Sunday, January 31, 2016

JK's Stainless Steel Clasp Coronet

...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day...

JK's Stainless Steel Clasp Coronet

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stainless Steel Rolex Yacht-Master II

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

Stainless Steel 

Rolex Yacht-Master II

44MM Reference 116680

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

90th Anniversary Of The Rolex Oyster

90th Anniversary Of The Rolex Oyster

It's hard to imagine that only ninety years ago, Rolex invented and brought to market the first waterproof watch. I say this because it seems like so long ago, and at the same time not so long ago. In order to really understand the significance of the Rolex Oyster in horological history, you have to understand Rolex's founder Hans Wilsdorf.

Hans Hilsdorf, Founder of Rolex pictured above in 1905 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

The watch below is not a vintage Panerai. It is an incredibly timeless, elegant Rolex Oyster which was one of the first waterproof models that Rolex offered in 1926. Happy 90th Anniversary to the Rolex Oyster!!! 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Stefano Mazzariol Yellow Gold Daytona with White Porcelain Dial

...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day...

Stefano Mazzariol
Yellow Gold Daytona with White Porcelain Dial

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Rolex Letter From Brazil July 1953

A Rolex Letter From Brazil
July 1953

It has been said that every Rolex has a story behind it, and Rolex used to publish many of these great anecdotes, and this one is from Brazil in 1953. The article mentions "Don't forget that the more junior member of the Rolex family, the Tudor, is also protected by the Oyster case." Rolex officially launched the Tudor line a year earlier in 1952. If you click on the magazine image below, it will get bigger and easier to read.

Vintage Rolex Ad Appears Courtesy of The Concannon Collection

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rolex Coolness: Russell Crowe...

Academy Award Winner for Best Actor

...Rolex Coolness... 

Russell Crowe

Rolex Keeping The Time Of His Life

Russell Crowe is probably best known for his Academy Award for Best Actor performance, where he played the starring role in Gladiator. Russell Crowe is pictured below in a recent photos sporting his Rolex Submariner which has a ceramic bezel insert.

In the photos below, taken decades earlier, we see Russell Crowe wearing a similar Rolex Submariner as pictured above.

Platinum Day-Date

Russell Crow also wears a Platinum Rolex Day-Date as seen in the pictures below. Russell was born in Wellington, New Zealand and has starred in many blockbuster hits including L.A. Confidential, Cinderella Man and A Beautiful Mind.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Vintage Rolex Day-Date Ad...

Rolex Day-Date
Change The World Ad

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day...

...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day...

Ryan's Double Red SEA-DWELLER
Submariner 2000: Reference 1665 Mark II

Monday, January 11, 2016

Donald Douglas: Founder of McDonnell Douglas Corporation

...Rolex Super-Coolness....

Donald Douglas
Founder of McDonnell Douglas Corporation

"When you design it, think how you would feel if you had to fly it! Safety first!"

Donald Douglass is one of the greatest aviation pioneers in history, and he is featured below in the 1952 Rolex Datejust ad. Donald Douglas was a highly talented aeronautical engineer who played a key role in the building out the American aviation industry.

Early in Douglas' career he built an airplane known as the Douglas Cloudster, which was the first airplane that could cary a payload heavier than its own weight. In 1921 he founded the Douglas Aircraft Company which would later merge into The McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

Donald Douglas is pictured below with American President FDR, on the eve of World War II. At the beginning of World War II, Doulas' Airplanes made up 80% of all commercial aircraft in the U.S. Fleet, which was dominated with his Douglas DC-3. Also, his Douglas C-47 Military Transport version of the DC-3 was the dominant airplane in the U.S. Military Fleet.

In the video below we learn how Donald Douglas was deeply inspired by the Wright Brothers, and how he witnessed the dawn of Military aviation.

The following video is fascinating as it features the pioneer aviation founders of Lockheed, Northrop and Douglas himself.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day Antiquorum Rolex Moonphase [Reference 8171]

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Antiquorum Rolex Moonphase
[Reference 8171]

This is an outrageously beautiful yellow gold Rolex Moonphase that was made between 1949 and 1952. This Rolex reference is was dubbed "Padellone" by Italian collectors. "Padellone" translated into English means "Frying Pan." I understand the translation, but referring to such a magnificent masterpiece as "frying pan" is not reasonable, so today I am renaming this watch as "The Magnificent Moonphase."

One of the other really cool things about the Rolex Moonphase [Reference 8171] is that even though it was made between 1949 and 1952, it was unusually large at the time at 38mm, which makes it very cool and timeless today.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Rolex Macros Shot of the Day: Daytona

...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day...

Magnificent Macro

B took this amazing macro shot of his Rolex Daytona dial up close. Something about these colors is so great looking together...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

1984 Rolex Daytona Brochure Cover...

1984 Rolex Daytona Brochure Cover

I remember back in 1984, how the Porsche was the coolest car, and here is a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona brochure cover featuring the Porsche 928S. Very Cool...

Speaking of the Porsche 928, here is an original brochure from Jake's Car World.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Rolex GMT-Master from Indonesia

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

Rolex GMT-Master from Indonesia

Henri Leong from Indonesia is a long-time reader of Jake's Rolex World, and he recently sent in this amazing photo of his Rolex GMT-Master. Great Coronet Shot Henri! Happy New Year!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Rolex Coolness: Al Pacino Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner

Academy Award Winning Best Actor

...Rolex Coolness...

Al Pacino
A Brilliant Career With Rolex Keeping His Time

Al Pacino is considered to be one of the greatest actors alive today.  He has been wearing Rolex watches on film and in real life for decades.

Al Pacino is pictured below with Carrie Underwood at the 2013 Emmy Awards, and you can see he is wearing his trademark Rolex Submariner.

Al Pacino stared in the seminal Godfather trilogy of movies where he played Michael Corleone family. In my opinion the Godfather trilogy is one of the greatest set of movies ever made. The Godfather was released in 1972, and Godfather II was released in 1974. Godfather III was released more than 25 years later in 1990. Many people have criticized Godfather III as not being as good as Part 1 & 2, but I completely disagree. I think Godfather Part III is every bit as great as 1 & 2.

The photo below shows Al Pacino's character, Don Michael Corleone with his father, Don Vito Corleone that was played by Marlon Brando.

Another seminal Al Pacino movie was Scarface, which the photo below is from.

In 1992 All Pacino Starred in Glengarry Glen Ross, in which he wore a two-tone Rolex Datejust, as seen below.

Glengarry Glen Ross had a major all-star cast, and featured one of the craziest Rolex scenes in a movie with Alec Baldwin's speech

In this next photo we see Al Pacino wearing a stainless steel Rolex on a Jubilee Bracelet, in 2002 when he stared in the movie named Simone.

Al Pacino is pictured below with Kevin Spacey, and Al is wearing his trademark Rolex Submariner.