Thursday, March 4, 2021

Eddie Murphy Rolex Day-Date...



Eddie Murphy

 

COMING 2 AMERICA


Eddie Murphy is returning in one of his most highly anticipated, iconic and beloved roles in Coming 2 America which will debut tomorrow on Amazon Prime Video. The original blockbuster film, Coming to America originally debuted in theaters on June 29, 1988 in which Eddie Murphy plays a Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional nation in Africa named Zamundu, an covers his traveling escapades to the United States of America to find an woman to marry. Coming to America had a worldwide gross of over $350 Million!!! The sequel, Coming 2 America brings back many of the original actors from Coming to America including Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones (Think: Voice of Darth Vader).




I could not help but notice when watching the movie preview that Tracy Morgan is rocking a two-tone Rolex Datejust on a Rolex Jubilee bracelet in Coming 2 America as seen below.






Since we are looking at Coming 2 America I thought it would be a good time to look back at Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy wearing Rolex President models over the past 4 decades. Let's start with this photo of Arsenio Hall rocking his yellow gold Day Date with NBA Basketball legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar back in 2014.


Wesley Snipes is also in Coming 2 America and he famously wore a yellow gold Rolex Datejust in the 1991 hip-hop movie, New Jack City as seen on his wrist in the photo below.




Next up let's take a look at Eddie Murphy, who is arguably the greatest comedian in history rocking many different Rolex Day-Date models.


I recently published a fascinating story about legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld wearing his vintage Rolex Daytona. I originally published my first Eddie Murphy story back in 2008 and I just brought it back to the top with a major update as we have a very special treat. 



Eddie Murphy was just on Jerry Seinfeld's COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE on Netflix (see Preview Above) which was AMAZING, and if you have not seen it, I highly recommend watching it. 




The new video above from is an interview from Netflix which features Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld, and if you think about it there are many parallels between the two. Seeing the two most successful comedians alive today interact together with such severance for one another is incredible! Also, Eddie Murphy is still wearing his Rolex Day-Date as we see in the image below that shows his iconic Rolex President Bracelet:








Eddie Murphy

The Funniest Comedian In History

More than 36 years wearing a Rolex Day-Date


Eddie Murphy image appears courtesy of Timothy White

Eddie Murphy is probably the funniest comedian that every lived and he has worn a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date with a diamond bezel for more than a thirty six years.

Eddie first became a comedy superstar on Saturday Night Live and we see him pictured below on the set of SNL in 1983 sporting his trademark yellow gold Rolex President with a diamond bezel and matching bracelet.


This next photo was taken in 1987 when Eddie Murphy was putting his footprint in the sidewalk during the ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater in 1987.



Eddie is pictured below with his mother and father.







On the cover of People magazine (pictured below) we see Eddie with one of his previous wifes who is wearing a female version of his yellow gold Rolex.




The first photo below is from a video interview of Eddie Murphy in 2009 on the Tonight Show with Conan O'brien, and we see Eddie sporting his trademark yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. The second image of Eddie also recent, shows Eddie wearing his Rolex Day-Date. Not that I think about it, I don't recall ever seeing a photo of Eddie wearing any other Rolex model beside a Rolex Day-Date!?!!






In the photo below we see a photo of Charlie Murphy who was Eddie Murphy's older brother and notice he is wearing a Rolex Day-Date. Unfortunately Charlie passed away in 2017 from leukemia in 2017 at age 57. Charlie and Eddie looked very similar except Eddie has his trademark split in between his two front teeth and Charlie did not. Charlie was also a comedian, and was a regular on Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show.






Eddie Murphy is pictured below with former spice girl, Mel B who he dated and had a child with. 





In the recent family photo below we see Eddie Murphy with all ten of his children, as well as his mom and current partner, Paige Butcher.










The Return of The King of Comedy


Eddie Murphy

Yellow Gold Day-Date


Eddie Murphy was recently (October 28, 2019) on the Late show with Steven Colbert talking about how he plans to return to startup comedy as well as coming back to host Saturday Night Live for the first time in 35 years, and notice he is wearing his Masterpiece Rolex Day-Date.










Return to 
Saturday Night Live 





In his opening monologue on December 21, 2019 of SNL Eddie Murphy was rocking his bejeweled Rolex Day-Date Masterpiece  and as we see below Chris Rock came out to greet him on-stage.



Dave Chappelle also came out onstage and he was sporting a stainless steel Rolex Daytona with a ceramic bezel. 







Returns to Saturday Night Live Tonight

After 35 Years 




Later this evening, Eddie Murphy will be returning to host Saturday Night Live after having first joined SNL 40 years ago. In these 3 videos snippets of Eddie Murphy on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon we hear from Eddie about all the exiting projects he is working on including his upcoming sequel to "Coming To America" with Arsenio Hall, as well as his current movie which is in theaters now. Also, notice Eddie is rocking his blinged-out Rolex Day-Date Masterpiece...


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Rolex and Motor Sports...



Rolex and Motor Sports





Monday, March 1, 2021

40MM Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold with Raised Roman Numerals




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

Rolex Day-Date

Yellow Gold with Raised Roman Numerals

40MM Reference 228235

One of the most elegant and classic Rolex watches is the Day-Date with a white dial with raised Roman Numerals. Rolex has been making this model with a similar dial for many decades, but the latest version in 40MM is just amazing!!!! In particular, this dial has these amazingly detailed and highly stylized markers what are very angular and art-deco.


Saturday, February 27, 2021

INXS Lead Singer Michael Hutchence


We could live for a thousand years...

...but if I hurt you I'd make wine from your tears..

 




INXS


Michael Hutchence

Lead Singer

1960-1997

When I nostalgically think back to the 1980s and 1990s there are few bands that epitomize that time more than INXS which was an Australian band. INXS's often upbeat fleeting rock ballads remain haunting and ephemeral to this day in the strangest of ways...



Michael Hutchence was the lead singer of who reminded me of Jim Morrison from THE DOORS, not only because of their common long wavy hair, or amazing singing style, or great looks, but because they both died young. Michael Hutchence is pictured below on a train posting for the camera and notice he is wearing a Rolex Submariner.






Michael Hutchence is pictured below with Jimmy Barnes who was a songwriter for INXS and notice Barnes is wearing his Rolex Day-Date.


Below we see one of INXS' last live concerts before Michael Hutchence passed away.





Thursday, February 25, 2021

The First Rolex Submariner 1922 Hermetically Sealed Pre-Oyster



...In The Time Before Rolex Oyster Time...

The First Rolex Submariner
1922 Hermetically Sealed Pre-Oyster

The Rolex Submariner is the most iconic watch ever made, and its origins are absolutely fascinating. The photo below is of a 1922 Rolex Submarine, which is a hermetically sealed Pre-Oyster, waterproof watch. This is an extremely rare example in pristine condition. You can learn much, much more about the history of the Rolex Submariner in my 19 part series named "The Complete History Of The Rolex Submariner & SEA-DWELLER. Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean."



Although Rolex perfected the Rolex Oyster waterproof watch case in 1926, it had been working on perfecting a waterproof case for many years prior, and the Rolex Submarine which was made in 1922 (seen above and below) was waterproof, but it did not have a very high depth rating, and in order to access the watch to wind or change the time, you had to screw-off the top fluted bezel, which over time would wear, and was not so easy, yet it was effective. You can learn, much, much more about how Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex revolutionized the wrist-watch in the early 20th century by checking out my story named, "The Complete History Of Rolex Leadership. Part 1: The Hans Wilsdorf Years: Founder Of Rolex."


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Dr. Albert Sabin Polio Vaccine Developer


...Rolex Super Doctor...

Dr. Albert Sabin
1906-1993
Oral Polio Vaccine Developer
Rolex Datejust on Oyster Bracelet 

Dr. Albert Sabin is best known for his development of the live-virus Polio Vaccine, which is taken orally. His pioneering research on viral diseases and viruses resulted in primary defense agains polio in the United States, and throughout most of the world.


The following details appears courtesy of WikiPedia.com:

With the menace of polio growing, Sabin and other researchers, most notably Jonas Salk in Pittsburgh and Hilary Koprowski and Herald Cox in New York and Philadelphia, sought a vaccine to prevent or mitigate the illness. The Sabin vaccine is an oral vaccine containing weakened forms of strains of polio viruses. They stimulate the body defences against polio without causing the disease. In 1955, Salk's "killed" vaccine was released for use. It was effective in preventing most of the complications of polio, but did not prevent the initial intestinal infection. 

The Sabin vaccine is easier to give than the earlier vaccine developed by Salk in 1954, and its effects last longer. In addition, those who received the Salk vaccine could pass on the polio virus. Sabin first tested his live attenuated oral vaccine at the Chillicothe Ohio Reformatory in late 1954. From 1956-1960, he worked with Russian colleagues to perfect the oral vaccine and prove its extraordinary effectiveness and safety. 

Dr. Jonas Sulk pictured above with Dr. Albert Sabin

The Sabin vaccine worked in the intestines to block the poliovirus from entering the bloodstream. In the intestines, Sabin had discovered, the poliovirus multiplied and attacked. Thus, the oral vaccine broke the chain of transmission of the virus and allowed for the possibility that polio might one day be eradicated.

Between 1955 and 1961, the oral vaccine was tested on at least 100 million people in the USSR, parts of Eastern Europe, Singapore, Mexico, and the Netherlands. The first industrial production and mass use of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) from Sabin strains was organized by Soviet scientist Mikhail Chumakov.[3][4] 

This provided the critical impetus for allowing large-scale clinical trials of OPV in the United States in April 1960 on 180,000 Cincinnati school children. The mass immunization techniques that Sabin pioneered with his associates effectively eradicated polio in Cincinnati. Against considerable opposition from the March of Dimes Foundation, which supported the relatively effective killed vaccine, Sabin prevailed on the Public Health Service to license his three strains of vaccine. While the PHS stalled, the USSR sent millions of doses of the oral vaccine to places with polio epidemics, such as Japan, and reaped the humanitarian benefit. Indeed, it was not clear to many that the vaccine was an American one, financed by U.S. dollars, but not available to ordinary Americans.

Sabin also developed vaccines against other viral diseases, including encephalitis and dengue. In addition, he investigated possible links between viruses and some forms of cancer.





Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day Jocke's Roman Numeral Datejust


Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day
Jocke's Roman Numeral Datejust

Monday, February 22, 2021

....Rolex Time Machine...1965...The Sydney Morning Herald

 

....Rolex Time Machine...

1965

The Sydney Morning Herald


Jose from Perezcope.com recently discovered this super-fascinating Rolex ad which was originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, December 7, 1965. The shockingly insight that caught me by surprise is that if you read the text next to the illustration of the GMT-Master it says the GMT is the Official watch of James Bond!?!! 


Be sure to click on image below to significantly enlarge text for easy reading:


I genuinely have no idea what this means as Thunderball was the James Bond movie in 1965 and we see in the movie poster below it shows Sean Connery as James Bond rocking his trademark Submariner—which is clearly NOT a GMT-Master!?!!


I know Rik Van Nutter wore a GMT-Master on the set of Thunderball as seen in the photo below as he played James Bond's handler, Felix Leiter. Nick Gould and I discussed this and believe it is likely Rolex Australia confused the GMT-Master with the Submariner.



Update: Mark Rackley wrote in and and said:


Jake:

Another possibility for the Sydney Morning Herald referring to the GMT as the official watch of James Bond might be more to the movie series and not Bond himself - e.g. the GMT worn by Pussy Galore in Goldfinger in 1964.

Just a thought.

Mark Rackley


I think Mark may have figured out this puzzle as we see with this Rolex Goldfinger movie poster featuring Pussy Galore shows her rocking her GMT-Master. 



Sunday, February 21, 2021

1962 Stein Eriksen Rolex Explorer Skiing Ad



Stein Eriksen

1927-2015

Rolex Explorer Skiing Ad
Winter Olympics Skiing Gold Medal Winner

Jean-Claude Killy's is the man people think of when they think of Rolex and Skiing, but the best Olympic Skier prior to Killy, was is Stein Eriksen. It is fascinating to realize that J.F.K., was the President Of The United States when this 1962 Rolex Explorer ad was published in magazines!!!



In the two photo below, we see Stein Eriken with his grandson, and we see him wearing his Rolex Explorer II.




"Be tough, be confident, but you will never be a whole person if you aren't humble."
–Stein Eriksen

Stein Eriksen was born in Norway and lived an amazing life!!! In the 1952 Winter Olympics, held in Oslo, Norway, he won the gold medal for Giant Slalom and Silver for Slalom. Stein Eriksen was born in 1927 and passed away in December 2015. The photo of him below taken at age 83!!! 

Stein Eriksen was also the first man to win three gold medals at the world championship which was held 61 years ago in Are in Sweden. He was the first skier to win Gold, in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Downhill at a single World Championship held in 1954.

Growing up Stein Eriksen was a gymnast which he incorporated into his skiing skills and he was the first skiing superstar. He is pictured below in the early 1950s. Stein Eriksen was a pioneer in modern skiing and his elegant skiing technique where he kept his legs, skis and boots together is considered to have have revolutionized freestyle skiing. 


With his gymnastics background, Stein Eriksen is renowned for inventing the freestyle skiing areal, which went on to become a freestyle skiing event.

Since Stein Eriksen was the pioneer of ariels, he must have seriously freaked-out spectators!!!



After Stein Eriken retired from professional skiing, he moved to the United States and served as the Director Of Skiing at Deer Valley Resort located in Park City, Utah.

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