Friday, July 31, 2015

A Beautiful Rolex Moonphase 1952 Reference 6062


A Beautiful Rolex Moonphase
1952 Reference 6062

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

U.S. National Archives Releases 911 Photos of U.S. Vice President Cheney


...Rolex President History...




U.S. National Archives Releases 911 Photos of 

U.S. Vice President 
Dick Cheney
Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date

There has always been a great deal of mystery surrounding the events of September 11, 2001 (commonly referred to as 911), and in particular, around the events as they occurred in the White House on that frightful day. On Friday of this last week the U.S. National Archives released the first images ever seen of then U.S Vice President Dick Cheney as he watched the events of the 911 terrorist attacks unfold in the White House as well as photos of what occurred later that day and evening, and of course he was wearing his trademark Rolex Day-Date model, which is commonly referred to as The Rolex President.


Rolex has a current marketing campaign that says, "A Rolex Not Only Tells Time, It Tells History", and these photos clearly stand testament to this fact. The photos were taken by Dick Cheney's staff photographer, and they showcase how the Bush Administration responded to the 911 terrorist attacks, both before and after President Bush arrived back in Washington D.C.




The majority of photos were taken inside the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) which is located in a subterranean basement underneath the White House in Washington D.C. The photos were released under the Freedom Of Information Act, based upon a request from a producer for video appearing on the PBS TV documentary series named Frontline.


You can view all 356 photos from The National Archive on their Flickr page.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stefano Mazzariol: Rolex Reference 6234


Stefano Mazzariol
Rolex Chronograph: Grandfather Of The Rolex Daytona
[Reference 6234]

The Rolex Chronograph Reference 6234 was introduced in 1955–coincidentally, the same years Rolex introduced the Rolex GMT Master.

The Rolex Chronograph Reference 6234 was made from 1955 to 1961, and during those 6 years Rolex averaged approximately 500 per year. The Reference 6234 is the great grandfather of the modern stainless steel Rolex Daytona.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Rolex Triple Date Chronograph The Most Complicated Rolex Ever Made


Rolex Triple Date Chronograph 
The Most Complicated Rolex Ever Made
[Reference 6236]

The Rolex 6236 Triple-Date Chronometer is a beautifully designed complicated Rolex. The thing that surprised me when I first saw one in person was how small it was!!! I was expecting it to me like a modern Rolex Daytona at 40mm but it could not have been more than 36mm. If Rolex were to bring this beauty back to life and add a moon phase, that would be one really cool watch!!!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Steve Guerdat 2012 Olympic Jumping Champion Rolex Day-Date


...Rolex Super-Coolness...

Steve Guerdat
2012 Olympic Jumping Champion
Rolex Day-Date + Rose Gold Daytona

Steve Guerdat is a Swiss born Olympic jumping champion. He was born in 1982 and at age seven began training with his father, Philippe Guedat. Steve Guerdat won the 2012 Olympic Jumping Championships and is the first Swiss rider to win a gold Olympic medal in jumping since 1924!!!









Dark Chocolate Daytona
Rose Gold with All-New Ceramic Bezel

Steve Guerdat is wearing a Datejust in the first photo in this story, and when he is riding he wears a Rose Gold Rolex Daytona with a brown dial, which also has a ceramic bezel.





Thursday, July 16, 2015

I WANT A GOOD WATCH!!! 1961 Rolex Submariner Brochure: Reference 5512


...Rolex Zeitgeist...

I WANT A GOOD WATCH!!!
1961 Rolex Submariner Brochure
[Reference 5512]

This 1961 Rolex Submariner Brochure seems to perfectly sum up the essence of Rolex. It was printed a year after the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf passed away, and thus I believe it best reflects his intentions, brand ethos, essence and zeitgeist...Read it and decide for yourself...I think this pretty much sums it all up!!!!


Notice on the page above it still says "Havana" since Rolex was still in Cuba, and also notice on the bottom of the right page below, it reefers to the Rolex Submariner as being "designed for Deep Sea Diving and all Aquatic Activities. 



Rolex Coolness: Jake Gyllenhaal All-New Rolex Stainless Supercase Submariner...


...Rolex Coolness...

Jake Gyllenhaal
Rolex Stainless Supercase Ceramic Submariner

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dr. Strong's Paul Newman Daytona


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

Dr. Strong's Paul Newman Daytona



Sunday, July 12, 2015

John McEnroe, Roger Federer & Björn Borg



...Rolex Super-Coolness...

John McEnroe, Roger Federer & Björn Borg

Generations of Wimbledon Champions Wearing Rolex

Roger Federer won the Wimbledon gentlemen's semifinals year before last, and last year he lost in the finals Novak Djokovic. To date he is considered to be the greatest tennis player in history, and tomorrow he has another rendezvous with destiny to potentially break another Wimbledon record when he challenges Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon gentleman's finals. To date, Roger Federe is tied with Pete Sampras for having won the greatest number of Wimbledon gentleman's championships at 7 each. If he wins tomorrow, he will stand alone with eight wins. 

There are very few men that have won the coveted wimbledon title multiple times, and in the photo below we see Roger Federer with tennis legends John McEnroe and Björn Borg. McEnroe won Wimbledon three times in 1981, 1983 and 1984. Borg won Wimbledon five times, in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.


Tomorrow's tournament represents Federer's 26th Grand Slam final. Roger Federer won his first Wimbledon title when he was only 21 years old, eleven years ago on July 6, 2003. Roger Federer is pictured below chatting with fellow tennis legend, Björn Borg. 


One of the most outstanding achievements of Roger Federer's career is that unlike John McEnroe and Björn Borg, Federer never stopped playing world-class tennis. Both John McEnroe and Björn Borg never won a major tennis tournament after the age of 25, yet Roger has and continues to play superb tennis. As Frank Sinatra once said, "Good things endure."





...Now & Then...

John McEnroe and Björn Borg

John McEnroe and Björn Borg have remained friends over the decades and we see them below in a recent photo.


In the photo below taken back in the early 1980s we see Björn Borg and John McEnroe and the are both wearing Rolex Datejust watches.


In the photo below we see Björn Borg with fellow tennis legends, Vitas Gerulaitus and John McEnroe, and we see McEnroe wearing his Rolex Datejust.





Björn Borg
The First Rockstar Tennis Player
A Lifetime Of Wearing Rolex

Björn Borg is considered to be on of the greatest and most iconic professional tennis players in history. 


In the photo below taken four decades ago we see Björn Borg sporting a Rolex Datjust on a Jubilee bracelet.


In the recently taken photos below we see Björn Borg sporting a two-tone Rolex Submariner.





Friday, July 10, 2015

Roger Federer Headed To Wimbledon Finals


Roger Federer Headed To Wimbledon Finals

Roger Federer just won the Wimbledon 2015 Semifinals and has advanced to the Gentleman's Finals championships where he will face Novak Djokovic on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Unique Tudor Heritage Black Baby Model To Be Auctioned as One Watch 2015


...Tudor Super-Coolness...

Unique Tudor Heritage Black Baby Model
To Be Auctioned as One Watch 2015

Reference 7923/001


Tudor made a special one-of-a-kind Tudor Black Bay model for the Only Watch 2015 auction. The "Only Watch Action" is a special auction that offers unique watches from top brands. The Tudor Reference 7923/001 is based upon the original 1954 Tudor model with the Reference 7923. In other words, it is a homage to the original Tudor Submariner from 1954.




If we examine the photo above, we see the original Tudor Submariner Reference 7923 on the left from 1954. On the right, we see the unique Tudor Black Bay 2015 model 7923/001. Both have gilt dials, with pencil hands, also with the "lollipop" second hand. The 7923/001 also ads a single red dial designation as well as an upside-down red pyramid marker at 12 o'clock. Both of these elements came from original Rolex Submariner watches from the mid 1950s. It is also interesting to note that Tudor did not use the "Submariner" designation on the 2015 model. If you are not familiar with Tudor, it is a brand owned and produced by Rolex.




This unique Tudor Reference 7923/001 can be yours if you are the top bidder at the "Only Watch Action" which will be coming up on November 6, 2015 in Geneva. You can learn much more about the OnlyWatch.com organization and see more watches in this Bloomberg.com article.


By the way, the Tudor pictured above looks a lot like the Rolex Submariner Sean Connery is wearing in the photo in the next story below!

Update: The Tudor watch pictured above ended up selling for 375,000 Swiss Francs!!!!!!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sean Connery James Bond Rolex Submariner


...Rolex Super Coolness...


Sean Connery
James Bond Rolex Submariner

I am working on a big Sean Connery update in my thirteen part series named The Complete History Of James Bond Watches–The Definitive Guide. The never published before image from Thunderball as seen below will be included in the upcoming update and it shows Sean Connery wearing his iconic Rolex Submariner on an alligator strap.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Fleetwood Mac Keeping Time With Rolex



Fleetwood Mac
Keeping Time With Rolex

Fleetwood Mac is one of the most successful and iconic bands in history. Fleetwood Mac's blockbuster album, which was released in February of 1977 is considered to be one of the best selling albums of all time, only being outsold by Michael Jackson's Thriller and The Eagles Greatest Hits (1971-1975).



I remember the first time I ever saw Fleetwood Mac play live. It was on July 24,1976, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. I remember how amazing their music was and I remember how sexy and mesmerizing Stevie Nicks was on stage.

The video below, shot in 1977 features Fleetwood Mac singing their hit song "Dreams."

"Thunder Only Happens When It's Raining. Players only love you when their playing."








Stevie Nicks
Stainless & Gold Lady Datejust

At least four of Fleetwood Mac's members wear Rolex watches as seen below. Let's begin by looking at Stevie Nicks wearing a two-tone ladies Datejust.








Mick Fleetwood
Yellow Gold Rolex Submariner

Next lets look at Mick Fleetwood, founding drummer of Fleetwood Mac in a recent photos wearing his yellow gold Rolex Submariner. By the way, Mick Fleetwood is pictured on the cover of the Fleetwood Mac album Rumors, which is pictured at the beginning of this story.








John McVie
Stainless Steel Rolex GMT-Master
& Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date

John McVie was a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, as the Bass Player, and in this very groovy photo we see him wearing his Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master.



Christine Anne Perfect is pictured bellow with John McVie, whom she married in 1970, a year after she joined Fleetwood Mac as their first female singer. Christine McVie would go on to write many of Fleetwood Mac's famous hits.



John McVie is pictured below in 1967, just before joining Fleetwood Mac and he is wearing his Rolex GMT-Master. This photo was taken before he joined Fleetwood Mac, and at the time he was in a band named John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.





John McVie is pictured below, again in 1967 holding his Rolex GMT-Master in his hand.





John McVie was one of the founding members of Fleetwood Mac and he is pictured below on the far left, standing next to Mic Fleetwood. Notice John is still wearing his Rolex GMT-Master.







John McVie is pictured below in the late 1970s with Fleetwood Mac singer, Stevie Nicks. Notice John McVie is wearing a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.






In the Fleetwood Mac group portrait below we see John McVie on the far left wearing his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date, with his wife Christie McVie standing behind him. We also see Mick Fleetwood in the center with Lindsey Buckingham standing behind Stevie Nicks.





John McVie is pictured below in 1994 and notice he is wearing his Rolex GMT-Master, but this time it is on a Jubilee bracelet.






Christie McVie
Yellow Gold Ladies Datejust
and Yellow Gold Lady Date

Christie McVie was the first female singer in Fleetwood Mac and she was married to Fleetwood Mac base player, John McVie, who is pictured above. In the photo below from 1977 you can see Christie McVie wearing her yellow gold Rolex Lady-Date on President Bracelet.



In the next photo we see Christie McVie wearing her yellow gold Rolex Lady-Date on a Jubilee Bracelet.



In the Fleetwood Mac band portrait below we see from left to right, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mic Fleetwood, and Christie McVie wearing her yellow gold Lady Date on a Jubilee bracelet.




The two videos below feature Christie McVie singing lead vocals on two of Fleetwood Macs most iconic songs, the first being  "You Make Loving Fun" and the second being "Over My Head."



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