Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rolex Bubble-Back Unique Queen Mary Dial

Rolex Bubble-Back
Unique RMS Queen Mary Dial

John "Crash" Moittel is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World. He is also a Trustee of

He wrote in recently to share some fascinating insight on is RISitus condition. John said:

"Here is a very interesting item that may now be unique—and as such—may be of interest to you. It’s a Rolex “Queen Mary.” I am attaching some photos. The photos didn’t catch it, but in actuality, the name “Queen Mary” is clearly visible on the bow of the ship image."

Seeing this beauty for the first time took my breath away! To the best of my recollection, this is the earliest known "Exotic Dial" Rolex, or, in other words, Rolex dial with graphics on it.

The RMS Queen Mary Ocean Liner is pictured below as she cruises by Manhattan back in the 1930s.

John continued: 

"You seem like the most prolific and eclectic RISitus victim around my newly discovered field of interest so I’d be interested in any medications that you can recommend &/or what you think about my affliction."

RISitus, if you are not familiar with the term, stems from the term WISitus, which is a condition of sorts. "WIS" is the acronym for "Watch Idiot Savant", thus "RIS" is the acronym for "Rolex Idiot Savant". This is a condition I have happily suffered from for four decades now ;-)

John, my best advice is to "Keep Truckin'!!!". WISitus and RISitus, are some of the best conditions one can suffer from, as the cornerstone of them is The Spirit Of Inquiry, or if I am speakin' wif a cockney accent  (fink: Michael Caine), The Spirit Of Enquiry :-) Definition:

RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line (known as Cunard-White Star Line when the vessel entered service). Built by John Brown & Companyin Clydebank, Scotland, Queen Mary along with her running mate, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between SouthamptonCherbourg, and New York City. The two ships were a British response to the superliners built by German and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Queen Mary was the flagship of the Cunard Line from May 1936 until October 1946 when she was replaced in that role by Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and captured the Blue Riband in August of that year; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952 when she was beaten by the new SS United States. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Alliedsoldiers for the duration of the war.

Following the war Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service and along with Queen Elizabeth commenced the two-ship transatlantic passenger service for which the two ships were initially built. The two ships dominated the transatlantic passenger transportation market until the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s. By the mid-1960s, Queen Mary was ageing and, though still among the most popular transatlantic liners, was operating at a loss.

After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. She left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United States, where she remains permanently moored. Much of the machinery, including one of the two engine rooms, three of the four propellers, and all of the boilers, were removed. The ship serves as a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum, and hotel. The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted the Queen Mary as part of the Historic Hotels of America.[2]

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bond v. Bond Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery

The Official Trailer for the upcoming James Bond movie named SPECTRE was just released, and you can see it below. SPECTRE hits theaters on November 6, 2015!!!

Bond v. Bond
Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery

I have been working on a huge update to my "Complete History Of James Bond Watches—The Definitive Guide", and when I came across the following image of Sean Connery wearing his Rolex Submariner, it jogged my memory and made me remember a similar posed beach shot with Daniel Craig.

And by the way, since the Queen has been calling Sean Connery, "Sir" he's still looking pretty cool on the beach. In the photo below we see Sir Sean Connery in a recent Louis Vuitton photo shot by Annie Leibovitz.

In the photo below we see Sean Connery with Ursula Andress on the set of the 1962 James Bond Mega-hit entitled, Dr. No., and Sean is sporting his Rolex Submariner.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 Overhaul & Relaunch
Overhaul & Relaunch

My longtime pal and fellow Rolex-Fanatic, Sheldon Smith just completed a super-detailed overhaul of his Rolex-centric website named Minus4Plus6 is a superb online resource for all things Rolex including great how-to's, as well as Rolex reference materials, as well as great watch reviews and comparisons. I highly recommend you check it out!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Liza Minnelli Yellow Gold Date Lady Datejust...

Academy Award Winner For Best Actress

...Rolex SuperStar Hotness...

Liza Minnelli
Yellow Gold Date Lady Datejust

Liza Minnelli is an absolute SuperStar! She is one of the very few people in history to win an Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy Award. Liza Minelli is pictured below with Sammy Davis Jr., and she is wearing her yellow goal Rolex Ladies Date. Sammy Davis Jr., also wore many different Rolex watches.

Liza Minnelli's mother was Judy Garland, who was also achieved extreme success in her lifetime, beginning with her role as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz. In the video below we see Judy and Liza (Mother and Daughter) perform together in 1964, live at the London Palladium!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Like Father Like Son: Arnold & Patrick Schwarzenegger

...All In The Family...

Arnold, Maria & Patrick Schwarzenegger
Like Father & Mother—Like Son

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were married and have four children—two girls and two boys. Patrick Schwarzenegger is the oldest boy and we see him pictured below in a recent shot sporting a Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner with a Ceramic bezel.

Like Father—Like Son: Arnold Shwarzenegger is pictured below around the same age as his son is today, and we see him wearing his Rolex GMT-Master on a Jubilee Bracelet.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is pictured below with Maria Shriver when then first started dating, and we see him wearing his Yellow-Gold Rolex GMT-Master.

Like Mother—Like Son: In the photo below, we see Arnold Schwarzenegger with his wife, Maria Shriver, who is wearing a 36MM Rolex Day-Date. Maria Shriver is a Kennedy, and many of her fellow Kennedy relatives also wear Rolex.

Friday, September 18, 2015

1966 Rolex Ladies Magazine Ad

...Rolex Hotness...

1966 Rolex Ladies Magazine Ad

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Rolex Macro Shot of the Day: Daytona Detail...

Daytona Detail

Champthekid took this fantastic shot of his Rolex Daytona reference number 16520 between the lugs.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rolex Hotness: Cheryl Tiegs The First Supermodel In History

...Rolex Hotness...

Cheryl Tiegs
The First Supermodel In History

T. Walker Lloyd, who is a former Rolex executive did a podcast interview with me where he told a great story about Cheryl Tiegs and he mentioned her Rolex and you can see she is wearing a Rolex Lady-Date in the photo below (Ladies, Rolex President).

Cheryl Tiegs was not only a successful supermodel, but also extremely successful as a brand ambassador for companies like Olympus Camera, and she even had her own designer signature clothing and accessory line at Sears, which from 1980 to 1989 sold close to a Billion dollars!

Cheryl Tiegs wore at least two different Rolex watches. She wore a Rolex Lady-Date on a President Bracelet, as well as two-tone Ladies Datejust.

Cheryl Tiegs became the worlds first real Supermodel in the 1970s and she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated many times.

Cherly Tiegs is pictured below with her famous husband and fashion photographer, Peter Beard, who at the time was wearing a men's Rolex Datejust.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thomas's Rolex SEA Dweller

Thomas's Rolex SEA Dweller

Thomas is a member of Jake's Rolex World Facebook Group, and he recently posted this great photo of his Rolex SEA-DWELLER, which I thought was so cool, I decided to post it here!!! It looks like Thomas took it on a jet-ski...If you are not a member of Jake's Rolex World Facebook Group, be sure to join up. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

2009 SuperCase Rolex GMT Master II Ad Yellow Gold with Ceramic Bezel Insert

2009 SuperCase Rolex GMT Master II Ad
Yellow Gold with Ceramic Bezel Insert

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Steven Colbert Debuts Late Show Rolex Submariner...

...Rolex Super Coolness...

Steven Colbert
Debuts Late Show
Rolex Submariner

What kind of watch does Steven Colbert wear? Steven Colbert just took over David Letterman's Role as the host of The Late Show, and he was rockin' a stainless steel Rolex Submariner with a Ceramic Bezel insert.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

1988 Rolex GMT Ad Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team...

1988 Rolex GMT Ad
Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team

Monday, September 7, 2015

Carroll Shelby: American Racing Pioneer and Icon

...Rolex Super Coolness...

Carroll Shelby


Racing Pioneer and Icon
Rolex GMT Master on Jubilee Bracelet

Carroll Shelby was not only an American racing legend, but an international icon of automotive design. Carroll Shelby began his automotive career as a race car driver, and went on to design some of the most iconic specialty sports cars in automotive history. In the photo below, we see Carroll Shelby pictured in 1987 sporting his Rolex GMT Master on a Jubilee bracelet.

Carroll Shelby is pictured below in 1966 leaning against his Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, and we see his AC Shelby Cobra in the background.

Kings Of Coolness

Pictured below, we see two Kings Of Coolness, Carroll Shelby and Steve McQueen, and in this photo, Carroll Shelby is delivering a Shelby Cobra to Steve McQueen.

In the photo below, we see Carroll Shelby at a car show sitting in his 1963 AC Shelby Cobra, and notice he is wearing a Rolex on his right wrist, which is something he and Steve McQueen had in common.

1966 Ford GT Mark II

The Ford GT40 was a super-high performance American-British racing car, which was originally built and designed in England, and later in the United States. It was powered by a series of American-made Ford engines, and it dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans by winning four consecutive times in a row, from 1966 to 1969. The Mark II, which is pictured below gained Ford the first overall Le Mans victory in history for an American manufacturer.

In the photo below, we see the stable of Ford GT Mark 4 on display at the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans, and in the front we see the Number 1 Ford GT which was driven by Dan Gurney, and  A.J. Foyt.

This next video overview from 1967 Le Mans, give an overview of what happened while showing all the Ford GT's on the track.

1967 Le Mans Race Winner

In the photo below we see American race car driver win the 1967 24 hours of Le Mans as he rockets past the finish line to take first place for Ford.

Carroll Shelby is pictured below, posing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in Le Mans, France in 1967 with his Ford GT Mark IV, Number 1 Car which had just won the Le Mans race.

...More Rolex Racing Super Coolness...

Dan Gurney & A.J. Foyt
1967 24 Hours of Le Mans Winners
Stainless Steel Rolex Datejust

Dan Gurney is an American race car driver, race car designer, and team owner. With an amazing career dating back to 1958, he is considered to be one of the living God's of racing. Dan is pictured below taking a break during the 1967 Le Mans race, with Carroll Shelby, who is wearing the checkered hat, and notice Dan is wearing his Rolex Datejust, while racing.

Dan Gurney is also pictured below after winning the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. His teammate for the race, A. J. Foyt is standing next to him. This photo is very famous, because Dan Gurney did not drink alcohol, so when they won, he shook-up the champagne, and popped the cork and poured it all over the place–a tradition that he started, which continues to this day. How ironic is it that the not only did Carol Shelby who designed the Ford GT Mark II wear a Rolex, but so did the two race car drivers who won the 1967 Le Mans!?!

In the photo below, we see a close-up of Dan Gurney's Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet

In the next image below, taken in 1974, we see A.J. Foyt being celebrated in a Rolex Day-Date ad.

A. J. Foyt is pictured below with Richard Petty on the 4th of July in 1975.

The Ford GT40 that Dan Guryney and A.J. Foyt won the 24 Hours Of Le Mans in is pictured below. By the way, this is the first and only time an All-American team, driving an American car has ever won the 24 Hours Of Le Mans!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The All-New Yellow Gold Rolex Supercase Submariner

A Yellow Gold Rolex Supercase Submariner
From Monte Carlo, Monaco

Francesco, who lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco sent in these great photos of his yellow gold Rolex Supercase Submariner with the blue ceramic bezel and it sure looks great!!!:

As we see with the yellow gold Rolex Submariner it has blue lume which looks cool...

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Vintage Rolex Submariner Hotness: Single Red Submariner [Reference 1680]

Vintage Rolex Submariner Hotness
Single Red Submariner [Reference 1680]

This great shot is from Chung Lee, and I must say there is nothing sexier than a woman wearing a man's vintage Rolex!!! What a great look!!!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Rolex Studio Shot of the Day: Doctor Strong Big Crowns...

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

Doctor Strong Big Crowns
Putting Things In Vintage Perspective

Jeff, known in some circles as Dr. Strong took this great Rolex Studio shot of vintage big crown Rolex Submariner watches with no crown guards and superdome crystals.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

...Rolex Coolness... Matt LeBlanc Stainless Steel Rolex Sumbariner

...Rolex Coolness...

Matt LeBlanc
Stainless Steel Rolex SEA-DWELLER

How You Doin'!?!?!

Matt LeBlanc is best known for his role as the beloved Joey Tribbiani on the Superhit, Friends. 

Matt starred in 236 episodes of Friends, which aired for 12 years from 1994-2006!!! 

Matt LeBlanc has been wearing his trademark stainless steel Rolex SEA-DWELLER for more than a decade. Matt has also been successful in movies, and was in Lost In Space, and Charlie's Angels.

Above Photo appears courtesy of Kirk McKoy of the Los Angeles Times

In this next photo Matt LeBlanc is wearing a modern LV "Hulk" Submariner.

In this next photo Matt LeBlanc is wearing a two-tone Rolex Daytona.