Monday, November 26, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Another Elvis Presley Rolex...

...The King Of Rock and Roll...

Elvis Presley's 
Rolex Day-Date Surfaces
[Reference 1803]

On December 8, 2008, I originally published this story about Elvis Presley's Rolex Day-Date, and at the time, I published an image of the engraving of the back which said:

"Elvis. Merry Christmas. Your Pal. Col. Tom Parker."

It turns out that Elvis Presley's Rolex Day-Date surfaced on November 23, and is was offered by the Christie's Auction House, and here is a photo of the watch. According to Christie's, Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker gave the Rolex to Elvis as a Christmas gift in 1976.

The photo below is an exclusive photo of the hand-engraved back of Elvis Presley's Rolex Day-Date.

The following document was provided by Christie's Auction house as part of the provenance for the Elvis Presley watch, but on the day before the auction, Christie's withdrew the watch for unknown reasons.

Elvis Presley's Rolex King Midas

Elvis Presley's Rolex King Midas is pictured below with his glasses and some of his other personal effects which Graceland exclusively photographed for Jake's Rolex Watch Blog. To learn more about Elvis' Rolex King Midas, please click here.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Introducing Jake's Panerai World

Introducing Jake's Panerai World

It took my a while, but I finally built out Jake's Panerai World. Why? In my 18 Chapter online book, named The Complete History Of The Rolex Submariner & SEA-DWELLER–Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean, I wrote a super detailed history of Panerai, which was absolutely fascinating. It was titled Panerai & The Italian Royal Navy (The First Rolex Diving Watch). Of course, like any good mystery it yielded more questions than answers.

Over the years, since I originally wrote about the history of Panerai, the story has remained really, really popular, so a few years ago, I toyed with creating Jake's Panerai World. In my mind, for obvious reasons, all vintage Panerai watches are really Rolex watches, and in particular, the first Rolex diving watches. If you want to check out Jake's Panerai World, simply click on the banner above. I also added a banner at the bottom of every page of Jake's Rolex World Blog, so you can always find it later easily. I hope you enjoy!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rolex SuperHotness: Jessica Simpson...

...Rolex Super Hotness...

Jessica Simpson
Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner

What can I say!?! Youuuuuch!!!!!!! I think I am at an unusual loss for words. Oh yeah, Jessica Simpson is wearing a stainless Rolex Submariner.

Jessica Simpson has to be one of the most beautiful woman in the world!!! Just stunning!!!!

Foxy Lady

I don't know why, but the Jimi Hendrix song, Foxy Lady keeps popping into my head with I look at the photos of Jessica Simpson so I thought I would include this amazing video. Just play it and look at the photos of Jessica ;-)))) Man, Hendrix was really something else!!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rolex GMT Masterpiece...

Black Ice Masterpiece

I have never been crazy about precious stones on a Rolex dial or bezel, but I think this new generation of Rolex GMT II is so tastefully done. It really is a masterful work of art.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day: Larry's Stainless Steel Daytona

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Larry's Stainless Steel Daytona

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Look Inside The Rolex Factory

Taking A Look Inside The Rolex Factory

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

All Gold Rolex Submariner: Hard To Believe It's Vintage Now

All Gold Rolex Submariner
Hard To Believe It's Vintage Now

It is hard to believe this all yellow gold Rolex Submariner now has vintage Rolex status!?!? The metallic cobalt blue dial and matching bezel insert is loved my many Rolex collectors, and for good reason. This beauty was, of course, replaced with the Supercase Ceramic Submariner that has fatter hands, maxi markers and a Supercase.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Story of Elvis Presley's Rolex King Midas [Part 1 or 4]

I originally published this story back in 2008. I thought it would be nice to check it out again, since it is so fascinating...

The King's King

Elvis Presley's Rolex King Midas

I would like to thank Graceland for their extremely kind and gracious assistance with taking the exclusive photos of Elvis Presley's Limited Edition Rolex King Midas for Jake's Rolex Watch Blog. I would also like to thank my pal Leo (The Idle Swede) for not only being such a great friend, but also for his invaluable contribution with this story.

Elvis Presley is known as The King of Rock & Roll. Elvis Presley changed the world with his amazing music. Elvis was extremely handsome, charismatic and ultra-talented. Elvis is pictured below with his pal, Bobby Darin, and Elvis is wearing his iconic Hamilton.

Very few people knew Elvis wore a Rolex, but it was not just any Rolex. Elvis wore a limited edition Rolex King Midas (Model Reference Number 9630) which Rolex only made 1000 examples of. The King Midas at the time was the most expensive Rolex money could buy. As a matter of fact, in 1970 a Rolex Day-Date retailed for $1825 and a King Midas retailed for $2500. In 1975 a Day-Date retailed for $3300 and a King Midas retailed for $5500.

This very, very rare limited edition Rolex King Midas was given to Elvis as a token of appreciation for playing 6 days of sold-out concerts in 1970 at the Houston Astrodome Livestock Show & Rodeo.

Elvis is pictured above with his Rolex King Midas in his right hand along with the special Rolex King Midas case that was shaped like an urn.

The following photos were recently taken by a Graceland photographer exclusively for Jake's Rolex Watch Blog. This first image has Elvis Presley's Limited Edition Yellow Gold Rolex King Midas on top of Elvis & Priscilla Presley's wedding bible. Lisa Marie Presley is in the photo with her father, Elvis Presley kissing her head. All the artifacts in these Graceland photos personally belonged to Elvis.

The Return of The King

As always, you can click on the images to get a better view.

Elvis' beautiful Limited Edition Rolex King Midas is pictured above with matching trademark custom Sunglasses. His custom 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Colt 45 is pictured on the left. In the photo below you see Elvis' Diamond TCB (Taking Care of Business) pendant and on the far right you see Elvis' Denver Police Captain's badge next to his Hamilton watch.

In the 1970s Elvis became obsessed with Kung Fu and collecting badges. In Part 3 of The Story of Elvis Presley's Rolex King Midas we will explore Elvis' obsession with badges.

Elvis wore his Limited Edition Rolex King Midas quite a bit and it appears he wore it swimming or in a hot tub because it appears to have water damage on the dial. The King Midas was a hand wound watch that was not an Oyster.

Rolex made 1000 Original King Midas watches and Elvis owned and wore number 343, which ironically was a left handed special for south paws. The back in engraved and reads "To Elvis Presley From The Houston Livestock Show Officers 1970."

The original Limited Edition King Midas was NOT a Rolex Cellini. It had a standard Rolex Midas designation. The words King Midas were engraved on the side of the watch as seen below, and had a winding crown that was shaped like the sun.

When Rolex originally introduced the King Midas in the early 1960s it was the heaviest gold watch money could buy. Years later, Piaget came out with a model named the Piaget Polo that was three grams heavier.

The clasp had KING MIDAS BY ROLEX OF GENEVA etched into the clasp as seen below on Elvis' watch.

In Part 2 of The Story of Elvis Presley's Rolex King Midas, we will look closer at the design details of the Rolex King Midas.

I am currently researching some other Rolex watches that may have been owned by Elvis, but I am not certain they exist. I have some good leads, but I cannot confirm any of them yet. The watch below is a Rolex that Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker allegedly gave Elvis as a Christmas gift, but I cannot confirm its authenticity. If you have photos of Elvis wearing a Rolex, please send them in and I will put them up.

In Chapter 2 named, The Midas Touch we will take a closer look at the Rolex King Midas Limited edition watch and discover its ethos.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day Volecs Explorer II

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Volecs Black Dial Explorer II