Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rolex Bubble-Back Unique Queen Mary Dial

Rolex Bubble-Back
Unique RMS Queen Mary Dial

John "Crash" Moittel is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World. He is also a Trustee of

He wrote in recently to share some fascinating insight on is RISitus condition. John said:

"Here is a very interesting item that may now be unique—and as such—may be of interest to you. It’s a Rolex “Queen Mary.” I am attaching some photos. The photos didn’t catch it, but in actuality, the name “Queen Mary” is clearly visible on the bow of the ship image."

Seeing this beauty for the first time took my breath away! To the best of my recollection, this is the earliest known "Exotic Dial" Rolex, or, in other words, Rolex dial with graphics on it.

The RMS Queen Mary Ocean Liner is pictured below as she cruises by Manhattan back in the 1930s.

John continued: 

"You seem like the most prolific and eclectic RISitus victim around my newly discovered field of interest so I’d be interested in any medications that you can recommend &/or what you think about my affliction."

RISitus, if you are not familiar with the term, stems from the term WISitus, which is a condition of sorts. "WIS" is the acronym for "Watch Idiot Savant", thus "RIS" is the acronym for "Rolex Idiot Savant". This is a condition I have happily suffered from for four decades now ;-)

John, my best advice is to "Keep Truckin'!!!". WISitus and RISitus, are some of the best conditions one can suffer from, as the cornerstone of them is The Spirit Of Inquiry, or if I am speakin' wif a cockney accent  (fink: Michael Caine), The Spirit Of Enquiry :-) Definition:

RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line (known as Cunard-White Star Line when the vessel entered service). Built by John Brown & Companyin Clydebank, Scotland, Queen Mary along with her running mate, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between SouthamptonCherbourg, and New York City. The two ships were a British response to the superliners built by German and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Queen Mary was the flagship of the Cunard Line from May 1936 until October 1946 when she was replaced in that role by Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and captured the Blue Riband in August of that year; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952 when she was beaten by the new SS United States. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Alliedsoldiers for the duration of the war.

Following the war Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service and along with Queen Elizabeth commenced the two-ship transatlantic passenger service for which the two ships were initially built. The two ships dominated the transatlantic passenger transportation market until the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s. By the mid-1960s, Queen Mary was ageing and, though still among the most popular transatlantic liners, was operating at a loss.

After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. She left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United States, where she remains permanently moored. Much of the machinery, including one of the two engine rooms, three of the four propellers, and all of the boilers, were removed. The ship serves as a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum, and hotel. The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted the Queen Mary as part of the Historic Hotels of America.[2]

Monday, September 28, 2015

Roy's Big Crown Rolex Submariner

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

Roy's Big Crown Rolex Submariner

It never ceases to amaze me, how absolutely timeless Rolex watch design is. Take for instance this vintage Rolex Submariner from the 1950s. In particular, I was tripping on how much modern Rolex watches have been inspired by past design. Notice this 1950s Rolex Submariner, essentially has a Supercase, which Rolex brought back when then they introduced the ceramic Submariner.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bond v. Bond Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery

The Official Trailer for the upcoming James Bond movie named SPECTRE was just released, and you can see it below. SPECTRE hits theaters on November 6, 2015!!!

Bond v. Bond
Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery

I have been working on a huge update to my "Complete History Of James Bond Watches—The Definitive Guide", and when I came across the following image of Sean Connery wearing his Rolex Submariner, it jogged my memory and made me remember a similar posed beach shot with Daniel Craig.

And by the way, since the Queen has been calling Sean Connery, "Sir" he's still looking pretty cool on the beach. In the photo below we see Sir Sean Connery in a recent Louis Vuitton photo shot by Annie Leibovitz.

In the photo below we see Sean Connery with Ursula Andress on the set of the 1962 James Bond Mega-hit entitled, Dr. No., and Sean is sporting his Rolex Submariner.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 Overhaul & Relaunch
Overhaul & Relaunch

My longtime pal and fellow Rolex-Fanatic, Sheldon Smith just completed a super-detailed overhaul of his Rolex-centric website named Minus4Plus6 is a superb online resource for all things Rolex including great how-to's, as well as Rolex reference materials, as well as great watch reviews and comparisons. I highly recommend you check it out!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rolex Macro Shot of the Day: Explorer II

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

Macro Magic
Rolex Coronet

Photo Credit: Chris B.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Liza Minnelli Yellow Gold Date Lady Datejust...

Academy Award Winner For Best Actress

...Rolex SuperStar Hotness...

Liza Minnelli
Yellow Gold Date Lady Datejust

Liza Minnelli is an absolute SuperStar! She is one of the very few people in history to win an Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy Award. Liza Minelli is pictured below with Sammy Davis Jr., and she is wearing her yellow goal Rolex Ladies Date. Sammy Davis Jr., also wore many different Rolex watches.

Liza Minnelli's mother was Judy Garland, who was also achieved extreme success in her lifetime, beginning with her role as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz. In the video below we see Judy and Liza (Mother and Daughter) perform together in 1964, live at the London Palladium!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Like Father Like Son: Arnold & Patrick Schwarzenegger

...All In The Family...

Arnold, Maria & Patrick Schwarzenegger
Like Father & Mother—Like Son

Arnold Shwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were married and have four children—two girls and two boys. Patrick Schwarzenegger is the oldest boy and and we see him pictured below in a recent shot sporting a Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner with a Ceramic bezel.

Like Father—Like Son: Arnold Shwarzenegger is pictured below around the same age as his son is today, and we see him wearing his Rolex GMT-Master on a Jubilee Bracelet.

Arnold Shwarzenegger is pictured below with Maria Shriver when then first started dating, and we see him wearing his Yellow-Gold Rolex GMT-Master.

Like Mother—Like Son: In the photo below, we see Arnold Shwarzenegger with his wife, Maria Shriver, who is wearing a 36MM Rolex Day-Date. Maria Shriver is a Kennedy, and many of her fellow Kennedy relatives also wear Rolex.

Friday, September 18, 2015

1966 Rolex Ladies Magazine Ad

...Rolex Hotness...

1966 Rolex Ladies Magazine Ad

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Rolex Macro Shot of the Day: Daytona Detail...

Daytona Detail

Champthekid took this fantastic shot of his Rolex Daytona reference number 16520 between the lugs.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rolex Hotness: Cheryl Tiegs The First Supermodel In History

...Rolex Hotness...

Cheryl Tiegs
The First Supermodel In History

T. Walker Lloyd, who is a former Rolex executive did a podcast interview with me where he told a great story about Cheryl Tiegs and he mentioned her Rolex and you can see she is wearing a Rolex Lady-Date in the photo below (Ladies, Rolex President).

Cheryl Tiegs was not only a successful supermodel, but also extremely successful as a brand ambassador for companies like Olympus Camera, and she even had her own designer signature clothing and accessory line at Sears, which from 1980 to 1989 sold close to a Billion dollars!

Cheryl Tiegs wore at least two different Rolex watches. She wore a Rolex Lady-Date on a President Bracelet, as well as two-tone Ladies Datejust.

Cheryl Tiegs became the worlds first real Supermodel in the 1970s and she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated many times.

Cherly Tiegs is pictured below with her famous husband and fashion photographer, Peter Beard, who at the time was wearing a men's Rolex Datejust.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thomas's Rolex SEA Dweller

Thomas's Rolex SEA Dweller

Thomas is a member of Jake's Rolex World Facebook Group, and he recently posted this great photo of his Rolex SEA-DWELLER, which I thought was so cool, I decided to post it here!!! It looks like Thomas took it on a jet-ski...If you are not a member of Jake's Rolex World Facebook Group, be sure to join up. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

2009 SuperCase Rolex GMT Master II Ad Yellow Gold with Ceramic Bezel Insert

2009 SuperCase Rolex GMT Master II Ad
Yellow Gold with Ceramic Bezel Insert

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Stefano Mazzariol: Rolex Brevet: Crown On Crown

Stefano Mazzariol
Rolex Macro Studio Shot Of The Day
Rolex Brevet: Crown On Crown

Friday, September 11, 2015

Rolex Coolness: Jean-Claude Killy-Stainless Steel Rolex GMT Master II

...Rolex Ultra Super-Coolness... 

Jean-Claude Killy
Stainless Steel Rolex GMT Master II
Rolex Board Member

I have been meaning to put together a comprehensive article on life-long Rolex Ambassador, Jean-Claude Killy, in the same way I wrote a detailed overview of Sir Jackie Stewart's lifetime career as a Rolex Ambassador. Following is an overview of Jean-Claude Killy's life as a Rolex Ambassador. In the future, as time permits, I will continue to update this amazing man's life story until it is complete.

Jean-Claude Killy is one of the greatest skiers in history, if not the greatest. He swept the 1968 Winter Olympics by winning three gold medals in alpine events. Today, Jean-Claude is still deeply involved with Rolex serving as a member of the Rolex board of directors. 

1968 Winter Olympic Super Champion

Jean-Claude Killy won 12 out of 16 World Cup races during the 1966-1967 racing season. Next, at the 1968 Winter Olympic games in Grenoble, France, he won not only won the good medal in Downhill, but also swept in the Giant Slalom, and Slalom to achieve his Alpine sweep.

The Real Speed Racer

Jean-Claude Killy was really into racing and cars even before he won at the 1968 winter Olympics. We see Jean-Claude pictured below in March of 1967, when he visited racing legend and specialty car maker, Carroll Shelby. Jean-Claud is pictured below posing with a 1967 Shelby GT500. Jean-Claude ended up driving the GT500 at the Riverside track racing school. 

We see Jean-Claude Killy pictured below 1968 rockin' his Porsche 911 around the Nürburgring racetrack in a 1000KM race.

We see Jean-Claude pictured below in 1969 at L-Mans with race car legend, and fellow Frenchman, Bob Wolleck. Before becoming a race car driver, Bob Wollek was also a member of the French National Skiing Team between 1966-1968.

How cool does Jean-Claude Killy look in the photo above with the cool shades, muscle-T, and Levi's rockin' a Rolex Day-Date. Talk about Super-Cool French Style!!!

In this next photo we see Jean-Claude pictured at L-Mans with Steve McQueen.

1969 Chevy Camaro

Speaking Of Jean-Claude Killy coolness, I love this Killy ad for the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible with the skis on the back of the convertible and the hotness riding shotgun =D

Jean-Claude Killy is pictured below in 1972, at Appalachian Ski Mountain, which was the first of many visits he made to the French Swiss Ski Collect, located at the Bowling Rock Resort.

The Rolex Explorer II 
Orange Hand Ads
Reference 1655

I realize the ad above is hard to read, and here is what it says:

Robust and versatile. Rolex Explorer II meets your need for timekeeping integrity in high mountain skiing. Choice of Jean-Claude Killy, three time Olympic gold medalist in the same year. This self-winding, officially certified superlative chronometer in stainless steel with matching bracelet is also pressure-proof in its formed Oyster case down to 300 feet. A luminous red hour hand points exact time on fixed 24 hour bezel. Like championship racing, uncommon endurance is built into Explorer II.

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

1971 Rolex Explorer II
Reference 1655

I thought since we just saw three Jean-Claude Killy Rolex Ads for the Rolex Explorer II Orange hand, it would make sense to take a closer look at the reference. Rolex introduced the Explorer II in 1971, and it had an orange hand to keep track of the time in a second time zone, and was also designed to enable the wearer to read a 24 hour clock to be able to determine the am/pm in the dark in caves, or at the North or South Pole. A few years ago, Rolex brought back the orange hand Rolex Explorer II, which is based upon this cool retro-design.

Jean-Claude Killy
1974 French Rolex Datejust Ad

Even though the Rolex ad below is for a yellow gold Rolex Datejust, it appears Jean-Claude is wearing a yellow gold Day-Date in the photo.

Jean Claude Killy
Rolex Magazine ad from 1983

1987 Jean-Claude Killy
Olympic Skiing Superstar

"I don't think I'll ever want to slow down" –Jean-Claude Killy

In 1968, Jean-Claude Killy brought home three Olympic gold medals. In 1992, he brought the Olympic games themselves.

A successful businessman, as well as one of France's best-known sports figures, Killy was chosen to spearhead the drive that brought the Winter Olympics to his beloved Sovoie.

"The training that I went through to become a ski racer proved invaluable to me when I entered the business world, and the same proved true in organizing the Winter Games." Killy says, "As an athlete I learned to value of hours of planning and being able to juggle several projects at once."

Today, Killy faces the hurdles of business with the same confidence he had on the ski slopes. "Being an entrepreneur isn't easy," he notes, "but I could never see myself doing anything else. I love the excitement, the idea that there's a different challenge waiting every day.

"In life, as in skiing, timing is everything." Killy says. Which is why both on the slopes and off Killy wears a timepiece he can rely on: his Rolex Oyster timepiece.