Tuesday, December 7, 2021

1950s Rolex Submariner Brochure Pic [Reference 6536]

1950s Rolex Submariner Brochure Pic
[Reference 6536]

I couldn't help but notice this late 1950s Rolex Submariner has a blockier case, with thicker lugs, kind of like the last generation Ceramic Supercase Submariner. I also noticed in this illustration that the case lacks outer lug holes just like the Submariner Supercase. Very Interesting!!!

Monday, December 6, 2021

George Benson: Guitar Legend

...Rolex Super Coolness...

George Benson

Superlative Jazz Guitar & Vocalist Superstar

Ten Time Grammy Award Winner

An Amazing Career With Rolex Keeping Time

George Benson is one of the greatest Jazz Guitarists in history, and he is considered by many to be one of the great pioneers of Smooth Jazz. George has recorded 36 studio albums to date, as well as 5 live albums. In the photo below he is sporting his two-tone Rolex Daytona.

George Benson is pictured below in a recent photo rockin' a yellow gold Rolex Submariner with a Ceramic Bezel.

George is pictured below, in 2011, wearing his yellow gold Rolex Submariner with the blue dial and bezel.

George Benson recently came out with an autobiography in August of 2014, and the photo below, is from his book shows him when he was a little kid playing the guitar.

George Benson
An Amazing Musical Career

George Benson is best known for his amazing smooth jazz and I included a bunch of videos below. George is truly Superlative...

This first video of George Benson performing his mega-hit, Masquerade was performed back in 1976, and it was just one of the amazing songs on his seminal Smooth Jazz album, titled Breezin' which was released in 1976, and went triple-platinum. As a matter of fact, Breezin' was the first Jazz album in history to go platinum!

This last video of George Benson was shot in 2012, and you can see him wearing his Rolex Submariner. What a fascinating and brilliant musician!!!!

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Vintage 1980s Rolex Exotic Dial Brochure

Vintage 1980s Rolex
Exotic Dial Brochure

This 1980s Rolex brochure shows off some fascinating models with equally interesting dials that reminds me of Autumn and Fall.

We see five yellow gold Rolex watches with the following characteristics:
  • Day-Date with an Onyx dial
  • Lady Datejust with a a blue lapis dial
  • Oysterquartz Day-Date with an African mahonany dial
  • Lady Datjust with an African mahogany dial
  • Datejust with a birch dial.
I'm surprised not to see a bark finished Day-Date bracelet with a wood dial ;-)))

Friday, December 3, 2021

Mario Andretti The Hodinkee Interview

...Rolex Super-Coolness...

Mario Andretti

The Hodinkee Interview

Hodinkee published this super cool interview with Mario Andretti, back April of 2018 and it is AMAZING! The reason I just updated and am republishing the article is because Nick Gould discovered a significant piece of the missing puzzle which shows Mario Andretti rocking his Rolex Day-Date while taking a photo of Lotus Founder and Formula 1 Racing Pioneer, Colin Chapman. Watch spotting is really a scientific process more than anything. 

Colin Chapman with Mario Andretti rocking Rolex Day-Date back in the 1970s. 
I think Mario is holding a Nikon F or a Pentax K1000 35MM Camera.

Once we discover photos of people wearing a certain model we tend to take it for granted, but often times it can take years or even decades to discover a photo of a certain person wearing a certain watch, and that is what we see here for the first time. I would know as I have been searching for a photo of Andretti for decades wearing his Day-Date and this is the first time we see one.

Mario Andretti is considered to be on of the greatest if not the greatest racing legends that have ever lived.

During the video, Hodinkee's Jon Bues discussed Mario Andretti's Rolex Daytona which is seen below close up.

In the photo above of Mario Andretti's watch collection, we see his Rolex Daytona next to a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date which they don't discuss in the interview or in the article for some strange reason!?!!

I assume Mario Andretti's yellow gold Rolex Day-Date pictured above is the same one pictured below in the 1976 Mario Andretti Rolex Day-Date Ad, which is very cool. I further assume it's the same one pictured at the top of this story which Nick Gould recently discovered. Hat's off to Nick "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner" Gould for finally making a positive ID on this previously elusive Rolex!!!

The documentary below on Mario Andretti was filmed the same year as the Mario Andretti Rolex add pictured above from 1976 was originally published.

Paul Newman Rolex Day-Date!?!?!?

I was surprised, as Paul Newman is renowned for wearing at least five different Rolex Daytona models, as well as having worn a stainless steel Rolex Datejust, which I documented in detail in "The Complete History Of The Paul Newman Daytona". 

In the photos below we see Paul Newman wearing his iconic stainless steel Daytona that has a white exotic dial.

If you are a reader of Jake's Rolex World you know that Paul Newman's famous Rolex Daytona recently sold for close to $18 Million.

Late last year, on December 4th of 2017, I published a story that finally solved the mystery of Paul Newman's President bracelet, which can be seen in the photo below. This story revealed that Paul Newman somehow fitted a Rolex President bracelet to his black dial Rolex Daytona, which was fascinating.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Hypophyse's Two-Tone Root Beer GMT-Master

...Rolex Wrist Shot Of The Day...

Hypophyse's Two-Tone Root Beer GMT-Master

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Lady Datejust

Update from Jake: Rolex just introduced a magnificent new campaign for THE LADY-DATEJUST titled THE AUDACITY OF EXCELLENCE, which made me realize I never really wrote a detailed article on this super-iconic Rolex model, so I plan to expand this article significantly until it is complete, at which time I will remove this notice.

Stunningly Gorgeous New Rolex.com Campaign Featuring Princes Grace

The Complete History Of 


The Most Iconic Women's Rolex

A Celebration of Audacious Femininity

Rolex has been a brand that has celebrated women's accomplishments from its inception, and this superb new Rolex video stands testament to that fact. I have always believed the highest level of existence a woman could achieve in life would be to be a lady, just as the highest level of existence for a man is to be a gentleman. 

I recently published the newly discovered Rolex Magazine Ad below which I am madly in love with, and in particular it is the coolest Rolex Lady-Datejust ad I believe I have ever seen. In the past I have written extensively about The Evolution Of The Female Rolex Archetype as well as How Women Began Wearing Men's Rolex Watches. In the not so distant future I will be significantly expanding these articles with some amazing undocumented history of women and Rolex.

So let's start back at the beginning.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Brooke Shields: Timeless Beauty...

...Rolex Super-Hotness...

Brooke Shields

Timeless Beauty

When I was a kid, I was madly in Love with Brooke Shields—who wasn't? I remember watching a movie she stared in 1980 named Blue Lagoon, which was amazing...at least for my then 14 year old brain. Brooke Shields also launched the Uber iconic Calvin Klein Designer Jeans revolution...

I originally began writing about Brooke Shields back in 2009, and I noticed today Hodinkee just published an excellent episode of Talking Watches with Brooke so I thought I would bring back this article which I last updated a decade ago.

I was mesmerized with Brooke's interview, especially the story she shares about how a man threw his Pepsi GMT-Master to her when she was in a taxi cab as it drove away and said, "Because your eyes are so beautiful!" She tried to give it back to him, but he refused, and then after the man died she tried to give it back to his next of kin which was his brother, who refused it and said "He wanted you to have it!" And today, this now vintage Rolex Pepsi is her favorite! Talk about reality being stranger than fiction!?!! It really is true that every Rolex tells a story...

Brooke Shields also had this to say on her “Really Sexy“ Rolex Pepsi GMT-Master: “I love the size of this! There is just something really masculine but really sexy about it today! You could pick this guy out. He’s like James Bond.”

Brooke Shields is like a Rolex in the sense she has always remained a timeless beauty. Brook Shields has enjoyed an amazing career as an actress and super-model. She is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful women in history.

In this first photo of Brook Shields we see her hanging out with fellow actor, Patrick Swayze. Patrick Swayze was a lifelong Rolex wearer. In this first image taken in the early 1980s we see Brooke Shields sporting her then trademark yellow gold Lady Datejust.

In the next photos we see Brooke switched from wearing a yellow gold Lady Datejust which was 26mm to a 36mm Men's Rolex Day-Date on a President bracelet.

If you want to see more photos of women wearing men's Rolex watches, please click on the Label below this story named, "Women Wearing Men's Rolex Watches" which I created as a guide for women to get an idea of what these watches might look like on them. Brooke is pictured below with her husband, Chris Henchy at a football game.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Rolex Lume Shot of the Day: Explorer II Mark II Dial Lume...

...Rolex Lume Shot Of The Day...

Jocke's Rolex Orange Hand Explorer II
[Reference 1655]

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Pink Cotton Candy OP


...Serious Rolex Hotness...

Candy Pink Dial OP

What time is it? Time for some serious Rolex Hotness!!! In this excellent video Jenni Elle reviews the hottest 36MM woman's Rolex made today, and goes into detail on what she loves and offers superb insight into this watch...Rolex introduced this Instant Classic model in 2020.

There is only one thing sexier than a beautiful woman with a great smile wearing a Rolex…

And that is a beautiful woman with a great smile wearing a Rolex while she waxes poetic about super precise detailed Rolex minutiae!!!

It’s rare, but it does happen…When you speak with most women about the finer points of Rolex watches in detail you will see their uninterested, passive-aggressive eye roll, but I have met some rare women who love talking precisely about Rolex technicalities in great detail. Jenni Elle is one such fascinating woman…

A regular reader who is a friend of mine wrote in after seeing this article and said: “You and Jenni Elle need to do a video together.” To which I responded, “I was thinking the same thing!!!”

Somebody once referred to me as the Sigmund Freud of Rolex as I tend to psychoanalyze all things Rolex. The funny thing is—if you think about it—(Pun Intended ;-) Jenni-Elle is kind of the female version of me in the sense she tends to psychoanalyze Rolex and everything having to do with watches all-the-time!

In the future I will reach out to Jenni-Elle and hopefully I can get her to come on my show I am working on…

In the meantime, I LOVE how she psychoanalyzes the pink dial OP to the Nth degree…

In this next video from Jenni Elle we see her wonderful husband surprising her when he gave her the Candy Pink Rolex Oyster Perpetual, and as we see from her emotional response she was beyond elated!!!

It's Like Candy!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Francesco Sauro: Underworld Venturer

Francesco Sauro

Underworld Venturer

Italian speleologist and scientist Francesco Sauro has pursued a lifelong mission of discovery in the Earth’s mysterious underworld. From uncovering the hidden realm of the isolated tepuis table-top mountains in South America and advancing the scientific findings, for which he received a 2014 Rolex Award for Enterprise, to, most recently, exploring the caves of the Atlantic’s Selvagens archipelago, he is providing an archive of time for future generations that shows how life evolved, minerals formed and climate has changed. Determined to reveal the wonders of Earth’s inner space through his many expeditions, Sauro is helping to ensure a Perpetual Planet.