Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rolex Coolness: John Goldberger 2011 Rolex GMT Master Calender


Rolex Coolness: John Goldberger
2011 Rolex GMT Master Calender

John Goldberger is a great pal of mine and he lives in Italy and is one of the top Rolex collectors in the world. He is the author of "100 Superlative Rolex Watches" and recently published an amazing book on Stainless Patek watches, which I will be doing a detailed review on as soon as I get a chance.


Every year, John creates a Rolex watch calendar just to give his friends, so you can't buy one, and here is the amazing cover artwork for his 2011 Rolex GMT Themed Calendar!!! How passionate about Rolex do you have to be to make an amazing Rolex calendar every year, filled with beautiful photos of rare Rolex watches as a Christmas present for all your fellow Rolex collector friends?

How many of the fascinating characters do you recognize on the cover?

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Grandfather's Rolex from Snowy & Cold Sweden


A Grandfather's Rolex
from Snowy & Cold Sweden

Andreas is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World and he sent in the great image along with the following note:

Hi Jake!

I´m a loyal reader of your great blog!

I thought I could send you some christmas spirit from a snowy and cold Sweden.

Here is a shot of my late grandfathers Datejust ref 1600 from 1974 that has a very special place in my collection.

Have a lovely holiday

//Andreas

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Why I Research & Publish Rolex History Happy Holidays from Jake!!!!!!


Why I Research & Publish Rolex History
Happy Holidays from Jake!!!!!!

Hi Everybody!!!

I hope you are having a great holiday season!!!!

People often ask me what motivates me to capture all this amazing Rolex history?

First and foremost, I find it to be absolutely fascinating!!!! I am probably the biggest fan of reading Jake's Rolex World. I realize this sounds strange, but often times I love to get lost in these amazing historical worlds!!!

Secondly, I realize if I don't capture this amazing Rolex history, it will be lost forever, and that would be an absolute shame.

Last, but not least, I love all the friends I have made all over the planet, and if I knew there was only one other person on planet earth that enjoyed my research, writing and photo layouts as much as I do, it would all make it worth while. That being said, Greg Carrara is a huge fan of Jake's Rolex World and he just sent in this amazing holiday note:

Hi Jake,

I have to say, Jake's Rolex World is the best thing on the web. At night when I am hanging out late, I stay up much later than my wife, I love going through Jake's Rolex World…no matter how many times I go through your site, I always find something new or something I missed…it is like Seinfeld for me, I can never get enough…

Greg Carrara

I have to say that getting notes like this make for a very Merry Christmas!!!!

By the way, I have much more mind-boggling Rolex history coming up in 2011, and I mean mind-boggling!!!!!!

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!

Jake :-D

Rolex Coolness: Roger Waters...


Rolex Coolness: Roger Waters
Legendary Founder of Pink Floyd
Rolex Submariner on Conan O' Brien Show

Roger Waters is a living musical legend, and founding member of the legendary 1970s and 1980s British rock band, Pink Floyd. Recently Roger Waters was on the all-new Conan O'Brien show on the TBS network, and he was sporting a stainless Rolex Submariner.

Roger Waters sporting a Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner was of particular interest since he historically wore a stainless steel Rolex Datejust, as seen in the images later in this story.


Roger Waters wears his Rolex watches very loose, almost like they are bracelets. I am pretty certain, Conan O'Brien's sidekick, Andy Richter also wears a stainless Rolex Submariner.



Here is the complete Roger Waters interview video on Conan O'Brien





Pink Floyd Rolex

British Supergroup Pink Floyd reunited in 2005 to perform at Live8 as seen in these photos and some of the videos below. David Gilmour is pictured on the left playing his guitar. Roger Waters is pictured on the right.


Roger Waters is pictured above on the right and below sporting his trademark two-tone Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet.


It is amazing how iconic and timeless Pink Floyd's music is. In many ways Pink Floyd's music defined a generation. Enjoy, and if you are part of the generation that grew up with Pink Floyd, be prepared for a serious and magical Deja vu experience.























Separated At Birth?
American Gigolo v. Pink Floyd

1980 was a most fascinating year. Ronald Reagan was recently elected president of the United States, and the world was just really beginning to change. If you were alive in 1980, and of the age to listen to music on the radio, there were two songs that really kind of symbolize the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties. They were "Call Me" by Blondie, from American Gigolo, which starred Richard Gere, and "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, which featured Roger Waters.

In the first photo we see actor Richard Gere sporting his Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee Bracelet and in the image below we see musician and founder of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters sporting his Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet.



Richard Gere v. Roger Waters

For some reason, these two men seem to have the same vibe, especially their hairstyle and choice of Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet. As Spock would say on Star Trek, "Interesting Captain."


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The All New Ceramic Rolex 7up Submariner


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
The All New Ceramic Rolex 7up Submariner

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cary Grant & Yogi Berra in 1960 Supreme Timeless Style


Cary Grant & Yogi Berra in 1960
Supreme Timeless Style

Cary Grant is one of the coolest dudes that ever lived. One could even argue, he is the coolest guy that ever lived. In this fascinating candid photo taken in 1960 by Hollywood photographer, Leo Fuchs we see Cary Grant talkin' shop with baseball legend, Yogi Berra.

Over the years, I have been working on my series named "The Complete History Of James Bond Watches" and Part 2 of the series is named "Cary Grant Was The Real James Bond." As I point out in the story, Cary Grant was not only the archetype for the James Bond character, but he was also the first actor to be offered the role of playing James Bond.

Cary Grant agreed to play James Bond, but only in one movie, and EON productions insisted he sign at least a 3 movie contract, which he refused. What a shame!?!? Cary Grant was the living epitome and embodiment of timeless elegance...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

U.S. Navy Doctor Bought Submariner for $70 and sells if for $66,100


Superman Submariner
U.S. Navy Doctor Bought Submariner for $70 and sells if for $66,100
[Reference 5510]

All my Rolex collector friends have been talking about this story where a U.S. Naval Medical Student who was a SCUBA diver bought a Rolex Submariner [Reference 5510] in 1958 for $70, and recently put it on eBay for an opening bid of $9.95, thinking it was worth nothing, and he was shocked when it sold for $66,100. HODINKEE wrote a great story that covers all the fascinating details.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rolex History Video


The History Of Rolex Video

Fascinating all-new Rolex History video, made by Rolex!!!

Rolex Coolness: Captain Don Walsh 1 of 2 ROLEX DEEP SEA GMT's Coming to Antiquorum Auction December 8, 2010

Rolex Coolness: Captain Don Walsh
1 of 2 ROLEX DEEP SEA GMT's
Coming to Antiquorum Auction
December 8, 2010

U.S. Navy Captain Walsh set the all-time depth record 50 years ago in the Marinas Trench in the Challenger Deep off the coast of Guam, with his co-pilot Jacques Piccard. Both men received their DEEP-SEA Rolex GMT's as a gift from Rolex director, Rene-Paul Jeanneret.

Captain Walsh decided to put up his ultra-rare historical Rolex GMT so an extremely fortunate collector could enjoy it, since Captain Walsh has already enjoyed owning and wearing it for a half-century. Captain Walsh is pictured below at the 50th anniversary Rolex celebration of the record setting dive and he is wearing his ultra-rare DEEP-SEA GMT Special


Jacques Piccard co-piloted the Bathyscaphe Trieste's record setting dive in 1960 and we see him in the photo below wearing the only other Rolex DEEP-SEA GMT Special, which he actually wore on the record setting dive.


The
Antiquorum Auction is in New York on December 8, 2010 and if you are in New York later today, you can drop by and get a preview of the watch in person and meet U.S. Navy Captain Walsh. If you ever wanted to own a serious piece or the Rolex DEEP-SEA history, this is your opportunity...



You can read all about this amazing historical DEEP-SEA GMT Special and the record setting dive in detail on Jake's Rolex World.

The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah: LV Submariner...


The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah: LV Submariner
710 Horsepower STaSIS Engineering Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Matt Farah from The Smoking Gun is a funny dude, and he always wears his not trademark LV Submariner. In this video, Matt takes the all-new STaSIS Engineering Audi R8 V10 Spyder for a test drive. Turn the volume way up!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

1947 Rolex Speed Of Sound Record Ad


1947 Rolex Speed Of Sound Record Ad

Tasha lives in Dublin, Ireland and she and her friend Jessica wrote in to let me know they have been enjoying Jake's Rolex World and they mentioned they love this series of current Rolex ads that feature the beautiful Luciana Curtis. Of course this is a play on Chuck Yeager's breaking of the Sound Barrier in 1947 while wearing his trusted Rolex, and it is really cool.

2010 Asian Games Opening Ceremony Guangzhou, China


2010 Asian Games Opening Ceremony
Guangzhou, China

Jake's Rolex World Blog is a photo blog and so you know I love all kinds of photo blogs, and one of my favorite is the Boston.com's "The Big Picture." This photo taken by Jamie McDonald for Getty Images is crazy-stunning!!! It was taken in Guangzhou, China a few weeks ago at the Opening Ceremony for the 16th Asian Games. Boston.com has many more stunning images from the 2010 Asian Games.

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day Hannes Sprite LV Submariner


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Hannes Sprite LV Submariner

Hannes is an owner of the German R-L-X.de forum and he is an amazing Rolex photographer. He took this shot of his LV Submariner, which is amazing!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Jake's Quote Of The Day: Sir Winston Churchill On Vision


Jake's Quote Of The Day
Sir Winston Churchill On Vision

"The farther backwards you can look, the further forward you are likely to see."
–Sir Winston Churchill

I recently ran across this superb quote from Winston Churchill so I thought I would include this photo of Sir Winston Churchill wearing his pink gold Rolex Datejust which was a gift to him from Rolex. This watch was the 100,000th Officially Certified Swiss Chronometer made by Rolex.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rolex USA CEO Allen Brill Passed Away ...


Another Rolex President Belongs To The Ages
Allen Brill Passes Away

Allen Brill, President & CEO or Rolex Watch USA now belongs to the ages as he passed away from lung cancer on November 27, 2010. Allen Brill was diagnosed with lung-cancer just six weeks ago.

Allen Brill joined Rolex in 1978 and started as an area sales manager, and in 1999 became the executive Vice-President. In 2004 he was promoted to and replaced Walter Fischer as President & CEO. Allen Brill was 64 years old and worked and resided in New York City.

Rolex USA CEO, Allen Brill is pictured less than a year ago (on the right) at the 2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona with racing legend Vic Elford. Wow. He looked so alive less than a year ago. It just goes to show, how fragile life is...


Allen Brill is picture below with Anka Palitz, and Fay Fendi in 2007. (Photo by Linda Lenzi)


On behalf of the readership of Jake's Rolex World, I would like to offer our condolences to Allen Brill's family, as well as his extended family at Rolex USA, and Rolex Geneva. We know he achieved great success for Rolex and know he will be fondly missed.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

All New 2011 BMW 650i Convertible Premiere...


All New 2011 BMW 650i Convertible
Los Angeles Auto Show Premiere

Last week I was so excited to check out the upcoming Chevy Camaro Convertible, I forgot to mention BMW also premiered their all new 650i convertible at the Los Angeles auto show, and it is looking awfully good!!!




Thursday, November 25, 2010

U.S. President Thanksgiving Message...




Presidential Watch Holiday
An Unprecedented Look At The Presidency
Thanksgiving Message

Happy Thanksgiving from Jake


Happy Thanksgiving from Jake!!!

Hi everybody!!!

It is hard to believe it is already Thanksgiving again on Jake's Rolex World!!!

I am very excited and have a very special story to share with you over this Thanksgiving weekend. This weekend I will be publishing a story I have been working on researching for years, and it is named "The Hans Wilsdorf Story." Hans Wilsdorf was the founder of Rolex and made it into a world-class company. So stay tuned, for what is perhaps the greatest Rolex History story of all-time!!!!

"The First Thanksgiving" painting by Jean Gerome Ferris (1863-1930)

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because it gives us a chance to pause and reflect on how fortunate we all are to be able to experience this amazing miracle, known as life, on this spinning marble we all share–named Earth.

Of course I realize Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday, but I believe it's as timeless and universal as a sunset or a smile :-)))

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Warmest regards,

Jake

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lunatik Case for Apple iPod Nano



Lunatik Case for Apple iPod Nano

As many of you know, I am not only a design fanatic, but I am also the CEO and designer for BulletTrain.com which makes some very innovative accessories for the Apple iPad and the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad.

A reader of Jake's Rolex World and he sent in this email today:

Hi Jake,


I know you’re into great designs, check out this little gem being developed for the new iPod Nano.


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1104350651/tiktok-lunatik-multi-touch-watch-kits?ref=email


I’ve pledged to secure my Lunatik and I can’t wait to receive it.


Kind regards


Perry




Here is my response:


Hi Perry,

I am familiar with the Lunatik, and saw their video earlier this week.

Maybe I am slow or just missing something, but can you please tell me why in the world you would want to wear an iPod Nano on you wrist?

It just does not make any sense to me and here is why:

First and foremost, the iPod Nano has no Bluetooth, so if you want to listen to music you have to have the headphone jack plug in your watch on your wrist!?!?!? This makes zero sense and strikes me as being extremely uncomfortable and it would ALWAYS get in the way.

The Nano does not play video, or have a phone or do anything except play music, or maybe play a slideshow, so what is the advantage of having it on your wrist?

Plus, if you want to see what time it is, you have to push a button to turn on the screen. This defeats the "at-a-glance" nature of wearing a wrist-watch.

Also, you have to recharge it all the time. The whole point of having an automatic watch is you don't have to wind it, and a quartz watch only needs to have its battery replaced every 5 years, but having a watch you have to plug-in every few days seems highly non-sensical to me.

It strikes me that the Lunatik is perfectly named in the sense you almost have to be one to waste your money on its novel design. In my opinion, from what I can tell so far, this product is a shining example of "design for design sake" which makes no sense to me. It's like putting a Cadillac medallion on the front of a Mercedes, or wearing ski gloves on the beach in Tahiti.

Speaking of the beach in Tahiti, another challenge is that the iPad Nano is not waterproof, so if you get it wet, it could ruin it.

Of course, as a designer, I am open-minded and realize, I might have this completely backwards, so please enlighten me as to why you or anybody would want to wear an iPod Nano on their wrist?

Warmest regards,

Jake

So if anybody wants to school me on what I am missing here, please do so in the comments or send me an email. Of course it is impressive they have already raised a quarter of a million dollars, when their goal was to raise only $15,000.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lume Shot Of The Day: Rolf's Rolex Supercase Submariner


Lume Shot Of The Day
Rolf's Rolex Supercase Submariner

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Beatles Finally Make It Onto iTunes!!!


The Beatles Finally Make It Onto iTunes!!!
+Beatles First American Concert
Twist & Shout!!!!

Finally!!!! What took so long!?!? It is good to see the Beatles finally landed in the Apple iTunes Store!!! So seeing the all new Camaro Convertible which is based on the 1969 Camaro Convertible, and the Beatles in iTunes–it's Deja vu all over again!!!

To celebrate the Beatles coming to iTunes, Apple is sharing a FREE historic online Beatles concert, which is actually their first American concert, filmed live in Washington, D.C. on February 11, 1964. This amazing historic concert really gives you a powerful glimpse into the Beatles, magic, ethos and origins. Talk about history in the making!!!!!! What a treat!!!!!!!!! Go John, Paul, Ringo and George!!!!




2011 Camaro Convertible Revealed on Video


2011 Camaro Convertible
Revealed on Video

If you are a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World, you know how excited I am about the upcoming 2011 convertible Camaro, which I think is the coolest, best looking car I have ever seen. Chevy will be formally introducing the Camaro Convertible this Friday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and they just released this video that show the all-new Camaro Convertible. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Random Video Of The Day: Dick Van Dyke on Craig Ferguson


Random Video Of The Day
Dick Van Dyke on Craig Ferguson

As Pablo Picasso once said, "A day without laughter is a wasted day." Dick Van Dyke is obviously an international treasure, and Craig Ferguson is not that far behind him. What a treat. I think I could watch these guys talk for hours!!! Dick Van Dyke is 84 years young!!!

Upcoming Camaro Convertible Spy Shots...


Upcoming Camaro Convertible Spy Shots

As many of you know, I am super-excited to see Chevy finally launch the all-new Camaro Convertible which will make its formal debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Camaro5.com recently showed of these two spy shots that somebody took in Ontario, Canada of what appears to be a production-spec prototype driving down the highway.





Update: Later today, after I posted the two images above, Chevy added the two sneak-peak images below to their Facebook page!!!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Quote Of The Day


Jake's Quote Of The Day

"You attitude determines your altitude." –Anon



Monday, November 8, 2010

Rolex Hotness: Irina Shayk Super-Leggy-Model-Stainless Steel Rolex Milgauss


Rolex Hotness: Irina Shayk
Super-Leggy-Model
Stainless Steel Rolex Milgauss


Friday, November 5, 2010

Rolex UnderWater Shot of the Day Klaus Rolex Submariner


Rolex UnderWater Shot of the Day
Klaus Rolex Submariner

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day: Tudor Heritage Chrono Up Close


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Tudor Heritage Chrono Up Close

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Argentina Says Goodbye To A Rolex President Nester Kirchner Passes Away 1950-2010


Argentina Says Goodbye To A Rolex President
Nester Kirchner Passes Away
1950-2010

Nestor Kirchner, was elected President of Argentina in 2003, and served in that post until 2007. Nestor Kirchner suffered from a heart-attach and passed away last week on October 27, 2010, at age 60. As you can see in the 2007 photo below, Nestor Kirchner wore a two-tone Rolex Datjeust.


Nestor Kirchner's wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is the current President of Argentina and she is seen praying below in front of her husbands coffin, during his wake at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 28, 2010. Cristina Fernandex de Kirchner is seen below wearing he trademark yellow gold ladies Rolex Datejust, which many refer to as a ladies Rolex President since it looks like a smaller version of the men's Rolex Day-Date model. Image appears courtesy of Reuters/Argentine Presidency.


In the next photo we see current Argentinian President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sitting in front of her husbands coffin at his wake in the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 28, 2010. She is surrounded by many Latin American leaders mouring Nestor Kirchner's passing. Image appears courtesy of AFP/Getty Images.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day: A Minty Italian White Gold Daytona


Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
A Minty Italian White Gold Daytona Dial

Roberto from Italy takes some of the most interesting Rolex photos, and he never ceases to impress with his unusual combinations, like this aqua-green NATO on a stainless steel Rolex Daytona with a diamond dial that would typically be found on a White Gold Daytona.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

BulletTrain MagicStand for iPad & Express Keyboard Platform Review


BulletTrain MagicStand for iPad
& Express Keyboard Platform Review

Hi Everybody!!!

As many of you know I am a designer and I own a company named BulletTrain which is a computer company. Recently we introduced two revolutionary accessories for the Apple iPad and iMac. I thought it would be nice to share an overview with of these two great products.

The first product I designed reinvents the desktop keyboard and it's named the BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform for the Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard and Apple Magic Trackpad. Essentially, the Express Keyboard Platform is a dock, that mates the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad into one cohesive structure.


The BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform is pictured on the left, next to a standard 15 inch Apple Macbook Keyboard. Notice that the BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform is more than an inch narrower and about a quarter inch shorter, yet its trackpad area is immensely larger than the Macbook. Having a trackpad so much larger translates into better gesture control and much longer scrolling, swipes and flicking.


In the photo below we see the BulletTrain Express Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Platform sitting in front of, and controlling a 27 inch iMac. Having what essentially is a laptop keyboard form-factor frees up a tremendous amount of precious desktop space.

In the next photo below we see the BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform located in a specially designed drawer. Actually, you are looking at my 27 inch Apple iMac desktop office computer, where I research and write everything onRolexMagazine.com.

Also located in the photo below is my iPad attached to the second product we just introduced, know as the BulletTrain MagicStand for the Apple iPad, which we will take a closer look at shortly.


In this next photo below we see a front/side perspective view of the BulletTrain Express Keyboard, and you notice it looks like it is hovering on top of the table. One of the most outstanding features of this design is that it works as well as it looks.

There are many people who have an Apple Macbook laptop and love the ergonomic comfort of the built-in wrist wrest as well as the swiping gestures the trackpad has. If you use a Macbook and then you go to use a keyboard and mouse or trackpad on your desktop, it feels quiet different, so if you invest in a BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform you will benefit significantly. You can learn everything about this product in detail on BulletTrain.com.


The second product we introduced is the ultimate iPad accessory and it is named The BulletTrain MagicStand for the Apple iPad. The BulletTrain MagicStand for iPad is so profound with its features, that it fundamentally changes what the iPad is and how it works!!!


One of the unique features of the patent pending BulletTrain MagicStand for iPad is that you can instantly change its orientation from portrait to landscape, by simply flipping it clockwise, or counter-clockwise. It is shown below in both landscape and portrait.

The BulletTrain MagicStand is made from high-quality anodized aluminum that perfectly matches the iPad, and in the photo below, we see it sitting on a table. The BulletTrain Magicstand for iPad can be tilted to any angle from zero to 90 degrees, so you can instantly customize its position.


In this next photo we see the rear view of the MagicStand while it is sitting upright on a flat surface. Also notice the pyramid shape at the top can be used to hang the MagicStand on just about any nail or screw, so you can literally hang it on any wall like a picture frame!!!


In this next photo we see the MagicStand for iPad with the drawbridge foot closed. When the drawbridge foot is in the closed position, it is just over a quarter inch thick, and its shape is optimized to be as comfortable as possible in you hands.

In this next photo we see the BulletTrain MagicStand in what is know as the steep typing position, which allows you to type on the iPad like it's a laptop!!! If you look closely you will notice there is a secondary leg that helps support the MagicStand in this typing position.

You can learn much more about these two amazing product and you can also order them on BulletTrain.com. We are currently only shipping them in the U.S.A., but if you are a reader of Jake's Rolex Magazine and you decide you must have one of these amazing products, send me an email and we will get it to you. If you have any question, or comments, please let me know.

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