Thursday, September 20, 2018

Vintage Rolex Explorer Ad Conquering Mount Everest

Vintage Rolex Explorer Ad
Conquering Mount Everest

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Yellow Gold Rolex GMT-Master

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

Yellow Gold Rolex GMT-Master

Bakelite Bezel

The photo below of the vintage Rolex GMT-Master appears courtesy of Christie's Auction house, and is a beauty indeed! This is a very early yellow gold GMT, as it has the sword hands, which lack the traditional Mercedes Marker on the hour had, and it also has the tiny arrowhead on the 24-hour hand. The dial on this watch has nipple markers, and more importantly a very rare original brown bakelite bezel insert, with matching yellow gold 24-hour time numerals.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bob Woodward

...Rolex Investigative Reporter...

Bob Woodward

Stainless Steel Rolex Datejust

Bob Woodward is one of the most famous investigative journalists in history. He has written nineteen books and won two Pulitzer Prizes for his writing. He is most famous for uncovering the Watergate conspiracy that resulted in taking down the presidency of Richard Nixon in 1974.

All The President's Men

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward were journalists for The Washington Post and we see them below during their Watergate investigation. 

Carl & Bob wrote a famous book named All The President's Men which was made into a movie in 1976 that featured Robert Redford playing Bob Woodward, and Dustin Hoffman playing Carl Bernstein. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman were two of the top actors in Hollywood at the time.

All The President's Men was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, of which it won four. Notice Robert Redford was wearing his Single Red Rolex Submariner Reference 1680 in the movie.

The photos above and below were press shots of Robert Redford from All The President's Men, and which prominently featured his Rolex Submariner. Back in 2008 I interviewed Rolex U.S.A. executive, T. Walker Lloyd about Rolex's relationship with Robert Redford which he talked about in detail in a podcast interveiw.

I will point out there was a continuity error in All The President's Men where Robert Redford's Rolex Submariner had it's winding crown unscrewed all the way as seen in the photos below.

In the photo below we see Dustin Hoffman, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, and Robert Redford.

Deep Throat

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were contacted by a confidential and enigmatic source they refered to as "Deep Throat" in their book titled "All The President's Men." Deep Throat was a mole operating within the Nixon administration who fed them top-secret information which resulted in U.S. President Richard Nixon having to resign from office. 

Deep Throat's identity was not revealed until May 31, 2005 when Vanity Fair ran an article on their website which revealed that Mark Felt who was the Associate Director of the FBI during the Nixon administration was indeed Deep Throat. 

The photo below was taken on April 30, 1973, at the Washington Post headquarters in Washington D.C. The photo shows Bob Woodward sitting on the floor, with Carl Bernstein sitting in the chair as they watch Richard Nixon's speech addressing the Watergate scandal on a Sony Trinitron TV, and Nixon's speech can be seen above.

I have an interesting story to share with you regarding Richard Nixon's resignation. President Nixon resigned on August 9, 1973, at which time I was at a summer camp in Northern California named Forest Farms. Below is a picture of me with my Forest Farms counselor named Tom on June 24, 1973. I was wearing my harvest gold Hang-Ten crew neck T-Shirt with matching sock, with my Levi's jeans and my Keds.

5 weeks after the photo above was taken I watched President Nixon resign. I will never forget when the Forest Farms camp counselors rounded up all the campers, including myself, and brought us to the camp owners home so we could sit in front of the TV and watch Nixon resign. At the time I was seven years old and had no real idea of what I was witnessing, but only remember the counselors freaking-out saying that no President had ever resigned. Below is the Nixon's resignation speech.

Gerald Ford replaced Richard Nixon as President and in the photo below we see Ford wearing his Rolex President (Day-Date) in yellow Gold.

The photo below of Bob Woodward was taken on April 11, 1977, and shows him watching Richard Nixon on TV.

In the photo below we see Bob Woodward with Carl Bernstein on Meet The Press many years later and notice Bob is wearing a stainless steel Rolex Perpetual on an Oyster bracelet which is a different watch from the Rolex Datejust he wears. If you look closely it also appears Carl Berstein may be wearing a Pepsi GMT-Master...

The video below shows Bob Woodward's Master Class he teaches an in it we see many shots of his Datejust.

The photo below shows Bob Woodward at Trump Tower in an elevator and we get a clear shot of his Rolex Datejust.

Last week Bob Woodward was interviewed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and he was wearing his stainless steel Rolex Datejust. It appears that Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are in hot pursuit of President Trump and are trying to take him down the way they took down fellow Republican President Nixon.

The video interview below features Jeff Bezos who today owns the Washington time and he discusses its role in modern journalism. Jeff is now the wealthiest man on earth, and equally charismatic and intelligent.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

1970s Rolex Day-Date Ad

1970s Rolex Day-Date Ad

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Mr. Wonderful-Kevin O'Leary

Another Rolex Shark

Mr. Wonderful

Kevin O'Leary

Rolex Dayonta on a Red RubberB

Several days ago I published a story about Robert Herjavec who is one of the six members on Shark Tank, so I thought it was fitting to share this story on one of his fellow sharks, Kevin O'Leary. Kevin O'Leary is commonly referred to by his nickname of Mr. Wonderful as he typically very skeptical and cynical in the way he hazes participants on Shark Tank. Kevin O'Leary is pictured below wearing his two-tone Rolex Submariner.

A few days ago Nick Gould from Quill & Pad pointed me to this Instagram post from Kevin O'Leary that features his new stainless steel Rolex Daytona on a red RubberB strap as seen below. 

Kevin O'Leary is known for wearing watches on red straps, which is kind of his trademark. I wrote an article a couple years ago on Jake's Panerai World about Kevin's Panerai PAM000219 which is seen below.


Kevin O'Leary is one of six sharks on Shark Tank, as we see below from top left to bottom right: Daymond John, Mark Cuban, Roger Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O'Leary, & Lori Greiner.

So it looks like Kevin O'Leary is back to Rolex, which he put on his trademark red strap and it looks great. Below is another photo of Kevin wearing his two-tone Submariner.

Kevin O'Leary is pictured below with his friend and fellow Shark Tank member, Daymond John as they enjoy some O'Leary wine.

I could not help but notice in the video above on Good Morning America, that Michael Strahan was wearing the exact same stainless steel Rolex Daytona that Mr. Woderful showed on his Instagram post.

Friday, September 14, 2018

1993 Rolex Datejust Manual Cover

1993 Rolex Datejust Manual Cover

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day: Abel's Rolex Rose Gold Bubbleback

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

Abel's Rose Gold Rolex Bubbleback

[Reference 3131: Circa 1940]

Abel is from Argentina and he is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World. He owns this beautiful Rose Gold Bubbleback that was made in 1940. This beautiful watch is all original and it almost looks like it was made yesterday. It is amazing how timeless this watch is...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

...Rolex Fun In The Sun...Sean Connery & Ursula Andres

...Rolex Fun In The Sun...

Sean Connery
Ursula Andres

The photo below of Ursula Andress & Sean Connery was taken on the set of The James Bond film titled, Dr. No back in 1962, and in the photo we see Sean Connery sporting his Submariner. It crossed my mind that in a story I published in the past about Elvis Presley, he was also wearing the same 'Big Crown' Rolex Submariner model on a nylon strap, just like Sean Conner pictured below. Turns out, it is a small world after all!!!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Robert Herjavec: Rolex Shark Tank

...Rolex Shark...

Robert Herjavec

Rolex Shark Tank

Robert Herjavec is best known as being one of the Sharks on the major hit, Shark Tank. Robert was born in Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia) and at the age of 8 years old, in 1972 his family moved to Halifax, Canada, where they arrived with one suitcase and $20. His family then moved to Toronto and lived in the basement of a friend of the family for 18 months. At the time Robert spoke no English. In the photo below we see Robert wearing his Platinum Rolex Daytona, which is commonly referred to by its nickname of Playtona.

Robert's father got a job in a factory making only $76 per week and would walk to work instead of taking the bus in order to save money for his family. Robert once said that his father was "a really, really tough guy" once heard Robert complaining about how kids from school had been making fun of him and responded by telling Rober never to complain. This lack of complaining became a guiding principle for Robert and contributed significantly to his persistence. 


Robert Herjavec is one of six sharks on Shark Tank, as we see below from top left to bottom right: Daymond John, Mark Cuban, Roger Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O'Leary, & Lori Greiner.

Shark Tank is one of the most popular TV shows in modern history, which features real-life entrepreneurs who get pitched on different ideas and then decide if they want to invest in them—while offering financial business advice to companies. The lighting and decoration on the set of Shark Tank is amazing! It is dimly lit and kind of reminds me of the Cheesecake Factory.

Robert Herjavec has an amazing collection of Rolex watches which features many different Daytona models as well as a white gold Submariner and a rose gold Yacht-Master.

Robert Herjavec was married in 1990 to Diane Plese and they seperated in 2014. They have two duaghters. In 2015 Robert fell in love with his former Dancing with the Stars partner Kym Johnson, and they got married in 2016. In late 2018 they had twins.