Monday, April 30, 2018

1977 Rolex Brochure Cover...


1977 

Rolex Brochure Cover

I am pretty certain this is the first Rolex brochure I ever looked at when I was young...Total Deja Vu when I look at this now!!!


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Rolex Explorer Movement


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

Rolex Explorer Movement

One of the strangest things about Rolex is they have never made watches for the public with exhibition case backs. The logic is that Rolex movements are not highly decorated, but I have to say I think Rolex movements are magnificently beautiful, and I hope one day Rolex starts showing them off.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Rolex Coolness- Placido Domingo: Rolex Day-Date II



...Rolex Coolness...


Placido Domingo

An Amazing Career with Rolex Keeping The Time Of His Life

Placido Domingo has been a Rolex Ambassador for four decades, and in this first image we see him sporing the Rolex Day-Date II in Rose Gold.









In this next Rolex ad we see Placido Domingo sporting a Platinum Rolex Day-Date II.




2007 Vintage Rolex Ad
Yellow Gold Day-Date







1995 Vintage Rolex Ad
Yellow Gold GMT-Master







1992 Vintage Rolex Ad
Yellow Gold Day-Date



1984 Vintage Rolex Ad
Mocha GMT Master

It is profound to think this vintage Rolex ad was published more thana quarter-century ago!?!

This was such a great color combo on the Rolex GMT Master. I think Rolex Should bring back the brown bezel and dial on the Yellow Gold GMT Master.



1983 Vintage Rolex Ad
Mocha GMT Master


In the video below we see Charlie Rose interviewing Placido Domingo in 1993.



In the following videos from 1994 (15 Years ago) shot in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., you can see and hear Placido Domingo singing with his fellow 3 tenors, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavorotti, with Zubin Metha conducting. You could live a thousand lifetimes and it won't ever get better than this!!!!










The 3 Tenors singing "My Way" to Frank Sinatra!!!



I have an interesting story to share with you about Frank Sinatra's song, "My Way." One day, more than 20 years ago, I was in New York on business. I took a cab from the airport into Manhattan and I had this cab driver who who was a really nice gentleman. He was born and raised in New York and had a classic New York Accent. We had a nice conversation and I asked him what his favorite song was?

He responded by saying, "My Way, by Frank Sinatra." I asked him if he new the words to it and he said yes. Then I asked him if he would sing it for me and he said yes. So here I am in the back of this yellow taxi and in the most perfect voice, he starts singing My Way—flawlessly!!!

The thing I noticed about the way he sang it, was that he not only knew the words, but I could tell that he meant the words as he sang them. It was his anthem. He was a lot older than me, I would say he was in his mid to late sixties and he was wearing a sport coat and glasses and looked like a character out of a Leroy Nieman painting from the late 1960s.

If you ever listen carefully to the words to My Way, they give you a great perspective. In my mind's eye, I can still see and hear him singing My Way while driving me into Manhattan. What a song!!! What a Life!!!! What a World!!!

BTW, I am pretty certain at the time, I was wearing an all stainless Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet with a white dial with raised white gold Roman numerals or a yellow gold Day-Date with a white porcelain dial with raised yellow gold Roman numerals.




Friday, April 27, 2018

Revolution Watch Aurel Bacs Interview


Revolution Watch

Aurel Bacs Interview

Summit Nag, from Revolution Magazine, is a friend of mine and one of my favorite people in the horological world. Summit is an extremely gracious gentleman and a superb conversationalist and interviewer as we see in this interview with Aurel Bacs from Phillips Auction house. Aurel Bacs is also a brilliant conversationalist and gentleman, so we get a real treat with this fascinating interview.


In this video Summit and Aurel talk about the upcoming Phillips auction that will offer John Goldberger's unique white gold Daytona, the proceeds of which will be donated to a children's charity.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day... Kurt's White Gold Daytona Dial


...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day...

Kurt's White Gold Daytona Dial

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

1996 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Ad...


1993 A. J. Kitt

Alva Ross "AJ" Kitt is an American World Cup alpine ski racer and he competed in four Winter Olympics. He was featured in several Rolex ads back in the 1990s as seen below.





1996 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Ad

David Concannon sent in this great U.S. Alpine Ski Team Rolex ad from 1996 that features legendary skier A.J. Kitt.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dark Chocolate Daytona



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


Dark Chocolate Daytona 

EverRose Gold with Ceramic Bezel


Monday, April 23, 2018

Grace Kelly Rolex Lady Date in Yellow Gold



...Rolex Super Beauty...

Grace Kelly

1929-1982

Timeless Elegant Beauty
26MM Yellow Gold Rolex Lady Date

Beautiful, Iconic, Timeless, Talented, Feminine, Smart, Charismatic, Elegant, Stunning, Simple, Gorgeous. These are just some of the adjectives that come to mind when I think about Grace Kelly...



Who is the most beautiful and elegant woman that ever lived? Some might say, Sophia Loren, while others might say Princess Grace is arguably the most beautiful and elegant woman that ever lived. One thing both beauties shared is their taste in the finer things in life, including both wearing Yellow Gold 26MM Rolex Lady Date watches.


In the photo below, we see Princess Grace of Monaco wearing her yellow gold Rolex Lady Date in 1972. 


The photo above and below were taken at a swimming competition in Palm Beach, Monte Carlo in 1972. Princess Grace is extremely chic and stylish, and she is wearing a Pucci beach dress. Princess Grace is pictured below while attending a swimming commotion, and she is sitting next to her husband, Prince Rainier, and her their children, Prince Albert, Princess Caroline, and Princess Stéphanie are sitting below them. If you look closely you can see Princess Caroline is also wearing her two-tone Rolex ladies Datejust.



In the two photos below taken in 1978 in New Jersey, we see Princess Grace with her daughter, Princess Caroline, who also wears Rolex watches. It is not so easy to see, but in the photo below we see Princess Grace wearing her Rolex Lady Date.




In the next photo below, also taken in July of 1978 in New Jersey, we see Princess Caroline with her husband, Philippe Junot, and in this photo, we get a good shot of his two-tone Rolex Datejust.



Princess Grace is pictured below with Princess Caroline in 1973, and they are both wearing Rolex watches.


Princess Caroline is pictured below on the cover of People Magazine in 1978, and she is wearing her two-tone Lady-Date Rolex.


Princess Grace is pictured below wearing her yellow gold Rolex Lady-Date.




This next photo shows Princess Grace at home working on an art project collage, and we see her ladies Rolex President bracelet on her wrist.








A Royal Rolex Affair

A Movie Star Becomes Royalty

Grace Kelly grew up in a wealthy Philadelphia family. She met Prince Rainier of Monaco at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival while she was promoting her movie 'To Catch A Thief', which she co-starred in with Cary Grant.

Princess Grace was an amazing style icon known for her timeless femininity. In the photo below we see Grace Kelly with Prince Ranier on January 5, 1956, as they arrive at the Philadelphia Country Club where they announced their wedding engagement.


Notice in the photo above and below Grace Kelly is carrying her Hermes purse, which over time became associated with her. Today it is known as the Hermès Kelly Bag.





Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are pictured below in Monaco during their wedding celebration.



Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are pictured below walking in London, England in 1959.



Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are pictured below visiting at the White House in Washington D.C., with President Kennedy and First Lady, Jackie Kennedy in 1963.




Princess Grace and Prince Ranier had three children: Princess Caroline of Hanover, 1957 (center), Prince Allbert II of Monaco, 1958 (left), and Princess Stéphanie, 1965 (right).


Prince Rainier, like his wife and daughter, also wore Rolex watches. In the photo below we see Rainier sporting a yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master (Mocha).



Prince Ranier is pictured below with his wife Grace, and daughter Caroline, and in the photo, he is wearing his Rolex Day-Date.


Prince Ranier is pictured below with his daughter Caroline at Princess Grace's funeral. You can tell by his facial expression that he is devasted.






An Amazing Acting Career

Academy Award Winning Career





To Catch A Thief

1955

Grace Kelly was one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood in the 1950s, and one of her most famous roles was in A Catch To Thief, where she starred beside Cary Grant.








Mogambo

1953

Grace Kelly is pictured below with Clark Gable who she co-starred with in the 1953 movie named Mogambo. As we can see in the press photo below of Grace Kelly with Clark Gable which was a press photo from Magambo, Clark Gable is wearing his Rolex Oyster Perpetual.






Rear Window
1953

Grace Kelly is pictured below with Jimmy Stewart in the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film named Rear Window.




Grace Kelly Documentary





Grace Kelly 
Reading The Silent World

Grace Kelly was a huge fan of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and in the photos below we see her reading Jacques-Yves Cousteau's seminal 1954 book, titled The Silent World. Jacques Cousteau went on to create an Academy Award Winning Documentary, which was based on this book.



After reading Jacques-Yves Cousteau's Silent World book, Grace Kelly would become one of Cousteau's biggest supporters. In the photo below we see Prince Rainier III of Monaco with his wife, Princess Grace of Monaco, with Jaques Cousteau.




When we think about Jacques Yves-Cousteau, we often think of him aboard his beloved Calypso which is pictured below as she cruises past Monaco's Oceanographic Institute, which Cousteau was the Director of for 40 years, from 1957 until he passed away in 1997. Monaco's Oceanographic Institute is the oldest Marine Museum in the world, as it was inaugurated in 1910 by Prince Albert, who was Monaco's modernist reformer. You can learn much more about Jacques Cousteau in Monaco in Part 2 of my story on the all-new Single Red Rolex SEA-DWELLER.


In this last photo, we see Jacques-Yves Cousteau standing pictured on the left, with his wife Simone Cousteau, pictured on the far right, along with Princess Grace and Prince Rainier in Monaco.




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