Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thomas Kinkade Painter Of Light


...Rolex Super-Coolness...

Thomas Kinkade
Painter Of Light
1958-2012

Pepsi GMT-Master & King Tut Submariner

Thomas Kinkade was an American painter, who is one of the most commercially successful artist of the 21st Century. How successful is his artwork today? Apparently, at least 5% of American homes have a copy of one of his paintings hanging in their home. Thomas Kinkade is pictured below sporting a yellow gold Rolex (King Tut: Gold and Cobalt Blue) Submariner.


Thomas Kinkade wore a yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master as seen above, and also wore a Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master as seen in the photos below.


Thomas Kinkade is to the 21st Century, what Pablo Picasso was to the 20th century, as far a being prolific, popular and commercially successful, and ironically they both wore the exact same Rolex model, which was a Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master!










Classic Christmas Paintings
Making Spirits Bright

"Every painting is a journey." –Thomas Kinkade

I decided to publish this story today, as a way to get into the Christmas spirit, since Thomas Kinkade's paintings are some of the greatest Christmas themed paintings. Thomas Kinkade's Christmas paintings are extremely ideal and heartwarming, and capture the essence of this most wonderful time of the year.






One could argue that Thomas Kinkade's paintings are similar to Norman Rockwell's in the sense that he is constantly attempting to capture this highly idyllic state of Americana. Thomas Kinkade grew up in Placerville, California, in the U.S.A., which is a city that you would pass through if you were traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area on you way to Lake Tahoe.













Thursday, December 14, 2017

Adieu Johnny: A French Music Legend Dies



Music Legend Dies


Adieu, Johnny!


'French Elvis' Honored 

 By DANNY CRIVELLO           


In a career that spanned more than six decades, he recorded more than a thousand songs, sold 100 million records and earned more than 60 gold and platinum records. Jean-Philippe Smet, whose stage name is "Johnny Hallyday," was dubbed the "French Elvis" because he is credited for bringing rock 'n' roll to France. He passed away last week from lung cancer at the age of 74. And France is mourning.

Fats Domino, left, Johnny Hallyday and Sugar Ray Robinson

Johnny was also a lover of watches (top picture, with a Cartier Tank) and a Rolex wearer. He wore a two-tone Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date in the 1980s (next two pictures). Later in life, he owned a Rolex Daytona black dial 116520 (last picture). 


I grew up in France listening to his music. For me, he was more of a French Johnny Cash mixed with Bruce Springsteen  a combination of raw masculinity, rebellion and hard work  and I shed tears when I learned of his passing a week ago. His funeral brought 800,000 French to the Champs Elysées Saturday. This weekend the Eiffel Tower was lit with letters that said, "MERCI, JOHNNY." And French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech.


He was married four times and had a four-year relationship with Nathalie Baye, above, a French actress who played in "Catch Me If You Can." Below, Johnny wearing a Daytona.


Finally, I love this video of him with Sammy Davis Jr. 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Macro Shots of the Day....


...Macro Shot Of The Day...

Macro Magic



Photo Credit: Lifebreath

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cash on Your Wrist: Rolex as Currency



Rolex in the Movies


Cash on Your Wrist


Rolex as Currency 

 By DANNY CRIVELLO           


The virtual currency Bitcoin reached a record high today, shooting past $17,000, from $800 a year ago. Turns out, this so-called "invisible money" is a great way to store value and a great way to transfer that value across the globe thanks to the Internet.

Unlike Bitcoin, my Rolex is far from being invisible. But once on my wrist, it is a liquid asset that can easily cross borders. As a transoceanic pilot for a major airline, I have a wallet full of currencies  from yens to euros, pesos to pounds. I pay with credit cards first, cash second. My last resort is the Rolex on my wrist. When it comes to watches, Rolex is the most famous brand in the world, and it maintains exceptional value.


Philippe Cousteau, Jr., pictured above and below, wears a Rolex Sea-Dweller. Cousteau, who is the grandson of the legendary oceanic explorer Jacques Cousteau, told Bloomberg last month: "I was working on a project in Singapore, and an ex-[Special Air Service] soldier told me to always wear a nice watch: Don’t flaunt it, but have it with you. 

"He had a stainless-steel Rolex and wore it everywhere. He told me that no matter where you travel, a good watch  like a Rolex  is like currency and is something you can always use to barter to get yourself out of trouble. 

"You always hear 'never have anything nice on expedition,' but that soldier’s advice was smart and practical so I always wear a 'tradable' watch that can help get me out of a bind."


While I did walk in the streets of Singapore wearing a Rolex like Philippe Cousteau, I never had to use it for emergency. But the idea was depicted in several movies through the years. 

Here are some of the films that show the power of Rolex as currency. (The list doesn't pretend to be exhaustive.) Unfortunately, some scenes don't lend well for still pictures, so not all Rolex shots could be included. 

"Bourne Legacy" (2012)

Jeremy Renner who plays Aaron Cross gains passage onto a boat by using a gold Daytona. Below we see the boat captain with his new watch.


"Marathon Man" (1976)

The character played by Dustin Hoffman, Thomas Levy, uses a Rolex GMT-Master to pay for a taxi fare. Hoffman only wants a dime back to make a phone call. The scene is pictured above this article and also briefly in the Rolex commercial that aired during the Oscars this year. 


"Rain Man" (1988)

After finding out his autistic brother can count a deck of cards, Charlie Babbitt, played by Tom Cruise, pawns his yellow-gold Day-Date to buy suits for him and his brother (Dustin Hoffman) and a seat at a blackjack table at the Caesars Palace Casino.


"National Treasure" (2004)

Benjamin Gates, played by Nicolas Cage, gives a waitress his Rolex so he can get $100 from her cash register. "It's called a Submariner. I dive with it," he tells her. "It's actually quite valuable." 


"Leaving Las Vegas" (1995)

Alcoholic Ben Sanderson, played by Nicolas Cage, pawns his Daytona to sustain his addiction. 


"Home Alone" (1990)

Kevin's mom Kate McCallister played by Catherine O'Hara said she would sell her soul to the devil to get a seat on an airplane to get home. She ended up trading some jewelry and her two-tone Datejust to an elderly couple for their seats at Paris airport.


"Unknown" (2011)

Dr. Martin Harris played by Liam Neeson suffers memory loss after a taxi crash in Berlin. He gives his cab driver Gina (played by Diane Kruger) a Sea-Dweller Deepsea for information and a bed for the night. "It's worth at least 5000 euros. Come on. Feel the weight of it. It's the real thing," he tells her.  


Whether traded for some emergency cash, a place to stay for the night, or something completely intangible  like the two examples below  a Rolex on your wrist always commands a powerful bargain. 

The Fugitive Kind (1960)

The clip below shows Marlon Brando's character Valentine Xavier use his Rolex as a token of his independence. "So you take this Rolex.... That's my message to you and the pack you run with," Brando says. "I run with nobody." He removes his Rolex and hands it to Carol Cutrere (Joanne Woodward).


James Cameron

Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron, who after "Avatar" became an activist for Indigenous rights, tells the story of when he visited the Kayapo people, a tribe that lives deep in the Amazon. And he made friends with the chief of that tribe.


The chief gave the film director some gifts, "great gifts that were meaningful to him," explained Cameron. "And I thought, 'What do I have that has that kind of value that I could give him?' I couldn't think of anything...

"...except my watch that had been with me for 20 years." 




Jake’s Take:

Another excellent interesting story by Danny with a fascinating premise… I want to add a few thoughts on this subject.

Rolex is not only a form of currency as Danny pointed out, but Rolex is like a country in-and-of-itself, and its currency is in the form of their watches, much like the U.S. greenback is an international currency. 

In my own experience over the years, it has never ceased to amaze me as to how well known Rolex watches are internationally. Since Rolex watches historically hold their value much better than just about any other asset you can purchase, they offer an interesting long-term value proposition. 


For instance, If you bought a Rolex Submariner in 1964 it would have cost you $195. If you simply put it in a drawer and pulled it out today, you could easily sell it for $10,000. If you bought a Submariner ten years earlier in 1954 and put it away in a drawer it could easily be worth $100,000 today. That is impressive performance.

I remember when I was in college, I was in an economics class, and we read a book that mentioned how the value of any given currency was fundamentally based upon “the faith society has in the maintenance of social order.” In other words, in a country that had an unstable social structure, their currency would be weak in the international market. But if a country maintained a strong social order, its currency would benefit accordingly.

Since Rolex is based in Switzerland, its stability has indirectly been tied to the Swiss Franc, which has historically been a very strong contender. And if you ever visit Switzerland, you realize they maintain a very strong social order.

Jake

Monday, December 11, 2017

Festive Finland 100 Submariner



Festive Finland 100 Submariner


Jouni is a reader of Jake's Rolex World and he recently wrote in from Finland and said:

Hi Jake,

Hope you've had a good year.

Got my five-digit Submariner back from service about four days ago so decided to finally snap some photos of it - because of the time of the year that it is, and it being Rolex's official color I used a green Christmas ornament as the "backdrop" for the watch.

I also thought it was very fitting to have my blue-dial Submariner back right on time for the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence - so this is also a bit of a tribute to my homeland; some Green for the festive season and Rolex, some Blue & White for Finland.

I'm not a professional photographer but you can use the photos on your site if you wish - I noticed there aren't too many shots of the blue-dial 16613 in there so maybe they'd be a nice change for all the shots of the more modern Rolex watches. No need to use all of them but maybe you can sneak in a photo or two to give an "old" 16613 (and Finland) some love.

Also added a couple lume-shots.

Take care,
Jouni




Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Vintage Rolex Christmas Ads...





The Vintage Rolex Christmas Ads

Viewing Rolex Christmas Ads Through Time

I hope everybody is having a great holiday season! Every year, around Christmas time, I publish this Rolex Christmas history, and each year I significantly update it. This year is no exception, as I just completed a major update including adding a seminal photo of James Bond author, Ian Fleming, in the Black Tie section, as well as many more vintage Rolex ads.  

Rolex used to publish Rolex Christmas ads, but I don't recall ever seeing one in a magazine in my lifetime. It is interesting to note the Rolex Christmas magazine ads only ran while Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex was alive. Speaking of Hans Wilsdorf, there is a superb Season's Greetings magazine ad from 1948 which I added last year when I updated this story. Be sure to check it out as it is as on-point today as it was back then.



1928 Rolex Christmas Ad


This first Rolex magazine ad from Rolex is from 1928, and it is fascinating for many reasons. First, Rolex had already been in business for almost a quarter of a century when this ad was published. There is only one Rolex Oyster model that appears in this ad, as Rolex had just successfully introduced the Oyster as the worlds first waterproof watch, one short year earlier in 1927. The Rolex Oyster is pictured in the upper-right-hand-corner, and it has a classic cushion case, with soldiered on lugs, which looks very art-deco and Panerai-like. 



Also, notice there are no classic round Oyster cases in this ad. In other words, there are no watches in this ad that look like contemporary Rolex watches. Instead, we old see highly stylized cases, with lots of curves and right angles. Also notice the now classic five point Rolex crown logo is completely absent, despite having been registered three years earlier in 1925. If you examine the ad, you also notice none of the Rolex models have names yet—just numbers, like No. 5, No. 12, and No. 40.




1930 Beautiful Rolex Christmas Ad

This next stunning art-deco vintage Rolex ad from 1930 that features a woman sporting the flapper look. It was published in the British publication named "The Tatler" in 1930. This ad was published at a fascinating and optimistic time in Rolex history. Several years prior, Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex had recently completely revolutionized the world of watches, when Rolex introduced the worlds first waterproof watch, known as the Rolex Oyster. Notice in this ad, it is the first time we see The Rolex Prince Model. Also notice the Rolex 5-point crown logo is absent, despite having been registered five years earlier in 1925.





I believe this beautiful ad reflects Rolex absolute optimism at this time. Notice how the ad uses the term wristlet instead of the commonly used term of of today which is 'wrist watch'.




1934 Precise Time On The Arm Ad


This next Rolex holiday ad from 1934 is also very interesting. Notice we see the Rolex crown sprinkled all over the the ad, and the 'ROLEX' typeface is not much bolder. We also see the addition of names to describe the models, including The Rolex Prince & Rolex Princess models. In this ad we also see for the first time, the classic round dial Rolex Oyster Perpetual case, which is similar to what we see today with most Rolex watch models. Rolex had only recently brought to market the Rolex Oyster 'Perpetual' model, which was the first watch to be able to wind itself automatically, from by capturing the movement from a persons arm. The slogan under the Rolex name and crown logo reads, "Precise Time On The Arm."




It took Rolex 20 years before they came up with their crown logo which they introduced in 1925. If you examine all of the ads, which run from 1935 to 1948, you will notice how much the Rolex crown logo evolved. Over the 12 year span from 1935, we witness the evolution of the crown from a kind of primitive version to the timeless logo which has not changed very much over the past half-century.



1935 French Rolex Noel Ad

Next we examine this vintage Rolex ad from 1935 that was published in France. The watches in this ad are art-deco and more dress watch oriented.







1936 British Rolex Noel Ad

Next we examine this vintage Rolex ad from 1936 that was published in England in the Punch or The London Charivari. 






1937 French Rolex Noel Ad

Next we examine this vintage Rolex ad from 1937 that was published in France. 





1938 French Rolex Christmas

We see in this next French Rolex Christmas ad that with all the different Rolex ads, Rolex is really beginning to hit its stride. I really like the artwork in this ad.



1942 World War II
Rolex U.S.A. Christmas Message

World War II was an extremely difficult time for most people on earth. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex was likely very, very frustrated by the mess the Nazi's and other axis powers made because it had a devastating financial impact on Rolex business.

The reason I suggest Hans Wilsdorf and Rolex must have been really frustrated is because Rolex had really begun to hit its stride, and Rolex wanted to capitalize on their patents on both the waterproof Oyster as well as the perpetual automatic movement. This spiritually uplifting ad was published in the United States in 1942.






Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex is pictured above in Geneva, Switzerland in his office at Rolex headquarters in 1942. He is also pictured below in one of his Rolex workshops in the photo below in 1962.







1943 Swiss Magazine Ad
Rolex Bubbleback


The image below is from a Swiss magazine that was published in 1943 and it shows a beautiful Rolex Bubbleback with a classic California dial, with Lake Geneva shown in the background. This watch was a harbinger for the magnificent art-deco design language that would evolve a decade later into the Submariner and GMT-MASTER.








1943 World War II
Rolex Christmas Magazine Ad

It is difficult to put into words how profound and optimistically prescient this next 1943 Rolex magazine advertisement was from the middle of World War II. I is also interesting that Hans Wilsdorf and Rolex were so distraught about the sad affairs of the world, Rolex published this add that was just an observation and a wish for the future. In other words, Rolex spent money to make this bold declarative statement, and did not even show or mention a watch in the ad.





1944 World War II
Rolex Christmas Magazine Ad

In this next World War II Rolex Christmas Ad, you see how they were getting excited about the end of World War II:




1945 World War II
Rolex Christmas Magazine Ad

In this next World War II Rolex Christmas Ad, you can see that Rolex is relieved and back on its optimistic game:



1946 German Rolex Ad



Rolex was quick to get things back to normal just after World War, as we see in this very elegant German Rolex Christmas ad from 1946.






1947 French Rolex Ad







1948 Hans Wilsdorf Season's Greetings

The following magazine ad offered Season's Greetings and Happy New Year wishes from Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf to everybody in every country! As you can see by reading the Rolex ads during World War II, Hans Wilsdorf was really frustrated because the war made it challenging to import raw material for making watches, as well as making it seriously difficult to distribute Rolex watches internationally. With the war finally over, Rolex could really spread its wings and fly high and fast, and Hans Wilsdorf's jubilance is clearly communicated in this 1948 Rolex Season's Greetings ad. 




1948 was a very good year for Rolex and the world or exploration. Rolex and Hans Wilsdorf were moving full-speed-ahead into a wonderful new era. In 1948 Hans Wilsdorf was 67 years old, and despite his amazing achievements to date, the best was yet to come.


Rolex U.S.A., was so excited with the level of progress, they published the following magazine ad which featured Hans Wilsdorf, as the "Watchman Of Our Time." By the way, if you are wearing your Rolex as you read this, Hans Wilsdorf is still the "Watchman Of Your Time ;-)))"




1948 Rolex U.S.A. Christmas Ad
40th Jubilee Celebration

In this next Rolex Christmas ad from 1948 we see yet more evidence Rolex was back on top of its game. With the World War II fiasco behind it, it was smooth sailing. 1948 was Rolex's 40th anniversary so they named their new 5-link trademark bracelet, "The Jubilee Bracelet" as seen below on this first generation yellow gold Datejust. (The 40th Anniversary of most things is referred to as The Jubilee Anniversary).

We take having a date complication on a watch today for granted, but back in the late 1940s when Rolex was the first to introduce the date feature, it was considered a dramatically positive innovation. This all-new Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet is essentially the watch Rolex gave Dwight Eisenhower, who at the time was the Supreme Commander of NATO in Europe.

The yellow gold Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet is essentially The Father Of The Rolex President or Rolex Day-Date.





1958 Tiffany & Company Rolex Ad

The following Tiffany & Company Rolex Christmas Present ad offered two different Rolex Oyster Perpetual models.






Vintage Rolex U.S.A. Hotness Ad from 1968
When Pucci Dictates Glitter...Is It Chic To Flash A Rolex?
This is Rolex...The Christmas Watch For Golden Girls





I am not 100% certain the add below is a Rolex Christmas ad, but it sure looks like it to me. My best guess is it is from the 1970s.







1979 Rolex Day-Date & Lady Datejust
Walnut Dial Models


The ad below is from 1979 and features the yellow gold Rolex Day-Date and Lady Datejust with matching Madrona wood dial, which are really beautiful.









2013 Rolex Festive Season Website
Rolex In The Digital Age


At Christmas 2013I  thought it would be interesting to compare the closest we can come to a Rolex Christmas or holiday season ad, which comes from Rolex's website with shows a bejeweled Rolex Day-Date, and it says "Discover the Rolex selection for the festive season."







Rolex Black Tie
Holiday 2016 Collection 

Rolex.com currently features a fascinating new section named Black Tie Watches, which shows how well many different Rolex Oyster Perpetual models work well with being worn with black tie. 


The image below shows the gorgeous Rolex Brand Ambassador, Lindsey Vonn wearing a Rolex Submariner.







A family member of mine asked my advice recently on which Rolex he should purchase for his wife as a Christmas gift. I told him my best advice was not pick a Rolex watch for her, but to give her a Christmas card with a photo of a Rolex on it, and have it say, "I want you to chose your favorite Rolex as a Christmas gift from me." In other words, if you already know which Rolex somebody prefers, that makes it easy. But if you don't know, I think it is important to take them to a Rolex Authorized Dealer and let them spend some time exploring and trying on different models to see which one they like best. After all, they are going to be wearing the watch for many years to come, so it makes perfect sense for them to make the smartest choice possible.





Vintage Rolex Black Tie

Since we are on the subject of Rolex being worth with black tie, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some timeless photos of Rolex and Black Tie. 




1959
Hans Wilsdorf
Founder of Rolex

Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, is perhaps the first famous man to wear a Rolex with a tuxedo, as we witness in the only known video interview of Hans Wilsdorf, as seen below.








1962
Ian Fleming
Rolex Explorer Reference 1016


Ian Fleming is the first person I am aware of and have documented who wore a Rolex sports watch with a Tuxedo as we see him wearing his Rolex Explorer in the photo below. Ian Fleming is most famous for having authored all the original James Bond series books. The image below was added to this story in Christmas 2017, and in my mind, it is the seminal "G-Money" shot of Ian Fleming. Why? In the photo below, Ian Fleming is more or less posing/Vogueing/fronting with his Rolex Explorer on his wrist. 



In other words, in this magnificent photo above Ian is not only making a bold declarative statement with his watch but in the black tie photo, he looks the closest I have ever seen to look similar to his James Bond character he created. I believe it is likely Ian Fleming owned a Rolex Oyster Perpetual more than a decade earlier as seen below in the 1951 photo from Vouge Magazine, which shows Ian Fleming having a cocktail, with his friend and fellow playright Noel Coward staning in the background.


In the 1951 photo above it looks like Ian Fleming is wearing a Rolex bracelet 

Ian began wearing his Rolex Explorer in sometime around early 1962. This was right around the time that Dr. No was released, which featured Sean Connery wearing a Rolex Submariner. Sean Connery was 6 feet 2 and was very muscular and large at the time, thus the Submariner fit him well. If Connery had worn a 36MM Rolex Explorer it would have looked too small on him. Ian Flemming was six feet tall and had a skinny build. Thus in the above photo of him wearing his Rolex Explorer with a black tie, he looks more like his James Bond character. Essentially he has taken on the persona of James Bond. Wearing the Rolex Explorer at the time was rather Avante-guard of him. Especially when you consider he was wearing a bulky Rolex sports tool watch with a black-tie tuxedo.

Earlier I mentioned that this newly discovered image of Ian Fleming was a seminal "G-Money" photo. What do I mean by that? There are certain images I have discovered and published over the years that I consider to be quintessential images of famous icons wearing Rolex sports watches. Example of other seminal Rolex "G-Money" shots would include the image below I originally published in 2011 of Pablo Picasso sporting his stainless-steel Rolex GMT-Master while wearing an American Indian Headdress



Another seminal "G-Money" shot I discovered an published back in 2008 shows Paul Newman wearing his trademark Paul Newman Daytona:



The supreme and unfortunate irony behind the photo of Ian Fleming wearing his Rolex Explorer is that within two years of the photo being taken he would be dead. Ian Fleming smoked like a chimney and drank like a fish, and it caught up with him just as he was reaching the apex/prime of his life. They say a man enters the prime of his life when he is 50 years old and reaches the peak of his life when he is 55 years old. For Ian Fleming, as he reached the peak of his prime, he, unfortunately, experienced early check-out. In other words, according to Maslow's Hierarchy, Ian Flemming reached the height of his powers at the highest level of the life pyramid, and achieved self-actualization, just as he fizzled-out...Oh, sweet irony of life...



1964
James Bond
Rolex Submariner Reference 6538

This first image of Sean Connery as James Bond shows him wearing a white dinner jacket with a 'black tie'. In case you didn't know, white dinner jackets are supposed to be worn for semi-formal or formal 'tuxedo' events only during the spring and summer months (between Memorial Day and Labor Day), or in the tropics, or on a cruise ship.  




In Goldfinger, Sean Connery played James Bond and wore a Rolex Submariner [Reference 6538] as pictured below, on a Regimental belt strap. 







1965
James Bond Inspired Ad
Rolex Submariner Reference 6538

I love this vintage Rolex ad below from 1965, it is so MAD MEN... Also, notice it say, "How come it's seen so much where the wettest thing around is a dry Martini? Who knows. Maybe it's because the black dial goes so well with a black tie. Ask Her. Maybe she knows." It continues with the slogan:


"When a man has a world in his hands, you expect to find a Rolex on his wrist"








1965
Dr. Martin Luther King

Yellow Gold Rolex Datejust


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is pictured below with Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, just after Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Notice Dr. King is wearing his yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date. 








1968
Dick Bertram

Rolex Submariner SEA-Dweller

Dick Bertram was  a boat making pioneer and legend. Today, his company still makes amazing boats. Among other things, Dick Bertram pioneered inventing the 'Cigarette' speed boats.






1969
James Bond
Rolex Submariner Reference 5513


Next up we see George Lazenby playing James Bond in the movie, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."







1973
Live & Let Die
Rolex Submariner Reference 5513


Next up we see Roger Moore who stared as James Bond in the 1973 movie, "Live & Let Die".



It is worth pointing out (no pun intended :-), that James Bond's Submariner was no ordinary Rolex. It has a spinning bezel that could cut through rope, and had sharp teeth as you can see. 











1978
Telly Savalas
Kojak Rolex Presidential


Next up we see actor and fashion icon, Telly Savalas who most famously played Kojak, and we see him wearing a Rolex Day-Date model. Who love you Baby!?!!



1978 Telly Savalas Rolex Day-Date Ad









1979
Kenny Rogers
Rolex Datejust


Next we see Kenny Rogers back in the late 1970s, sporting his two-tone Rolex Datejust.










1981
Robert Redford
Rolex Submariner


Next we see Robert Redford wearing his trademark stainless steel Rolex Submariner at the 33rd Annual Directors Guild Awards, which took place on March 14, 1981 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel located in Beverly Hills, California.













1992
Paul Newman
Rolex Daytona @ The 64 Academy Awards


In the photo below we see Paul Newman with Elizabeth Taylor in 1992 attending the 64th Academy Awards, and notice Paul Newman is wearing his stainless steel Rolex Daytona on a Jubilee Bracelet.


The photo below shows Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor 34 years earlier on the set of the 1958 movie, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. One of the most interesting things about this pairing was that they both had crazy blue eyes...









1998
James Cameron
Rolex Submariner @ The Academy Awards


In the photo below we see Director James Cameron at the 1998 Academy Awards where he won 3 Oscars, for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Film Editing.










2007
Ted Koppel
Rolex Explorer II


Ted Koppel is best known for hosting ABC's Nightline, and in the photo below we see him wearing a black dialed Rolex Explorer II with his black tie.







2009
James Bond
Stainless Steel Rolex Milgauss.


Next up we see James Bond actor, Daniel Craig wearing his stainless steel Rolex Milguass.











2012
James Bond
Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona.


Next up we see James Bond actor, Daniel Craig wearing his stainless steel Rolex Daytona.









2013
Roger Federer
Platinum Rolex Daytona

Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player in history and he is pictured below in 2013 rockin' the then all-new Platinum 50th Anniversary Rolex Daytona that Rolex launched at BaselWorld 2013 in Basel, Switzerland.










2014
Odell Beckham
Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date

Odel Beckham is an amazing NFL Football player, and he is pictured below is black tie, sporting his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.











2017
Ryan Gosling
Stainless Rolex Airking

Ryan Gosling is pictured below accepting the 2017 Golden Globes Win for Best Actor, and he is sporting his vintage stainless steel Rolex AirKing.







2017
Jason Bateman
Stainless Rolex Daytona

Jason Bateman was a presenter at the 2017 Academy Awards, and he was wearing his vintage Rolex Daytona as seen below.










2017
Ryan Seacrest
Stainless Rolex Daytona

Ryan Seacreat is pictured below attending the 2017 Academy Awards sporting his stainless steel Rolex Daytona.










Cary Grant
The Real James Bond

Speaking of James Bond and Black Tie. No man ever has or ever will wear Black Tie like Cary Grant did... I have yet to find a photo of Cary Grant wearing a Rolex, but it is fascinating to not that the James Bond Character was based upon Cary Grant, and he was the first choice to play James Bond. Unfortunately he passed on the opportunity, because they wanted him to sing for three movies.

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