Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Real History Of The Rolex SEA-DWELLER

2010 Story Preview
The Real History Of The Rolex SEA-DWELLER
U.S. Naval School Of DEEP-SEA Divers

2010 is going to be an amazing year for exploring Rolex history on Jake's Rolex Watch Blog. In just a few weeks we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy Bathyscaph Trieste which in 1960 went down 7 Miles into the Marianas Trench to set the all time depth record and it had a Rolex DEEP-SEA SPECIAL attached to its hull which took the ultimate licking and came up ticking.

History doesn't seem like history when you're living through it...

Where did the name "DEEP-SEA" Special come from? And for that matter where did the name "SEA-DWELLER" come from? I will give you a few hints. Let's start with the photo below of the U.S. Naval School Of DEEP-SEA Divers. The pioneering U.S. Navy Officer who developed the Rolex SEA-DWELLER with Rolex is in the photo below.

The Right Stuff
Conquering Outer & Inner Space

If you say you are not aware of this significant history, I would not be surprised. You won't find it in any Rolex history books. You might find a false attribution to COMEX in Rolex history books for co-developing the SEA-DWELLER, and we will learn the true history of COMEX from Henri-Germain Delauze who is the founder and CEO of COMEX to this day.

In this previously unpublished U.S. Navy photograph we see the first actual SEA-DWELLER's from operation SEALAB. When I share their story with you in early 2010 it will blow your mind and make you laugh and cry. It is a story of happenstance and destiny fulfilled. It is a story of amazing innovation and stunning achievement. It is the story of how technology developed to conquer inner-space allowed men to conquer outer-space.

The Rolex SEALAB Submariner
[Reference 5512]

In particular, we see U.S. Navy test pilot and NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter pictured above standing in the front row in the center wearing a suit. Scott was the first Astronaut/Aquanaut in history as he went from conquering outer-space as a member of the Original 7 Mercury NASA astronauts to conquering inner-space as a member of the U.S. Navy SEALAB program. Scott is pictured below during SEA-LAB II in 1965 wearing his Rolex SEA-LAB Submariner [Reference 5512].

The U.S. Navy SEA-LAB provided the ultimate proving-ground and test-bed for the Rolex Submariner tool watch. SEA-LAB pushed the Rolex Submariner watch models as they had never been pushed before into the deep, dark ocean.

SEA-LAB pushed far beyond the absolute DEEP-SEA edge of the Submariner depth envelope and ultimately to failure. SEA-LAB exploration took DEEP-SEA divers to previously unimagined and unprecedented depths and Rolex innovation responded voraciously by turning their ceiling into the new floor.

As we will learn in this upcoming story, the Rolex SEA-LAB Submariner is the real father of the Rolex SEA-DWELLER.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cure Acoustic Greatness....

Cure Acoustic Greatness
Love Cats + Close To Me

I don't know if you have noticed all the cool music videos lately on Jake's Rolex Watch Blog, but I have really been enjoying all the great music. I grew up on The Cure and it is so great to check out this recent acoustic set from the Cure sining two of their best and most classic songs. If you like The Cure, you are going to love this. If not check it out anyway. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Rolex Macro & Studio Shot Of The Day: John Eaton's LV Submariner...

John Eaton's Macro Magic
Up-Close With The LV Submariner

Desktop Wallpaper: Hubble R136

Hubble Space Desktop Wallpaper

On Jake's Rolex Watch Blog we spend much time exploring outer and inner space. I love checking out high-resolution NASA images from the unbelievable Hubble telescope so I decided to ad a new feature where we will explore incredible NASA images which I optimize for use as desktop wallpaper.

This stunning NASA Hubble was taken by the Wide Field Camera 3 aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and it reveals a massive star cluster nestled in the largest known stellar nursery in our local galactic neighborhood. This massive stellar grouping is named R136 and is only a few million years old and resides within the 30 Doradus Nebula, which is a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magallanic Cloud (LMC) which is a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way Galaxy.

If you click on the first image below it will give you an image that is 1600 x 900 pixels. For those of you who have the amazing new Apple 27inch iMac I prepared a higher resolution version which is 2560 x 1440.

The image below is 1600 x 900 pixels so I am showing it zoomed in 100%, just so you can see all of the stunning detail. If you want to see even more beautiful detail, click on the green link above the first image that says 2560 x 1440 pixels.

1926 Rolex Oyster Advertisement...

1926 Rolex Oyster Advertisement

Rolex invented and patented the first waterproof watch in 1926 and Hans Wilsdorf named it the Rolex Oyster. Today we take waterproof watches for granted, but in 1926 it was a completely revolutionary invention.

The objective with creating a waterproof watch originally was not to make a watch you could swim or take a shower or bath with, but a watch that was completely impervious to all elements. You see, prior to the invention of the Rolex Oyster, watches used to literally rot from the inside out. This would occur because things like humidity, perspiration, grease, dust, dirt, water and oil would get into the watch case and gunk it up.

Also, by allowing air molecules to easily get inside the case, it would dry out the lubrication oil much faster. In the 1920s and 1930s, Rolex would showcase their watches in Authorized Rolex Dealer's windows, but putting the watches on display in fishtanks with real fish to show-off the waterproofness.

The Following Rolex illustration is from 1926:

Saturday, December 26, 2009

White Gold Rolex Submariner from

White Gold Dream

This shot is from of the beautiful all-new Supercase white gold Submariner. You have got to love those Maxi-Makers and fat hands.

Take A Wonderful Tour Inside The Christmas White House...

Christmas Splendor From The White House

This is an amazing HD video of the Christmas White House. As soon as I complete the current series I am working on I intend to resume the Presidential Watch Sunday Series on Jake's Rolex Watch Blog, but in the meantime, please enjoy this video on The People's House.

Looks like the Republicans and Democrats might just pass health reform.

Friday, December 25, 2009

An Amazing Christmas Wish & Stunning Time Quote!!!!

An Amazing Christmas Wish
& Stunning Time Quote!!!!

Hi Everybody!!!

Gerard (G.J.) is from the Netherlands and he is not only a fan of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog, but just a great guy with an awesome appreciation for Rolex. He just sent in this very, very, very, very nice Merry Christmas wish and I have to share it with you:

Hey Jake & Leo,

Just wanted to wish you both, your families and loved ones a Merry Christmas
and a happy, successful but most of all healthy New Year.

And a big fat thanks to the both of you for your wonderful Rolex blog.

It's a pleasure to read it and look at the wonderful pictures, excellent
work guys..!!!

I found a nice signature on a Dutch forum.

It was the signature of member Marc-B1:

Time is free, but it's priceless.
You can't own it, but you can use it.
You can't keep it, but you can spend it.
Once you've lost it you can never get it back

All the best guys, keep blogging..!!

Kind regards from the Netherlands,


Gerard, You are the best!!!!! and from my family to yours, I wish you a very merry Christmas and nothing but the absolute best in the new year!!!!

Your pal,


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Time And Gems Pre-owned Rolex Watches

Rolex Studio Shot of the Day: Raydin's Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner

The Power Of Simplicity
Raydin's Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Quote of the Day: Plautus On Real Friends...

"Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend." –Plautus

Beautiful Christmas In Prauge Video...

Beautiful Christmas In Prauge
Shot With A Canon 1DMKIV in HD

What a beautiful holiday treat!!! This amazing video was shot with the all-new Canon 1DMKIV Digital SLR by Philip Bloom. It is just amazing how well this camera can capture scenes in the dark with its amazing censor. I can imagine what Ansel Adams could have done with this camera!!! I recommend watching it full screen!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rolex Outdoor Shot of the Day: A Swedish SEA-DWELLER by The Sea Shore

A Swedish SEA-DWELLER by The Sea Shore

Tony Axelzon from Sweden took this great shot of his Rolex SEA-DWELLER in a mysterious place.

Wrist Shot Of The Day: Manta's Submariner

Wrist Shot Of The Day
Flying The Friendly Skies of Vintage Rolex
[Manta's Submariner: Reference 1680]

Monday, December 21, 2009

Vintage Christmas 1930 Ladies Rolex Ad

Rolex Hotness: Art Deco Divinity
Christmas 1930 Ladies Rolex Ad

So I realize this image is not very legible, but it is from 79 Rolex Christmases ago and Hans Wilsdorf was in his prime when this ad went to print. He had recently launched his Rolex Oyster which was the worlds first real waterproof watch and he was just preparing to launch his next huge innovation just a year later in 1931, which was the Rolex Perpetual–the first self-winding watch in the world!!!!

Christmas 1930 was a great Christmas for Rolex and Hans Wilsdorf!!!

I LOVE the style of this ad. It is hyper-elegant, stylish, pretty, feminine and très chic...

Wrist Shot Of The Day: Blacked Out Milgauss

Wrist Shot Of The Day
Blacked Out Milgauss
On A Blacked Out NATO

Rolex Studio Shot of the Day: Bodacious Big Crown Subs...

Dr. Strong
Quantities Of Quality
Bodacious Big Crown Subs

Jeff, a.k.a., Dr. Strong took this stunning photo of his vintage big crown Submariner Rolex watches with no crown guards. If only you spoke hovitos Dr. Jones!?!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Time Quote Of The Day: Bertrand Russell

Time Quote Of The Day

Even though time be real, to realize the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. –Bertrand Russell

Wrist Shot Of The Day: Dalip's Baby Grabbing for His Rolex LV

Wrist Shot Of The Day
Dalip's Baby Reaching for His Rolex LV

I always think it is really cute when people take photos of their kids with their Rolex and I imagine that is one of the things that makes Rolex special. You don't see people taking wrist shots with their kids while wearing a Timex or Patek–at least I haven't.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Roger's Albino Rail Grail Explorer

Roger's Albino Rail Grail Explorer

This is a very unusual early Rolex Explorer II with a white 24 hour hand. Of course the standard color for the 24 hour hand became orange.

Rolex Macro Wrist-Shot Of The Day...

Rolex Macro Wrist-Shot Of The Day
Bisquitlips Mother-Of-Pearl Yacht-Master
[Reference 16623]

Bisquitlips is the funniest avatar name in the online community. Every time I see it, it makes me giggle :-))))) Speaking of Bisquitlips, if you have never seen his avatar up front, you've gotta click here to check it out!!! How beautiful is that Tahitian pink and green backtoned Mother-Of-Pearl dial!?!?!!!!

I also love how on yellow gold Rolex Yacht-Master dials, how Rolex uses gold paint for the writing and minute marks. One of the other details I love on the Yachtmaster is the Maxi-Markers and Fat-Hands. This watch really is some kind of wonderful!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Rolex Coolness: Randy Nopasri

Rolex Coolness: Randy Nopasri
Rolex Submariner

Randy is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog and has been a great Pal. Most of you know Randy by his avatar handle, Steelinox which he is sporting on his Rolex Shirt by Leo.

I can't tell exactly but it appears Randy is sporting his LV Submariner with a customized black bezel insert. Merry Christmas Randy!!!!!

A Vintage Rolex From Beyer in Zürich, Switzerland...

A Vintage Rolex
From Beyer in Zürich, Switzerland

Beyer in Zürich, Switzerland is one oldest watch retailer in the world and they and they are about to celebrate their 250th Anniversary in 2010. This vintage Rolex Oyster appears to be from the late 1920's or early 1930's.

It's very interesting (T. Walker Lloydism) how this watch and the one in the post below it both have special Rolex AD reseller dial designations on them, yet one is from Switzerland and the other is from South America.

Merry Christmas From John Goldberger In Italy

Merry Rolex Christmas
From John Goldberger
In Italy

John Goldberger is the author of 100 Superlative Rolex Watches and he sent in these photos of a very rare vintage Rolex along with wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season.

This very rare vintage Rolex is a pink gold Triple-Date Dato-Compax [Reference 6036] that was made in 1953 and sold by Serpico y Laino is Caracas, Venezuaela. What a watch. Thanks for sharing John!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tiger Woods Wife Elin Woods Prefers Rolex...

Rolex Hotness: Elin Woods
Tiger Woods Wife Prefers Rolex

Tiger Woods wife, Elin Nordegren-Woods was born in Stockholm, Sweden and she is pictured below wearing a Rolex Submariner.

I am not going to go into any detail about the challenges Tiger Woods is facing today. Tiger is an amazing golfer–perhaps the greatest that ever lived. It really kinda sucks to watch him fall so far so fast from grace.

The Tiger Tudor

Tiger Woods is pictured below with his father who was his trainer until he passed away. Tiger is pictured wearing his trademark Tiger Tudor made by Rolex. Tiger said his father Earl Woods was not only his best friend, but the best friend he could ever have in his life because they were so close.

Rolex signed a deal with Tiger Woods to make a Rolex Tudor Tiger model for years. I always thought Rolex was stupid for not making Tiger a Rolex Ambassador after his contract with Tudor expired. Boy was I wrong!!!! I'll bet Rolex is so happy that he is not a Rolex Ambassador today!!!!

Update: Tiger Wood's Time Is Up

As of December 18, 2009, Tag-Heuer dropped Tiger Woods from their United States advertising campaign. Tag-Heuer originally stood up for Tiger stating that his personal problems were not their business, but on December 18, Tag did an about face and dropped Tiger. This was after Accenture and Gillette pulled Tiger ads.

Hot Wheels Moment of the Day: Chrysler SuperCuda v. Enzo Ferrari

...Hot Wheels...
Da Chrysler SuperCuda v. Da Enzo Ferrari
Da Bears!!! Da Bulls!!! Da Chryzler Super Cuda!!!

What does this story have to do with anything!?! I have no idea!!!

I think I am just having a Hot Wheels moment!!!?!!? ;-))))))

Actually, I can't seem to get that Sonny & Cher "And The Beat Goes On" video out of my mind!!!!

Or maybe it is the green and red Christmas Color combination in these photos!?!?

So what happens when you put up a modern Enzo Ferrari race car against a 1960s American Muscle Car that has been significantly updated?

Watch this video to find out, and make certain to turn the volume way, way up!!!!

Da Bears!!!! Da Bulls!!!!
Da Enzo Ferrari!!! Da Chryzler Super Cuda!!!

The Future Of Cycling from MIT: Green Transportation Technology...

The Future Of Cycling from MIT
The Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change

I am really into cycling, both road and mountain biking, so I am absolutely fascinated with Cycling technology. MIT just introduced what appears to be a revolutionary hybrid bike that stores kinetic energy from braking and pedaling that you can use later. This stored energy makes it easy to climb steep hills or just cruise faster.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lume Shot of the Day Peter's Supercase Submariner

Lume Shot of the Day
Peter's Supercase Submariner
[New Blue Lume]

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rolex Macro Shots of the Day: A Yellow Gold Submariner From Down Under....

Yellow Gold Goodness
From Down-Under

David from Australia is a fan of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog and he sent in these superb Macro shots of his yellow-gold Rolex Submariner with the following note:

Hi Jake,

Greetings from Australia. Firstly let me say how much I enjoy your blog - I particularly like the integration of historical and (most) entertainment and sport figures with their watches. I'm a big Bond fan so the bits on that were great.

I have enclosed a few macro shots of my Sub 18K which is a bit of a rare beast around these parts. I'm a bit of a novice with the macro but these ones IMHO seem to capture the textures and character of the watch. Use them if you want.

Best Wishes


Monday, December 14, 2009

Rolex Coolness: Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects

Rolex Coolness: Gabriel Byrne
The Usual Suspects

Jakub Nowakowski sent in this screenshot and said:

Dear Jake,

I am a devoted reader of your blog and I very much enjoy the gallery of actors wearing Rolex. I was watching one of my favorite films, "The Usual Suspects" and I noticed Gabriel Byrne, who plays Dean Keaton–magnificent role by the way–wearing a 16610 Submariner.

Sincerely yours,


Thanks for sharing the screenshot Jakub!!! I am embarrassed to admit it Jakub, but I have not seen the Usual Suspects. Seems I spend most of my time doing researching Rolex history and publishing, but I will check it out!!!

Rolex Studio Shot of the Day: British Mint MM's Surround LV Sub...

British Mint MM's Surround
LV 50th Anniversary Submariner

Eric in London took this great shot of his 50th Anniversary LV Submariner surrounded by Mint MM's. Wait a minute!?! We don't have Mint MM's in the U.S.A.!?!?!?! I would love mint MM's!!!!!

I could never understand why MM's don't come out with Mocha MMs!?! A hint of espresso with MM's would be soooooo gooooood!!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Rolex Coolness: Hulk Hogan Yellow Gold Rolex Yachtmaster

Rolex Coolness: Hulk Hogan
Yellow Gold Rolex Yachtmaster
12-Time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion

Wrist Shot Of The Day Roger's Exotic Dial–Paul Newman Daytona

Wrist Shot Of The Day
Roger's Exotic Dial–Paul Newman Daytona
[Reference 6263]

Rolex Macro Shot of the Day 3135: Movement by Jocke

Rolex Macro Shot of the Day
3135 Movement by Jocke

Ever wonder what a Rolex Submariner movement looks like? Here it is–up close:

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Very Nice Christmas Wish: From Morten In Denmark...

A Very Nice Christmas Wish
From Morten In Denmark

Morten Olsen from Denmark is a fan of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog and he just sent in this very nice Christmas card and said:

"I wish all of you on Jake's Rolex Watch Blog a Merry Christmas! I pray for a peaceful one."

Well Morten, on behalf of all of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog readers, I wish you a peaceful and Merry Christmas!!!

Rolex Revolutionary: Sonny Bono

And The Beat Goes On...
Rolex Revolutionary: Sonny Bono
Yellow Gold GMT On A Jubilee Bracelet

Sonny Bono was a music pioneer, songwriter, actor, comedian and politician. He is pictured below in the mid 1980s wearing a yellow gold Rolex GMT Master on Jubilee Bracelet.

Sonny Bono is probably most famous for his relationship with his wife and partner Cher who he met when he was 28 and she was 16. Here they are singing one of their biggest hits, I Got You Babe in 1965 for the Beatles:

Sonny & Cher were very talented and wrote and performed many hits including And The Beat Goes On which they perform in the video below. Initially Sonny and Cher worked well together as we see them below in their appearance on The Michael Douglas show. In the video above and below, you can see they really liked each other.

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

Sonny and Cher were so talented, they ended up getting their own comedy/variety show named, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and we see them below with then Governor of California and future U.S. President, Ronald Reagan. The Sonny & Cher Comedy hour variety show was very successful and ran for several years. I remember watching it as a small child.

Sonny & Cher had a daughter named Chastity Bono and over time they grew apart. Cher continued to churn out musical hits on her own and went on to win an Academy Award, a Gramy Award, and Emmy Award, A People's Choice Award and three Golden Globe Awards.

This is one of my favorites and it is super Deja Vu–at least for me.

Sonny Bono went into politics and became the Mayor of Palm Springs and then ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. Later he became a U.S. Congressman. Sonny was a multi-faceted man and talented entertainer. On January 5, 1998 Sonny Bono was in a skiing accident and lost his life. His epitaph reads "Sonny Bono, 1935–1998, And The Beat Goes On."

Poll Results: Corvette Owners Prefer Rolex...

Corvette Owners Prefer Rolex

My pal Brad Ellman loves his Chevy Corvette and he sent in a link to a poll from the that asked "What is your favorite premium watch brand?"

The results of the poll as of today are posted below. You can go directly to the poll by clicking here.

Matthew Becker Owner & Founder of BeckerTime...

...Rolex Coolness...

Matthew Becker
Owner & Founder of Beckertime

I must begin by divulging that not only is Matthew Becker a great friend of mine, but his company, Beckertime, which specializes in reselling previously loved Rolex watches, has been a long-time supporter of Jake's Rolex World. If you are a regular reader of Jake's Rolex World, you are probably familiar with the BeckerTime Banner that has been on the right side of this page.

If you are not familiar with, I recommend you check it out. offers a unique value proposition in the form of a LifeTime Trade-Up Guarantee on any pre-loved Rolex you purchase from them. This LifeTime Trade-Up Guarantee allows you to upgrade any watch you purchase from them for the full value of what you paid for it!!!

Matthew Becker is pictured above in his office, and we see him inspecting a Rolex Oyster case under his loop...

So who is BeckerTime, and should you trust them? BeckerTime has been the largest used Rolex reseller on eBay for ?? years.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Rolex Cooleness: Charlie Sheen Stainless & Platinum Yachtmaster

Rolex Cooleness: Charlie Sheen
Stainless & Platinum Yachtmaster
[Three Quarter Model]

Charlie Sheen's most famous movie role was as Bud Fox in Wall Street: