Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Arthur Ashe Three Time Grand Slam of Tennis Winner



The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament finals are coming-up this weekend, so I thought it would make sense to explore one of the greatest tennis players in history.

This years U.S. Open represented the 48th anniversary of Arthur Ashe, in 1968, becoming the first African American man to win a major singles tennis title. At the time Arthur Ashe was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, as well as being an amateur tennis player.




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Arthur Ashe


Three-Time Tennis Grand-Slam Winner
Lifetime Of Achievement With A Rolex President On His Wrist

Arthur Ashe is one of the greatest tennis players in history, and the only African American player to ever win the men's singles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open. Arthur is pictured below sporting his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. It is amazing how timeless and evergreen Rolex watches are, especially when you realize this photo was taken 43 years ago, in 1970, at the Queen's Club in London.

Arthur Ashe is the first black man in history to wear a Rolex President (Day-Date). I know Bill Cosby wore many Rolex Day-Dates and so did Pele, but I believe Arthur Ashe was the likely the first.



"I only wear Rolex." –Arthur Ashe


Arthur Ashe pictured above in 1970, at the Queen's Club in London, England


Tighten Up

I really like the photo of Arthur Ashe above and I think Arthur looks really tight and tough and you can tell by the way he is posing that he is extremely proud of his Rolex–which I really digg. For some reason, every time I look at the photo above of Arthur Ashe, the song "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & The Drells starts playing in my head so I thought I would share the video below. Play it and look at the photo above of Arthur...




I first learned of Arthur Ashe wearing a Rolex President (Day-Date) from T. Walker Lloyd who told me a great story about how Arthur said that he only wore Rolex. In the photo below we see Arthur Ashe pictured on the cover of a 1966 issue of Sports Illustrated.





Arthur Ashe is pictured below in 1968 holding up his U.S. Open trophy he received after winning the U.S. Open.









Winning Wimbledon 1975


Arthur Ashe is pictured below holding up the Wimbledon Trophy for having won the Men's Final Tournament in 1975. Arthur Ashe had previously attempted to win at Wimbledon eight times, before finally winning.


Arthur Ashe is pictured below shaking hands with the reigning Wimbledon Championship,  Jimmy Connors in 1975 after Ashe destroyed Connors to win the Wimbledon men's final championship. 




You can watch the entire 1975 Wimbledon Men's Singles Finals in the video below, which is fascinating. 







Arthur Ashe is pictured below in 1974 playing golf on a TV show where well-known sportsman competed against each other in a variety of events, and notice he is wearing his Rolex Day-Date while he is playing golf!!! This is something only a REAL Rolex Fanatic would do—play golf while wearing a Rolex President!!!





The video below features Arthur Ashe showcasing his Ashe Comp 2 tennis graphite tennis racket he used when he won Wimbledon in 1975. Arthur Ashe was not only an amazing tennis player, but an equally successful entrepreneur.





Arthur Ashe is pictured below in 1979, while promoting a prototype of his famous Arthur Ashe tennis racquet, which was made by Head. I used to have one of these Head tennis racquets  which at the time was, considered the most state of the art racquet you could buy.





Arthur Ashe is pictured below with the 1982 Davis Cup team which he was the caption of. John McEnroe is pictured next to Ashe.




It is amazing that Arthur Ashe wore a yellow gold Rolex President his entire life. Arthur Ashe died way too young, but he inspired the tennis world like very few ever have or ever will. Arthur Ashe was a man of great achievement and he made it every step of the way with his trademark Rolex Day-Date on his wrist which kept the time of his life!!!






Arthur Asher is pictured below in 1992 in a famous shot of him hugging his Tennis Racquet while wearing his trademark Rolex Day-Date, which was taken three decades after the first image of him at the beginning of this story. It is fascinating to note Arthur Ashe proudly wore a Rolex Day-Date his entire adult life. A year after the picture below was taken, Arthur Ashe died from AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion that contained the HIV virus in the early 1980s. 


Arthur Ashe is featured below in a video he made just before he passed away. Arthur Ashe passed away on February 6, 1993.


The documentary below on Arthur Ashe is AMAZING!!!! I highly recommend watching it! 




Have Rolex Will Travel

If you watch the BBC interview that takes place 36 minutes and 36 seconds into the video above, you will see Arthur Ashe rockin' his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date while being interviewed just after winning Wimbledon in 1975. This is interesting in that the interviewer asked Arthur Ashe if he was materialistic in any way? Arthur Ashe ironically answered: 

"Right now I have very few possessions. Not because I don't want them, or wouldn't want to use them, but because there is no real need for them logically. I don't have a car because I am never in one place long enough."



So what makes Arthur Ashe's answer so ironic? The fact he has so few material possessions, but he is wearing his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. Also, notice this Rolex Day-Date has a matching Champagne dial, where in the later photos of Arthur Ashe, his Day-Date has a dark dial. Another key takeaway point is that to the best of my recollection, Arthur Ashe is the first tennis player who won Wimbledon who wore a Rolex, and not just any Rolex, but he flagship 'Rolex Presidential' model.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Roger Federer 2017 Mercedes Benz SL Ad


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Roger Federer

2017 Mercedes Benz SL Mockumentary

Roger Federer is not only considered to be the greatest tennis player that ever lived, but he is also an official Rolex Ambassador. 


Mercedes just came out with this really funny ad that features Roger, and of course, you see him wearing different Rolex watch models. 


It's kind of funny, because Roger really is a dyed-in-the-wool Rolex fanatic, as we see him wearing Rolex watches throughout the mochumentary... 




Monday, August 22, 2016

Isabell Werth World Champion Dressage




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Isabell Werth
World Champion Dressage

Isabell Werth is one of the top equestrian horseback riders in the world. She has won 10 Olympic medals, including 6 gold Olympic medals, as well as 7 Dressage World Championships. 



Speaking of Olympics, Issabell Werth just won Gold again at the Summer Olympics in Brazil in the Team Dressage event, and she also won Silver a Silver Medal in Individual Dressage. This is a truly remarkable feat, as she has been winning Olympic Gold Medals since her Olympic debut in Barcelona in 1992. She has competed in the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2016 Olympics.



Equestrian dressage is so amazingly majestic and interesting to watch, as we see in the video below of Isabell Werth's amazing performance!



Saturday, August 20, 2016

Special 1988 International Olympic Committee Rolex



1988 International Olympic Committee Rolex 

Back in May of 2014, Sotheby's auctioned off a very rare 36MM Rolex Datejust which was made for the International Olympic Committee in 1988. The watch achieved an auction sale price of $24,000. I have seen these models before, and of course it is always interesting to see something so fascinating with two great 20th Century icons together.  If I recall correctly, Olympic Skiing legend, Jean-Claude Killy wears this same model.


Friday, August 19, 2016

1988 U.S. Sailing Team Rolex Ad


1988 U.S. Sailing Team Rolex Ad




Thursday, August 18, 2016

Star Trek Rolex Cast of Newest Star Trek Movie



2001
Star Trek

Star Wars

Blade Runner

Science Fiction Icons Rockin' Rolex


Since we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of mankind landing on the moon I thought it would be a great opportunity to look back at some of the most famous Science Fiction writers and actors from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, Star Wars & Blade Runner who have depended on Rolex to keep the time of their lives. 










Arthur C. Clarke
Science-Fiction Writer, Explorer & Futurist
1917-2008

Yellow Gold Rolex Submariner




Arthur C. Clarke is considered to be one of the top science-fiction writers, and futurists in history. During his brilliant career he wrote more than 100 books! Clarke is probably most famous for co-writing the screenplay for the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is considered to be one of the most influential films of the 20th Century. Arthur C. Clarke is pictured below wearing his yellow gold Rolex Submariner, as he speaks with Prince Claus of The Netherlands, as he receives the Marconi International Fellowship in 1982.






Arthur C. Clarke was British and is considered to be on of the "Big 3" of Science-Fiction, along with Issac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein.




In the photo below we see Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka, posing with Stephen Spielberg, and Harrison Ford, who stopped by his home to see him in 1983, while they were filming Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom. Notice Arthur is wearing his Rolex Submariner.










To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before!

The original Star Trek TV series was just about as iconic as it gets. In the photo below, we see William Shatner as Captain Kirk, along with Leonard Nimoy, who played the fascinating Mr. Spock. Shatner and Nimoy were so iconic together, they were almost like peanut butter and jelly.


What's so profound about a Captain of the USS Enterprise wearing a Rolex Submariner  in real-life!?! Nothing!!! William Shatner, who first played Captain Kirk also wore of Rolex Submariner in real life as seen in the photo below.




In the photo below we see William Shatner attending a Star Trek movie debut, standing next to Leonard Nimoy, who was the original Spock.






In the photo below we see Chris Pine who has played Captain Kirk in the most recent Star Trek movies wearing his Rolex Submariner.









Speaking of Leonard Nimoy who played Mr. Spock, it is hard to imagine anybody could ever do as good a job, but Zachary Quinto who is pictured below does an excellent job. Notice Zachary Quinto is wearing a Rolex Oyster Perpetual in the photo below.





Idris Elba is pictured below and he plays Krall in the new Star Trek Beyond movie.  As you can seen in the photo below, he is wearing a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.




Star Trek Beyond
4K Movie Trailer





Cool Captain Kirk
Chris Pine Rolex Submariner


Chris Pine who plays Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek movies can be seen bellow at the Indianapolis 500 wearing his Submariner, along with wearing his Steve McQueen Foldable Persol Sunglasses.




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Chris Pine
Star Trek's Captain Kirk
Rolex Submariner

Chris Pine is pictured below on the cover of this Month's (June 2013) Men's Health Magazine and he is wearing his stainless steel Rolex Submariner.







Carrie Fisher is pictured below with her then husband, Paul Simon, who is probably best know for his   band Simon & Garfunkel. Carrie Fisher is wearing her two-tone stainless steel and gold Rolex Ladies Datejust in the photo below.











Empire Strikes Back
1980



The first two images pictured below show Carrie Fisher with Harrison Ford at an Empire Strikes Back press conference. In this first photo we get a very clear shot of Harrison Ford's stainless steel Rolex Datejust.






On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone
July 24, 1980






An Affair To Rember

On the Rolling Stone cover above, we see Harrison Ford wearing his Rolex Datejust, and in the image below we see Harrison kissing Cary Fisher, with Mark Hamill looking on. I remember Cary Fisher saying she and Harrison Ford had an affair offscreen, which obviously explains that look on her face below :-o


The screen grab below on the right is from the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. I could not help but notice how similar, but opposite it looks to the picture above, of Harrison Ford hugging Carrie Fisher. In the photo above Harrison Ford is being engaged in a kiss by Carrie Fisher. In the photo below he is consoling her. Completely unrelated, but highly symbolic and fascinating nonetheless. 


In the videos below Carrie Fisher talks about her affair with Harrison Ford. In the first video, Carrie Fisher is interview by Ellen DeGeneres, who is a huge Rolex fanatic, and we see here wearing a Rolex Professional watch in the video.







The Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher's tell-all book, The Princess Diarist was published recently on November 22, 2016, and goes into great detail about her affair with Harrison Ford. At the time Harrison Ford was 14 years older than Carrie Fisher, and he was married with two children. In her book, she goes into great detail about how distant and aloof Harrison Ford was, when they weren't making love.


Their affair lasted 3 months while they were shooting the original Star Wars: A New Hope movie in London at Elstree Studios.

As is often the case, the backstory in just as interesting and intriguing as Star Wars itself. In other words, forty years later, learning about this backstory adds a completely different dimension to Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. 




Keep in mind that NOBODY had any idea that Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had an affair. So this recent revelation is on the one hand not surprising, but shocking at the same time. As previously mentioned, they were filming the first STAR WARS movie, that was titled STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. Carrie Fisher referred to her affair with Harrison Ford as 'A 3-month-1-night stand.'




Return Of The Jedi

1983




The photo below shows Carrie Fisher on the set of Return Of The Jedi in 1982, hanging out wth production assistant Charles Wessler, and notice she is wearing her two-tone Rolex Datejust on her wrist.





Carrie Fisher is pictured below, taking a photo, in a photo from The New York Post that was taken on June 3, 1982. In this photos we get a very clear shot of her Rolex Jubilee Bracelet.














"You're in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down... "










The original Blade Runner movie was shot in 1981 and released in 1982. The movie itself was supposed to take place in Los Angeles, California in 2019, which is only two short years away. Ironically, the movie Blade Runner takes place in a Los Angeles that seems to have rainy weather all the time, unlike the LA of today, where it almost never rains...at least, until recently...









Ryan Gosling


In the photo above we see Ridley Scott on the set of Blade Runner 2049, with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. Ridley Scott directed the original Blade Runner movie. 














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