Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Blue Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner...

I am a designer and a lifelong Rolex enthusiast/fanatic. For the last 25 years I kept looking at Rolex watches thinking to myself, why not do it in this color or that?

I am an advanced graphic artist (incase you didn't notice) and about 5 years ago, I first started playing in Photoshop and Illustrator with changing colors and details on watches. I always thought the stainless steel Rolex Submariner would look really cool with a blue bezel so I mocked up one as you can see in the second image of the LV Sub with a blue dial.

It turns out that many of the ideas for colors that I have come up with, Rolex actually made at one time or another. I just found this blue dial with matching blue bezel, Stainless Rolex Submariner and it looks so cool. I call these blue bezel watches "The Blueberry."

It is amazing how many rare and unusual Rolex watches exist in the world that I never new about!!!

This model also has nipple indices.  You have to click on the photo to check it out in detail:

Photo credit: LarryK

My Photoshop Fun Version

Photo Credit: Christie's

Ultra Rare Prototype Rolex Explorer II with Nipple Indices...

Supposedly Rolex only made two of these Explorer II watches with Nipple Indices for Basel 1982 and only this one was sold in 1984.  Ultra-Rare and Ultra Cool...

Photo Credit: VRF Emeritus

Rolex Wrist Shot of the Week...Rolex Explorer In Front Of Mount Everest...

This is a great wrist shot taken in front of Mount Everest.

Sir Edmund Hillary was the first explorer/mountain climber to first climb to the top of Everest on May, 29 1953 and he was wearing his trusted Rolex Explorer.

In my mind this wrist shot really embodies the essence of the Rolex Explorer.

Photo Credit: wizir

Lance Armstrong sporting his Trademark Coke Rolex GMT Master...

Lance Armstrong is considered by many to be one of the greatest athletes and road racing cyclists that ever lived.  

Lance won the Tour de France seven consecutive times in a row from 1999 to 2005–something nobody else has ever achieved, and likely never will again. Lance wears a Stainless Steel GMT II Coke Rolex.

Speaking of things people wear on their wrist, Lance's LIVESTRONG Yellow wristband has been extremely successful. 

The money raised from the sale of the extremely popular LIVESTRONG wristbands goes to support the Lance Armstrong  Cancer Foundation which you can visit by clicking here.

The Lance Armstrong has raised over $250 Million dollars to help support cancer survivorship programs and initiatives to make cancer a national priority.

Rolex Wrist Shot of the Day: Yellow Gold GMT II Ceramic with Green Dial...

I am dubbing this watch the "Ocean's 13" watch since Brad Pitt wore it in that movie.

I think this watch is very cool and masculine looking...

The Candy Man: The Magnificent Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr., was a big Rolex collector. In this photo he is wearing his trademark Yellow Gold Datejust with the black dial. Sammy Davis Jr., is considered my many to be the greatest entertainer that ever lived.

Rolex GMT II Ceramic Next to Rolex Sea Dweller...

Interesting to see a GMT II Ceramic next to a Rolex Sea Dweller. In many ways the design language is more similar than not.  

This photo is fascinating because it shows the difference between having a watch with and without the cyclops date lens as well as the differnce between the Supercase with Maxi Markers and Fat Hands and the Standard case with Mini Markers and Standard Hands.

It is fascinating because if you compare a non Ceramic GMT to the Sea Dweller, the Sea Dweller would dwarf the GMT, the way the Supercase GMT is dwarfing the Sea Dweller here.

The King of Cool: Leather Wide Military Band with White Gold Daytona with Black Dial...

The first person I know of to wear a Rolex on a wide Military strap was Paul Newman in the early 1970s.  

Eric Clapton and John Mayer also sport this look, and it seems to be gaining in popularity these days, but like so many trends in cool, the first person I know of to sport this look is, of course, the King–as seen in this publicity photo from 1968.

Even though the watch below looks very similar to a stainless steel Daytona there are two distinct but subtle clues that it is a white gold Daytona.  First is the lug link extension, and secondly are the mini pyramid indicators on the bezel. The lug link extension really gives this Daytona a finished look.

Rolex Yellow Gold Submariner...

The Cobalt blue dial and bezel are so beautiful on this Yellow Gold Rolex Submariner...

Jake's Quote of the Day: Be Careful What You Wish For...

There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants, more than anything else, to become rich. As long as they don't have the money, it'll seem like a worthwhile goal. Once they do, they'll understand how important other things are-and have always been. —Joseph Brooks