Sunday, September 24, 2017

Google Maps 3D Satellite View Rolex Movement Factory Bienne, Switzerland 1928


Google Maps
3D Satellite View
Rolex Movement Factory
Bienne, Switzerland
1928


Let's get in the Rolex Time Machine and go back to Switzerland in 1928, and take a look around to see what Rolex looked like. 1928 was a very good year for Rolex. Just the year before, Rolex had successfully brought the very first waterproof watch to market, and the folks in the building below were working on their next great innovation, which they would be bringing to market several years later in 1931, and that was the Rolex Perpetual Movement, which was the world's first successfully viable automatic movement for wrist-watches.



If you look at the title of this story, I was kidding when I said, 'Google Maps, 3D Satellite View', because that is what these photos look like. The photo above and the two photos below were taken in the late 1920s in Bienne, Switzerland and show the original Rolex movement factory, which was part of the Aegler S.A. company. 



It is amazing when you look at these photos, and you can't help but notice how few structures there were in downtown Bienne, Switzerland.


The photo below shows Rolex Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in 1928. In the future, I will go into more detail on the significance of these photos, which are fantastic!



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Prince Harry of Wales Stainless Steel Rolex Explorer II




...Rolex Coolness...


Prince Harry of Wales

Stainless Steel "Orange Hand" Rolex Explorer II

Many members of the British Royal family wear and have worn Rolex watches for a long time. Prince Harry is fourth in line to the crown of the British Throne. He is pictured below rockin' his stainless steel "Orange Hand" Rolex Explorer II with the polar dial. Prince Harry is 33 years old.











Prince Harry's

 Invictus Games 


So what is Prince Harry up to today? Prince Harry is a founder of the Invictus Games, which is like the Olympics for wounded soldiers. Harry being a soldier himself came up with the idea when he was return home from a tour and saw wounded soldiers. Below is the opening speech Prince Harry gave today to kick off the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.



In the video below Prince Harry offers and overview of how he asked his Grandmother, The Queen to support his effort in the Invictus Games after be challenged by President Obama and The former First Lady, Michelle Obama.



I am not one for gossip, but if you follow the news these days you can't help but see stories about how Prince Harry is dating gorgeous actress Meghan Markle, who is pictured below. Meghan Markle is one of the stars of the TV show Suits, which if you have not seen it, is amazing!!! Also, Meghan is an superb actress...



The thing many of the publications are speculating on is if Harry is going to marry Meghan Markle.








The Rolex Crown & Royalty


Rolex is a royal brand in many ways. Particularly with the Rolex trademark crown logo, which adorns the dial and winding crown on every Rolex.






Lord Mountbatten 


Rolex has a longstanding following amongst the British Royalty, going back to Lord Mountbatten, who is Prince Harry's great, great uncle. The photo of Lord Louis Mountbatten below was taken during World War II, and he is wearing his trademark Rolex Oyster Perpetual on a leather strap. Lord Mountbatten is Prince Philip's uncle. Prince Philip is married to Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain.


Next we have the following Rolex ad from 1957 which is clearly referring to Lord Mountbatten who is pictured in the photo below the Rolex ad.







In the two photos below, we see Lord Mountbatten with his family on holiday in Scotland, and notice he is wearing a Rolex Submariner on his wrist.


In am not certain what is going on in the photos, but I think the family buried a hole and he climbed into it, and they filled it in with sand.







André Heiniger 

Former Rolex CEO, André Heiniger is pictured below with his wife, Odette Heiniger, Colonel Gerard Leigh and Price Charles of Wales, who is Prince Harry's father, at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, U.K.


In this next photo, we see Gérard Souham, André Heiniger, Jan Nelson and Prince Charles.



In the next image we see André Heiniger with HIH The Princess Napoleon at a Polo match.






Arnaud Boetsch 

Prince Harry is pictured below at a Polo match in Sentebale with legendary car racing legend, Sir Jackie Stewart, and Rolex Director of Communications, Arnaud Boetsch.



Prince Harry is obviously into watches, and in the photo below he is checking out Arnaud Boetsch's Rolex. Before joining Rolex, Arnaud Boetsch was a top ranked professional tennis player.




The Amazing Life of a Rolex Prince

Despite having been born and raised in the United States, I recall my whole life being very aware of the British Royal Family. So much so, they almost feel like distant relatives. I imagine since the root of the world "Family" is "Familiar" this makes sense. Since everybody else reading this probably feels the same way, I will let the photos tell the story of Prince Harry's life.



Speaking of a Rolex Prince, Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf was of German descent but he was an extreme anglophile, and as a result was a bit obsessed with Royalty—so much so he launched a line of Rolex watches based upon Royal names that included The Rolex Prince, Princess & Queen.













Prince Harry is pictured below with his brother, Prince William on the far left, and soccer legend, and Tudor Brand Ambassador and overall Rolex fanatic, David Beckham is standing between them.



Prince Harry is pictured below with his brother, Prince William and Princess Kate, and they are attending the Diamond Jubilee Concert. Harry is wearing his Rolex Explorer, and William is wearing the only watch I have ever seen him wear, which is an Omega Sea-Master his mother, Princess Diana gave him as a gift when he was a young man.








Zara Phillips

In the photo above, on the right of Prince Harry we see his cousin, Zara Philipps-Tindal, who is also a Rolex Brand Ambassador. Zara is also pictured below wearing a yellow gold Rolex.


Zara Phillips-Tindal is an accomplished Equestrian and we see her below on her horse at a competitive event.


Zara Phillips has been a Rolex Brand Ambassador for about a decade now. The Zara Phillips Rolex ad below is from 2008.




Zara Phillips is pictured below with fellow Rolex Brand Ambassador, Ana Ivanovic in a recent Rolex Magazine ad.



Zara Phillips is seen below on the far right side with five other female Rolex brand Ambassadors.







Prince Andrew





Prince Harry's uncle, Prince Andrew of York, is pictured above with Harry and The Queen, as well as below on the far left, next to Prince Harry, Prince Charles, and Prince William. Queen Elizabeth in on the right, just out of sight. 




Prince Andrew has worn Rolex watches his whole life, begining with a Rolex Submariner which is seen below in the photo of him with his then fiancé Sarah Ferguson wig us wearing a two-tone Rolex Ladies Datejust.



When Prince Andrew wed Princess Sarah, he showed up on their wedding day wearing a platinum Rolex Day-Date as seen below.


More than a quarter-century later, Prince Andrew is still wearing his Platinum Rolex Day-Date as pictured below.


Prince Harry is pictured below with his father, Prince Charles who he seems to get along well with.



In the following photos be see Prince Harry on active military duty, wearing his stainless steel Rolex Explorer.






Below we see a photos of Prince Harry of Wales as a spectator at the 2014 paralmpics swimming meet, and he is wearing a modern Rolex Explorer Orange Hand, which in my opinion is the coolest contemporary Rolex made today.




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