Wednesday, March 25, 2009

All New Rolex Datejust II at 41mm ...

All New Rolex Datejust II at 41mm

At Baselworld in Switzerland today Rolex introduced their all new 41mm Datejust II.

The images above are official Rolex photos and Percy from the German Rolex forum took the following photos.

New Rolex Submariner Models from BaselWorld

All New Supercase Submariner in Two-Tone

Today in Basel Switzerland, at the Baselworld tradeshow, Rolex introduced the two-tone version of their highly iconic Submariner. They are offering it in a black dial-bezel combo and a blue dial-bezel combo as seen below.

The images above are official Rolex photos and Percy from the German Rolex forum took the following photo.

Rolex Daytona History...

Origin Of The Word "Cosmograph"
& The History of The Daytona Designation

I contributed to a fascinating conversation on about the origin of the word "Cosmograph" and I learned some really fascinating facts from Larry who is a moderator who's handle is "Tools." (Larry lives in the Mojave Desert and currently has 12,344 posts!!!)

Larry wrote:

"Rolex registered the name Cosmograph in 1953, and as has been said, it was used on their Moonphase until 1956. Rolex used the simple "Chronograph" under the name on the standard 2 sub-dial models.

They began using Cosmograph on their three dialed Chronographs ..

They didn't start using the word "Daytona" on any watches until about 1962 when a few were given that additional name to capitalize on the growing hot-rod and especially NASCAR racing that was becoming popular.. In 1966 they were the official time-keeper at the NASCAR Daytona Race. You might say that Daytona was mostly a commemorative designation on the dial.

Cosmograph's can be found both with and without the "Daytona" on the dial all through the 60's and 70's....

After a few years, this simple name (Daytona) became the standard way of referring to the Rolex Cosmograph whether it was a Daytona or not.... so it wasn't until the late 70's or early 80's that Daytona badging started to appear on all Cosmo's."

I believe the photo below illustrates how the exact same model of Rolex Cosmograph which is a Chronograph appears with and without the "Daytona" designation. Thanks for sharing Larry. You can check out the thread on by clicking here.

The two Rolex Chronographs [Reference 6263] pictured above are identical in every way except the one on the right has a Daytona Designation on the dial and the one on the left does not.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wrist Shot of the Day: A Beautiful Rolex GMT Pepsi From Dubai ...

A Beautiful Rolex GMT Pepsi From Dubai

James Dowling took this amazing wrist shot of a Pepsi Rolex GMT Master [Reference 1675] from Dubai which has really cool Arabic writing on the dial. James Dowling is the co-author of "The Best Of Time–Rolex Wristwatches" which you can check out my review and podcast on by clicking here.

BaselWorld 2009...

Baselworld Begins This Week...

Baselworld is the largest and most significant watch show in the world and Rolex introduces its new models every year at Baselworld in Basel, Switzerland.

So what new models are we going to see later this week? Nobody knows except for Rolex. Rolex is just like Apple with the secrecy thing.

My best guess is that we will be seeing a Datejust 2 around 40mm, which should be a great addition.

I hope Rolex introduces the all-new Supercase Submariner in all Stainless Steel but I realize they might hold off another year, but hopefully we will see the new two-tone Supercase Submariner. Rolex introduced the first Submariner at Baselworld back in 1954.

Of course, Jake's Rolex Watch Blog will be keeping you up to date as new Rolex model information becomes available. It should be fun...

Rolex Hotness: Whitney Port Rolex Datejust...

Rolex Hotness: Whitney Port
I Want My MTV!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Rolex Macro Shot of the day: A Spanish LV Sub from Javileon...

A Spanish LV Sub from Javileon

Rolex Lume Shot of the Day: Blue vs. Green...

Green v. Blue

Mike is a moderator on and he took this brilliant shot of his GMT Ceramic next to his DEEPSEA to compare Lume.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Rolex Founder: Hans Wilsdorf Birthday Today...

Happy Birthday: Han's Wilsdorf
Founder of Rolex in 1908

Hans Wilsdorf was the founder of Rolex and he was born 128 years ago, on March 22, 1881 in Kulmbach, Bavaria, which is part of Germany today. Han's Wilsdorf founded Rolex 101 years ago in 1908.

If it was not for Hans Wilsdorf's talent, genius, creativity, tenacity, brilliance, insight and vision, there would be no Rolex today; so on behalf of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog and on the eve of Basel week let's all take a moment to thank Hans Wilsdorf for leaving his amazing legacy for us all to enjoy and celebrate!!! It is indeed a happy birthday for Hans Wilsdorf.

Macro Shot of the Day from Francesco: Rolex Daytona...

Photo Credit: Francesco

Daniel Craig: Rolex Milgauss GV for James Bond Actor...

Daniel Craig: Rolex Milgauss GV
50th Anniversary Milgauss

Rolex Macro Shot of the Day: Triplock By Jocke

Triplock By Jocke

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rolex Artwork by Milos...

New York to London

Milos (WatchFan 1) is a moderator on and he created this really cool piece of Rolex Artwork. Milos, I think you created a great retro composition!!!

Bernhard's Big Red Panda Rolex Daytona...

Bernhard's Big Red Panda

Bernhard has amazing taste and an amazing vintage Rolex collection. He sent in these amazing photos of his latest addition which he refers to as his "Big Red Panda." The 6263 is unusual because the red "Daytona" designation is larger than usual and sits up higher above the bottom subdial.

The Reference 6263 is the same model that Daniel Craig has been wearing lately. I would like to thank Bernhard for sending in these great shots!!!!

Just In Case You Missed It: President Obama on Jay Leno

President Obama

Marley & Me: Jennifer Aniston Day-Date...

Marley & Me

Jennifer Aniston & Owen Wilson

Friday, March 20, 2009

David Blei Rolex Collection Auction at Patrizzi.

David Blei Rolex Collection
Patrizzi Auction House

David Blei's historic vintage Rolex collection is considered to be one of the finest in the world and parts of it are going to be up for auction at the Patrizzi Auction House in Milan, Italy this Sunday, March 22, 2008.

This really cool looking Rolex "Pre Daytona" Reference 6234 (made between 1960-1961) will be up for auction and if you want to see more watches and learn more please click here.

Vintage Yo-Yo Ma Rolex Ad....



Mike O'Leary is a professional commercial diver for COMEX and he has a great website named He recently posted a story on his site that shows him testing the new Rolex DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER for the first time deep in the North Sea while performing maintenance and inspection work for British Petroleum. In the video located at the bottom of this post you can see the ROLEX DEEPSEA in action down 125 Meters (420 Feet).

The Rolex DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER is just that and as you see in this video it is a real tool watch:

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

1954 Dragon Cloisonné Dial from John Goldberger

1954 Rolex Dragon Cloisonné

John Goldberger, who wrote 100 Superlative Rolex Watches lives in Italy and he sent in photos of this very rare Rolex [Reference 6098]. He mentioned that it is very similar to the watch illustrated in his book on page 44, but in a bigger diameter, which makes it so rare.

The dial was manufactured by Cadra Stern Frères, and it is signed by Charles Poluzzi. John took the photos this last weekend in the Italian countryside and he pointed out that Spring Is Starting!!!

You can check out the review of his great book I did by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lance Armstrong: Rolex GMT Master II....

Lance Armstrong


Rolex Studio Shot of the Day: Hannes' Explorer v. Air King...

Black & White Rolex

Hannes, the co-owner of the German Rolex forum ( took this stunning shot of his Rolex Explorer next to his Rolex Air King. I can't figure out which one I like better!?!

Anderson Cooper Another 60 Minutes Rolex

Anderson Cooper
Another 60 MINUTES Rolex

On Sunday, we saw 60 Minutes reporter, Scott Pelley sporting his trademark stainless steel Rolex Daytona with a black dial. Anderson Cooper is a super reporter and he also reports for 60 Minutes. Anderson Cooper is pictured below wearing his trademark Rolex GMT Master II in stainless steel.

Here is a 60 Minutes Story reported by Anderson Cooper about African Gorillas

In this next video you see Anderson's lighter side on Letterman

Monday, March 16, 2009

Studio Shot of the Day: White Gold Daytona...

Photo Credit: Michael W

Rolex Lume Shot of the Day: Macbook Pro Submariner...

Macbook Pro NATO Lume Shot

Photo Credit: Roland

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Rolex Macro Shot of the Day: Eduardo's Daytona :

Eduardo's Daytona

Eduardo is a mining engineer from Chile in South America and he reads Jake's Rolex Watch Blog 7 days a week (according to Eduardo). I spoke with Eduardo yesterday and he shared a fascinating story about his wife Marcela. He mentioned he told Marcela he thought it would be a good idea if she would wear one of his men's sport model Rolex watches and at first she thought he was nuts.

She said she thought she should be wearing a much smaller watch, then Eduardo showed her many of the photos on Jake's Rolex Watch Blog of women wearing men's Rolex watches and won her over–now she is happily wearing a two-tone Rolex Submariner he bought for her.

Eduardo has been having a lot of fun lately photographing Rolex watches from his collection and he sent a bunch in share with you. Today's shots from Eduardo are of his two-tone Rolex Daytona. Great Shots Eduardo!!! Thanks for sharing!!! We will be seeing more from Eduardo in the future.

Scott Pelley: 60 Minutes Rolex Daytona...

Scott Pelley
A 60 MINUTES Rolex

I started watching 60 Minutes when I was 11 years old and it has been my favorite TV show ever since. Scott Pelley is one of the main reporters on 60 Minutes and he is pictured below wearing his trademark stainless steel Rolex Daytona with the black dial. Scott is a flawless gentleman and a superb reporter.

If you have not watched this fascinating 2 part 60 Minutes interview that Scott Pelley conducted with U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, I highly recommend watching:

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Macro Shot of the Day: Datejust Glistening in the Twilight

Datejust Glistening in the Twilight

Photo Credit: David Cote

Friday, March 13, 2009

Abel Finds His Grail Rolex!!!

Abel Finds His Grail Rolex!!!
1959 Rolex Submariner [Reference 5508] 37mm

Abel is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and he has been a big fan of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog for a long time now. As a matter of fact I dedicated the Mocha GMT story to him because he has been such a great fan.

Abel recieved his first Rolex (Submariner) from his parents when he was 18 as a high school graduation present–and that was 42 years ago!!! Abel wrote in originally and shared a great story about how he had been a big fan of the I Spy TV show which stared Bill Cosby and Robert Culp and Abel used to be fascinated with their Rolex Pepsi GMTs.

Ever since, Abel has been in love with the Rolex brand but he always had his Grail Rolex he wanted and after all these years he finally got it!!! It is a "No Crown Guard" James Bond Submariner. Abel sent in these photos of his fantastic new grail watch to share with you. On behalf of all the readers of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog, I would like to congratulate you Abel and extend our best wishes that you wear your Grail Rolex Well!!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!

Abel shot his DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER next to its great grandfather.