Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Rolex President: U.S. President: Lyndon Johnson-1969 Apollo 11 Lift-off

...The Rolex President...
U.S. President: Lyndon Johnson
1969 Apollo 11 Lift-off

I figured since we just took a look at Crosby, Stills and Nash making their debut as a band at Woodstock in August 1969, it would be interesting to examine who else was wearing a Rolex in that same timeframe. The photo below was taken exactly one month prior to Stephen Stills playing Woodstock wearing his trademark Rolex Submariner.

The irony of course is Lyndon Johnson and Crosby, Stills and Nash were not just completely opposite politically, but Johnson was in the twilight of his career, while Crosby, Stills and Nash were just really getting going with theirs, but the one thing they had in common was an appreciation of Rolex. Profound if you think about it!!!

In this first photo we see former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson wearing his trademark yellow gold "Rolex President" Day-Date as he watches Apollo 11 take-off for the Moon from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on July 16, 1969 at 9:32am EDT. Former U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew is pictured on Johnson's right and Lady Bird is on his left.

Despite the fact President Kennedy set the goal of putting a man safely on the moon and returning him to earth, it was the Johnson administration that really made it happen, so this moment must have been a crowning achievement in President Johnson's career.

Historical Note: The photo above of U.S. President Johnson is a bit ironic because he was no longer President when this photo was taken. At the time Richard Nixon was the President of The United States and he did not attend since he was paranoid the launch might fail. Instead he watched the launch live from the Oval Office.

The Eagle Has Landed

Just in case you are too young to remember, Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the moon, which is arguably one of mankind's greatest achievements. To learn all about Rolex Moon watches you can always visit the Achievement Gallery on Jake's Rolex World and scroll down to the Rolex Moon Watch Section.