Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lloyd Bridges: SEA-HUNT Submariner...

...Rolex Super Coolness...

Lloyd Bridges
SEA-HUNT Submariner

Lloyd Bridges was a very successful actor who stared in TV shows and in over 140 films. He was also a life-long Rolex wearer.

Above photo of Lloyd Bridges appears courtesy of Wayne Williams

Lloyd Bridges' son's Beau and Jeff Bridges are pictured below with their mother Dorothy, and father Lloyd. This photo was taken in the mid 1960s, and you notice Lloyd is wearing his trademark Rolex Submariner.

Lloyd Bridges stared on the TV show SEA-HUNT as the American scuba-diving adventurer, Mike Nelson from 1958 to 1961. During its 4 season run, SEA-HUNT filmed 155 episodes and was about the adventures of a scuba-diver named Mike Nelson who was an retired U.S. Navy Frogman who became a freelance diver.

One of the unique characteristics of the SEA-HUNT was that at the end of every episode, Lloyd Bridges would ask his viewers to help protect and preserve the oceans of the world.

On the two following magazine covers from 1960, we see Lloyd Bridges wearing a Rolex Oyster bracelet.

Lloyd Bridges was so into scuba-diving, he ended up doing most of the stunts on underwater stunts on SEA-HUNT. Many famous actors began their careers including Larry Hagman (Dallas), Robert Conrad (The Wild Wild West) Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) and Jack Nicholson.

Lamar Boren did the underwater cinematography and went on to work on other Ivan Tors' productions which included the TV show Flipper as well as three James Bond movies: Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and The Spy Who Loved Me.

It appears to my eyes and research that Lloyd Bridges wore a Rolex Oyster Perpetual on an Oyster bracelet during some part of SEA-HUNT as seen below.

Lloyd Bridges went on to become a famous movie actor and is the father of fellow actor, Jeff Bridges.

Lloyd Bridges is pictured above with his wife, and below many years later wearing his trademark yellow gold Rolex Submariner.

Rolex Coolness: Lloyd Bridges
The SEA-HUNT Submariner

1 comment:

AAD said...

Hi Jake!! Nice to see you bring attention to Lloyd Bridges.
His acting as Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt, as well as Jacques Cousteau books, were both enjoyed by me when I was a ten/twelve year old boy in the late 50´s and early 60´s had a very strong influence in my life, and led to many constructive interests which had accompanied and made happier my whole existence: scuba diving, photography, animal life, the sea, and of course Rolex watches.
Mike Nelson showed with a non crown guards Sub in first Sea Hunt appearances, and then switched to SS Guards Sub. He also acted with actor David Mc Callum (ex CIPOL agent), in the u/w film "Along the World Under the Sea" in the 1970' s, and he used a Sub too in that film.
He was a nice person, and actor, and a nice Rolex owner, later seen with a full gold Sub.
Thanks for bringing Mike Nelson/Lloyd Bridges to your Great Blog!!
Best cordial regards, Abel