Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher Belongs To The Ages




...A Rolex Princess...


Carrie Fisher
Belongs To The Ages
1956-2016

Man, this is hard to write. It feels like a part of me died, having learned that Carrie Fisher passed away today... Obviously, Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia in THE Seminal Science Fiction movie, Star Wars. This was like a double-whamy, considering that so many other famous icons have recently passed away in 2016 including George Michael, Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra Jr., Garry Handling, Alan Thicke, Glenn Frey, Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder, Arnold Palmer, Merle Haggard, Morley Safer, Abe Vigoda, Edgar Mitchell, Prince, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Florence Henderson, John Glenn, Fidel Castro, David Bowie...


Carrie Fisher is pictured below with her then husband, Paul Simon, who is probably best know for his   band Simon & Garfunkel. Carrie Fisher is wearing her two-tone stainless steel and gold Rolex Ladies Datejust in the photo below.










Princess Leia
1977


Star Wars debuted in movie theaters in 1977 and completely blew everybody's mind. It was like NOTHING anybody had ever seen before. 



As you probably know, or can tell, I am a Rolex fanatic of the highest order. I have worn a Rolex watch since I was 16 years old. When I was 14 or so, when I first became aware of Rolex, I was fascinated with the timeless and iconic design language behind Rolex. Ever since then, I have obsessed fanatically and passionately over Rolex.




I am also a Star Wars fanatic of the highest order. I saw Star Wars when it was originally released in 1977 in movie theaters. I was 11 years old at the time, so I was old enough to understand what was going on, but young and naive enough to completely immerse myself in the virtual reality of the movie. Star Wars was like NOTHING I, or anybody else had ever seen. It completely shocked me in a fantastic way, and was probably responsible for radically expanding the depth of my imagination. That is why, when I first found out Carrie Fisher had died, I was shocked!!! To me, Carrie Fisher was like a member of my family, that I grew up with, and knew well.










Empire Strikes Back
1980



The first two images pictured below show Carrie Fisher with Harrison Ford at an Empire Strikes Back press conference. In this first photo we get a very clear shot of Harrison Ford's stainless steel Rolex Datejust.






On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone
July 24, 1980






An Affair To Rember

On the Rolling Stone cover above, we see Harrison Ford wearing his Rolex Datejust, and in the image below we see Harrison kissing Cary Fisher, with Mark Hamill looking on. I remember Cary Fisher saying she and Harrison Ford had an affair offscreen, which obviously explains that look on her face below :-o


The screen grab below on the right is from the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. I could not help but notice how similar, but opposite it looks to the picture above, of Harrison Ford hugging Carrie Fisher. In the photo above Harrison Ford is being engaged in a kiss by Carrie Fisher. In the photo below he is consoling her. Completely unrelated, but highly symbolic and fascinating nonetheless. 


In the videos below Carrie Fisher talks about her affair with Harrison Ford. In the first video, Carrie Fisher is interview by Ellen DeGeneres, who is a huge Rolex fanatic, and we see here wearing a Rolex Professional watch in the video.







The Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher's tell-all book, The Princess Diarist was published recently on November 22, 2016, and goes into great detail about her affair with Harrison Ford. At the time Harrison Ford was 14 years older than Carrie Fisher, and he was married with two children. In her book, she goes into great detail about how distant and aloof Harrison Ford was, when they weren't making love.


Their affair lasted 3 months while they were shooting the original Star Wars: A New Hope movie in London at Elstree Studios.

As is often the case, the backstory in just as interesting and intriguing as Star Wars itself. In other words, forty years later, learning about this backstory adds a completely different dimension to Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. 




Keep in mind that NOBODY had any idea that Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had an affair. So this recent revelation is on the one hand not surprising, but shocking at the same time. As previously mentioned, they were filming the first STAR WARS movie, that was titled STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. Carrie Fisher referred to her affair with Harrison Ford as 'A 3-month-1-night stand.'







Return Of The Jedi

1983





The photo below shows Carrie Fisher on the set of Return Of The Jedi in 1982, hanging out wth production assistant Charles Wessler, and notice she is wearing her two-tone Rolex Datejust on her wrist.




Carrie Fisher is pictured below, taking a photo, in a photo from The New York Post that was taken on June 3, 1982. In this photos we get a very clear shot of her Rolex Jubilee Bracelet.






When Harry Met Sally


When people think of Carrie Fisher, the first thing that comes to mind is her role as Princess Leia, but her acting and screenplay writing skills took her far beyond Star Wars. Carrie Fisher was in the famous comedy movie, 'When Harry Met Sally' which stared Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.







Postcards From The Edge

Carrie Fisher wrote the screenplay for the 1990 his movie named 'Postcards From The Edge' which stared Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine, who are pictured below with Carrie Fisher. Postcards From The Edge, was an autobiographical story about Carrie Fisher's life experience with her mother Debbie Reynolds. Notice Meryl Streep is also wearing a Rolex ladies Datejust model just like Carrie's, which makes sense as Meryl Streep played Carrie Fisher's character in the movie. 






Star Wars
The Force Awakens



Official Trailer

Below is the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer for last years Mega Hit that Carrie Fisher reprised her role as Princess Leia in. On a positive note, Carrie Fisher completed filming all her scenes for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, which is the ninth Star Wars movie, and which will appear in theaters in the future!!!





Debbie Reynolds
Dies Of Broken Heart 
1 Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher

It has been said, there is nothing worse than a parent outliving their child. In an ironic twist of fate, Carrie Fisher's mother, Hollywood acting legend and icon, Debbie Reynolds died the day after Carrie Fisher.  An obvious question is whether or not Debbie Reynolds died of a broken heart? Her son Todd Fisher, who was Carrie's brother said, she talked about how much she missed Carrie, and then she died. 


This reminds me of a mother/daughter story I would like to share with you. About ten years ago, I had a friend named Susan, who had a daughter named Angel, who was eight years old at the time. The three of us were hanging-out together and Susan was doting on her daughter Angel. Susan was telling Angel how much she loved her, and she told her to be careful. Then she said, "I love you so much Angel!!! If anything ever happened to you, I would just die!?!! I would follow you straight to Heaven." I remember thinking how beautiful Susan's love was for her daughter was, and it appears in this case that Debbie actually followed Carrie...Sad, but Sweet :-)(

Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher are pictured below.  Debbie Reynolds appeared in many iconic movies like, "Singing In The Rain."


Todd Fisher is pictured above and below with his sister Carrie Fisher, and mother Debbie Reynolds. 


Todd posted this image on Twitter just after his sister and mother passed away. The drawing imagines what they are up to now, and notice both of them are dressed in their most iconic movie outfits. Carrie as Princess Leia in Star Wars, and Debbie as Kathy Selden in her Singin' In The Rain attire:



The backstory was that Debbie Reynolds and her son Todd Fisher were working on the details of Carrie Fisher's funeral, and Debbie turned to her son Todd, and said, "I miss her so much. I want to be with Carrie." Within hours, Debbie Fisher had a stroke, and was gone. Notice in the drawing by Rick LaChance, that Debbie's figure has cast away her umbrella as she and Carrie are facing a bright light.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Macro & Studio Shot Of The Day: Black and Blue Ceramic Bezel GMT-Master



...Macro & Studio Shot Of The Day...

Stainless Steel GMT
Black and Blue Ceramic Bezel
40MM Reference 116710BLNR





Sunday, December 25, 2016

Have A Groovy COMEX Christmas...



Have A Groovy COMEX Christmas

And A Very Happy New Year



Founder Of COMEX, Henri-Germain Delauze [1970]

The COMEX Christmas Card seen below was sent out in 1979. You can learn a great deal about the special relationship between ROLEX and COMEX by clicking here.





Founder Of COMEX, Henri-Germain Delauze [2008]

Rolex Hologram Photo Of The Day: Christmas Colors


Rolex Hologram Photo Of The Day
Christmas Colors

Ralph took these amazing photos of the Rolex Hologram sticker on the back of his Rolex which reminds me of Christmas Tree lights...


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Rolex Holiday Shot of the Season: Santa's Got A New Sled


Santa's Got A Cool Red Sleigh...

It looks like Santa dropped a few pounds and traded in his sleigh for a Ferrari F430 Spyder convertible. Of course he is wearing a Rolex Submariner ;-)

Friday, December 23, 2016

King Kong Rolex Christmas



King Kong For Christmas Poster

Jeff Bridges 
Rolex Submariner
1976

The James Bond Christmas poster I just published reminded me of this 1976 King Kong Christmas Launch poster, which starred Jeff Bridges wearing his stainless steel Rolex Submariner so I thought I would post it.





Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Christmas Present From James Bond...



A Christmas Present 
from James Bond
1974

Last month I completed a major update to the Roger Moore Chapter in The James Bond Rolex Story, so I thought I would share this 1974 James Bond, Christmas Present movie poster from, The Man With The Golden Gun. Or course, Roger Moore wore his Rolex Submariner in this movie...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Vintage Coca Cola Ads...



Vintage Coca-Cola Christmas

Rolex and Coca Cola have many attributes in common. They are both classic, timeless and iconic. Many of the Rolex Professional Sport watches have nicknames that have become associated with them over the years, and the Rolex GMT-Master with a Black and Red bezel insert is typically referred to as "The Coke GMT". The photo below shows a Rolex "Coke" with Christmas ornaments, and it was taken by Dan Pierce. (BTW: The GMT-Master with a Red and Blue bezel insert is typical referred to as a "Rolex Pepsi GMT."



I love these vintage Coca-Cola Christmas ads from way back when. They remind me of my childhood. Yes, I actually used to put together an old electric train set from the 1950s when I was a kid ;-) Now that I think about it, Coca-Cola as a brand has much in common with Rolex in the sense they are both timeless and classic...



1938 Coca Cola Christmas Ad




1941 Coca Cola Christmas Ad



1945 Coca Cola Ad
Have A Coke



1952 Coca Cola Ad



1967 Coca Cola Holidays Ad



1970 Coca Cola Ad
It's The Real Thing. Coke.

As they say, "There's nothing like the real thing" and this vintage Coca Cola Ad from 1970 brings back many great memories!!!




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Vintage Rolex Christmas Ads...



The Vintage Rolex Christmas Ads

Viewing Rolex Christmas Ads Through Time

I hope everybody is having a great holiday season! Every year, around Christmas time, I publish this Rolex Christmas ad story, and each year I significantly update it. This year is no exception, and I just completed a major update including photos of Hans Wilsdorf from the 1940s, to acompany his 1948 Season's Greeting from Rolex Founder, Hans Wilsdorf!!! I can hear the Nutcracker Suite playing in the background ;-)

Rolex used to publish Rolex Christmas ads, but I don't recall ever seeing one in a magazine in my lifetime. It is interesting to note the Rolex Christmas magazine ads only ran while Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex was alive.



1928 Rolex Christmas Ad


This first Rolex magazine ad from Rolex is from 1928, and it is fascinating for many reasons. First, Rolex had already been in business for almost a quarter of a century when this ad was published. There is only one Rolex Oyster model that appears in this ad, as Rolex had just successfully introduced the Oyster as the worlds first waterproof watch, one short year earlier in 1927. The Rolex Oyster is pictured in the upper right-hand-corner, and it has a classic cushion case, with soldiered on lugs, which looks very art-deco and Panerai-like. 



Also, notice there are no classic round Oyster cases in this ad. In other words, there are no watches in this ad that look like contemporary Rolex watches. Instead, we old see highly stylized cases, with lots of curves and right angles. Also notice the now classic five point Rolex crown logo is completely absent, despite having been registered three years earlier in 1925. If you examine the ad, you also notice none of the Rolex models have names yet—just numbers, like No. 5, No. 12, and No. 40.




1930 Beautiful Rolex Christmas Ad

This next stunning art-deco vintage Rolex ad from 1930 that features a woman sporting the flapper look. It was published in the British publication named "The Tatler" in 1930. This ad was published at a fascinating and optimistic time in Rolex history. Several years prior, Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex had recently completely revolutionized the world of watches, when Rolex introduced the worlds first waterproof watch, known as the Rolex Oyster. Notice in this ad, it is the first time we see The Rolex Prince Model. Also notice the Rolex 5-point crown logo is absent, despite having been registered five years earlier in 1925.





I believe this beautiful ad reflects Rolex absolute optimism at this time. Notice how the ad uses the term wristlet instead of the commonly used term of of today which is 'wrist watch'.




1934 Precise Time On The Arm Ad


This next Rolex holiday ad from 1934 is also very interesting. Notice we see the Rolex crown sprinkled all over the the ad, and the 'ROLEX' typeface is not much bolder. We also see the addition of names to describe the models, including The Rolex Prince & Rolex Princess models. In this ad we also see for the first time, the classic round dial Rolex Oyster Perpetual case, which is similar to what we see today with most Rolex watch models. Rolex had only recently brought to market the Rolex Oyster 'Perpetual' model, which was the first watch to be able to wind itself automatically, from by capturing the movement from a persons arm. The slogan under the Rolex name and crown logo reads, "Precise Time On The Arm."




It took Rolex 20 years before they came up with their crown logo which they introduced in 1925. If you examine all of the ads, which run from 1935 to 1948, you will notice how much the Rolex crown logo evolved. Over the 12 year span from 1935, we witness the evolution of the crown from a kind of primitive version to the timeless logo which has not changed very much over the past half-century.



1935 French Rolex Noel Ad

Next we examine this vintage Rolex ad from 1935 that was published in France. The watches in this ad are art-deco and more dress watch oriented.







1936 British Rolex Noel Ad

Next we examine this vintage Rolex ad from 1936 that was published in England in the Punch or The London Charivari. 






1937 French Rolex Noel Ad

Next we examine this vintage Rolex ad from 1937 that was published in France. 





1938 French Rolex Christmas

We see in this next French Rolex Christmas ad that with all the different Rolex ads, Rolex is really beginning to hit its stride. I really like the artwork in this ad.



1942 World War II
Rolex U.S.A. Christmas Message

World War II was an extremely difficult time for most people on earth. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex was likely very, very frustrated by the mess the Nazi's and other axis powers made because it had a devastating financial impact on Rolex business.

The reason I suggest Hans Wildorf and Rolex must have been really frustrated, is because Rolex had really begun to hit its stride, and Rolex wanted to capitalize on their patents on both the waterproof Oyster as well as the perpetual automatic movement. This spiritually uplifting ad was published in the United States in 1942.






Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex is pictured above in Geneva, Switzerland in his office at Rolex headquarters in 1942. He is also pictured below in one of his Rolex workshops in the photo below in 1962.





1943 World War II
Rolex Christmas Magazine Ad

It is difficult to put into words how profound and optimistically prescient this next 1943 Rolex magazine advertisement was from the middle of World War II. I is also interesting that Hans Wilsdorf and Rolex were so distraught about the sad affairs of the world, Rolex published this add that was just an observation and a wish for the future. In other words, Rolex spent money to make this bold declarative statement, and did not even show or mention a watch in the ad.





1944 World War II
Rolex Christmas Magazine Ad

In this next World War II Rolex Christmas Ad, you see how they were getting excited about the end of World War II:




1945 World War II
Rolex Christmas Magazine Ad

In this next World War II Rolex Christmas Ad, you can see that Rolex is relieved and back on its optimistic game:



1946 German Rolex Ad



Rolex was quick to get things back to normal just after World War, as we see in this very elegant German Rolex Christmas ad from 1946.






1947 French Rolex Ad







1948 Hans Wilsdorf Season's Greetings

The following magazine ad offered Season's Greetings and Happy New Year wishes from Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf to everybody in every country! As you can see by reading the Rolex ads during World War II, Hans Wilsdorf was really frustrated because the war made it challenging to import raw material for making watches, as well as making it seriously difficult to distribute Rolex watches internationally. With the war finally over, Rolex could really spread its wings and fly high and fast, and Hans Wilsdorf's jubilance is clearly communicated in this 1948 Rolex Season's Greetings ad. 




1948 was a very good year for Rolex and the world or exploration. Rolex and Hans Wilsdorf were moving full-speed-ahead into a wonderful new era. In 1948 Hans Wilsdorf was 67 years old, and despite his amazing achievements to date, the best was yet to come.


Rolex U.S.A., was so excited with the level of progress, they published the following magazine ad which featured Hans Wilsdorf, as the "Watchman Of Our Time." By the way, if you are wearing your Rolex as you read this, Hans Wilsdorf is still the "Watchman Of Your Time ;-)))"




1948 Rolex U.S.A. Christmas Ad
40th Jubilee Celebration

In this next Rolex Christmas ad from 1948 we see yet more evidence Rolex was back on top of its game. With the World War II fiasco behind it, it was smooth sailing. 1948 was Rolex's 40th anniversary so they named their new 5-link trademark bracelet, "The Jubilee Bracelet" as seen below on this first generation yellow gold Datejust. (The 40th Anniversary of most things is referred to as The Jubilee Anniversary).

We take having a date complication on a watch today for granted, but back in the late 1940s when Rolex was the first to introduce the date feature, it was considered a dramatically positive innovation. This all-new Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet is essentially the watch Rolex gave Dwight Eisenhower, who at the time was the Supreme Commander of NATO in Europe.

The yellow gold Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet is essentially The Father Of The Rolex President or Rolex Day-Date.





1958 Tiffany & Company Rolex Ad

The following Tiffany & Company Rolex Christmas Present ad offered two different Rolex Oyster Perpetual models.






Vintage Rolex U.S.A. Hotness Ad from 1968
When Pucci Dictates Glitter...Is It Chic To Flash A Rolex?
This is Rolex...The Christmas Watch For Golden Girls





2013 Rolex Festive Season Website
Rolex In The Digital Age


At Christmas 2013I  thought it would be interesting to compare the closest we can come to a Rolex Christmas or holiday season ad, which comes from Rolex's website with shows a bejeweled Rolex Day-Date, and it says "Discover the Rolex selection for the festive season."







Rolex Black Tie
Holiday 2016 Collection 

Rolex.com currently features a fascinating new section named Black Tie Watches, which shows how well many different Rolex Oyster Perpetual models work well with being worn with black tie. 


The image below shows the gorgeous Rolex Brand Ambassador, Lindsey Vonn wearing a Rolex Submariner.







A family member of mine asked my advice recently on which Rolex he should purchase for his wife as a Christmas gift. I told him my best advice was not pick a Rolex watch for her, but to give her a Christmas card with a photo of a Rolex on it, and have it say, "I want you to chose your favorite Rolex as a Christmas gift from me." In other words, if you already know which Rolex somebody prefers, that makes it easy. But if you don't know, I think it is important to take them to a Rolex Authorized Dealer and let them spend some time exploring and trying on different models to see which one they like best. After all, they are going to be wearing the watch for many years to come, so it makes perfect sense for them to make the smartest choice possible.





Vintage Rolex Black Tie

Since we are on the subject of Rolex being worth with black tie, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some timeless photos of Rolex and Black Tie. 


1964
James Bond
Rolex Submariner Reference 6538

This first image of Sean Connery as James Bond shows hime wearing a white dinner jacket with a 'black tie'. In case you didn't know, white dinner jackets are supposed to be worn for semi-formal or formal 'tuxedo' events only during the spring and summer months (between Memorial Day and Labor Day), or in the tropics, or on a cruise ship.  




In Goldfinger, Sean Connery played James Bond and wore a Rolex Submariner [Reference 6538] as pictured below, on a Regimental belt strap. 






1965
James Bond Inspired Ad
Rolex Submariner Reference 6538

I love this vintage Rolex ad below from 1965, it is so MAD MEN... Also, notice it say, "How come it's seen so much where the wettest thing around is a dry Martini? Who knows. Maybe it's because the black dial goes so well with a black tie. Ask Her. Maybe she knows." It continues with the slogan:


"When a man has a world in his hands, you expect to find a Rolex on his wrist"





1968
Dick Bertram

Rolex Submariner SEA-Dweller

Dick Bertram was  a boat making pioneer and legend. Today, his company still makes amazing boats. Among other things, Dick Bertram pioneered inventing the 'Cigarette' speed boats.






1969
James Bond
Rolex Submariner Reference 5513


Next up we see George Lazenby playing James Bond in the movie, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."







1973
Live & Let Die
Rolex Submariner Reference 5513


Next up we see Roger Moore who stared as James Bond in the 1973 movie, "Live & Let Die".



It is worth pointing out (no pun intended :-), that James Bond's Submariner was no ordinary Rolex. It has a spinning bezel that could cut through rope, and had sharp teeth as you can see. 






1978
Telly Savalas
Kojak Rolex Presidential


Next up we see actor and fashion icon, Telly Savalas who most famously played Kojak, and we see him wearing a Rolex Day-Date model. Who love you Baby!?!!



1978 Telly Savalas Rolex Day-Date Ad









1992
Paul Newman
Rolex Daytona @ The 64 Academy Awards


In the photo below we see Paul Newman with Elizabeth Taylor in 1992 attending the 64th Academy Awards, and notice Paul Newman is wearing his stainless steel Rolex Daytona on a Jubilee Bracelet.


The photo below shows Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor 34 years earlier on the set of the 1958 movie, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. One of the most interesting things about this pairing was that they both had crazy blue eyes...









2007
Ted Koppel
Rolex Explorer II


Ted Koppel is best known for hosting ABC's Nightline, and in the photo below we see him wearing a black dialed Rolex Explorer II with his black tie.







2009
James Bond
Stainless Steel Rolex Milgauss.


Next up we see James Bond actor, Daniel Craig wearing his stainless steel Rolex Milguass.











2012
James Bond
Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona.


Next up we see James Bond actor, Daniel Craig wearing his stainless steel Rolex Daytona.









2013
Roger Federer
Platinum Rolex Daytona

Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player in history and he is pictured below in 2013 rockin' the then all-new Platinum 50th Anniversary Rolex Daytona that Rolex launched at BaselWorld 2013 in Basel, Switzerland.







Cary Grant
The Real James Bond

Speaking of James Bond and Black Tie. No man ever has or ever will wear Black Tie like Cary Grant did... I have yet to find a photo of Cary Grant wearing a Rolex, but it is fascinating to not that the James Bond Character was based upon Cary Grant, and he was the first choice to play James Bond. Unfortunately he passed on the opportunity, because they wanted him to sing for three movies.

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