Saturday, January 18, 2014

Rolex Coolness: Dr. George Bass




The Complete History Of
The Rolex Submariner & SEA-DWELLER
Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean


Part 12: Professor George Bass
The Father of Underwater Archeology


"Each successive discovery is a tiny window to the past. If you have enough of these windows, the picture of antiquity that the ship reveals is extraordinary." –George Bass

2014 represents the 52th anniversary of Dr. George Bass' historic excavation of a total shipwreck which was the first time in history this was achieved. This brilliant achievement heralded a whole new era of underwater archaeology that significantly changed mankind's understanding of the ocean's and history.

There is nothing more fascinating on Jake's Rolex World than to actually "explore the explorer" by meeting and speaking with famous history-changing Rolex Ambassadors which have appeared in Rolex ads in the past.

It is one thing to see them on a paper ad, and quite another to hear them share their own story, in their own words, in their own voice. On Jake's Rolex World we bring real Rolex history to life and go on a journey of substantial achievement with the actual explorers themselves.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to sit down and do a podcast interview with Dr. George Bass who appears in the vintage Rolex ad below.



Professor Bass and I had an amazing conversation and you will get to listen once I get the chance to edit and publish it. In the podcast Dr. Bass takes us from his childhood dream up to present.


Dr. George Bass is considered to be the Father Of Underwater Archeology and in his interview we will learn the story of his fascinating personal oddyssey through his life.


Dr. Bass is a world-class scientist and explorer. He is also a man of amazing achievement and as we see in the photo below taken in 1977 he is wearing his trademark Rolex Submariner.


In the next photo of Professor George Bass, he is examining weights from an 11th Century Byzantine Merchant Shipwreck Excavation. Notice he is wearing his two-tone Rolex Submariner.


Return To The Titanic Dive in 2003

For any DEEP-SEA diver and certainly for The Father Of Underwater Archeology, going down to explore the Titanic in its water-grave has to be a super-career-highlight and that is exactly what Dr. George Bass completed in 2003.


In 2003 Dr. George Bass participated on an expedition to return to explore the RMS Titanic. In photos I have seen of the Titanic expeditions I have seen it is amazing how many of the explorer's are wearing Rolex sport watches–everything from GMT Master, to Daytona to Submariner models.

In the photo below we see Dr. George Bass on the far left with Victor Nischeta from the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology who is the Mir submersible pilot. Of course the Mir submersible is behind them in the photo. On the far right, we see Captain Craig McLean, who was the Director of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office Of Ocean Exploration.

In the photo below we see, from left to right, Larry Murphy, U.S. National Park Service, Submerged Cultural Resources Unit, with Captain Craig McLean, who was the Director of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office Of Ocean Exploration, and Dr. George Bass on the far right. Notice that Captain Craig McLean is wearing his Rolex Submariner.

In the podcast I completed with Dr. Bass he spoke about his trip down to the Titanic and he mentioned this photo that was taken of him reading Clive Cussler's Raise The Titanic which was taken just feet away from the actual RMS Titanic on the ocean floor.

By saying "just a few feet away" I mean Dr. Bass is in a submersible 12,000 Feet or 2.5 miles (4km) below the ocean surface off the coast of Newfoundland. By the way, you can't see it in this photo but Dr. Bass told me he was wearing his Rolex Submariner when this photo was taken.

The photo below is basically what Dr. George Bass would see if he was looking out the window of the Mir Submersible when this photo was taken. What we see below is a photo of railing on the Titanic.

Dr. Bass is an amazing gentle man with an unbelievable set of career achievements.



Former Rolex executive and oceanographic consultant, T. Walker Lloyd used to dive with George Bass.



Update: National Geographic just published a fascinating retrospective named "Fifty Years of Shipwreck Excavation Opens New Windows On History," which explores Dr. Bass' amazing career achievements.

In the future, as time permits, I will be significantly extending this article with more photos as well as my podcast interview with Dr. Bass.











The Complete History Of
The Rolex Submariner & SEA-DWELLER
Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rolex Coolness: Richard Leakey 1985 Polar Explorer with White Gold Indice


...Rolex Coolness...

Richard Leakey
1985 Polar Explorer with White Gold Indices

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Colin Chapman: Founder Of Lotus Cars


Colin Chapman
Founder Of Lotus Cars
A Passion For Sports Cars & Rolex

Colin Chapman was born in 1928 and passed away in 1982. Colin was a highly influential British designer, inventor and automotive industry maverick.


Chapman founded the Lotus Car Company in 1952 and was a revolutionary designer in the world of Formula One innovation. Among many of his innovative achievements was using struts as a rear suspension device. As we see in the photo below, Colin is pictured sporting his trademark yellow gold Rolex Day-Date which kept the time of his life.

"To add speed, add lightness." –Colin Chapman

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Art Deco Rolex Curvex



Art Deco Rolex Curvex





This Art Deco Rolex from the late 1920s seems to have an American Indian theme which is really interesting.



Photo Credit: American Heritage

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Matthew Weiner Vintage Rolex Explorer


....Rolex Super Coolness...

Matthew Weiner
MAD MEN Producer

Vintage Rolex Explorer

Matthew Weiner is an American writer, director and producer who is best known as the creator of the TV Show MAD MEN, which is on the AMC Channel. MAD MEN is one of the most successful TV series in history and to date it has won 15 Emmy Awards!!!


Matthew was also a writer and producer for the HBO mega-hit, The Sopranos. Matthew Weiner is pictured sbovr wearing his vintage Rolex Explorer.
Back in September of 2010, I documented how the star of MAD MEN, Jon Hamm's character, Donald Draper was wearing a vintage Rolex Explorer as seen in the images below. If you look closely, it appears it is the exact same watch!!!

By the way, the sixth season of MAD MEN debuted last night on AMC.



In the photo below, we see the watch in the photo above, zoomed-in significantly and we can make a positive I.D., and confirm it is a Rolex Explorer since we can make out the 3, 6, and 9 Arabic markers on the dial.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rolex Fashion Shot of the Day: Uli's LV Submainer...


Green On Green
Uli's LV Rolex Submariner

As the editor of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog I'm probably not supposed to talk about my favorite Rolex, but I will tell you it is the Rolex 50th Anniversary LV Submariner.

To my way of thinking The LV Submariner has the perfect balance of timeless Rolex design language and a colorful, charismatic vibe. I think the green bezel insert is fun, sporty, novel and aquatic–and I love the Maxi-Markers and Fat Hands. This is a really cool color combination–assuming you are not afraid of color.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Month: Ryan's United Arab Emirates GMT


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

Ryan's United Arab Emirates GMT
Very Rare Blueberry Bezel on a NATO

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rolex Coolness: Adam Scott Rolex Golf Ambassador Two Tone Datejust


...Rolex Coolness...

Adam Scott
Rolex Golf Ambassador

Two-Tone Rolex Datejust

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Paul Newman Daytona In The Sun: Dr. Strong's Rolex Exotic Dial Daytona


A Paul Newman Daytona In The Sun
Dr. Strong's Rolex Exotic Dial Daytona

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