Sunday, June 22, 2008

Rolex Submariner on Sean Connery from James Bond Movie Dr. No Publicity Shot...

Tip: to see ever photo of Sean Connery wearing his Rolex Submariner click on the label that says "Sean Connery" underneath. This, of course, works for every label on Jake's Rolex Watch Blog.

Rolex Time Capsule: The Story of ROLEX–Marketing Brochure for Great Britain From 1964...

On behalf of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog and all the readers, I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to Marko (Reckel) from the forum in Germany who discovered this Rolex history gem.

I think we have all seen small bits and pieces of this in the past in low quality. I have done my best to bring it as close to the original that was printed in 1964 as I know how to do.

The most amazing thing about reading the Story of ROLEX is it gives you such a great official Rolex history lesson, from the perspective of a time capsule. I learned so much about Rolex history just from reading this 43 year old Rolex brochure. It is amazing to me how similar Rolex is today.

As Frank Sinatra said "There is something to be said for things that endure."

Please click on the images to be able to read and see them full size:

Clint Eastwood Wearing his Rolex Two-tone Datejust and Angelina Jolie

Clint Eastwood wearing his trademark Rolex Two-tone Datejust with the Jubilee bracelet.

Rolex King Midas Bentley Shot From The Idle Swede of Boca Raton...

Leo, the Idle Swede of Boca Raton is anything but idle when it comes to Rolex. Leo is one of the most knowledgeable, smart and inspirational people I have ever met. 

Leo took this amazing shot of his Rolex King Midas on the hood of a Bentley. I love how the Silver and Gold play off each other.

If you are not familiar with with the Rolex King Midas it is one of only two limited edition Rolex watches ever made. The King Midas is NOT a Cellini. It is a Pure Rolex that was made in a limited edition series of 1000 numbered pieces, and at the time of its introduction the King Midas was the heaviest gold watch in the world.

We will be exploring the Rolex King Midas in the future.

Rolex Wrist Shot of the Day: Pink Gold & Stainless Datejust...

Well summer is definitely here as we are seeing Rolex watch wrist tan lines. This Pink Gold & stainless Datejust  with the black dial with Raised Pink Gold Roman numerals and railroad chapter ring is really handsome. 

Photo Credit: 26 Two

Jake's Quote of the Day: The Olympic Creed...

"The most important thing is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." —The Olympic Creed 

Rolex Explorer II with Black Dial...

Photo Credit: Pelue

Rolex: The Right Stuff and The Two Fastest Men That Ever Lived...

Rolex and The Right Stuff
The World's Fastest Men

This is a story about two men who achieved the unachievable when they broke the two greatest speed records in flight history.

They both took off from and landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and each of them was wearing their trusted Rolex watch when they broke all the speed records.

Tip: Click on all images to see more detail

We start with Chuck Yeager (wearing his Rolex Oyster above) who was the first man to break the sound barrier when he flew faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947 in the Bell X-1 pictured below.

Chuck Yeager is wearing his Stainless Rolex Submariner, which ironically is a James Bond Reference 6538 with the Big Crown. (click on image above to see the close up detail on his Rolex Submariner, and notice his bezel is upside down ;-)

Chuck Yeager pictured above coming back from flying faster than Mach 2.
Chuck Yeager holding up a photo of his Bell X-1 next to a model of the X-15 high-speed, high-altitude research aircraft. When this photo was taken he was a Colonel and Commandant of the United States Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School at the Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Chuck Yeager broke several speed records, the torch was passed to William Night who flew the X-15 pictured above and below.

The X-15 side view.

The World's Fastest Man, William J. "Pete" Knight. Knight became the world's fastest man on October 3, 1967, while flying the hypersonic X-15 when he flew at Mach 6.7 (4,520 miles per hour which is nearly seven times the speed of sound.)

This flight remains the absolute highest speed ever attained by a manned aircraft and of course, Pete Knight was wearing his trusted Rolex GMT Master.

The photo below is of the X-15's hypersonic contrail after launch as it screams toward the heavens.

If you enjoyed this article you will be happy to know I am working on a Definitive Rolex Series on Chuck Yeager that is mind-blowing and I will have it up as soon as I can get it done.