Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Story Of Time By Rolex 1951 Documentary

The Story Of Time



1951 Rolex Documentary

Soundtrack Performed by
The London Symphony Orchestra

I am embarrassed to admit this, but I just discovered the documentary titled, The Story Of Time By Rolex which was a 1952 Academy Award nominated short film documentary that explored the subject of what time meant, and how time measurement evolved throughout the history of mankind. The way I discovered, the movie was a friend of mine who is a fellow Rolex fanatic, referred to it, and I had no idea what he was talking about? He was surprised, and I Googled it, and there it was hiding in plain sight.

This Rolex movie ads additional pieces to the Rolex History puzzle, and it very profound on many levels. The Story Of Time By Rolex documentary can be viewed below. The Rolex documentary was filmed in 1951, and is obviously dated today, but deeply profound in many ways—especially if you watch it over and over again, as I have done.

This Rolex video and its theme, very much remind me of another online horological magazine I publish, named, "Jake's Time Machine: Exploring The History Of Timekeeping." I must admit I am utterly fascinated with Timekeeping and all of its facets. I think the pursuit of timekeeping in many ways correlates with the Spirit Of Inquiry. This brings to mind a few great Albert Einstein quotes; which I believe are perfectly on-point for the Rolex documentary, the first of which is:

"The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books—a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects." —Albert Einstein

The second Einstein quote which I believe is also perfectly on-point says:

"The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity!" —Albert Einstein

There are two versions of The Story Of Time By Rolex. The one above makes much more sense as it has voice-over narrative that tells the story of time. The second version below, which is more confusing has no voice narrative, and only features music performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. It is interesting that when Rolex shows a Rolex watch at the end, it shows a left handed Rolex, which is also seen below in the title keyframe.

Another fascinating key point made in the first version of the Rolex Documentary is the mention of the steps toward the advent of "The Wrist Chronometer", which is very interesting to me, as I don't frequently think of a Rolex as a wrist Chronometer, but that is really exactly what it is. Recently, with Rolex's introduction of the Single-RED SEA-DWELLER, I wrote a 6 part story named, "The Return Of The Single RED SEA-DWELLER: 50th Anniversary Model." In part 2 of that story, I wrote extensively about the significance and history of the wrist chronometer, and the profound innovative impact it had on the world. In the future, I intend to do a complete a modern documentary version of The Story Of Time, that would be significantly longer and more detailed, as I believe it is a deeply profound subject.