Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Father's Day from Jake

 Happy Father's Day 

A Message From Jake

The message below from Jake titled "Why I wear a Rolex, A lesson from my father", is deeply profound. I hope you enjoy this Rolex-centeric message from Jake, and have a happy father's day!!!

Friday, June 14, 2024

Yacht-Master Glow Power

 ...Rolex Lume Shot of the Day...

Yacht-Master Glow Power

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Rolex X-Files...Wally Schirra

Rolex X-Files

The Right Stuff

Wally Schirra


Discovered Wearing Rolex Daytona Reference 6240 
in 1968 for his Apollo 7 portrait!!!

Brilliant Horological investigator, Nick Gould made a game-changing discovery when he discovered this Official NASA portrait that shows Apollo Astronaut Wally Schirra wearing a Rolex Daytona Chronograph Reference in 1968!!! I showed the image to Paul Boutros from Phillips Auction house and he said "Very cool! And with screw-down pushers! Very likely a Reference 6240 in 1968."

In photo we see Schirra holding what appears to be a Hasselblad camera with a Carl Zeiss lens.

At first glance a person could easily dismiss Schirra's watch as being an Omega Speedmaster as it is clearly a chronograph with a black bezel, but upon closer inspection there are many tell-tale characteristics that confirm Wally Schirra is wearing a Rolex Daytona including:

1. The Rolex Crown Coronet Logo on the winding Crown.
2. The drilled lug holes which Omega lacked.
3. The Screw Down plungers.
4. The riveted Rolex Oyster Bracelet.

After a great deal of investigation Nick Gould (
@Niccoloy) made another major discovery that enhances the detail (pun intended) in this story. 
Nick reached out to Philip from MoonWatchUniverse to ask him if he had a higher-resolution NASA photo of Apollo 7 Astronaut, Wally Schirra, and you are looking at the result below. This photo is taken from a slightly different angle and reveals that Wally Schirra was indeed wearing a Rolex Daytona Reference 6240 with a silver dial with black Subdials as we see below: 

This photo below of Wally Schirra was taken just before he took off aboard Apollo 7 and we see he is wearing a chronograph, which I always assumed to be an Omega Speedmaster. A great question is if Schirra wore his Daytona aboard Apollo 7?

Wally Schirra

Below is the original story I published on Wally Schirra on February 2, 2019, and it includes additional update I just made!:

Recently we took a look at NASA Astronaut, Frank Borman and today we are going to take a look at another famous Astronaut. Wally Schirra was one of the original Mercury Astronauts and he wore a Pepsi GMT-Master as we will see in this story. Schirra was not only the first astronaut to travel into space three times, but the first ONLY one to have flown in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions! The photo below of Wally Schirra with his family was taken on October 10, 1968, which was the day before he took off aboard Apollo 7.

Nick Gould recently pointed out an article published on that featured an interview with Wally Schirra back in 2007 by Chuck Maddox in which Schirra reveals he received his Rolex GMT-Master from the Naval Academy Alumni in 1965.

The Original 7
NASA Mercury Astronaut Team
March 1, 1960 

Wally Schirra was chosen to be one of the original NASA Mercury 7 Astronauts, and he is pictured below with the other pilots who were chosen for the program. 

Pictured above we see the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) group portrait of the 'Original Seven' astronauts from the Mercury program as they pose in front of an Air Force Jet, in Florida, in January 1963. From left, Scott Carpenter (1925-2013), Gordon Cooper (1927-2004), John Glenn (1921-2016), Gus Grissom (1926-1967), Wally Schirra (1923 -2007), Alan Shepherd (1923-1998), and Deke Slayton (1924-1993).”

The photo below taken April 8, 1959 shows the seven NASA Astronauts of the Mercury program: Walter M Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Alan B Shepard, Virgil Grissom and Gordon Cooper.”

It is fascinating to note that to date I have documented 4 out of 7 of the Original 7 Mercury Astronauts wore Rolex watches!!!

Mercury Sigma 7

Below we see NASA Mercury Astronaut, Wally Schirra who was the fifth Mercury Astronaut to fly, in his Sigma 7, which achieved six orbits around earth. Wally Schirra then flew on Gemini 6A with Tom Stafford. Next he flew on the Apollo 7 mission.

This next image shows Wally Schirra during capsule testing for Gemini 6A.

This next image is one of my favorite NASA images of all time. It was taken December 12, 1965 and shows Walter R. Schirra Jr. arriving at Pad 19 during the Gemini 6 prelaunch countdown. This is the Right Stuff!

The photo below was taken on December 15, 1965 and shows Wally Schirra maneuvered the Gemini 6 spacecraft within 1 foot (30CM) of Gemini 7 which was its sister craft. The two spacecraft were not designed to dock with each other, but maintained this close approximation to each other for more than 20 minutes straight.

In the photo above and video below we see Walter Schirra's to the White House to visit President Kennedy.

In the photo below we see Wally Schirra with JFK at Cape Canaveral in November of 1964, just before JFK was assassinated.

In the photo below we see Wally Schirra on April 17, 1967, testifying before a House investigation subcommittee in a probe on the fire that occurred aboard Apollo I, in which three NASA Astronauts died. Wally Schirra is pictured below in between Donald Slayton and Alan Shepard. If you look closely Wally Schirra is wearing his Pepsi GMT-Master.

Apollo 7

In the photo below we see Wally Schirra's Rolex Oyster bracelet with his GMT-Master and the Nasa caption reads "Donald (Deke) Slayton, Director, Flight Crew Operations (l) at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, briefs Apollo 7 Astronauts from left: Donn Eisele, Walter Schirra, and Walter Cunningham. October 9, 1968. Scan by Ed Hengeveld. Caption by Kipp Teague"

In the photo below we see an official Nasa photo with a caption that reads: "Astronaut Walter M. Schirra, Jr., enjoys breakfast before boarding the Apollo 7 spacecraft. October 11, 1968. Scan by Ed Hengeveld. Caption by Kipp Teague."

For the image below the Nasa caption reads: "Apollo 7 astronauts breakfast with NASA officials. Walter Cunningham, second from left; Donn F. Eisele, second from left across table and Walter M. Schirra, Jr., next to Eisele. Kenneth Kleinknecht, Manager, Apollo S Spacecraft Office. October 11, 1968. Scan by Ed Hengeveld. Caption by Kipp Teague."

Nasa caption for image below reads: "Apollo 7 astronauts breakfast with NASA officials prior to their launch into earth orbit atop a Saturn IB space vehicle. Joining the trio at breakfast was James Webb, left foreground, former NASA Administrator. October 11, 1968. Scan by Ed Hengeveld. Caption by Kipp Teague."

In the photo below we see Apollo 7 Commander, Wally Schirra suiting up for Apollo 7 and notice he is wearing a really cool Omega Speedmaster on the outer sleeve of his space-suit!

This next photo of Wally Schirra appears courtesy of Philip and was taken on October 23, 1968 during the Apollo 7 Mission debriefing after the crew returned from the USS Essex recovery ship, and you can clearly see Schirra's Pepsi GMT-Master on his wrist. These facts beg the question of wether he wore his Rolex on the Apollo 7 mission?

The official NASA caption for the image above and below reads: "Apollo 7 astronauts (l-r) Walter Cunningham, Donn F. Eisele, and Walter M. Schirra, Jr., compare notes at a mission debriefing conducted today at the Kennedy SpaceCenter. October 23, 1968. Scan by Ed Hengeveld. Caption by Kipp Teague."

This next photo was also taken on October 23, 1968 shows Wally Schirra with fellow Apollo 7 Astronaut, Walter Cunningham, and we see Schirra rockin' his GMT-Master.

Schirra logged a total of 296 hours in space and after Apollo 7, he retired as a captain from the U.S. Navy, as well as NASA. He went on to consult with CBS News during their coverage of the following Apollo flights, and joined Walter Cronkite as the co-anchor for all 7 NASA Moon landing missions. Wally Schirra is pictured below in 1968 with fellow Apollo Astronauts, Jack Swigert and Donn Eisele. In this photo I believe it is likely both Jack and Wally are wearing their Rolex Pepsi GMT-Master watches.

Walter v. Walter

After WALTER Schirra retired from his astronaut career he became a special NASA commentator and host on CBS News where he worked side by side with WALTER Cronkite. Walter Cronkite told a story where Wally Schirra was apparently trying to get Cronkite to wear a Rolex Sports watch. Walter Cronkite said in his book titled, "Conversations with Cronkite" Shirra said to him: 

"What you need, Walter (Cronkite), is a Rolex, like the Astronauts. 

We have these special Rolex watches!" 

—Walter Schirra

As we see in the photo below Walter Cronkite wore a two-tone Rolex Datejust on a matching Jubilee bracelet. 

Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra covered the Apollo 13 fiasco live on CBS News as you can watch below.

In the NRA magazine ad below from 1983 we see Wally Schirra discussing his passion for hunting and notice he is wearing his Pepsi GMT-Master.

Below we see a photo of Wally Schirra taken toward the end of his life and we see he was still wearing his Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Reference 6239

...Studio Shot of the Day...

Rolex Daytona
Yellow Gold Reference 6239 

Phillip's Watches auctioned this magnificent rare yellow gold Paul Newman Daytona which is one of the most beautiful Rolex watches ever made. The design language of this watch is beyond timeless...

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Roland-Garros 2024 Winners

...Rolex Grand Slam Titles...

The King and Queen of Clay
Moments of Achievement to Cherish 

Roland-Garros recently wrapped up and for 2024 we have two amazing champions. First we have Iga Świątek who won her firth Grand Slam Title, which was here fourth Roland-Garros victory.

Next up we have Carlos Alcaraz who won't his third Grand Slam Title in a breathtaking victory.

Monday, June 10, 2024

1956 Rolex Oyster Ad

1956 Rolex Oyster Ad

30th Anniversary Of the Waterproof Watch

Sunday, June 09, 2024

Speaking of Beautiful Women Wearing Mens Rolex Watches...

...Super Leggy Model...

Filippa Hamilton Palmstierna
Stainless Rolex Daytona

Sorry, I could not resist this image of Super-Leggy-Model Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele sporting a mens Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona with a Black Dial. Ouuuuuuuuch!!! Oh Behave!!!!

Saturday, June 08, 2024

1967 Mexico Rolex Ad for Rolex Chronograph

1967 Mexico Rolex Ad

Rolex Chronograph 

This is a really cool vintage Rolex magazine ad which was published in Mexico in 1967. The interesting thing about this ad is the Rolex Chronograph has no tachymeter scale on the bezel or on the dial. My best guess is that this is a Rolex Chronograph Reference 6238.

Friday, June 07, 2024

Single Red SEA-DWELLER Fluted Light Bezel Effect

...Wrist Shot Of The Day...


Fluted Light Bezel Effect

Back in 2017, I was in a San Francisco restaurant that had an outdoor room, with a closed canvas canopy above that had black and white stripes on it. I looked to see what time it was and noticed this crazy reflection the canopy was having on the ceramic bezel insert on my Single Red SEA-DWELLER. It almost made it look like it had a fluted bezel. Interesting... 

If you are into larger watches, without going overboard, I think the 43MM Single Red Sea-Dweller SRSD offers a perfect Rolex Sport Watch fit and vibe. Specifically, I like the SRSD way more than the DEEPSEA as it lacks the etched rehaut, which makes the dial larger, and more visible. Also, the shape of the case is much more flat in profile. 

I love the Black and Blue DEEPSEA gradient dial, and wish Rolex would make a 43MM SD with a similar dial. In other words, I would much prefer a watch with a larger dial like on the SRSD, as apposed to the raised rehaut that has meaningless words that say "ORIGINAL GAS ESCAPE VALVE & RING LOCK SYSTEM", which looks like unnecessary text like jackets that have a huge goofy Tommy Hillfiger logo on it. Also, no human would ever wear a Rolex on their wrist deeper than 4000 feet, so why make a watch that can descend down 12,800 feet!?!! In other words, I would love to see Rolex return to simpler designs, with less unnecessary text that is visually distracting.

I put together the image above to illustrate my idea. On the left we see the current DEEPSEA D-BLUE, and in the middle we see the current Single Red SEA-DWELLER, and on the right we see my dream D-BLUE SEA-DWELLER, which I think is infinitely simpler and better looking.
I kept a diary on my experience with the Single Red SEA-DWELLER, which offers insight into wearing it long term.

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Rolex Crown Logo History

Rolex Crown History

The famous Rolex Crown Logo, Also Known as The Rolex Coronet is one of the coolest and most recognizable iconic logos in the world. Ever wonder where it came from and what it stands for? Put very simply, the Rolex crown is highly regal while remaining equally simple, elegant, and timeless. Rolex's founder, Hans Wilddorf, was absolutely fascinated with Royalty, and all things elegant. Despite the fact he experimented like crazy with many different brand names, the one that completely defied and transcended obsolescence was the ROLEX name mark and brand.

Despite the fact Hans Wilsdorf launched the Rolex brand in 1906, it took him two decades to personify it with the Rolex crown logo that incorporates their five-point art-deco Rolex Crown logo, which was introduced in 1925, which was one year before the introduction of the Rolex Oyster. The Rolex log pictured above is from 1942, and notice the ROLEX word mark uses a simplified sans serif typeface.

The earliest versions of the Rolex Coronet logo were somewhat similar to the modern version, yet radically different in that it featured five fingers that were of equal length, as apposed to the more modern versions that are more handlike with the center finder being the longest.

The 1978 Rolex Magazine ad image pictured below of the five fingers with a watch on the wrist offers an fascinating genesis clue from the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.

If you compare the Rolex logo below from 1963 to the current Rolex logo which is pictured below it, it's amazing how little it has changed in 61 years! In the future, I plan to add many more dated images to this story, as well as a chronological evolution of the crown. In the meantime enjoy all these great Rolex Crown images...

The Rolex Crown logo seen above was first used in 1947, although the "ROLEX" text part of the logo used a different serif typeface.

Rolex Day-Date
Blue Lapis Lazuli Dial
[Reference 18238]

On the back of a Milgauss

[Rolex Reference 116520]

Rolex Coronets 

The applied 3-D Rolex Coronet logo is found on the dial of many Rolex Models, including the Rolex Day-Date as well as the Rolex Daytona. The photo below shows several of them on a table before they have been applied to a Rolex dial. In my opinion, the Rolex Coronet is one of the coolest and most iconic logos in the world. Many people say the Rolex Coronet is a crown, while others believe the logo symbolizes a watch on a hand. 

Rolex Crown Logo Collage

@Stockegsix from Instagram created this AMAZING Rolex Crown collage comprised of six Rolex models and I almost fell out of my chair when I first saw it!?!! I have to say in my opinion this is one of the coolest looking Rolex Studio Shots I have ever seen!!! Just AMAZING!!!!