Thursday, November 21, 2019

Lloyd Bridges: SEA-HUNT Submariner...

...Rolex Super Coolness...

Lloyd Bridges

SEA-HUNT Submariner

Rolex has been part of the Life Aquatic from day one, and was also a visible icon in early popular TV shows like Flipper, as well as on the wrist of scuba diving pioneer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

Lloyd Bridges was a very successful actor who stared in TV shows and in over 140 films. He was also a life-long Rolex wearer. In the screen grab above from SEA-HUNT we see Lloyd rocking his Submariner with a Fred Perry polo shirt with a popped-up collar back in the late 1950s, and in the photo below we see him several decades later, still wearing a Rolex Submariner.

Above photo of Lloyd Bridges appears courtesy of Wayne Williams

Lloyd Bridges' son's Beau and Jeff Bridges are pictured below with their mother Dorothy, and father Lloyd. This photo was taken in the mid 1960s, and you notice Lloyd is wearing his trademark Rolex Submariner.

Lloyd Bridges stared on the TV show SEA-HUNT as the American scuba-diving adventurer, Mike Nelson from 1958 to 1961. During its 4 season run, SEA-HUNT filmed 155 episodes and was about the adventures of a scuba-diver named Mike Nelson who was an retired U.S. Navy Frogman who became a freelance diver.

One of the unique characteristics of the SEA-HUNT was that at the end of every episode, Lloyd Bridges would ask his viewers to help protect and preserve the oceans of the world.

On the two following magazine covers from 1960, we see Lloyd Bridges wearing a Rolex Oyster bracelet.

Lloyd Bridges was so into scuba-diving, he ended up doing most of the stunts on underwater stunts on SEA-HUNT. Many famous actors began their careers including Larry Hagman (Dallas), Robert Conrad (The Wild Wild West) Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) and Jack Nicholson.

Lamar Boren did the underwater cinematography and went on to work on other Ivan Tors' productions which included the TV show Flipper as well as three James Bond movies: Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Lloyd Bridges wore his Rolex Submariner as part of his aquatic lifestyle before Rolex even began marketing the Submariner the same way as we see in the ad below from 1965..

It appears to my eyes and research that Lloyd Bridges wore a Rolex Oyster Perpetual on an Oyster bracelet during some part of SEA-HUNT as seen below.

Lloyd Bridges went on to become a famous movie actor and is the father of fellow actor, Jeff Bridges.

Lloyd Bridges is pictured above with his wife, and below many years later wearing his trademark yellow gold Rolex Submariner.

Rolex Coolness: Lloyd Bridges
The SEA-HUNT Submariner

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

...Rolex Studio Shot of The Day...

Oysterflex on a Yacht-Master

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Robert Mitchum: A Lifetime Wearing Rolex...

...Rolex Coolness...

Robert Mitchum


Robert Mitchum in 1967 rocking his Rolex Explorer

Robert Mitchum wore Rolex watches for many years of his life. In 1962 he starred in the movie Cape Fear, and as we see below, he was wearing a Rolex. Steve McQueen is known for being the King Of Cool, and some would argue that Robert Mitchum was also the King Of Cool.

Robert Mitchum returned in the 1991 remake of Cape Fear, and in the photo below we see him wearing a stainless steel Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee Bracelet. Robert Mitchum co-starred in the remake with Nick Nolte and Robert De Niro.

Robert Mitchum is pictured below wearing a stainless steel Rolex Explorer.

Robert Mitchum's enjoyed an amazing career and starred in may famous movies. He is pictured below with Marylyn Monroe. 

The video interview below features Robert Mitchum being interviewed by Dick Cavett in 1971, and if you look closely you see Robert Mitchum sporing his Rolex Explorer. I highly recommend watching this complete interview which is amazing!!!

Monday, November 18, 2019

A Few Great New Videos from Rolex

A Few Great New Videos from Rolex

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Hypophyse's Meters First Submariner [Reference 5512]

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

Hypophyse's Meters First Submariner
[Reference 5512]

Friday, November 15, 2019

Inside A Secret Rolex Meetup

Inside A Secret Rolex Meetup

An international secret society of Rolex collectors recently met in New York City for the RollieFest, and we see the pass above in a photo which was taken by @gsbrown3. 

What exactly is the RollieFest? It is an annual invitation-only event for highly esteemed vintage Rolex collectors, and is not sanctioned or affiliated with Rolex SA in any way. In other words, it's kind of an under-the-radar event by Rolex fanatics, for Rolex fanatics...put on by renowned Rolex collector, Geoffrey Hess...

You've gotta watch this video below by clicking on the photo of watches to see how passionate some of the top vintage Rolex collectors are!!!:

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Paul Newman Trifecta

Phillips Game Changers in New York

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Paul Newman Trifecta

Phillips Auction House has an amazing Auction coming up in New York next month named Game Changers, which I will be covering more on soon. In the meantime, here is a crazy magnificent photo that shows a Trifecta of Paul Newman Cosmograph Daytona models with Exotic Dials which was taken by Arthur Touchot.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Harrison Ford & Rolex...

...Rolex Super Coolness... 

Harrison Ford

Greatness Endures

The $7 Billion Man

Who is the coolest guy who ever wore a Rolex? Some would argue Steve McQueen, some would say it was Paul Newman or Robert Redford. Some would say it would have to be Sean Connery or Daniel Craig. Others might insist it was Chuck Yeager or Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

I would say, Harrison Ford may be the single coolest guy to ever wear Rolex, and if he is not, he would definitely be in the top pantheon of Rolex wearers. In my opinion, Harrison Ford is probably the greatest actor who ever lived, with the exception of Cary Grant. Harrison Ford's movies have grossed $7 Billion to date!!!

Frank Sinatra said it best, "There is something to be said for things that endure." One thing Harrison Ford and Rolex have in common is they are Legends that have both endured quite well with common adjectives coming to mind like rugged, masculine, handsome, timeless, and charismatic–just to name a few.

We see Harrison Ford pictured above wearing his Stainless Steel Rolex Datejust with a Jubilee Bracelet, and White Porcelain Dial with black  Roman Numerals as seen below.

Harrison Ford has played some of the most iconic characters in modern movie history, and as I write this he is preparing to resurrect at least two of them, including Han Solo in Star Wars 7, as well as starring in another Indiana Jones movie!!! 

Ridley Scott, the director of Blade Runner recently announced he is planning to direct Blade Runner 2, and they are currently working on developing the script. Who knows, but Harrison Ford may play Rick Decker in Blade Runner 2, which would be really cool!!!

American Graffiti


Han Solo

Star Wars 1977

Star Wars

Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo

The Original Star Wars Cast

In the photo below we see Harrison Ford (Han Solo) kissing Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), as he pushes away Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) in a promo image. Notice Harrison Ford is wearing his trademark Rolex Datejust which has a Jubilee bracelet.

Return Of Han Solo

In 2014 Lucasfilm announced they were preparing an all-new Star Wars trilogy, directed by J.J. Abrams, who, ironically directed two recent, ultra-succesful Star Trek Movies!!!

The photo below shows original Star Wars Trilogy cast members Billy Dee Williams (Age 76), Carrie Fisher (Age 56), Harrison Ford (Age 71), Peter Mayhew (Age 69)[Chewbacca The Wookie], and Mark Hamill (Age 61).  Yes, you guessed it! They all returned to their roles in the Star Wars trilogy, which began with Episode 7. Filming began in 2014, for a Summer 2015 release... And yes, John Williams (Age 81) once again was selected to create the soundtrack for Star Wars Episode 7...

Speaking of Star Wars, the video below shows Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, being interviewed, and he does a great Hans Solo impression. Mark also talked about the then upcoming Star Wars movies. It is amazing how charismatic and entertaining Mark Hamill is. What a fascinating dude!!!

Indiana Jones

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

In 2008 Harrison Ford reprised his role as Indiana Jones, in the movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The four photos below are from the 2008 movie, and it seems like Harrison Ford had not even aged. 

The movie was not great, but it was great to see Harrison Ford as Indian Jones again, on the big screen.

You must admit Harrison Ford looked Great at 66 Years old!!!

If you think about it, Indiana Jones is really to closest thing there is to an American James Bond.

Blade Runner

The photo above and the two photos below of Harrison Ford were taken in 1990 and we wee him wearing his stainless steel Rolex Datejust. The two photos below show Harrsion Ford with Ray Liotta in 1990, which was the years that Ray Liotta starred in the seminal gangster film, Good Fellas.

Harrison Ford is pictured below with Brad Pitt in 1997, and we see Harrsion Ford wearing his trademark Rolex Datejust.