Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jay-Z Rolex Life...






Winner of 21 Grammy Awards


...Rolex Coolness... 


Jay-Z

A Brilliant Career Wearing Rolex 




The 60th Grammy Awards list of nominees was released this week, and Jay-Z, an American entrepreneur and hip/hop rapper, is again a top contender. Jay-Z has sold over 50 million albums so far and has already won 21 Grammy Awards. The nomination this week gets him eight nods for the album “4:44,” which mixed dark personal confessions with meditations about race. According to Forbes Magazine, Jay-Z is estimated having a net worth of around $810 million dollars and he is one of the owners of the NBA New Jersey Nets. He recently sat down with Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, for this interesting interview, and notice he is wearing his platinum Rolex Day-Date.


In the photo below we see Jay-Z wearing his trademark platinum Rolex Day-Date in 1997 on the cover of his album named "In My Lifetime."



Jay-Z is married to the ultra-talented, and ultra-gorgeous Beyonce Knowles and you see them together below, and notice Jay Z is wearing a new stainless steel Rolex Daytona with a ceramic bezel.







Jay-Z is pictured below with his daughter, and notice he is wearing a Rolex Sky-Dweller.






The photo below shows Jay Z holding his son, while he is wearing his stainless steel Rolex Daytona, with a ceramic bezel.







Forever Young 
Beyonce and Jay-Z



Platinum Rolex Day-Date II

In this next video, we see Jay-Z being interviewed on The Daily Show wearing his all-new Platinum Rolex Day-Date II.



In this recent interview (below) we see Jay-Z wearing a different yellow gold Rolex Day-Date II.



The video below is a fascinating CNN interview with Jay Z from 2011.






This next image is very interesting. It shows Jay Z wearing his yellow gold Rolex Sky-Dweller with the biggest gold necklace and bracelet I have ever seen in my life...It's interesting how his watch kinda matches his gold chain and bracelet...

The video below is absolutely fascinating as it features Jay Z and Warren Buffett being interviewed by Stephen Forbes. One interesting thing Warren Buffett and Jay Z have in common is they both wear Rolex Day-Date models.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rare Rolex 6241 John Player Special for Sale



John Player Special


Rolex Daytona


Ultra-Rare Rolex for Sale

 By DANNY CRIVELLO           


The yellow-gold Rolex Daytona pictured above and below is being put on the market for the first time. A rare reference of the Rolex Daytona Paul Newman, one of the most desirable watches in the world, will be for sale at an auction in Italy on Nov. 30 at 5pm, Central European Time (11am EST).


The 1969 Rolex is being auctioned off by Pandolfini Casa d'Aste, a 90-year-old Italian auction house that mostly specializes in the sale of rare furnitures. Bidders can register and bid online through the auction's house app.


The watch for sale is a Rolex Daytona reference 6241 in 14kt yellow gold. This reference, which was nicknamed the John Player Special, is highly sought after, especially the 14kt version. Notice the "14k" engraved in the center picture below and the reference "6241" in the right picture.


Manufactured between 1960 and 1969, the reference 6241 has about 2,000 steel examples, but only 300 in 18kt yellow gold and less than 400 in 14kt yellow gold! On the wrist below, the actual 6241 for sale.


The watch's nickname, John Player Special, was born as a result of the John Player Special cigarette brand's sponsorship of the Lotus Formula One driven by legendary F1 champion Ayrton Senna. Even today, this car is remembered as one of the finest Formula One cars ever made for its black and gold livery that gave it a look of particular elegance.


The 6241 was designed for the American market with the Paul Newman dial. Only 400 were made in the 14kt version. Below a page, in Italian, from the auction catalog.


The 6241 for sale on Nov. 30 has a well-preserved case, perfect condition dial and original 14kt gold bracelet, according to Pandolfini Casa d'Aste. The watch is estimated to reach between 140,000 and 180,000 Euros ($165,000 to $210,000), but most Pandolfini auctions have exceeded estimates. [UPDATE: the watch sold for 478,800 Euros, or $570,284.]


1966 Playboy Magazine Rolex Ad



...Rolex Time Machine...

1966 Rolex Ad

Playboy Magazine 


If we got in the Rolex Time Machine and went back to 1966-1968, and peeked in between some of the pages of Playboy magazine, like James Bond actor, George Lazenby is doing below, what would we find him staring at?



Well, he could definitely have been staring at this super cool Rolex 1966 magazine ad that appeared in Playboy back then. In case you were wondering the car on the right is 1966 Ford GT40 MKII. And notice it has an early Rolex Daytona in front of it.



Also notice the Submariner in the ad above and below have the rare 3, 6, 9 (Explorer) dial, as well as the slogan, "When a man has a world in his hands, you expect to find a Rolex on his wrist."





Those Were The Days

Boy the way Glenn Miller Played
Songs that made the Hit Parade
Guys like us we had it made
Those were the days.

And you knew who you were then
Girls were girls and men were men


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Single Red SEA-DWELLER Lume Shot...



...Lume Shot Of The Day...


Single Red SEA-DWELLER

Palace Of Fine Arts

San Francisco, California 


I took the Rolex Lume shots seen below in front of the Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco recently, of my Single Red SEA-DWELLER. I could not make up my mind as to which image I like better, so I am sharing both. The first image shows only the markers, hands and bezel pearl glowing, and the lower photo shows much more dial detail.




Monday, November 27, 2017

Watch Spotting at the Davis Cup



Watch Spotting 

at the Davis Cup

 By DANNY CRIVELLO           



France on Sunday won its 10th Davis Cup after a suspenseful 3-to-2 victory over Belgium in the yearly international team tournament in tennis. I was in France during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and could feel the excitement first hand. Bars and bistros, which usually have soccer games on the television, now were tuned to the Davis Cup.

While most were following the small yellow ball, I noticed that French players waiting on the bench were wearing Rolex watches. As a tennis fan who grew up in France when Yannick Noah won Roland Garros, I was happy to see him as the captain of the team... wearing a Daytona!


I still play today, and I love Rolex also because it's a leader in tennis sponsorship, a tie-in that will mark its 40th anniversary next year. 

Not only the Rolex brand graces the tennis courts during Wimbledon, the Australia Open, Shanghai Masters, Monte Carlo Masters, the Laver Cup, the NITTO ATP Finals and Indian Wells. But a Rolex timepiece also graces the wrists of the best tennis athletes like Roger Federer or, below, French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who sports a 41-mm Datejust at the Davis Cup Sunday.


But the real hero is Lucas Pouille who sealed the victory for France in a three-set match against Belgian Steve Darcis. After a 16-year Davis Cup title drought, France is finally bringing the Davis Cup home! Like his team captain, he wears the very cool, very masculine Rolex Daytona.


Lucas Pouille is not a Rolex brand ambassador like Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga but his white dial, ceramic Daytona never left his wrist during the tournament. 



Sunday, November 26, 2017

Christian's LV Submariner Out In The Tundra


Baby, It's Cold Outside
Christian's LV Submariner Out In The Tundra

Christian from Munich, Germany took this hand-in-glove wrist shot of his LV Submariner outside on a snow covered day. The LV Submariner remains one of my favorite Rolex watches of all-time.



Saturday, November 25, 2017

Hans Wilsdorf, Founder Of Rolex: The Only Known Film Interview




Hans Wilsdorf

Founder Of Rolex

The Only Known Film Interview


Ten years ago, when I started publishing Jake's Rolex World, I wanted to learn everything I could about Rolex's founder, Hans Wilsdorf. The challenge was that history seemed to have forgotten him, which made no sense to me. There was only one photo of him that had ever been published, and that drove me crazy! I thought this was blasphemous, and began my eventful exploration to try to learn all I could about his amazing career, and to share it with you, my readers. This resulted in my publishing "The Complete History Of Rolex Leadership: Part 1: The Hans Wilsdorf Years."


The subtitle for my story was "Ghost In The Machine", as every Rolex ever made has a significant amount of Hans Wilsdorf's DNA inside it, yet he seemed to never have existed. Today, I am so excited to share the above video with you, which is the only video I know of that shows Hans Wildorf speaking. The video is in French, but you get a tremendous sense his personal disposition and manner of speech. Enjoy!!! The video was shot on September 19, 1959, and Hans Wilsdorf passed away less than a year later on July 6, 1960.

The context of this features Hans Wilsdorf speaking French, at the Rath Museum in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was attending a Watch & Jewelry exhibition. This occurred just after Rolex was crowned the winner of The Geneva Grad Prix. To add further context, Hans Wilsdorf had introduced the Submariner for sale in 1954, as well as the GMT-Master in 1955. In 1955 Rolex also introduced the Day-Date. So at this time, Rolex and Hans Wilsdorf had already laid the foundation for the Rolex of today!

In this video, Hans Wilsdorf talks about his early years, and the contributions he made to the horological world to popularize the wristwatch. Special thanks to Jose for interpreting this video from French to English!:



Translation Transcript
September 19, 1959


We are here at the Rath Museum in Geneva, at the Watches & Jewelry exhibition to be precise and our objective today is to present the laureate of the Geneva award.

We have Mr. Hans Wilsdorf at our microphone and in front of our camera. He is the director of a big watch company who received the award. Sir, you have been here in Geneva for a very long period of time if I’m not mistaken.

Hans Wilsdorf: For 40 years. I came to Geneva after the first war in 1919, with some absences due to trips I made around the entire world. I've traveled a total of three times around the globe, to every nation in the world. I know a little bit something about all people and their taste. This helped me not only to understand the needs to make watches which…
(Interrupts Mr. Wilsdorf) I see. Your watch is a wristwatch and I believe we can say that you helped diffuse the wristwatch.

Well, I entered the watch business as a young man at 19 years of age, in the year 1900, which was 60 years ago when wristwatches didn’t exist.
People didn’t wear watches on their arms. Women wore pendant watches, especially enamel watches or watches with diamond settings, attached to chains worn around the neck. Wristwatches for women or men didn’t exist at all. Men wore pocket watches which went from father to son and son to grandson and the opportunity for the watch industry to grow was extremely limited as sales were very slow.
As a young man, I understood my future would be very difficult in order to obtain results in an industry that had little chance to make lots of money. Watches were cheap and the quality was not very good, especially since there was no factory able to produce small watches with lever escapements which were necessary for wearing them on the arm…

(Interrupts Mr. Wilsdorf) And you are especially proud that a wristwatch won the award, I think that you consider this a little bit like the peak of your career.

Hans Wilsdorf: It’s the peak of my career as I foresaw the total development of the wristwatch for the Swiss watch industry. Of course, we still produce some pocket watches but the biggest business is wristwatches and here and I can say I was one of the initiators in the whole watch industry...

(Interrupts Mr. Wilsdorf) One of the pioneers…

Hans Wilsdorf: One of the pioneers, as I was not only the first to understand the potential of the wristwatch but I also made personal efforts which contributed largely to the development of the industry...
(Interrupts Mr. Wilsdorf) Thank you very much, Mr. Wilsdorf…

Friday, November 24, 2017

1958 Rolex GMT-Master Brochure



1958 Rolex 

GMT-Master Brochure




Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Jake!!!




A Note from Jake


Happy Thanksgiving 


Hi Everybody!!!

It is hard to believe it is already Thanksgiving again on Jake's Rolex World!!! It has been another absolutely amazing year filled with growth and fascinating new Rolex historical content!!! I am now in my 10th year of publishing Jake's Rolex World and I have to say, I feel like I am just getting warmed-up with Rolex history. I have many, many more exciting pieces of the Rolex history puzzle to share with you in the future!!!! 


"The First Thanksgiving" painting by Jean Gerome Ferris (1863-1930)

I want to mention I am very thankful to be working with Danny and Jose, who are both doing a great job as part of my team. I am also very grateful to have so many great readers all over the world. So many of you have written in over the years to help correct my typos, as well as to share your valuable insight and enthusiasm, for which I am eternally grateful!

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because it gives us a chance to pause and reflect on how fortunate we all are to be able to experience this amazing miracle, known as life, on this spinning marble we all share–named Earth.

Of course, I realize Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday, but I believe it's as timeless and universal as a sunset or a smile :-)))

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Warmest regards,

Jake

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Logan Paul: First Rolex



Top Influencer


Logan Paul


Gets a Rolex 

 By DANNY CRIVELLO           



Logan Paul, a YouTuber who lives in Los Angeles, is virtually unknown to anyone above the age of 25. Yet, he ranks No. 3 on Forbes' 2017 List of Top Influencers in Entertainment. He's appeared in commercials for brands ranging from Hanes to HBO; he makes $150,000 per Facebook post and $80,000 for sponsored content on Instagram. A meteoric rise is no overstatement to describe him: Three years ago his YouTube channel had a mere 150,000 subscribers. Today: 13 million. With over 2 billion video views, his estimated net worth is 6 million dollars. Did I mention he was 22?


During a trip to a Dubai mall a week ago, he was greeted by no fewer than 11,000 fans. In Dubai he also bought his first Rolex. 


Logan Paul, who bought a $6.55 million estate in Encino, Calif., just last month went for the 41-mm Rolex Day-Date II (ref. 218206) with an ice blue dial and a 3156 movement.



Is this story a big deal? I believe so. It is because Logan Paul is young and is a top influencer in the world who speaks to the youth, at a time where many wonder if they should own smart watches. 


In his video he is incredibly excited for finally owning a Rolex. It almost seems like the epitome of success for him. The video was posted six days ago and has already been seen over 4 million times! Less than a week in and it received 250,000 likes. Check out an excerpt of his video where he talks about his new watch and see how excited he is. 



Though this is the first Rolex he owns, it's not the first time he bought one. He bought his roommate an iced-up Rolex Submariner 16610 back in August as a gift. That video received over 8 million views. Now that's influence!


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