Saturday, November 30, 2013

If You Were Negotiating Here Tomorrow You'd Wear A Rolex

If You Were Negotiating Here Tomorrow 
You'd Wear A Rolex
Geneva's Palais des Nations

This vintage Rolex ad showcases what is now referred to as UNOG, which stands for The United Nations Office At Geneva. The "Palace Of Nations" was built in Geneva between 1929 and 1936 as the headquarters for the League of Nations, which later evolved into the Geneva headquarters for the United Nations in 1946. Today, The United Nations In Geneva is busier than ever with international diplomats, and it primarily deals with social issues around the world.

Vintage Rolex Ad Appears Courtesy of The Concannon Collection

The First Rolex President

Former U.S. General Eisenhower was the architect of D-Day, where he assembled the greatest armada in history and successfully set sail to free Europe from Nazi tyranny. 

After World War II, President Eisenhower became the Supreme Commander of NATO in Europe where he oversaw rebuilding many parts of Europe, and that is when Rolex gave him their 150,000th Officially Certified Swiss Chronometer, which was a yellow gold Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet, as pictured below. General Eisenhower returned to the U.S., where he was elected President and served for two very successful full terms.

Back in 2008, I worked with the Eisenhower Presidential Library archivist to dig up all the historical documents that shared the beautiful story of his relationship with Rolex. President Eisenhower was one of the worlds first iconic world leaders, along with Sir Winston Churchill who made the Rolex Datejust "The International Mark Of Success." In other words, when the vintage Rolex ad suggests "The Rolex they wear is the Datejust, in 18ct gold, with matching Jubilee bracelet", they are referring to this man.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

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!!! It has been another absolutely amazing year filled with growth and incredible new Rolex historical content. Since last Thanksgiving I have met many new international readers and made many new and exiting friends, for which I am extremely thankful.

This is a very special Thanksgiving for me for many reasons, and in particular, I am extremely thankful for having Rolex recently invite me to tour all four Rolex manufacturing facilities in Geneva and Bienne Switzerland, as well as visiting Rolex World Headquarters in Geneva.

I am working on a really exciting detailed article about my tour of Rolex in Switzerland, and plan to publish it as soon as I can get it completed. In the meantime, I have a special Thanksgiving experience to share with you which is a special Rolex podcast that Ariel Adams from TheHourTimeShow.comwhich is the Podcast for ABlogToWatchwhich we recorded last week in Geneva, Switzerland after we toured Rolex. Enjoy!!!

Below is a link to the original Rolex Podcast I did with Ariel Adams and John Biggs which originally aired on February 7, 2011, that Ariel and I referred to in the recent podcast above.

If you enjoyed the podcasts above, you can always listen to some of my classic podcast interviews by clicking on the Podcast tab located on the far right side of the navigation bar located above.

As you can imagine, I have so much to be grateful for and I wish all my readers a happy Thanksgiving!!!!

"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,


Roy Clark Country Guitar God

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Roy Clark
Country Guitar God
Keeping The Time Of His Life With A Rolex Day-Date

I figure since we are headed into the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., it would be appropriate to start out with some good old down home country music. Roy "Lightning Fingers" Clark is an National Treasure, and is considered to be one of the greatest Country music guitar players in history. Roy Clark is also a five time Grammy Winner.

Clark is not only a renowned "Superpicker" guitar player, but also a master banjo player, and his playing style has had an enormous influence on bluegrass and younger country musicians.

Roy Clark is probably best known for staring on the major American hit TV show which debuted in 1969 named Hee Haw. Roy Clark hosted Hee Haw for 25 years, and I have fond memories of watching Hee Haw in my grandparents home when I was a small child.  

In the photo below we see Buck Owens and Roy Clark on Hee Haw, and Roy Clark is wearing his trademark yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. Earnest Borgnine is sitting behind Roy and Buck and he also appears to be wearing a Rolex Day-Date.

In this video of Roy Clark performs Under The Double Eagle,a dn you can see him wearing his trademark Rolex Day-Date.

I normally would not publish two versions of the same song, but the version of Yestersday featured above was the original hit version from the 1970s, and the one below was recorded in 2007 at The Grand Ole Opry. What a hauntingly beautiful song...

Friday, November 22, 2013

1950 Star Dial on a Jubilee Bracelet

...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Year...

Pink Gold Rolex Moonphase
1950 Star Dial on a Jubilee Bracelet
Reference 6062

This is one of the most beautiful Rolex models ever made. It is an annual calendar "triple-date" moon phase with star indices that was made 64 years ago in 1950. It is simple yet sophisticated, and in like-new condition. This beauty was auctioned five years ago by Christies in Geneva, Switzerland on November 16, 2005 for $594,155.

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Nicolas Cage
Rolex Triple Date Moonphase
Reference 6062

I thought I would share the photo below of Nicolas Cage with his then wife, Lisa Marie Presley, and if you look closely, Nicolas Cage is rockin' his Rolex Moonphase 6062. This is one of the most beautiful watches ever made in history and I genuinely hope Rolex has the wisdom to bring this model back to life.

Christies Lot Notes offer a beautifully written definition:

Launched in 1950, reference 6062 is seen as the pinnacle for the savvy Rolex connoisseur since it combines all key elements a demanding watch collector could expect: a sporty yet distinguished look, a complicated movement with full calendar and moon phases indication housed in the purist of all Oyster designs. Together with reference 8171 (see the following lot) it is one of only two Rolex models to show the date, the weekday, the month and the moon phases. It was also the first Rolex ever to be fitted with the so-called Super-Oyster Crown.

Reference 6062 was made in very few examples, mainly cased in yellow gold or even more rarely in pink gold or stainless steel. To further enhance the model's individuality and exclusivity, a variety of dial designs were available - the rarest however with the most popular star-shaped numerals.

The present watch, offered by a private collector, is one of the most beautiful and desirable examples of this legendary reference: made in 1950, cased in pink gold and fitted with the highly sought after "star" dial, it also still retains its original Jubilee bracelet, a rarity by itself. Preserved in outstandingly original and unspoilt condition, the dial shows an incredibly charismatic, ivory-coloured grainy patina which has formed naturally over the years. Another particularly appealing feature is the harmoniously discoloured luminous material to numerals and hands, now displaying a highly attractive, uniform cream tone. The case, possibly only once polished, impresses with its full bodied proportions, sharp angle to the bezel and original satin-finish underneath the lugs.

In 30 years of international watch auctions, only a small handful of pink gold star-dialed references 6062 of such quality have appeared. All of them have always caused sensational response from the market and are now cherished trophies in the world's most distinguished private collections. The present example can comfortably compete for a place on the podium in an all-time 6062 competition.

For a virtually identical example, sold by Christie's Geneva in May 2004, see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 142 & 143. It is very interesting to note that the latter reference 6062, serial number 788'617, is only 20 numbers apart, underlining the extreme rarity of these watches. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

...Rolex Outdoor Shot Of The Day... Rolex Submariner On An Orange Nylon Strap

...Rolex Outdoor Shot Of The Day...

Rolex Submariner
On An Orange Nylon Strap

I took this photo years ago, and I was just looking through my archive and came across it. I have always really liked the whole safety orange strap look on a Rolex Submariner.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Profiles In Coolness: Dizzy Gillespie: Iconic Jazz Legend


Jazz music is kind of like classical music, in the sense it is not only an acquired taste, but can also be challenging to understand, due to the fact it can be confusing, complex, esoteric or even arcane. In this amazing story, I try, as best as I am able, to not only share Dizzy Gillespie's amazing history so you can understand what made him tick (pun intended ;-), and at the same time offer a high-level overview of some great early American Jazz history.

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Dizzy Gillespie

Iconic Jazz Legend & Trumpet Virtuoso 

An Amazing Career with a Rolex GMT Keeping His Time

Well I finally did it, I am publishing another detailed Rolex Profiles in Coolness story, and this time it is about legendary jazz legend, Dizzy Gillespie. In the past I have only ever published thee other Profiles In Coolness series, and they included, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Robert Redford. For the record, I would have added Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to the list of Profiles In Coolness Series, but I thought Profiles In Courage was a more fitting, apropos, and distinguished moniker that accurately described his lifetime achievement.

Dizzy Gillespie is known by many titles including the King of BeBop, and he is considered to be one of the primary architects of modern jazz as well as being one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, and he wore a Bakelite Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master with no crown guard on a Jubilee Bracelet, for at least 35 years from at least 1958 until he died in 1993. Dizzie Gillespie was born John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, on October 21, 1917. 

Dizzy Gillespie Pictured Above in 1961 Wearing His Trademark Rolex GMT Master

You can see Dizzy Gillespie's Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master on his wrist in the photos above and below that were taken in 1961, and of course, it stands to reason he preferred a Rolex GMT-Master because he regularly traveled all over the world.

Dizzy Gillespie is pictured below in 1961 sporting his Pepsi GMT-Master on a Jubilee bracelet. Dizzie Gillespie in considered to be one of the founding fathers of Be-Bop and Afro-Cuban Jazz. If you think about it, people really define themselves by their choice in the wrist watch they wear, so it is fascinating Diz chose a GMT.

Dizzy Gillespie Pictured Above in 1961 Wearing His Trademark Rolex GMT Master

Dizzie Gillespie is pictured below with fellow Jazz legend, John Coltrane in 1961 backstage at the Olympia in Paris, and you can see Dizzie's Rolex Jubilee bracelet. 

Dizzy Gillespie Pictured Above in 1961 Wearing His Trademark Rolex GMT Master

In the photos above we see Dizzy Gillespie wearing his Rolex GMT on a Rolex Jubilee bracelet, and in the photo below you can see Dizzy wearing a Rolex GMT on an Oyster Bracelet.

The End Of World War II
The Birth Of Modern Jazz

On May 5, 1945, the Nazi leader, Hermann Göring, who was Hitler's second in command surrendered to the United States, and Europe was free again. On September 2, 1945 the Japanese officially surrendered to the United States. World War II was effectively over, and now anything seemed possible. 

Due to the war effort in America, jazz had not evolved past swing and the Big Bands, but modern jazz forces were brewing in the United States from around 1942.

On June 22, 1945, in the New York City Town Hall, an event took place which is considered to be the birth of modern Jazz.

Pictured below on stage at that seminal 1945 jazz event were Charlie "Bird" Parker, playing saxophone  Dizzy "Diz" Gillespie, playing trumpet,  Max Roach on drums, Don Byas on saxophone, "Big Sid Cattlet on drums, Al Haig on Paino, and Currly Russell on bass. The revolutionary new jazz known as Bebop was born that day...

Jazz Man, Take My Blues Away

Dizzy Gillespie is pictured below on May 1, 1947 in New York. In many ways he was the archetype of an avant garde hipster, cool-cat, as we see with his beret, goatee, and stylish glasses.

"When I found the trumpet, I found the best part of me."–Dizzie Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie is pictured below with his wife in New York in May of 1946. The are located at the corner of West 52nd Street and Avenue Of The Americas.

Dizzy Gillespie is pictured below on May 1, 1947 in New York , as he writes the phrase "Be-Bop" on a black board.

In the photo below we see Dizzy Gillespie watching Ella Fitzgerald in absolute awe as she sings at the Downbeat Club in New York, N.Y. in September of 1947. Ella Fitzgerald probably had the prettiest female voice in history of singing. We also see Jazz legend, Milt Jackson in the photo.

"Jazz is a joyful music. That's why I love it so!"–Dizzie Gillespie

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas on August 29, 1920, and he was referred to by his cool hepcat friends simply as "Bird." Bird was a radical saxaphone player and composer. Charlie Parker was the leading figure in the development of the Bebop jazz movement, which was characterized by improvisation, and fast-moving tempo, coupled with expert mastery of the saxophone.

In 1942, Charlie Parker met Dizzy Gillespie (pictured below) and "Bird" and "Diz" became best friends. Charlie Parker spent a lot of time playing gigs in Harlem, with other young iconoclasts and he became friends with many other future jazz legends, including Thelonius Monk, and Miles Davis.

Charlie Parker was recognized as an icon for the hipster subculture that existed in the United States and in France in the 1940s and 1950s. Charlie Parker played the music he liked, and and was the personification of an artist unwilling to compromise his believe system, as he refused to go along with the status quo. When Bird was young, he practiced for 4 years, playing up to 15 hours a day, and as a result developed his highly improvisational playing style.

When Bird was a young man, he was in an automobile accident and the doctor treated him with morphine, and he became addicted, and later developed an addiction to heroin, which ultimately killed him. Charlie Parker moved to New York City in 1939 in order to be in the capital of American Jazz. 

In this next photo taken in the Downbeat club in New York in 1947, we see Charlie Parker, sitting with Red Rodney watching Dizzy Gillespie play his trumpet (seen in the mirror) in awe. Modern Jazz, know at the time as BeBop was being born. 

It is worth noting the social impact early jazz music had on race relations in the United States. It was common for whites and black who would seemingly have little in common in their daly lives, to come together at a jazz club late night in New York, and be best of friends. Of course on some levels this was a hypocrisy, but at the same time jazz helped build a bridge for American's which improved race relations.

This is important to contextualize because if you did not live through this horrible chapter in human behavior it is not easy to understand. Imagine for a moment, no matter what color your skin is today, what it would be like to live in a world where you are not legally allowed to use the same bathrooms, or able to eat in the same restaurant as somebody else just because their skin is a different shade than yours? Yet, all of the top jazz musicians had to live through this complete absurdity, and as a human being it stands testament to the real strength of the human soul, in the sense they could live through those challenges, and still innovate like crazy!

The Bebop movement to a certain extent came about because many black jazz musicians felt that white band leaders had usurped their jazz music and profited heavily from swing music. Fellow jazz musician and iconoclast, Theolonius Monk was once quoted as saying "We wanted a music they couldn't play."

1947 Dizzy Gillespie Jivin' In Be Bop

Dizzy Gillespie began his career in Cab Calloway's swing band. Cab Calloway fired Dizzy from his big band and said "He was good, but sometimes he was so wild, he sounded dizzy." In the next video we see Dizzy Gillespie, conducting his own big band, which included Milt Jackson.

In this next photo, taken in 1948, we see legendary singer, Mel Torme and model June Bright watching Dizzy Gillespie live in a Hollywood night club.

In this next photo taken in 1948 we see Dizzy Gillespie signing his autograph for three teenage girls who are wearing blue jeans, berets, horn rimmed glasses and goatees mimicking the King of Bebop. 

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie in 1952

Fellow trumpeter Miles Davis, once said "You can tell the history of Jazz in four words, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker." In the video below we witness Dizzy Gillespie jamming with Charlie "Bird" Parker. Despite being a jazz legend, Charlie Parker would be dead only three short years later at the young age of 34.

Dizzy met Charlie Parker, when Dizzy was in Cab Calloway's band. After hours, Dizzy would travel uptown in New York, to go and play with Charlie Parker late-night is Jazz clubs. Together the two jazz virtuosos would experiment like crazy, and improvise with new techniques. People danced swing to Big Band jazz, with this new form of modern Jazz, people would not dance, but listen. This was the birth of Modern Jazz, A.K.A., The New Jazz.

The cool Hepcat/Hipster subculture, and later the Beat Generation perceived Charlie Parker not as an entertainer, but as an intellectual artist who refused to compromise, and go along with the status quo. Bird was hip, not square.

 Dizzy Gillespie & Miles Davis in 1952

Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis both started performing and recording with Charlie Parker in 1945, and we see Dizzy Gillespie playing trumpet side by side with Miles Davis in 1952. Dizzy was 9 years older than Miles.

Miles Davis is pictured below, and despite the fact that he and Dizzy Gillespie were only nine years apart, they were would evolve musically in divergent directions, but both of them wore Rolex watches.

Dizzy Gillespie is pictured below with Miles Davis, working on a composition in Paris, France in 1958.

In 1956, Dizzie Gillespie became the worlds first formal Jazz ambassador when the State Department sent him on the worlds first world Jazz tour.

1958 Monterey Jazz Festival
The First Rolex Sports Watch In The Jazz World

Dizzy Gillespie is pictured below at practicing on his trumpet at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival, and notice he is wearing his trademark Rolex GMT-Master. This is the earliest know photo I am aware of Dizzie Gillespie wearing his Rolex GMT Master, and the most profound fact is that the GMT-master had only been available on the market for 3 years in 1958, since Rolex introduced it at BaselWorld in Geneva in 1955! 

Now that I think about it, I believe this is the earliest know photo of anybody I have ever seen wearing a Rolex GMT-Master!!! It certainly pre-dates Sean Connery wearing a Rolex Submariner in 1962 in Dr. No. I think the only image I have ever seen of a man wearing a sport Rolex prior to when this photo was taken, is Jacques-Yves Cousteau, when he was testing Rolex Submariner prototypes for Rolex in 1953, and that was only five years earlier!!! I think this fact likely makes Dizzy the coolest cat that ever wore a GMT-Master!!! 

Also, it is likely Rolex gave Jacques Cousteau the prototype Rolex watches to test, whereas, my best guess is that Dizzy likely purchased his GMT-Master. This makes Dizzy the first true civilian I am aware of to be photographed in history wearing a Rolex sports watch!!!

Dizzy Gillespie Pictured Above in 1958 Wearing His Trademark Rolex GMT Master

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the founding musicians of the Monterey Jazz Festival, along with Billy Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Milt Jackson, Sonny Rollins and Dave Brubeck. I can't believe I am looking at a photo of Dizzy at the first Monterey Jazz Festival, and he is sporting his Rolex GMT!!! Of course, the Monterey Jazz Festival still exists today, and it is one of the longs consecutively running Jazz festivals in the world.

 Dizzy Gillespie worshiped Louis Armstrong, and in the photo taken below on October 1, 1958 at the Monterey Film Festival, we see Dizzy Gillespie kissing Louis Armstrong's hand. If you are not familiar with Louis Armstong, you should be. He was not only the father of Jazz, but the greatest Jazz musician and singer that ever lived.

Dizzy Gillespie is featured below in 1959 playing with Louis Armstrong on The Jackie Gleason Show playing Umbrella Man. Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie are considered to be the two greatest trumpet players in history. Dizzy was not only a radical trumpeter, but also an amazing scat singer. Watching this video is mind-boggling. It is the best of Old School Jazz succession "Satchmo" embracing "Dizzy" New School Jazz.

When The Saints Go Marching In
Exploring The Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong

As I previously mentioned, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong was "THE" Jazzman. What made hime "THE" Jazzman? He was simply the greatest Jazz singer, musician and trumpeter who ever lived, and to see why, watch these videos below. It has been said that old Satchmo was Gabriel's First Assistant ;-)

Louis Armstrong also had, what in my opinion is probably the most genuinely beautiful and sincere, happy smile–I have ever seen. When Satchmo smiled, his face lit up like a Christmas tree, and I love his absolute optimism!!! In this first video we see Satchmo singing with the beautiful and talented Jewel Brown. 

"The bottom line of any country in the world is 'What did we contribute to the world?', and we contributed Louis Armstrong." –Tony Bennett

"You can tell the history of jazz in four words, Louis Armstrong; Charlie Parker." –Miles Davis

Croon A Tune, From The Heart Of Dixie

In this next video we see Louis Armstrong singing ad Dixie Medley with Dean Martin on the Dean Martin show, and we see Dino and Satchmo at the absolute top of their games. This video is just amazing!!!

What A Wonderful World is featured below, and it is arguably Louis Armstrong's best know and most famous song. I believe What A Wonderful World, is a genuine reflection of his perspective on mankind, and the earth we all share. On a personal note, I will share an interesting detail with you. When I came up with the slogan for Jake's Rolex World, many years ago, I decided on "Exploring The Wonderful World Of Rolex", and it does not take much imagination to understand where this came from.

"If anybody was Mr. Jazz it was Louis Armstrong. He was the epitome of jazz and always will be. He is what I call an American standard, and American original." –Duke Ellington

"My whole life has been happiness. Through all the misfortunes...I did not plan anything. Life was there for me, and I accepted it. And life, whatever came out, has been beautiful to me and I love everybody." –Louis Armstrong

If you are a regular reader of Jake's Rolex World, you know I tend to always wander off the reservation, and extrapolate like crazy with fascinating segways, and I just could not resist with sharing the Satchmo videos. I did this because there is no real discussion on jazz history without deferring to Louis Armstrong, and Satchmo was and still is an international treasure, that belongs to the ages.

This last video from the "High Society Picture", as Satchmo referred to it, really showcases Louis Armstrong's trumpet and singing skills, along with Bing Crosby. Hey Pop's, you wanna grab a little of what's left here? Ya Daddy, Yeah!!!

"Louis Armstrong is the beginning and the end of music in America." –Bing Crosby

In this next video we see Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie talking about their appreciation for each other in 1970. Dizzy's performance and speech was given at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1970, not so long before Louis Armstrong passed away, and notice Dizzy is wearing his trademark Rolex GMT-Master.

In the photo below we see a photo of Miles Davis meeting Louis Armstrong, and you can see the genuine awe in Miles Davis's eyes, and if you know much about Miles Davis, he didn't look at anybody else like this.

“You can’t play nothing on modern trumpet that doesn’t come from Louis Armstrong, not even modern shit. I can’t even remember a time when he sounded bad playing the trumpet. Never. Not even one time. He had great feeling up in his playing and he always played on the beat. I just loved the way he played and sang.” –Miles Davis

 Now back to our regularly scheduled programming ;-)

Dizzy On The French Riviera

In the next photo below, we see Dizzy Gillespie playing his trumpet in the water on the French Riviera in 1960, and notice he is wearing his Rolex GMT Master on his Oyster Bracelet!

In the photo below we see Dizzy Gillespie playing in an intimate jazz club in 1964, and you can see him wearing his Rolex GMT-Master on a Jubilee bracelet.

This next video was filmed at the Olympia theater in Paris France in 1965 and it features The Dizzie Gillespie Quintet performing One Note Samba.

Next up we see The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in 1966, playing on the BBC Jazz 625 Show, and he is wearing his trademark Rolex GMT-Master. This performance really shows how much Dizzy's jazz style evolved and became smoother and more refined. In the mid 1960s his music gained more of a congo/samba-like, almost mellow, or melancholy vibe. I hesitated to use the words, "melancholy" since Diz's music is so energetic, sharp and vibrant.

Dick Cavett Interviews Dizzy Gillespie in 1982

A Night In Havana with Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzie Gillespie was not only the king of Bebop jazz but he was really into Afro-Cubano Jazz, and in 1989 he stared in this amazing documentary on his performance at the Fifth International Jazz Festival, in Havana, Cuba. In the video it shows Dizzie Gillespie hanging out with Fidel Castro in Cuba, who, by the way, took Cuba wearing a Rolex GMT-Master.

"I've worn my Rolex GMT-Master for 30 years. That's the thing with Rolex; they last forever. " –Dizzy Gillespie (1987)

Dizzy Gillespie Pictured Above in 1989 Wearing His Trademark Rolex GMT Master

Dizzy Gillespie is pictured below with First Lady and President Bush on November 17, 1989, at a White House ceremony where Dizzy received the National Medal Of Honor.

Dizzy Gillespie is pictured below in the late 1980s, and he is still wearing his trademark Rolex GMT Master. The history of Jazzy Trumpeters can really be broken up into a succession of five generations, with each having a man who best symbolized it. The first was Louis Armstrong, then Dizzy Gillespie, then Miles Davis, then Wynton Marsalis, and most recently Chris Botti.

Dizzy Gillespie was a teacher of Wynton Marsalis who summed up his thoughts on Dizzy, when he said:

"Dizzy Gillespie's playing showcases the importance of intelligence. His rhythmic sophistication was unequaled. He was a master of harmony—and fascinated with studying it. He took in all the music of his youth—from Roy Eldridge to Duke Ellington—and developed a unique style built on complex rhythm and harmony balanced by wit. Gillespie was so quick-minded, he could create an endless flow of ideas at unusually fast tempo. Nobody had ever even considered playing a trumpet that way, let alone had actually tried. All the musicians respected him because, in addition to outplaying everyone, he knew so much and was so generous with that knowledge..." –Wynton Marsalis

Monday, November 11, 2013

Stainless Paul Newman Daytona Shatters Auction Record

...Rolex Super Coolness...

The World's First 
Million Dollar Rolex Daytona

Stainless Paul Newman Daytona 
Shatters Auction Record
Christies Auction House Sells For $1,089,186
37.5MM 1969 Reference 6263/6239: Case Number 2,197,870

It is awe inspiring, and I imagine it was bound to finally happen. An extremely rare stainless steel Paul Newman Daytona, with an exotic dial sold last night for over One Million Dollars in Geneva, Switzerland at the Christies Rolex Daytona Auction. This watch is considered to be one-of-a-kind, and it is the only authentic Daytona with a a black exotic "Paul Newman" dial, with screw down pushers. This represents the first time in history a Rolex Daytona has sold for more than a million dollars! 

The Wold's First Million Dollar Rolex Daytona

That's pretty amazing, if you think about it, that a Rolex watch that sold for under $500 forty four years ago, increased in value and sold for more than 2000 times its original retail cost. Think about that for a second, over a Million dollars for a stainless steel watch! Wow!!! Pretty mind-blowing!!! I think it goes to show the value vintage Rolex collectors place on aesthetic beauty coupled with superb condition and magnificent timeless design. I mean if you look at the Daytona, it is stunningly good looking...

Pictured below is a photo of Paul Newman sporting his "Exotic Dial" Rolex Daytona, which today is considered mythical among vintage Rolex collectors. Just to be clear, the watch that sold, which is pictured above, is really kind of a 'reverse' Paul Newman, in the sense that its dial colors are inverted from the one Paul Newman wore, which is pictured below on a FatStrap. 

Also, Paul Newman's exotic dial Daytona did not have screw down pushers. The term "Paul Newman Daytona" really connotes an "exotic" dial, with the outer track that is the same color as the subdials.

Eric Ku, vintage Rolex dealer and collector extraordinaire, and owner of the Vintage Rolex Forum took the photo seen below as the Exotic Dial Daytona rocketed-up quickly in price last night in Geneva, Switzerland to blast past the million dollar mark at Christie's Auction last evening.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann: Rolex Daytona...

50th Anniversary Celebration

60 Minutes Retrospective

Scott Pelly from 60 Minutes just published this great retrospective on Lamborghini's 50th Celebration. In the story we see Scott Pelly rocking' the recently launch Aventador model, and if you look closely, you will notice Scott is sporing his trademark Rolex Daytona.

Lamborghini CEO
Rolex Coolness: Stephan Winkelmann
Patrizzi Dial Stainless Steel Daytona

Update: Tricia, who is a reader of Jake's Rolex World posted a question in the comments section and she asked "What is a Patrizzi dial?" If I understand it correctly, Osvaldo Patrizzi began his career in Milano, Italia and went on to become the founder of the Antiquorum Auction House. Osvaldo Patrizzi is recognized as the first person to recognize watches as real objects of art, and was responsible for creating the fine watch auction marketplace.

The term "Patrizzi Dial" was originally coined because Osvaldo Patrizzi was the first person to recognize that some vintage Rolex watches had dials where certain parts of them developed a brown patina over time that gave them a beautifully aged character.

It turns out that there was a black dialed stainless Rolex Daytona model (Zenith Movement: Reference 16520: Black Mark IV dial) whose rings that surround the 3 sub-dials had turned a beautiful shade of light brown, because of the material Rolex used.

Osvaldo Patrizzi was a collector of rare Rolex models and in 2006 he put up his collection for sale which included one of these rare Daytona watches. Osvaldo Patrizzi's Daytona sold for twice as much money, and people started referring to them as Patrizzi Dial Daytona models.

So if you look closely at Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann's Rolex Daytona, you notice it has the brown colored sub-dials, commonly referred to as a Patrizzi Dial. Rolex watches that have dials that develop beautiful patinas are sought after by collectors and typically sell for a premium.

Vintage Rolex watches that have discolored dials that have developed a beautiful patina are typically referred to as "Tropical" dials and if the dial is original, they typically sell for a huge premium. Here is an example of a beautiful tropical dial Rolex.