed history, really ads valuable and fascination new insight into the history of the Rolex Daytona and GMT-Models.


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.



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

First Known Tiffany & CO. Rolex Submariner Ad Big Crown Submariner


First Known Tiffany & CO. Rolex Submariner Ad

The Elusive Big-Crown James Bond Submariner
[Reference 5510]

I think this Tiffany & CO., Ad is from 1960 and it is the earliest one I have ever seen that showcases a Rolex Submariner. Very Cool!!! The Reference 5508 Submariner was rated to 100 meters, and the 5510 was the first to be rated to 200 meters.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Arthur C. Clarke


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Arthur C. Clarke
Science-Fiction Writer, Explorer & Futurist
1917-2008

Yellow Gold Rolex Submariner

Arthur C. Clarke is considered to be one of the top science-fiction writers, and futurists in history. During his brilliant career he wrote more than 100 books! Clarke is probably most famous for co-writing the screenplay for the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is considered to be one of the most influential films of the 20th Century. Arthur C. Clarke is pictured below wearing his yellow gold Rolex Submariner, as he speaks with Prince Claus of The Netherlands, as he receives the Marconi International Fellowship in 1982.


Arthur C. Clarke was British and is considered to be on of the "Big 3" of Science-Fiction, along with Issac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein. Arthur C. Clarke wore a Rolex Submariner as a serious tool-watch, as he was an early pioneer in the world of Scuba Diving. 



As a matter of fact, he moved from England to Sri Lanka is 1956, to pursue his fascination with scuba diving, as he discovered the underwater ruins of an ancient Koneswaram temple in Trincomalee in Sri Lanka. He is pictured above and below in 1955 diving in Sri Lanka in Ceylon wearing a Rolex Submariner.





Brilliant Futurist

Arthur C. Clarke was a brilliant futurist, and in the photo below we see him pictured at home in Washington D.C. 1952, holding his book titled The Exploration Of Space. 



In the videos below from 1964 and 1974, Arthur C. Clarke predicts that in the future we will live in a highly computerized, and connected world.





"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." 

—Arthur C. Clarke 
Science Fiction Writer & Inventor of the Communication Satellite



The photo below of Arthur C. Clarke was taken in 1984 in his office in Sri Lanka and shows him in from of his Kaypro II computer he was using to send his script for 2010 to Hollywood. Notice his Rolex Submariner on his wrist.









2001 

A Space Odyssey 


2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968 and  is considered by many to be the ultimate science-fiction movie of all time. In the photo below we see Director, Stanley Kubrick on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey, with Arthur C. Clark who co-wrote the scrips with Kubrick.


Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clark picture above on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1967

I want to draw an analogy that keeps popping into my head as I write this story. I keep thinking about how similar Arthur C. Clarke was to Ian Fleming in the sense they were both born and raised in England, and both later fell in love with tropical worlds, and spent much of their later year writing in beautiful warm climates. 


Sean Connery and Ian Fleming pictured above on the set of Goldfinger in 1964



Arthur C. Clarke having moved to Sri Lanka in 1955, and Ian Fleming living in his Golden Eye villa in Jamaica. In the photo we see Ian Fleming on the set of Goldfinger, where he served as a consultant for making the movie. Of course, Ian Fleming and Arthur C. Clark both wore Rolex watches when they wrote their seminal books that were turned into blockbuster movies.

Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clark picture above on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1967




In the photo below we see Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka, posing with Stephen Spielberg, and Harrison Ford, who stopped by his home to see him in 1983, while they were filming Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom. Notice Arthur is wearing his Rolex Submariner.




The video below was shot in 1995 by the BBC and covers Arthur C. Clarke sharing his top Seven Wonders Of The World, and we see him wearing his yellow-gold Rolex Submariner.






Sunday, July 24, 2016

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day: Rolex Yacht-Master II



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

Rolex Yacht-Master II

Hannes who owns the German R-L-X.de forum took these amazing macro shots of the white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cecilia Bartoli Roman Diva


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Cecilia Bartoli
Roman Diva

5 Time Grammy Winner

Cecilia Bartoli is one of the top Opera singers in the world today. She is considered to be a coloratura mezzo-soprano, coupled with an unusual timbre, and is one of the top-selling opera singers today.




Cecilia Bartoli was discovered at a young age by several leading conductors, which included Daniel Barenboim, Nickolaus Harnoncourt, and Herbert von Karajan, who is pictured below. 


Herbert von Karajan is seen in the photos above and below wearing his Rolex Professional Watch, and in the future I plan to do a detailed story on his amazing career as the conductor for the Berlin Harmonic Orchestra from 1955 until his death in 1989.



Herbert von Karajan and the other conductors discovered Cecelia just after she completed her vocal training with her parents—both of which are also singers—in her home-town of Rome in Italy. Her career took off at an unusually young time in her life, and she has gone on to attain amazing career achievements.




Rolex sponsored a BBC documentary more than a decade ago, which gives a superb overview of Cecelia Bartoli's amazing career achievements, which I highly recommend watching below!!!







Friday, July 22, 2016

Yellow Gold Rolex GMT Master Taking a Coffee Break


...Rolex Outdoor Shot Of The Day...

Yellow Gold Rolex GMT Master

Taking a Coffee Break

Thomas took this amazing photo of his yellow gold rolex GMT-Master in front of his coffee cup, and I just love this great photo. I have to go make a latte now!!!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bob Iger: CEO Of Disney



...Rolex Super Coolness...


The King Of Hollywood


Bob Iger

CEO Of Disney
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Bob Iger is a man who is hard to describe. He is kind of like a Hollywood Superman. Not only is he CEO of Disney, which is the worlds largest media company, but he has put together a portfolio of businesses that would make your head spin, including Pixar, ESPN and Lucasfilm. Bob Iger is also a highly respected and trusted board member of Apple.



The photo below of Bob Iger wearing his new Rolex Daytona  appears courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, which recently wrote an amazing article about his career achievements.





Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

40MM Reference 116500LN: Monobloc Cerachrom Bezel

Rolex introduced the new white dial Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with a black ceramic bezel, which Bob Iger is wearing in the photo above, earlier this year at BaselWorld 2016. From what I understand, this model is still in short supply and hard to find.


STAR WARS

THE RETURN OF THE FRANCHISE



The Star Wars Empire was built by George Lucas, which made 6 major films. It appears, that as time went by, George Lucas lost interest in making more Star Wars movies. This is where Bob Iger and Disney saw a brilliant opportunity, as Disney acquired LucasFilm along with the entire Star Wars Franchise for $4.05 Billion in 2012.



Purchasing LucasFilm has proven to one of the wisest investments Disney could make, as the Star Wars: The Force Awakens made close to a billion dollars in domestic box office alone in the United States and Canada, which makes it the highest grossing movie ever made. The Force Awakens set many other box office records, including being the fastest film to gross $1 Billion, which only took 12 days. It also set the record for being the biggest worldwide opening weekend, and single weekend gross at $529 Million.


Bob Iger is pictured above wearing a Rolex Oyster model. I have noticed him wearing many different Rolex models over the years.













Bob Iger is not the first CEO of Disney to wear a Rolex! Walt Disney himself wore a yellow gold Rolex Datejust, as you can see in the photos below. If you think about it, Walt Disney had much in common with Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf, in the sense they both left behind amazingly timeless and successful companies that people love!!!


"Think beyond your lifetime if you want to do something truly great." 
—Walt Disney


"Technology extends the purview of the story-teller." 
—Walt Disney




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

1956 Rolex Oyster Ad


1956 Rolex Oyster Ad
30th Anniversary Of the Waterproof Watch

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