Friday, September 13, 2019

Rolex Studio Shot of the Day: Single Red Submariner from Stefano Mazzariol


Single Red Rolex Submariner
[Reference 1680]

Stefano Mazzariol took this amazing shot of his Single Red Submariner which has a stunning dial that has had a fresh coat of luminova on the dial.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hank Williams Jr. Rolex Day-Date Keeping The Time Of His Life



The Kings of Country Music Wearing Rolex Series


Hank Williams Jr.



Rolex Keeping The Time Of His Life






Hank Williams Jr. is the son of the greatest Country singer, Hank Williams Sr. Hank Williams Jr., is pictured below in the 1960s wearing his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.


Hank Williams Sr. is pictured below with his son, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams died when he only 29 years old in 1953. 










Hank Williams Sr.

As I mentioned earlier, Hank Williams Sr., is considered to be one of the greatest country singers in history and in this next video, we have the pleasure of watching June Carter, who later married Johnny Cash introduce Hank Williams.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Spruce Meadows 'Masters'


Spruce Meadows 'Masters'

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Rolex Crown Logo Collage...


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

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!!!! 


Monday, September 9, 2019

Rolex Super-Hotness Donna Dixon


...Rolex Super-Hotness...


Donna Dixon

Ladies Two-Tone Datejust


Donna Dixon was one of the top beauties in Hollywood in the 1980s. Donna won the Miss Virginia Beauty contest in 1976.




Donna Dixon starred beside Tom Hanks on the 1980s situation comedy named Bosom Buddies, where she played the role of Sonny Lumet.





Tom Hanks is pictured below wearing his Rolex Submariner.









Donna Dixon was in the 1983 movie, Dr. Detroit with Dan Aykroyd, and a few months later got married.



The couple starred in more films together including Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983); Spies Like Us (1985), and The Couch Trip (1988). Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon have three daughters. 




UPDATE September 14, 2019: Dan Aykroyd just appeared on the Joe Rogan Show which is absolutely fascinating.



Donna retired from acting in 1997.











The photo below shows Donna Dixon hanging out with Bob Hope who seems preoccupied totally checking out Loni Anderson lol.



Sunday, September 8, 2019

LV Submariner: Hanging in Hawaii



...Hand In Glove Shot Of The Day...


LV Submariner

Hanging in Hawaii

I took this wrist shot photo of my LV Submariner years ago when I was in a Hawaiian Jungle. Turns out it was a pretty cool Rolex Hand in Glove Shot...



Saturday, September 7, 2019

Porsche Taycan World Premiere






Porsche Taycan 



World Premiere

I have been publishing a lot of Porsche related stories recently including my Ferdinand Piëch story, as well as yesterdays Japanese Tudor Submariner story so I thought it would be great to take a look at the world premier of the Porsche Taycan.


The Porsche Taycan is the very first real Tesla competitor to come to market, so kudos to Porsche for stepping into the future. 




The Porsche Taycan is available in a number of different colors including the Mamba Green Metallic pictured below, which I think looks kind of cool :-)



The Porsche Taycan is the first all electric vehicle to exceed the performance of the range of the original Tesla Model S as it was introduced in 2013. I first covered the Taycan when it was named "The Mission E" back in 2018.



Mark Webber who is legendary Formula 1 racer is a Rolex Brand Ambassador and he hosts the Porsche Taycan World Premier as we see above and notice he is wearing a Daytona. 


Below is a video I posted of Mark test driving the Mission E back in 2018.


My favorite feature of the Taycan is the option that offers 4-wheel steering. In other words, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction as the front wheels which radically increases the turning radius.




Speaking of Porsche firsts, Top Gear recently published this video of the very first Porsche ever made from 1939, which is crazy fascinating!!!




Updates

There have been some fascinating responses to the Porsche Taycan, which I will continue updating below. In particular it's really funny how Elon Must tweeted in response to Porsche's Taycan by pointing out that Porsche used highly inaccurate language to name the higher end Taycan models by calling the "Turbo Taycan" when in reality they are 100% Electric and have no turbo whatsoever :-) Using the word 'Turbo' do describe an electric car would be like referring to chocolate as pasta.


I will say I am not a treehugger, but I am adamantly opposed to ICE card (Internal Combustion Engines) as they are HIGHLY Toxic!!! It is amazing to me that most people completely ignore this FACT. Elon Musk's response on Tweet today perfectly sums it up:








Conclusion

So what's my take on the Taycan? I think the Taycan is REALLY COOL, BEAUTIFUL and STYLISH and from what I see I like it a lot! Do I LOVE it like the Tesla Model S? I don't think so, but I won't know for certain until I spend some time driving one at which point I will write a review. That being said, Congratulations to Porsche for bringing this masterpiece to life!!! Also, now that Tesla has some real competition to the Model S, I hope the introduction of the Taycan pushes Tesla to improve their game in every way...


Friday, September 6, 2019

Vintage Tudor Submariner Porche Ad



Japanese Tudor Submariner

1968 Porche 906 Ad

My amazing researcher Alan from Hong Kong just surprised me when he sent in this amazing Japanese Tudor Submariner ad that features a Porsche 906. Very Cool!!! Ironically, the Porsche 906 was designed by Ferdinand Piëch, who was the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche.




The photo below is from 1969 and shows Japanese racecar driver Tomohiko Tsutsumi who was a member of the Tudor Watch Racing Team, and notice he is rocking a Tudor Submariner in this photo.






The box below is from 1968 and features the same Porsche 906. If you look carefully you will notice on the front hood of the car there is a 'ROLEX' logo just below the steering wheel, as well as a 'TUDOR' logo at the front of the hood. 



This next image below shows Tomohiko Tsutsumi is the same Tudor branded car in 1969 and notice the Rolex logo has been removed from the front hood of the car.



Thursday, September 5, 2019

Scott Crossfield: A New Chapter In the History of the GMT-Master has been discovered....







The Complete History Of The Rolex GMT-Master



Rolex X-Files

...Rolex Supersonic Coolness...

Scott Crossfield
1921-2006

Record Setting U.S. Navy Test-Pilot


The Right Stuff

First Pilot To Fly @ 
Twice The Speed Of Sound 

Rolex GMT-Master


With this story, another previously undocumented chapter is being added to The Complete History of The Rolex GMT-Master.  I have been working on this story for many years, and I am so excited to finally publish it. This story is of particular significance as it provides yet another previously missing piece of the Rolex GMT-Master History Puzzle in the role it played in Rolex's Conquest of Space, as we see on Scott Crossfield's wrist in the photo below.



Scott Crossfield was an American Naval Officer and test pilot and was the first of twelve pilots who would fly the North American X-15, which was an experimental spaceship that was cooperated by NASA and The United States Air Force.  In 1953 he became the first to fly at twice the speed of sound. Ironically he passed away in a crash at the age of 84.




Albert Scott Crossfield was born on October 2, 1921 in Berkeley, California. Scott served in the U.S. Navy as a fighter pilot and flight instructor during World War II. After the war he attended the University of Washington's where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1949, and in 1950 gained his Master degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Scott Crossfield was the first of twelve X-15 Pilots and  In the photo below we see Scott standing in front of his X-15.



Scott Crossfield joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) High-Speed Flight station as an aeronautical research pilot. NACA was later renamed 'NASA Dryden Research Center', and today is named the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base.

Crossfield flew many different experimental aircraft in tests at Edwards Air Force Base including the X-1, XF-92, X-4, X-5, Douglass D-558-I Skystreak as well as the Douglass D-558-II Skyrocket.




Chuck Yeager

In order to understand Scott Crossfield's achievements let's put things in perspective by taking a look at the context surrounding his world. We must begin by looking at General Chuck Yeager who was the first man to break the speed of sound barrier in 1947.



The photo below shows Chuck Yeager in his X-1 Airplane when he flew into the history books as the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound, and he was wearing his trusted Rolex Oyster when he set this remarkable record.



The photo above is cropped from the photo below which is mind-boggling if you click on it and check out the detail. It was taken in 1947 and is a photo of Chuck Yeager haulin' in his X-1.



Chuck Yeager was a big Rolex fan and he sent in the photo below to Rolex in Geneva in 1954.






First Pilot to Break Break Mach 2





Scott Crossfield was the first pilot fo break the record for flying at twice the speed of sound back in 1953. 




In the photo below we see Scott Crossfield with the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket (front, center), with his support team: two North American F-86 Sabre chase planes and the Boeing P2B-1S Super-fortress mothership, at the NACA High Speed Flight Station, Edwards Air Force Base, California, 1 January 1954. 




In the zoomed in version below I think I see Chuck Yeager is standing closest to the Skyrocket. You are seeing the precursor to NASA which was NACA.





Scott Crossfield is picture below on November 20, 1953 just after he flew his Douglass D-558-2 Skyrocket into the history books when he flew it twice as fast as the speed of sound.




The video footage below showcases Scott Crossfield record setting Skyrocket flight in 1953.










North American X-15

As previously mentioned, Scott Crossfield was the first of a dozen X-15 test pilots. He was also the Chief Engineering test pilot for North American and played a huge role in the development and design of the North American X-15. Crossfield flew a total of 14 of 199 total X-15 flight tests and he reached Mach 3 (2,290 MPH). 



"I am an aeronautical engineer, an aerodynamicist and a designer. My flying was only primarily because I felt it was essential to designing and building better airplanes for pilots to fly."

—Scott Crossfield


Scott Crossfield designed the X-15 along with many of its innovative features. He first flew the X-15 on June 8, 1959, which featured an unpowered glide from 37,550 feet and he then landed it successfully. The X-15 was unusual as it featured skis in the back as part of the landing gear.





In the next photo below discovered by Nick Gould we see Scott Crossfield attending an event for the Society of Experimental Test Pilots on October 8, 1959, and notice he is wearing his Rolex GMT-Master.







In the video below shot on September 17, 1959 we witness Scott Crossfield's second X-15 flight, which was the first powered X-15 test flight.





Scott Crossfield's Number 2 X-15 is pictured above and below on November 5, 1959 after it cracked in half during an emergency landing at Rosamond Dry Lake, which is approximately 10 miles (16 Kilometers) southwest of Edwards Air Force Base in California. At the time of the crash the X-15 was still partially loaded with propellant fuel. 







Neil Armstrong

Scott Crossfield is pictured below on February 9, 1961 at Edwards Air Force Base with two other famous X-15 pilots: On the far right we see noted X-15 pilot Neil Armstrong who would go on to become the first man to set foot on the moon aboard Apollo 11, in 1969. In the middle we see U.S. Air Force Pilot, Major Robert White. Just 2 days prior, on February 7, 1961 Robert White has set a new record in the X-15 of 2,275 MPH.






The next two photos show Scott Crossfield recieving the Harmon Trophy Award from President Kennedy at the White House in Washington D.C. on December 1st, 1961.




Below is a U.S. Air Force 1960 X-15 Annual Report video presentation given by Scott Crossfield on September 15, 1961 which is absolutely fascinating. Notice Scott Crossfield is wearing Rolex GMT-Master in the video presentation!!!  









Pete Knight

The second man we need to explore in order to best understand Scott Crossfield's achievements is X-15 Pilot, William J. "Pete" Knight who is pictured below in front on an X-15.



I first became aware of Scott Crossfield more than a decade ago when I was researching my seminal story I wrote on Supersonic Speed King, Pete Knight. Notice in the third paragraph of the letter below, Rolex U.S.A. President, Rene Paul Dentan mentioned Scott Crossfield.



Former Rolex U.S.A. President, Rene-Paul Dentan is pictured below in a photo from 1980, which appears courtesy of S3C Private Collection.






Pete Knight to this day holds the speed record for level flight when he flew into the history books in 1967 when he piloted his X-15 at Mach 6.7. Pete Knight's X-15 he set the all-time record in was painted with a special abatement white to keep the spaceship cooler when it reentered the earths atmosphere. The X-15 was the precursor to the Space Shuttle.





Pete Knight wore his Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master when he set the all-time speed record for level flight, and we see it pictured above in an exclusive photo. Today, this watch resides in Rolex's Private Museum Collection in Geneva. Pete Knight is pictured below in his later years wearing his beloved Rolex Pepsi GMT-Master which he wore his entire life.




The Right Stuff


Scott Crossfield was one of the key characters in the 1983 movie, The Right Stuff and was played by Scott Wilson.



Special Thanks to Nick Gould (@niccoloy) and Philip from Moon Watch Universe for their invaluable contributions to this story.

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