Friday, February 23, 2024

Rolex Outdoor Shot of the Day: Nicolas' Rolex Submariner On A Marker Matching NATO


Nicolas' Rolex Submariner
On A Marker Matching NATO
[Reference 5508: No Crown Guard]

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Willie Nelson: The Kings of Country Music Wearing Rolex Series


The Kings of Country Music Wearing Rolex Series

...Rolex Super-Coolness...

Willie Nelson

An Amazing Career

With Rolex Keeping The Time Of His Life

I recently published the first story in a series named "The Kings Of Country Music Wearing Rolex Series", which covered the amazing career of Johnny Cash. Today, I am excited to share this story on Willie Nelson, and his brilliant career, which has included him him wearing multiple Rolex watches, including this yellow gold Rolex Day Date as pictured below.


Willie Nelson was born on April 30, 1933 in Abbott, Texas, and is an Country Music Legend who has written legendary hit songs like "Crazy" and "On The Road Again." Willy Nelson is picture above and below with his favorite guitar, which in nicknamed Trigger.


Willie Nelson has had many country mega-hits, and has worked with many other famous country music legends in his life. In the future, I will extent this story to cover much more of his amazing career achievements, as well as covering other Rolex watches he has worn in his life.





This next song was recorded on Willie Nelson's 70th Birthday, and it features Leon Russell, and most importantly the legendary Ray Charles. This is one of my favorite songs, and if you watch the facial expressions on Willie Nelson's face, you will notice he is extremely emotionally moved. I believe this is due to the fact he realizes that his great pal, Ray Charles is dying, and he is in awe of Ray's amazing command performance. Also the lyrics to "A Song For You" are also extremely emotionally moving and hauntingly prescient...


I love you in a place
Where there's no space or time
I love you for in my life
You are a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
We were alone and
I was singing this song for you


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

First Rolex Cloisonné Dial Watch from 1949


First Rolex Cloisonné Dial Watch from 1949
Set All-Time Record at Christies Auction
Unique Reference 5029/5028

Back in June of 2014, Christies Auction house sold a unique 18KT gold Automatic Rolex watch, which featured a sweep center seconds hand, along with star numerals on a Cloisonné dial. This watch is believed to be the very first Rolex ever sold with a Cloisonné dial, and it sold for a record setting $1,242.040!!! 

The Cloisonné dial depicts a whale and a frigate in full sail cruising through stormy seas. The watch is also unusual in that it has an applied Rolex cornet in the 6 O'Clock position.



Christie's Lot Notes

The present Rolex cloisonne enamel wristwatch can arguably be considered one of the most important Rolex watches ever manufactured. The watch was last seen at these sale rooms in 2005 and since then locked away from the public. The case, only slightly tarnished then has now become completely oxidized after its 8 years in a safety deposit box. Since the watch made its last appearance at public auction in 1998 there has been a significant development in scholarship.

Today we believe this present wristwatch is not only the earliest known Rolex cloisonne enamel watch, manufactured in 1949, but also the only known dial to be fitted with the sought after star-set numerals. Every aspect of this watch is exceptionally rare. The size of the case is a massive 36mm. The gold dial is fitted with a full cloisonne enamel scene which covers the entire dial, not just filling two-thirds like many Rolex and other cloisonne wristwatches have. The Rolex crown fitted at the 6 o'clock position is the exact crown made by Rolex in 1949. The Rolex signature is hard enamel underneath the enamel glazing. The dial itself is a Stern Freres dial, although not signed as later Stern dials came to be. The counter enamel on the reverse of the gold dial is completely free of any restoration and shows clearly that it is applied over the 624 Stern order number. The way in which the numerals are applied to the dial are placed in the way in which only Stern were known for at the time. The hand-cut star numerals are that of Stern Freres model number 453, the applied faceted baton numerals at the quarters, Stern model number 276 and Rolex crown, Stern model number 49.

The spectacular quality of this wristwatch is difficult to express in words. The cloisonne enamel dial is by Marguerite Koch a famous artist from Geneva who at the time was also designing and creating dials for Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. The reverse of the dial is almost identical to other known Patek Philippe dials numbered by Koch in a very similar way. The technique used to create the dial is very consistent with all other Koch's known dials. The colors and the exceptional miniature details that can be seen when examined under a microscope are mesmerizing. From the tiny specs of red and blue to the subtle shades of pinks and scarlet the colors blend harmoniously together creating a picture both mind blowing and stunningly beautiful. One can conclude that Rolex commissioned Marguerite Koch to design and create the dial and Stern then applied the Rolex signature and aspects such as the hand cut star numerals and Rolex crown at 6 o'clock.

Consigned by a prominent private collector the present watch is in outstanding condition and a true "Trophy Market" watch. There is no sign of any restoration to either side of the dial. The case has never been polished and supports beautifully the extraordinary and important cloisonne enamel creation. Cloisonne enamel dials are rare. Rolex cloisonne enamel dials are even rarer and to have an example covering the entire surface of the dial made by Marguerite Koch fitted with original star-set numerals and fitted into a 36mm case provides an exceptional opportunity to acquire a milestone in the history of watchmaking which will be treasured for eternity.

We are indebted to Eric Tortella for his assistance with the research of this incredible wristwatch.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

...Rolex Coolness... Matt LeBlanc Stainless Steel Rolex Sumbariner

...Rolex Coolness...
Matt LeBlanc
Stainless Steel Rolex SEA-DWELLER
How You Doin'!?!?!

Matt LeBlanc is best known for his role as the beloved Joey Tribbiani on the Superhit, Friends. 


Matt starred in 236 episodes of Friends, which aired for 12 years from 1994-2006!!! 



Matt LeBlanc has been wearing his trademark stainless steel Rolex SEA-DWELLER for more than a decade. Matt has also been successful in movies, and was in Lost In Space, and Charlie's Angels.


Above Photo appears courtesy of Kirk McKoy of the Los Angeles Times




In this next photo Matt LeBlanc is wearing a modern LV "Hulk" Submariner.


In this next photo Matt LeBlanc is wearing a two-tone Rolex Daytona.




Monday, February 19, 2024

1966 Rolex Ladies Magazine Ad


...Rolex Hotness...

1966 Rolex Ladies Magazine Ad


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Profiles In Cololness: Jazz Legend Miles Davis Rolex Day-Date...


Jazzman, Take My Blues Away


Lift me, won't you lift me, above the old routine;
Make it nice, play it clean—Jazzman!!!

When the Jazzman's testifyin', a faithless man believes
He can sing you into paradise, or bring you to your knees.

It's a gospel kind of feelin', a touch of Georgia slide,
A song of pure revival, and a style that's sanctified.

Jazzman, take my blues away;
Make my pain the same as yours with every change you play.
Jazzman, oh Jazzman!

When the Jazzman's signifyin', and the band is windin' low.
It's the late night side of morning in the darkness of his soul.

He can fill a room with sadness as he fills his horn with tears.
He can cry like a fallen angel when risin' time is near.

Jazzman, take my blues away;
Make my pain the same as yours with every change you play.
Oh lift me, won't you lift me with ev'ry turn around;
Play it sweetly, take me down, oh Jazzman.

—Carol King (1974)


 Nine Time Grammy Winner 

...Rolex Super Coolness...

Miles Davis

1926-1991

Jazz Superstar & Legend
Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date

Jazz music began purely as an American art form. Jazz music, borders between being esoteric and arcane. Jazz, typically, is an art form appreciated by an older sound palette than a younger one. In the first image seen below, Jazz Legend Miles Davis is wearing his trademark diamond encrusted Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date.


Miles Davis Photos above and below Appear Courtesy of Anthony Barboza





The Birth Of Cool


Miles "Dewey" Davis III., was born into an affluent family, and his father was a Doctor and oral surgeon. Miles mother, was a lovely women who played the violin and sang. His parents recognized early on that Miles was very musically talented.

Miles and attended the Juilliard School in New York City, but spend a lot of time around his idols including Jazz legend, Dizzy Gillespie. Miles Davis would attend Juilliard by day, and was mentored by Dizzy Gillespie by night on the neon streets of Broadway in New York Jazz Clubs. Miles was the first Jazz musician to play and record and Carnegie Hall in New York.


The King of BeBop
Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis both started performing and recording with jazz legend Charlie Parker in 1945, and we see Dizzy Gillespie playing trumpet side by side with Miles Davis in 1952. Dizzy was 9 years older than Miles.


If you look closely at the photo below, taken in the late 1950s, you will notice Dizzy Gillespie wearing his Pepsi GMT-Master, as the Jazzman plays his trumpet in front of Miles Davis.



"Years from now and through time, when people hear the lonely sound of a horn, they will be hearing Miles Davis." —Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie is pictured below with Miles Davis, working on a composition in Paris, France in 1958.


In 1956, Dizzie Gillespie became the worlds first formal Jazz ambassador when the State Department sent him on the worlds first world Jazz tour. Dizzy Gillespie famously wore his trademark Rolex GMT-Master.


Dizzy Gillespie is picture below in 1961 with jazz saxophone legend, John Coltrane, and if you look closely, you see Dizzy's Rolex Jubilee bracelet. Jazz was cool, and so was Rolex with Jazz.


Dizzy Gillespie is picture below wearing his Rolex GMT-Master on an Oyster Bracelet.





Brooks Brother


Miles Davis personal fashion history is absolutely fascinating. Miles Davis' father, was a Doctor, and dressed very conservatively, as did most Americans in the era he grew up in. Miles Initially started out in the 1950s and early 1960s exclusively wearing Brooks Brothers, like his father, Dr. Davis.


Basically, Miles Davis style of dress would be considered to be timeless, elegant, and even preppy, as seen in the photo below where he is wearing a Brooks Brothers button-down shirt. The classic Brooks Brothers button-down is characterized by its very full cut, longer collar, and lack of places buttons on the sleeve. 





Miles Davis style of dress could even be referred to as being kind of 'Mod' in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This of course would all change in due time, as he explored and evolved into his own eclectic style, but if you think about it, the way he dressed in his early career was super classic and timeless, with a sense of charisma—much like a Rolex watch.




The Cool Jazz Sound

The following video is considered to be a seminal, high-water-mark time in Jazz History. Some say this was Miles Davis at his best. When he was still in his strick Brooks Brothers phase, and Eisenhower was still President of the U.S. Before the heavy funk set in...


The next video of the Miles Davis Quintet was filmed live on October 11, 1964 at Teatro dell'Arte in Milano, Italia, and is amazing!!! 


In the image below, from 1967 I originally thought  Miles Davis was wearing a Paul Newman Rolex Daytona, but after close scrutiny, I realized he is wearing a Breitling Navitimer.


The famous photo below shows Miles Davis chatting with The King Of Cool, Steve McQueen, in 1963 at the Monterey Jazz Festival. This photo was taken by my lifelong friend, Jim Marshall. Ironically, it was Jim Marshall who taught me how to use a camera when I was a 11 years old...






In the this video we see Miles Davis wearing his Rolex Day Date on stage.


Miles Davis Photo Appears Courtesy of Anthony Barboza


In the videos below, all shot in 1985, we see Miles Davis sporting his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Yellow Gold In the matter of excellence


Yellow Gold  

In the matter of excellence

At first glance, this 18ct yellow gold is indistinguishable from any other. Yet this one can be found only in our watches. At our Geneva foundry, we use a complex industrial process to guarantee its purity and homogeneity. Very malleable in its natural state, 24ct gold must be blended with silver and copper to become truly resistant. Only then can the alloy gain the incomparable attributes that make it our signature 18ct gold. A close look reveals this alloy is not only precious. It is unique.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Stefano Mazzariol Rolex Bezel Shot Of The Day


Stefano Mazzariol
Rolex Bezel Shot Of The Day
Quantities Of Quality

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Yellow Rolex Daytona with Green Dial

 

...Rolex Studio Shot of the Day...

Yellow Rolex Daytona with Green Dial

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Jack Nicklaus Winning The 1972 U.S. Open Golf Tournament


...Rolex Coolness...

Jack Nicklaus
Winning The 1972 U.S. Open Golf Tournament
Pebble Beach, California
Rolex Day-Date