Thursday, July 31, 2014

Studio Shot of the Month: Daytona Watches by Stefano Mazzaroil...


Stefano Mazzaroil
Quantities Of Rolex Quality

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rolex Outdoor Studio Shot of the Day- Ryan's Milsub: Reference 5513


...Rolex Outdoor Studio Shot of the Day...

Ryan's Milsub: Reference 5517

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LV Close UP...


...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day...

The 50th Anniversary LV Submariner 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Range Rover Sport Review


Range Rover Sport Review
Bloody Brilliant BatMan!!!

The Motor Trend Channels Worlds Fastest Car Shows Justin take the recently introduced all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport V8 which is super charged.


This is a great review and as we see in the screen grabs below, from the video, Justin is rockin' a Batman Rolex GMT-Master.


Friday, July 18, 2014

PAN AM Rolex Daytona


An Extremely Rare Bird
PAN AM Rolex Daytona
Custom Reference 6263

Philipp is one of the top passionate Rolex collectors in the world, and he recently discovered a previously unknown and undocumented Rolex Daytona, which apparently was made for PAN AM Airways. This unusual custom made Rolex ads a new page in vintage Rolex history...You can read much more about Philipp's magnificent find over on the Vintage Rolex Forums.



Wednesday, July 16, 2014


...Rolex Dial Shot Of The Day...

Michael's Minty Datejust Dial

Michael took this photo of his Rolex Datejust dial on a very minty-Green background, which creates a nice contrast...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Precision Wristwatch Was Born 100 Years Ago...



...The Precision Wristwatch Was Born 100 Years Ago...

Rolex Celebrates 100th Anniversary
of Kew Observatory Granting Class "A" To Rolex

Original Certification Date: July 15, 1914

It is amazing how much we take for granted in our world today when it comes to technology and time measurement. Today we take accurate timekeeping for granted, which in many ways is a good thing, but it is important to reflect and understand how this came about. The history of Rolex, all began with its Founder, Hans Wilsdorf (pictured below), who was completely obsessed with making extremely precise and reliable wristwatches.



Today, being July 15, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Kew Observatory in Great Britain certifying a Rolex as a "Class A" wristwatch for the first time in history, as witnessed in the following document from the National Physical Laboratory.




Notice in the document above, it says: "I hereby Certify, That a CLASS A KEW CERTIFICATE has been issued to 'The Rolex Watch Co, London + Bienne." 

This is because at the time of issuance Rolex was still headquartered in London, England. It was not until more than a decade later that Rolex moved its headquarters to Geneva!

Next we see the actual timing results from the National Physical Laboratory, dated July 15, 1914.


The Rolex watch seen below is comparable to the one certified as a "Class A" Chronometer by the Kew Observatory in 1914. Watches worn on the wrist used to be known as Wristlets, which is evidenced below.


Next up we see a letter from the Director of the British Horological Institute, written to Hans Wilsdorf, dated June 26, 1951, congratulating him on his incredible lifetime achievements in the field of Horology.




Advent Of The Marine Chronometer

In order to best understand the significance of the Kew A Certification achievement by Rolex in 1914, it is important to delve into the history of horology, i.e., timekeeping.

The history of the Marine chronometer is absolutely fascinating! On Jake's Rolex World I use the term "tool watch" to describe Rolex Professional Watches, like the Rolex Submariner and GMT-Master, but long before these wrist watches, the first real tool watches were used to accurately determine global positioning on the Earth's oceans. In order to do so, you needed to be able to accurately measure latitude and longitude at sea level.

The concept of "longitude" was developed by the Greek, Eratosthenes who lived between 276 BC and 195BC. Ptolemy who lived between 90 AD and 168 AD was the first person to successfully incorporate the concept of a consistent Meridian for a world map in his Geographia. Ptolemy's world map is depicted below, as it appeared in 150 AD. This version was redrawn during the 15th Century.



By 1570, Ortelus produced the worlds first modern atlas as seen below, which accurately depicted the layout of earth. This atlas depicted the concept of longitude in a way that made sense for the first time in history.



Ortelius World Map From 1570 Showing Longitude & Latitude

Up until the mid 18th Century, around the mid 1750s,  the only way mankind had figured out how to accurately navigate the oceans was to use landmarks, which was not very accurate, particularly if you were crossing the major oceans. Basically, sailors could determine their latitude successfully by measuring the sun's angle at noontime, when the sun was at the highest point in the sky. Also if located in the Northern Hemisphere, they could use the North Star (Polaris) during twilight to measure latitude.

The existing challenge at the time was if you used a clock or watch to measure longitude on a sea voyage, and the watch wasn't perfectly precise, you could set sail for Boston from London, and end up in the West Indies, or even worse, the ship and crew could get completely lost and die in a shipwreck.

The great challenge is they could not figure out an accurate method for calculating longitude.

In the mid eighteenth century sailing ship captains realized they could potentially measure longitude at sea by measuring distance using timing. The challenge is that all the clocks back then were not very accurate, particularly having a clock that was accurate at sea was a big challenge

The 17th and 18th Century were a time of great expansion and discovery for the United Kingdom, as they were attempting to explore much of the world in order to colonize much of it. Much of this prowess was achieved through their advanced development of Maratime technology and tools. Notice with the globe illustration below that all of Earth's longitude begins and ends in London, England on the Prime Meridian.


Globe Of Earth With Longitude Lines


In 1714 the British Government offered a reward of  £20,000, which by todays standards would be several millions of dollars, for the person who could create an accurate method of determining longitude [East-West Positioning for a ship] at sea. 

A Yorkshire carpenter, John Harrison [1893-1776] entered the contest in 1730, and in 1735 made a clock that was not affected by gravity, or by the motion of the sea upon the ship.





Drawing of John Harrison's H4 Chronometer from 1761

After many attempts, in 1761 John Harrison invented the worlds first ultra-accurate Marine Chronometer, which could successfully measure longitude in the ocean. The last Marine Chronometer John Harrison developed is pictured below. It was made in 1772.



In 1773 John Harrison finally collected the prize money for inventing his Marine Chronometer, but many seafaring explores used Harrison's advanced Marine Chronometers as navigation tools, including Captain Cook (seen below), during his second and third voyages from 1772 to 1779.


Marine Chronometers forever changed the landscape of the world and allowed international explorers to much better navigate the seven seas. This in turn increased global trade and commerce which eventually fueled the industrial revolution.




Rolex put together the following overview which beautifully articulates and showcases the significance of this historic milestone moment:


THE PRECISION WRISTWATCH WAS BORN
100 YEARS AGO

1914, A MILESTONE IN WATCHMAKING HISTORY

In 1914, the Kew Observatory in Great Britain granted a “Class A” certificate to a wristwatch for the very first time. This major achievement by a small Rolex watch astonished the world and marked the advent of the modern precision wristwatch.

Until then, such a certification, which attested to the highest chronometric precision, had generally been awarded only to large marine chronometers after extremely rigorous tests. Rolex was the first to prove that a wristwatch could be just as precise as a marine chronometer – something that was scarcely believable at the time. This performance would contribute significantly to the rise of the wristwatch. On the strength of this success, Rolex would become the world’s largest manufacturer of chronometer-certified wristwatches. The brand perfected the concept of the modern watch in 1926 by inventing a waterproof Oyster case to protect the movement and then, in 1931, by developing the self-winding Perpetual rotor movement. Today, all Rolex Oyster models are officially certified chronometers, the heritage of the pioneering role played by the brand in bringing precision to the wristwatch.


A FEAT OF MINIATURIZED PRECISION 

By obtaining the very first “Class A” rating certificate for a wrist- watch from the Kew Observatory near London, on 15 July 1914, Rolex accomplished an exploit that would forever change the destiny of the modern watch. A feat of miniaturized precision, this first chronometer wristwatch met with flying colours the British observatory’s demanding criteria, the most stringent in the world: 45 days of tests, in five different positions and at three different temperatures (ice-cold, oven-hot and ambient). For the first time in history, a wristwatch fulfilled the requirements expected of the best marine chronometers. These navigation instruments, whose precision was used to determine the position of ships at sea (longitude), could not deviate by more than a few seconds per day without putting the safety of the ships at risk. The Rolex wristwatch- chronometer certified by Kew 100 years ago recorded an average daily rate of only +1 second.


THE WRISTWATCH GAINS LEGITIMACY AT KEW

The man behind this feat was Hans Wilsdorf, who founded Rolex in 1905. By obtaining this first chronometer certificate from Kew, he demonstrated that, in terms of precision, a small wristwatch made by Rolex could rival the best of timepieces – including pocket watches, which were the norm at the time. In those early days of the 20th century, no one had yet managed to design a truly reliable and precise wristwatch. Wristwatches were not favoured at the time, as the small mechanism could not compete with the regularity and reliability of the larger pocket watch movements. However, since the beginning of his career, Hans Wilsdorf had been firmly convinced that the wristwatch would be future of the watchmaking industry. He devoted the energy of his youth to eliminating all the weak points of the wristwatch. The quest for precision was his first objective. This visionary entrepreneur was firmly convinced that precision was essential to secure the acceptance and popularity of the wristwatch.


FROM A UTOPIAN DREAM TO THE CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH

Nearly two centuries after John Harrison designed the first marine chronometer, Rolex targeted equal precision for a wristwatch. The first success came in 1910 when the brand succeeded in obtaining a chronometer certificate for a small watch from the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne, Switzerland. In 1914, Rolex designed and produced a chronometer wristwatch whose precision equalled the most sophisticated measuring instruments of the era and had it certified by the Kew Observatory. Its performance was unheard of; endorsed by the most prestigious official observatory in the world, it would contribute decisively to the rise of the wristwatch. Until then, making the wristwatch into a reliable, robust, high- precision device had been the stuff of utopian dreams. But Hans Wilsdorf demonstrated that precision in a small format was not only conceivable but also achievable. This distinction by Kew was an official recognition of the highest world-class quality for Rolex and held the promise of a bright future for the wristwatch. From then on, to maintain its leading position in the manufacture of high-quality precision wristwatches, Rolex made it a point of honour to develop mechanical movements that were certified as chronometers by observatories and official watch rating centers.


THE RISE OF THE WRISTWATCH

While officially certified by chronometer certificates, the precision attained by the Rolex wristwatch remained much more vulnerable to shocks, dust and humidity than that of pocket watches. Therefore, Rolex’s next objective was to design a perfectly waterproof case to protect the movement and maintain its certified precision. This was accomplished in 1926 with the invention of the Oyster, the world’s first waterproof wristwatch, thanks to an ingenious patented case system featuring a screw-down bezel, case back and winding crown. The name, Oyster, was inspired by its capacity to remain indefinitely submerged in water without risk of damage. It was not only waterproof, but also dustproof, for dust is a formidable enemy of watch movements. To further perfect its watches, Rolex developed in 1931 the Perpetual self-winding system, which winds the mainspring via the action of a free rotor driven by wrist movements. There was no longer a need to wind the watch manually with the winding crown, a critical point for maintaining waterproofness. This self-winding system, also patented, ensured a constant power reserve and regularity of rate.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual thus accumulated three fundamental qualities: it was precise, waterproof and self-winding. These advantages would provide an extraordinary stimulus for the Swiss watchmaking industry and the contemporary mechanical watch.


ROLEX, HISTORIC LEADER IN TIMEKEEPING

A true pioneer in chronometer wristwatches, Rolex made certified precision its signature. By the early 1950s, Rolex had manufactured nearly 90 per cent of all chronometers officially certified in Switzerland since 1927 — the year specific criteria for wristwatches were introduced. When, in 1951, the regulations changed and it became compulsory to obtain chronometer certification from an official body, Rolex went further and made sure its movements obtained certificates bearing the citation “particularly good results”. This distinction gave rise to the famous phrase still inscribed on Rolex dials today: “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”. Since the creation of the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) in 1973, special citations are no longer given on the certificates. But the signature on Rolex dials remains as a reminder that since the early 20th century, Rolex has played a central role in the development of the modern precision watch. The brand’s leadership in chronometric precision continues to the present day, as Rolex is the largest manufacturer of chronometer-certified watch movements in the world.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Miroslav Klose Highest Scoring World Cup Soccer Player







...Rolex Coolness...


Miroslav Klose
Highest Scoring World Cup Soccer Player

Miroslav Klose played today in the World Cup Finals between Germany and Argentina. To date Miroslav holds the record for the highest number of World Cup Soccer goals at 16 points, thus beating out Ronaldo. In the photo below you can see Miroslave Klose wearing a Rolex Daytona.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Soccer Great Diego Maradona Sporting Two Rolex Watches...





...Rolex Coolness...


Diego Maradona
Soccer Superstar & Legend

As we head into the finals of the 2014 World Cup, I thought it would make sense to look at another World Cup wonder. Earlier this week we took a look at Pelé who is arguably the greatest soccer/football player of all time, but there is another man who is also in contention for the best of all-time and his name is Diego Maradona.




So you thought you were into wearing and collecting Rolex watches!?!? You can't help but notice like many NASA Astronauts and Fidel Castro, Diego Maradona has a habit of wearing two Rolex Watches at the same time!!! In the photo below he is wearing two stainless steel Rolex Daytona models.



What is the deal with Maradona wearing two Rolex watches? Kinda reminds me of Seinfeld: "What is the deal with sky divers wearing helmets!?! Do they really think they are going to do anything?"





To see just how talented Maradona was, check out this crazy video that documents just some of his amazing soccer achievements.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sasha Luss Russian Model Rolex Coke GMT-Master



Rolex From A Woman's Perspective
by Maria

...Rolex Hotness...

Sasha Luss
Russian Super-Model
Rolex Coke GMT-Master

Here we have fashionista Sasha Luss doing what she does best, modeling a great fall look, which includes an oversized neutral sweater, skinnies, and a few of my favorite accessories including a gorgeous scarf and a Coke GMT-Master.  The Vintage Coke GMT goes with any casual look and offers a sporty look, perfect for any wardrobe in your fall line up.


Watch Sasha strut on the runway as she does so fiercely.  Sasha has modeled for Valentino, Vogue, and many other elite fashion houses.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Werner's Double Red SEA-DWELLER On A Blue NATO Strap


...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day...

Werner's Double Red SEA-DWELLER
On A Blue NATO Strap

Monday, July 7, 2014

Pele: The Greatest Soccer Player In History...





...The Greatest Soccer Player In History...

Rolex Super-Coolness

Pelé
The King Of Football

Gets A Kick Out Of 5 Decades Of Wearing Rolex

Since we are heading into the Finals for the FIFA World cup, and tomorrow we will be seeing Brazil compete against Germany, I thought I would share this story of the greatest soccer player in history, who just happens to be from Brazil. Pelé remains to date the only soccer player that has won the World Cup three times! 



In the world of Sports, there are players who are considered to be the best in history. In basketball we have Michael Jordan, who has also been a lifetime Rolex man; and in the world of soccer, Pelé is considered to be the all-time best. Pele has worn his trademark yellow-gold Rolex Day-Date for decades, as seen in this recent photo.

Pelé was born Edison "Edson" Arantes so Nascimento in October of 1940 in Brazil. During his amazing career which ran from 1956 to 1974 he scored 760 official goals, and 541 in league championships, thus, making him the top scorer of all time!!! In his career Pelé scored a total of 1281 goals in 1363 games. Pelé began playing for Santos Futebol Clube in 1956, and stayed with them for almost two decades. In 1958, at 17 years of age, Pelé helped Brazil win its first World Cup. 



Pelé is widely considered to be not only the most famous soccer/football player in history, but also the best. To this day, Pelé is the winningest soccer player in FIFA World Cup history remaining the only player to have won 3 Wold Cup Winners' Medals (1958, 1962 and 1970). Pelé was also received a special recognition award from the FIFA World Cup for the title of "FIFA Player Of The Century."


Pelé is pictured below with David Beckham who is considered the greatest soccer player playing today. David Beckham is also a Rolex man and wears a Rolex DEEP-SEA.





Pelé's Amazing Career

Pelé was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil on October 21, 1940. Pelé's father was a soccer player and named oldest son after Thomas Edison. Edson was nicknamed Pelé when he was a young man, which was based upon his favorite soccer players name, who's nickname was Bilé.

Pelé was a young soccer prodigy and went on to become the greatest soccer player of the 20th Century!




Pelé Rolex and Brazil '66

48 years ago in 1966, in the vintage photos below, we see world-wide soccer superstar, Pelé wearing his Rolex Datejust. Pelé is most famous for wearing his trademark yellow gold Rolex Day-Date, but before he wore his Day-Date he wore a Rolex Datejust as seen in the two photos below.



For historical reference, it is interesting to note the Rolex watch
Pelé is wearing is the same one Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wore in that same time in history. Bill Cosby was also wearing his Pepsi GMT Master, this same year on I Spy.


Pelé's Trademark Bicycle Kick

In the next two photos we see Pelé executing his famous trademark "Bicycle-Kick."












In this next photo we see Pele with Muhammad Ali in 1977 in New York. What a photo!!!


In the next two recent photos we see Pele sporting his Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date that he typically wears.

In the next photo below, we see the visible clasp on the back of the Rolex "President" bracelet, which likely means Pelé acquired and has been wearing this Rolex Day-Date since sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s!!!



Stainless Steel Rolex Datejust

In this next photo below, we see Pele wearing a stainless steel Rolex that appears to be a Datejust on an Oyster Bracelet.















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