Sunday, October 11, 2015

Rolling Stones Bass Player Bill Wyman Wearing His Trademark GMT Root Beer

...Rolex Super-Coolness...

Bill Wyman
Rolling Stones 
Founding Member & Base Player

RootBeer Rolex GMT-Master
Two-Tone Reference 1675

Who is the greatest Rock and Roll band in history? Some would say the Beatles, and some would say the Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones certainly have much greater longevity, and after all, there is something to be said for longevity and endurance— both of which Rolex and The Rolling Stones have in common. So what happens when you mix together a Rolex and a Rolling Stone? You get Bill Wyman who is one of the original Rolling Stones, and he remains the oldest founding member at 78 years of age today! 

Bellow we see two very early photo of the Rolling Stones taken at the Marqee on July 12, 1962.

Bill Wyman is pictured below in the bottom right hand corner. We see (from top to bottom) guitarist Brian Jones on top with the blond hair, and to his right we see lead vocals singer Mick Jagger. On the next row we see keyboardist Ian Stewart, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts, and bass player Bill Wyman. It is worth noting that JFK was still President of The United States when this photo was taken.

It is worth noting that Ian Robert Stewart was kind of the Pete Best of the Rolling Stones. He was born in 1938 and passed away in 1985. Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham removed him from the Rolling Stones line-up in May of 1963, since he didn't think his image worked well with the Rolling Stones identity. Ian Stewart stayed on as the Rolling sones pianist and road manager, and went on to work with Led Zeppelin.

The Rolling Stones are pictured below in 1964, with Bill Wyman in the middle, in front of Charlie Watts and Ron Wood, and behind Mick Jagger and Brian Jones.

Bill Wyman is pictured below in the later 1960s with fellow Rolling Stones founding band member, (from left to right): Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Brian Jones. Brian Jones passed away from a drug overdose in 1969.

Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman are pictured below in 1972 on an airplane.

Bill Wyman is pictured below two decades later in the 1980s with fellow Rolling Stones band members, (from left to right): Charlie Watts, Keith Richards (or "Keif", if you have a Michael Caine Cockney Accent :-) Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, and Bill Wyman. Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones in 1975.

In the photo below we see Bill Wyman sporting his two-ton "RootBeer" Rolex GMT Master, which is a  two-tone Yellow-Gold and Stainless Steel Reference 1675. 

It is worth noting that fellow famous bass players, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin is not only a contemporary of Bill Wyman but wears the exact same two-tone Rolex GMT-Master.

Also, John McVie of Fleetwood Mac fame also wore a GMT-Master, except McVie wears a "Pepsi GMT-Master" as apposed to a "RootBeer GMT-Master".

The photo below is of two-tone Rolex GMT-Master Reference 1675, which I believe is identical to the one Bill Wyman wears. 

This mode features nipple indices and a matching gold 24 hour hand. I believe it is the same Rolex Model he is seen wearing in the two photos below, which were both taken in 1975.

This photo above of Bill Wyman was taken in Amsterdam in 1975, and the one below was taken in The United States during the Rolling Stones "1975 Tour Of The Americas".

The photo below is from the cover artwork on the Rolling Stones seminal 1976 Album titled Black and Blue.

Andrew Oldham who was a Rolling Stones former manager once said, "Bill Wyman is the most at peace with himself." Bill Wyman is an amateur archaeologist and has a hobby of Relic hunting.

Bill Wyman is pictured below with his second wife Mandy Smith, and in an ironic twist of fate her mother Patsy is married to Bill Wyman's son, Stephen Wyman. Turns out reality is stranger than fiction.

In the video interview below we see Bill Wyman wearing his Two-Tone Rolex GMT-Master.

In the recent photo below, we see Bill Wyman wearing his Rolex GMT-Master. He has worn this Rolex now for at least 40 years!!! 

Bill Wyman retired from the Rolling Stones in 1993, and in 2002 published an amazing book I own, named "Rolling With The Stones". Bill Wyman rejoined the Rolling Stones for their 50th Anniversary in 2012 for one night only.

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