A Heartwarming Jake's Rolex World GTG
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Today, I have a very special story to share with you. Several years ago, in 2008, when I started Jake's Rolex Watch Blog I had one simple ambition. To try, to the best of my ability, to share everything I had learned over a quarter-century about Rolex and its amazing history.
In particular, I desired to separate the fact from the fiction on many of the false myths that had been perpetuated about Rolex history. I realized that behind every myth is a truth waiting to be discovered and shared.
At the time, I had no idea it would snowball into the amazing Rolex resource it has become today.
The other significant thing that took me by surprise was the amazing number of people I would become great friends with!!! It continually blows my mind how many fascinating and great friends I have made all over the world, and I mean "All-over the world!!!"
My grandfather's great friend and Rolex Ambasador, Maurice Chevalier put it best in 1964 when he said:
"Like a genial hotelier, Rolex has introduced me to some of the nicest people. I ask about their Rolex and they ask about mine. It's as marvelous a conversation piece as it is a timepiece." –Maurice Chevalier (1964)
For the past quarter-century, before I started Jake's Rolex World, I remember that every 6 to 12 months I would wander into somebody who I would have a great conversation with about Rolex. I realized that when I would speak with a new friend about Rolex that my face would light-up like a Christmas Tree.
Fast forward to several years ago. I was doing research on getting my LV Sub online and I kept running into the RolexForums.com. I remember thinking all the members were bananas (crazy). I remember thinking, what a bunch of weirdos, wasting all this time talking about their Rolex watches and the subtle nuances of their wristwatches.
Then for some reason, I got an idea and joined RolexForums.com and it changed my life. I literally felt like I had been wandering around in the desert dying of thirst for 25 years, and then all of a sudden I wandered into a lush oasis where everybody was wearing and talking non-stop about Rolex.
I also noticed that when I go to Rolex GTG (Get Togethers) that I get along with EVERYBODY flawlessly and that our mutual passion for Rolex carries over into many other facets of life. I would suggest that is one of the greatest benefits of the online Rolex Community, is that we are able to have a vehicle or mechanism for sharing one of our great passions.
How I Met Abel From Buenos Aires, Argentina
A few years ago, I posted a story about the TV show I SPY which starred Bill Cosby and Robert Culp and their Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master watches. A reader of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog named Abel, from Buenos Aires, Argentina wrote in to tell me he remembered not only receiving a Rolex Submariner from his parents when he graduated from high-school in the mid 1960, but that he remembered noticing the cast member of I SPY sporting their Rolex watches.
I wrote back to Abel and we started becoming pals. The interesting thing is that almost every-time I would dig-up a new piece of Rolex history, Abel would write-in and share his memories with me on that subject. Abel is more than 10 years older than I am and has been wearing Rolex watches for almost 50 years, but it was fascinating that we shared similar frames of reference. Abel had actually lived through the history I learned about, often-times I learned about it long after it occurred.
One of the unusual things I do, is when somebody writes in from a specific city and country, I make a mental note of it, and if somebody else writes in from that same city, I try to introduce them via email so they can meet each other. With Abel, whenever somebody would write in from Buenos Aires, I would introduce them.
I will share Abel's heartwarming story about this in his own words below:
Gerardo and Abel having a Rolex GTG Lunch in Buenos Aires, Argentina