Thomas Freidman is a 3 time Pulitzer Prize Winning Author who is also a columnist for the New York Times. His New York Times column is published in over 700 newspapers worldwide. Thomas Freidman is picture below wearing his two-tone Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee band and he also wears a larger Rolex sport model on an Oyster band which you see in the Letterman video below.
Supermodel Elle Macpherson is pictured below wearing her trademark yellow gold Rolex Daytona. I believe that Elle Macpherson was the first woman to really start the trend of women wearing men's Rolex watches which is extremely popular today.
Daniel Craig who plays James Bond presented at the 2009 Oscars with Sarah Jessica Parker and he was wearing his vintage Rolex Daytona [Reference 6263]. The supreme irony is that on screen, as James Bond, Daniel Craig wears an Omega, but in his real life, Daniel Craig wears at least 5 different Rolex watches. It appears his favorite Rolex lately is his vintage Daytona which he is seen wearing in the following photos.
In my personal opinion, I think Daniel Craig, is much cooler in real life than he is playing James Bond. He is pictured above arriving at the Academy Awards and he is pictured below presenting with actress, Sarah Jessica Parker.
In case you missed the Oscars here is Beyonce with Hugh Jackman
Kyle from New York first contacted me with this email:
"Dear Jake, I'm thirteen years old, and I want to say thank you for your wonderful blog. I read it daily, and I enjoy it very much. I would like to share a couple of pictures of my Rolex Explorer with you, and I took them myself. Thanks!" –Kyle
I was really moved when I first received Kyle's email. I first became aware of Rolex when I was 14 or so. I bought my first Rolex which was a Submariner when I was 16. I imagine when I was Kyle's age, if there had been an internet with Rolex.com, great Rolex forums, and Jake's Rolex Watch Blog, I would have probably discovered the amazing world of Rolex earlier.
When I was Kyle's age I collected coins and stamps but I simply had not been exposed to Rolex watches. I believe the internet is amazing as a communication and collaboration medium, but most importantly for building communities and social networks like the Rolex online community of which we are all a part.
I was amazed at how great Kyle's photographs were. His composition skills are obviously great. I asked Kyle some questions and here are his answers. I asked him how he discovered Jake's Rolex Watch Blog, and he replied:
"I discovered you blog through many of the watch forums. They recommended your blog as a source of information and a good sourse for pictures. I agree. Your blog has so many pictures, and I learned a lot from your posts. I especially like the custom Rolex section."
"It was around September of 2008 when I first discovered Rolex. My mother was in the process of buying a Rolex for my father, and I thought, "Hey, if they can get one, why can't I?" I actually bought the Rolex myself, using money I have saved up over the years. I've owned it for about 5 months now, and I love it! I guess ever since the day I bought my Explorer, I've been hooked!"
Kyle took all these stunning Rolex photos and on behalf of all our international readership (Jake's Rolex Watch Blog is read in over 100 countries–internationally), Kyle I would like to thank you very much and encourage you to keep exploring the world of these mechanical masterpieces. Leo and I are very happy to have you as a reader. Thanks for sharing!!!!
Like Father Like Son
Kyle also shared this photo of his father's Rolex Date. Rolex watches are so well designed they will essentially last forever, if properly maintained. I think it is really neat that Kyle and his father both wear Rolex watches. Very cool!!!
Amazing British singer/songwriter Phil Collins is seen in the photo below sporting his stainless steel and platinum Rolex Yachtmaster. Of course, Phil Collins started with the band Genesis and went on to have an ultra-successful solo career.
Since we just saw Pink Floyd perform in London in 2005 at Live 8, I thought I would take you back to London for the original Live Aid in 1985, almost a quarter of a century ago. Amazing performance and Phil is wearing a Platinum Day-Date which you get a great view of toward the end of the song (not to mention that mullet which is all business in the front, and party in the back ;-)
I included, this second video from the animated Tarzan movie which is just a really nice song. Enjoy:
Gianvittorio Molteni from Milan, Italy is a big fan of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog. He sent in the superb photo of his vintage Rolex Submariner [Reference 5513] from 1964, which is all original with the gilt dial and domed crystal twin crown. He mentioned that his friend and talented photographer Luciano Cipullo took this great photo.
Thanks for sending in this great shot Gianvittorio!!!
By the way, I think this is the same Rolex Reference 5513 that Steve McQueen is wearing in the photos below this post.
"I chose Rolex for their exquisite watches–the way they combine their extremely beautiful cases and dials is pure excellence." –David Blie
David Blei Rolex Collection
Patrizzi Auction House
David Blei's historic vintage Rolex collection is considered to be one of the finest in the world and parts of it are going to be up for auction at the Patrizzi Auction House in Milan, Italy on March 22, 2008.
Pink Gold Rolex Moonphase [6062 Reference]
This pink gold star dial moonphase with matching pink gold Jubilee bracelet is gorgeous and will be offered at the Patrizzi & Company Auction in Milan, Italy.
Next we see this stainless steel Rolex Moonphase [Reference 6062] on a matching Rolex Oyster bracelet with 3 and 9 Arabic numeral indices on the silvered dial. Another beauty!!! Also notice the almost miniature Rolex Crown Logo on the dial at 12.
Last but not least, we have this stainless steel Paul Newman exotic dial with a very rare combination of gold hands and matching gold 5 minute markers. To view the entire David Blei Patrizzi Auction Catalog, please click here.
Daniel Craig plays James Bond, but in his real life has been seen wearing 6 different Rolex watch models. In this photo he is wearing his vintage Daytona and he is out in the rain signing autographs. That is water all over his black tuxedo overcoat. What a trooper!!!
Today is Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Rolex made a Lincoln model way back when. Maybe this is really the first Rolex President? Also it is Charles Darwin's 200th birthday today. That's right, Lincoln and Darwin were both born on February 12, 1809.
Since we were on the subject of Captian Chesley Sullenberger who began his career in the Air Force flying F-4 Phantom II fighter planes, I thought I would share this photo of Chuck Yeager that was taken at Edwards Air Force Base Test Flight Center in 1953–and of course Chuck is wearing his trusted Rolex.
This photo was taken 56 years ago and Chuck Yeager still wears a Rolex to this day. When he broke the sound barrier in 1947 he was also wearing his Rolex Oyster which was 62 years ago. Click the image below for better detail:
Captain Chesley Sullenberger is a real life hero, and with all the topsy-turvy ups and downs in our world today, we need a real hero–a true square-dealer–like Jimmy Stewart so often portrayed in the movies, but we need and sincerely appreciate the real deal. A man who rises to the occasion and is always graceful and gracious under pressure.
Captain Chesly "Sully" Sullenberger is such a man.
Captain Sullenberger was the Captain of US Airways Flight 1549 which he successfully ditched into the Hudson river in New York after both of the airplanes engines completely failed. In doing so, he saved the lives of EVERY person on-board his airplane. There were 155 passengers on his flight that all owe him a profound debt of gratitude.
In this article, we will examine what happened and how he managed to achieve what many people believe to be a miracle. By the way, he wears a stainless Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet as seen in the photo below.
Captian Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III was born January 23, 1951 and currently resides in Danville, California which is located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Captain Sullenberger was the pilot in command of an Airbus A320 that took-off from New York's LaGuardia Airport, scheduled to fly to Charlotte/Douglas Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. Moments after taking off Captain Sullenberger communicated to Air Traffic Control (ATC) that his airplane hit a very large flock of birds, which disabled both engines.
Sullenberger discussed with ATC attempting an emergency landing back to LaGuardia or Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Captain Sullenberger realized since he had no engine power whatsoever it was unlikely he could make it to either airport safely, so after some very quick thinking he decided to try to ditch the airplane in the Hudson River–which he successfully achieved–thus saving the lives of 155 passengers and crew on his airplane.
The best way to learn the details of what happened from is from Captain Sullenberger in his own worlds in the following video from 60 Minutes:
If you did not watch the 60 Minutes interview with Captain Sullenberg, located in this story, I highly recommend you watch it. Let's take a closer look at this real life hero.
The photo below appears courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Academy and shows cadet Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. Sullenberger graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1973 and served in the Air Force from 1973 to 1980. During his service in the U.S. Air Force he flew F-4 Phantom II fighter planes.
When asked if Captain Sullenberger considered himself to be a hero, he responded by saying, "I am not a hero, I simply did the job I was trained to do." The 155 passengers whose lives he saved and their families and friends probably would respectfully disagree with Captain Sullenberger.
Of course, I believe Captain Sullegberger is a real life hero. So what exactly is the definition of a hero? I would say that if a person can rest their head better when they sleep at night because of something somebody did to help them, that makes them a real hero, and that is certainly the case with Captain Sullenberger.
On a Rolex note, Air Force Pilots like Chuck Yeager have been wearing and depending on Rolex watches for as long as they have been flying planes. Many commercial and airplane pilots also rely on their Rolex watches. Is it a coincidence that Captian Sullenberger has been wearing a Rolex for many decades and achieved absolute flawless excellence by saving 155 lives? I will let you answer that question.
Historically Rolex has always been extremely secretive and discreet, and no journalists in the past have ever been invited "INSIDE ROLEX" to explore and report on all four Rolex Manufacturing faclities in Switzerland.
In November 2013, this changed when Rolex invited Jake to take an unprecdented journey into the heart of Rolex to learn and report on everything he witnessed and learned.
This Super-Detailed 3 Part Story is a "MUST READ" story for anybody who wants to understand what really makes Rolex tick.
The Hans Wilsdorf Story: Founder Of Rolex
Rolex is one of the most recognizable brands on earth, but very little has been known about its real history. If you really, really want to understand what makes Rolex tick, I very highly recommend you read the fascinating story of Rolex's amazing founder–Hans Wilsdorf.
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