Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter From John Goldberger: Paul Newman Daytona...

Happy Easter From John Goldberger

John Golberger is the author of the amazing book 100 Superlative Rolex Watches, and you can check out my review by clicking here. John sent in these photos he took for Easter of his Exotic Dial Paul Newman [Reference 6263, Caliber 727] which was sold in the U.S.A., in 1971. Thanks for sending in the photos John, and a happy Easter to you and everybody!!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Paul Newman Daytona Taken Apart

Paul Newman Daytona
The Sum Of Its Parts

Peter Roberts is a watchmaker in the U.K. and he just sent in this image of a stainless steel Rolex Daytona he was recently working on and decided to send it in to share with you. Of you were ever wondering what a Paul Newman Daytona looks like when it is taken apart, here it is...

Friday, March 22, 2013

French Actor: Jean-Paul Belmondo

...Rolex Coolness...

Jean-Paul Belmondo
French Acting Legend

An Amazing Career with Rolex Keeping Time

Jean-Paul Belmondo is a French actor who is also a huge Rolex fan as you can see in all the photos below. In the first 4 images he is wearing a Paul Newman Daytona and in the next last two images he is wearing a Rolex Submariner and a yellow gold Day-Date.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Presidential Watch Sunday: LBJ and Maragret Chase Smith...

Presidential Watch Sunday
An Unprecedented Look At The Presidency

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Last Friday, on Jake's Rolex World, we took at an Rolex ad from 1964 that was part of the Men who guide the destinies of the world wear Rolex watches series, which was clearly referring to Lyndon Johnson wearing his trademark Rolex President so I thought I would share this photo from the Senator Maragret Chase Smith Museum, which has never before been published.

It shows President Johnson at a baseball game with Senator Smith, who was the first female Senator to be elected in the United States. Just in case you are not familiar with the history of the Rolex President, it is pretty fascinating.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Reinhold Messner Rolex Explorer Mark II...

Now & Then

...Rolex Super Coolness...

Reinhold Messner
1979 Rolex Explorer Mark II
Conquering Mount Everest and K2

Reinhold Messner is a legend in the Rolex world of adventure. In this photo he is seen climbing K2 back in 1979, sporting his orange hand 36mm Rolex Explorer Mark II [Reference 1655].

Messner was also the first climber to conquer Mount Everest without oxygen. If you think about it, that is a truly amazing feat because there is less than 1/3 of the amount of oxygen on top of Mount Everest than you are breathing right now.

Extreme Mountain climbing may seem like it is glamorous, but the truth is that it is anything but. It is an extremely dangerous sport and it is common for climbers to loose fingers and toes to frostbite. In this photo we see Reinhold Messner with the tips of his feet missing from frostbite.

Reinhold Messner & Peter Habeler
Conquering Mount Everest in 1978
First Climb Without Oxygen

In this next photo from 1978 we see Reinhold Messner with his climbing partner Peter Habeler. This was the first Mount Everest expedition that climbed to the summit without oxygen. This climb was documented in the movie Everest Unmasked.

In the photo above Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler are wearing their Rolex OysterQuartz Datejust watches [Reference 17000]. Peter Habeler is pictured below wearing his Rolex OysterQuartz Datejust.

Reinhold Messner is pictured below wearing his Rolex OysterQuartz

Below is a recent photo of Peter Habeler and Reinhold Messner

1978 Rolex Oysterquartz Ad
Sir Edmund Hillary and Reinhold Messner
Two Rolex Mountain-Climbing Legends Together

Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Reinhold Messner from Italy are two of the greatest mountain-climbers that have ever lived. Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to conquer Mt. Everest in 1953 and he was wearing his Rolex Oyster wristwatch.
Reinhold Messner was the first man to summit Everest without oxygen. He achieved this amazing feat in 1978, and when he came down the mountain, Sir Edmund Hillary was waiting to congratulate him and this photo was taken. Reinhold Messner was wearing his Rolex Oysterquartz when in 1978 when he first conquered Everest.

You have got to click on this image to see all the detail and read the story:

Update: Kristian Holm from Denmark who is reader of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog and he pointed out that in this next photo:
"It appears Sir Edmund Hillary is wearing a Rolex Oysterquartz 17013. I think it is a bit funny, that both Hillary and Reinhold Messner, 2 of the worlds best climbers, trust the Oyterquartz."
I agree Kristian and thank you for pointing this out. Indeed, Sir Edmund Hillary did wear a Rolex Oysterquartz for many years in his later life. Today Rolex no longer makes quartz watches, meaning watches that run on a battery. Maybe there is something to the quarts watches after all!?!

Pictured below is another Rolex ad featuring Reinhold Messner. It is ironic, if you think about it, that two of the greatest climbers in history preferred to wear Rolex watches that were Quartz!!! Maybe there is something to Quartz watches after all?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saint Francis Yacht Club Rolex Clock

...Rolex Clock Shot Of The Day...

Saint Francis Yacht Club Rolex Clock
San Francisco Marina

I was at the Saint Francis Yacht Club in the San Francisco Marina today and I took this photo of the classic Rolex clock. Notice it says "EST 1927", which ironically was the exact same year Rolex established the Rolex Oyster case.

Friday, March 15, 2013

1964 Magazine Ad Men who guide the destines of the world wear Rolex watches

1964 Magazine Ad

Men who guide the destines
of the world wear Rolex watches

This 1964 Rolex magazine ad really demonstrates that Rolex was really excited and proud to share with the world that many of the top leaders wore Rolex. The most interesting detail is that U.S. President Lyndon Johnson had recently begun wearing what became his trademark yellow-gold Rolex Day-Date in 1964, and it appears Rolex could not wait to indirectly let everybody know. You can always learn much more this subject by checking out my 11 part series on The Complete History Of The Rolex President.

I believe the hats on the table are symbolic of the actual men who wore them, so the obvious question, is who wore those hats? My best guess for who the hats belong to or symbolize would be U.S. General Eisenhower, French General de Gaulle, Swiss General Henri Guisan, U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Lord Mountbatten of the U.K. and U.S. President, Lyndon Johnson. I am a little confused by the unusual hat located closest to the front of the table? Does anybody know what kind of hat that is?

Update: A bunch of people wrote in to answer the question. It turns out it is a Russian Cossacks lambswool hat, which makes you wonder who the ad is referring to? It must be Nikita Khrushchev? I know Nikita's son, Sergei Khruschev wears a yellow gold Rolex. Hmmm!?!? 

Update 2: I am really embarrassed to admit this, but Jake's Rolex World reader, Karl wrote in from Austria and said:

"Have a look at Russian/Soviet Leaders and at Russian/Soviet Hats and your Blog Archive and you will see for what and whom this picture hat stands."

The hat was symbolic of Leonid Brezhnev, who became the General Secretary of the Communist Party in October of 1964. Leonid Brezhnev is pictured below with U.S. President Gerald Ford, and Ford is wearing a Soviet mink hat, which I tried on one, and was stunned with how luxurious, soft and warm it was.

Now that I think about it, that is a trip that in 1964-1968, then U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and U.S.S.R. leader, Leonid Brezhnev were both wearing yellow gold Rolex watches.

I thought I would share this next photo of me back in 1973 when I was 7 years old, and I am wearing a similar U.S. Presidential seal necktie as President Gerald Ford in the photo above...just saying...

Did I make you laugh, or at least smile?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

...Rolex Wrist Shot Of The Day... Karl's Black Dial Explorer II

...Rolex Wrist Shot Of The Day...

Black Dial Explorer II
Black Tropical Braided Strap

Jo from Norway took this photo of his black dial Rolex Explorer II on a braided tropical strap, which is a great look!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rolex Super Coolness: Enzo Ferrari 1952 Indianapolis 500 Rolex Chronograph Reference 3055

Ferrari History
Keeping Time with Rolex

...Rolex Super Coolness...

Enzo Ferrari
With Rolex Keeping The Time Of His Life

Rolex Chronograph Reference 3055

Enzo Ferrari is a racing car legend and in many ways, he created a company that is very similar to Rolex. Enzo wore and depended on a Rolex to keep the time of his life for at least 4 decades of his life. Enzo Ferrari is pictured below in 1920 racing and A.L.F.A. 40/60HP.

1952 Indianapolis 500
[Ferrari's First U.S.A. Race]

The photo below was taken of Enzo Ferrari and his top driver Alberto Ascari in Maranello, Italy as they prepare for the Indianapolis 500 car race that would soon take place in the United States.

Enzo Ferrari is pictured on the far right side, sporting his trademark Rolex Chronograph Reference 3055. Enzo is standing next to world champion, Alberto Ascari (center) and the man on the far left is Ing Daccò (tallest).

It is fascinating to take into consideration the in-depth contextual meaning behind these photos, in the sense, that when they were taken, Enzo Ferrari, with his number 1 driver, Alberto Ascari, were making Formula 1 history, and putting Ferrari on the map for the first time.

In the photo above and in the photo below, we see
Alberto Ascari and the Ferrari N.A.R.T. (North American Racing Team) at the 1952 Indianapolis 500 race. The 1952 N.A.R.T. team was owned by Luigi Chinetti, who was the official distributor of Ferrari U.S.A.

It is interesting to note the Ferrari badge appears in both photos, but without the prancing "Ferrari" Horse. This is due to the fact Enzo Ferrari his first participation in the Indianapolis to be unofficial. After Enzo got underway, he changed his mind and decided to add the prancing horse.

Alberto Ascari experienced mechanical challenges during the 1952 Indianapolis 500 and was not able to continue past his 13th lap. The 1952 Indianapolis 500 represented the first time Ferrari raced in the U.S.A, and even though they did not complete the race, it marked a significant milestone in Ferrari history.

In the photo below we see Alberto Ascari racing in a Ferrari F2 in the Belgian Grand Prix

In the photo below we see Alberto Ascari racing in a Ferrari F2 in the British Grand Prix

Enzo Ferrari's Rolex Chronograph (Reference 3055) was the smallest chronograph ever made, at an astounding 30mm diameter.

The next two photos below are of the same model Rolex Chronograph Enzo Ferrari's is wearing. Today Enzo's son, Piero Ferrari owns his father's Rolex Chronograph, Reference 3055.

The Chairman of Ferrari wearing a Rolex is still standard today, as current Ferrari Chariman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has worn a Rolex his whole career.

I would like to thank my pal, John Goldberger for sending in these amazing photos. John Goldberger is the author of 100 Superlative Rolex Watches and he also publishes a Vintage Rolex Application for the iPad which showcases high-defenition photos of beautiful Rolex watches.

1940 Italian Rolex Chronograph Catalog Page
[Reference 3055]

John Goldberger also sent in this vintage Rolex catalog page for the Rolex 3055 Chronograph which appeared in an Italian magazine in 1940. Pretty cool!!!

One of the interesting take-away points is that in 1940, during World War II, Rolex pocket watches were still very popular, as we see in the Rolex catalog below. Rolex began selling the Reference 3055 Chronograph in 1940 and offered the model for sale until 1960.

Enzo Ferrari is pictured below wearing his Rolex Chronograph Reference 3055. He is pictured with American driver, Phil Hill who is the only American born Formula One driver to ever win the World's Drivers' Championship. (Mario Andretti was born in Italy).

Enzo Ferrari is pictured below on the left with Ferrari Racing Legend, Niki Lauda, between him and the current Chairman of Rolex, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. Niki Lauda is also a big Rolex fan.

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is pictured below in the early 1970s sporting his trademark Rolex GMT Master.

Current Ferrari Chairman, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is pictured below in a recent photo, wearing his trademark Rolex GMT Pepsi, as he poses in front of a model of a Ferrari. It is fascinating to note that the men who have guided Ferrari for its entire history are Rolex men!!!

Earlier in his career, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was the director of racing for Ferrari, and you see him in the photo (three photos up the page) with Enzo Ferrari and Niki Lauda. Nicki Lauda was Ferrari's lead driver, and we see him in the photo below as he practices at the Nurburgring race track during the 1976 Grand Prix.

We see Niki Lauda in a more recent photo below, sporting his trademark vintage Rolex Daytona.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daylight Savings Time Does Not Make Sense

Daylight Savings Time
Does Not Make Sense

Moving your Rolex forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time always seems like a wast of time for me. Ever wonder why we even have this crazy thing called Daylight Savings time? This video does a superb job of explaining the history and implications of Daylight Savings Time. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Rolex Hotness: Elle Macpherson-Yellow Gold Rolex Daytona

...Now...and Then....and Now...and Then...

Timeless Rolex Super-Leggy Model Hotness

Elle Macpherson
Yellow Gold Rolex Daytona

Elle Macpherson is probably the women who is responsible for popularizing women wearing men's Rolex watches and it all started with this photo of Elle, wearing her now trademark yellow gold Rolex Daytona...

Elle's beauty, just like her Rolex Daytona is so timeless, it is difficult to tell which decades all these images are from!!!

January 2008

July 2012
Ibiza Spain

The photo below of Elle was taken this last summer in Ibiza Spain and it shows Elle with her oldest Son, and her new Yellow Gold Paul Newman Rolex Daytona, along with her trademark straw cowboy hat.