Friday, July 28, 2017

Caroline Kennedy Rolex Two-Tone Datejust on Jubilee Bracelet

...Rolex Hotness...

Caroline Kennedy

Rolex Two-Tone Datejust on Jubilee Bracelet

Caroline Kennedy is pictured below with the First Lady, Michelle Obama attending the 50th anniversary of the Whitehouse Historical Association. Caroline Kennedy is wearing a 34mm Ladies Rolex Two-Tone Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee Bracelet.

Caroline Kennedy is pictured below with her father, former U.S. President, John F. Kennedy and her Mother, Jackie Kennedy. Some of Caroline Kennedy's cousins wear Rolex watches, including Maria Shriver and Ted Kennedy Jr. Somebody once told me Bobby Kennedy also wore a Rolex Submariner, but I have never been able to find a photo of him wearing one? If you want to check out pictured of her brother, JFK Jr. wearing his Rolex Submariner, click here.

Below is the first photo I am aware of that shows Caroline Kennedy wearing her two-tone Rolex Ladies Datejust. Her brother John F. Kennedy is sitting next to her. I am pretty certain this photo was taken at Andover Boarding School around 1975-1976. 

The next photo seen below was taken four decades later, and Caroline Kennedy is still wearing the exact same Rolex Datejust.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

4 Years Buried Rolex Ad

4 Years Buried Rolex Ad

Eduardo Raffaelli from Buenos Aires, Argentina sent in this great Rolex ad which I believe is from the early 1950s. Definitely read the great story. Thanks Eduardo!!! Every Rolex really does tell a story!!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Beautiful Rolex Moonphase 1952 Reference 6062

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

A Beautiful Rolex Moonphase
1952 Reference 6062

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Jordan Spieth Wins 2017 British Open

...Rolex Coolness...

Jordan Spieth

Wins 2017 British Open

42MM Orange Hand Explorer II

Jordan Spieth just won the Open Championship in England in stunning fashion. Jordan is pictured below holding the iconic Open Championship trophy, while wearing his 42MM Rolex Explorer II. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

History of The Open

In 2012, Rolex released an amazing four-part documentary that covered the incredible history of The  Open, and you can watch all four parts below:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

First Known Tiffany & CO. Rolex Submariner Ad Big Crown Submariner

First Known Tiffany & CO. Rolex Submariner Ad

The Elusive Big-Crown 
James Bond Submariner
[Reference 5510]

I think this Tiffany & CO., Ad is from 1960 and it is the earliest one I have ever seen that showcases a Rolex Submariner. Very Cool!!! The Reference 5508 Submariner was rated to 100 meters, and the 5510 was the first to be rated to 200 meters.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Roger Federer Record Setting 8th Wimbledon Win

...The Greatest Tennis Player In History...

Roger Federer 

Wins Wimbledon 2017

Record Setting 8th Time!!!

Today Roger Federer stepped into the record books as he became the only person to ever win 8 Wimbledon men's single titles. Roger Federer has been considered by many to be the best tennis player in history, and this latest record serves to further cement his amazing lifetime tennis achievement. Congratulations Roger!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Gold Master Final Version

Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean

Jose from just completed his last major update of his amazing HISTORY OF THE ROLEX SEA-DWELLER poster, and it is some kind of wonderful. The latest version of the poster ads much more fascinating detail as well a great deal of refinement. For instance, the Titanic ship grew tremendously to achieve a much better scale, and the USS Thresher Submariner was added to the timeline. Probably, the most outstanding new detail is the addition of the James Cameron DEEP-SEA is pictured on the far right. Since the gradient on the Cameron DEAP-SEA is very similar to the gradient on the poster, it really pops!!

I have worked with Jose on this poster for a long time now discussing historic, language and layout details. That being said, Jose deserves 100% of the credit for making this poster AMAZING!!!! I remember when Jose got started, and sent me the first draft, and I thought it was very cool, but I have to say the final version you are seeing above is an absolute work of high-art. On a side-note, Jose recently mentioned to me he is working on a Rolex Daytona Timeline Poster, which I am certain will be incredible!!!

TIP 1: THE HISTORY OF THE ROLEX SEA-DWELLER Poster has a 16x9 aspect ratio making it perfect to display on a computer monitor, or flat screen TV. In order to download the highest resolution version, right-mouse-click on the poster above, and select, "Open Image In New Window".

At first glance the most recent poster may not look that different, but it is almost night-and-day more detailed than the last version he published. I included one of the last versions of the poster (as seen below) that I published on May 4, 2017, for comparison sake.

TIP 2: To compare both posters, single-click on one in your browser window, which will take you into slide-show view. Then you can use the left and right arrows to instantly jump back and forth to compare both posters. 

Update July 19, 2017: Jose had one last minor update to the poster, thus the version seen above now is the most recent, and I believe, final-final...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Rockin' Roger Makes It To Wimbledon Finals

...Wimbledon 2017 Finals...

Ranking Roger

Makes It To Wimbledon Finals

Roger Federer is on a winning streak as he just won the Wimbledon 2017 Semi finals in Men's Singles, to advance to the Finals. If Roger wins the Finals it will make him the first player to hold 8 Wimbledon Men's Singles Final Championships. Roger will be facing Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon Finals.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Amelia Earhart History Japanese Contribution To Search


Major Update 

Amelia Earhart History

Japanese Contribution To Search

Revealed by The United States National Archives

Just when you thought reality once again could not get any stranger than fiction, it has, and I am happy to share EXCLUSIVE "REAL" NEWS with you that you won't find anywhere else on or off the web. I have to admit that the roller-coaster-ride the world has been on with Amelia Earhart news has been really fascinating and overwhelmingly emotional at the same time!?!! 

If you have been following this story, on Jake's Rolex World, you know I have been staying on top of all the developments in this case. On the web now, as I write this, there are still many news outlets, and online publications and bloggers writing about Act II in this case. For me, that's old news already. It's literally yesterday's stale news. They are all pretty much copying and pasting the same story, while trying to ridicule The History Channel with catchy link-bait stories with titles like: "How a Blogger Exploded the Hot New Theory About Amelia Earhart With Only 30 Minutes of Online Searching."

As a real historian I am not interested in playing gotcha, or trying to embarrass anybody. Instead, I am only interested in the truth. So, I am skipping you way ahead of the curve to offer you EXCLUSIVE and genuine Act III information, that you won't find anywhere else on or off the web.

Last night, when I was going to sleep, I was thinking about the most recent revelations from a Japanese Military History blogger about how the purported photo of Amelia Earhart that appeared in the History Channel Documentary had apparently been misdated by at least two years. Then I thought, about how frustrating all this confusing news was, and I thought to myself 'Why can't the U.S. Government just step-in and clarify what actually happened?'

Exclusive Evidence

What you are about to see and read is game-changing evidence that is exclusive to Jake's Rolex World. You won't find a copy of the letter you are about to see and read on, or, or on, or on CNN, or on any blogs from Japanese Military Historians. 

The source of this letter and information is from a Senior Archivist at The United States National Archives that just published a very detailed, fascinating blog post that actually told the story about how the Japanese government aided the United States in the search for Amelia Earhart. This fact, of course, contradicts a major part of the premise of the History Channel Documentary. Below is a letter from the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C., that confirms the Japanese Government attempted in earnest to help the United States find Amelia Earhart. 

If you take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. If you take the red pill and read what Senior Archivist, Dr. Greg Bradsher, of The United States National Archives wrote, be certain to read his first comment located below his recent blog post

So I went from being happy to learn the world had finally achieved closure on the plight of Amelia Earhart, to being sad, just two days later to find out it was apparently not true, to being somewhat happier to learn the Japanese tried in good faith to try and help the U.S. find Amelia. All in all, the blessing-in-disguise with this entire story has been an AMAZING HISTORY LESSON...

I will also mention, I am curious to learn more about how accurate the 1935 dating is on the controversial photo that came from the supposed Japanese Military History blogger. I just can't seem to wrap my head around how the person in that photo is not Amelia Earhart. Specifically, Amelia Earhart had such an unusual and awkward build and haircut for a woman, and back in 1935-1937, NO men had their hair cut below the ear. A lot of sources in the press have been knocking the History Channel Investigators for mistaking the photo for being of Earhart & Noonan, with their airplane on the back of a barge, but I have to say the photographic evidence in that photo is beyond compelling!?!!

There is so much contradictory information in this case. For instance, the fact the Marshall Islands issued a set of 50th Anniversary Stamps that commemorate Amelia Earhart's crash landing is just bizarre, and highly contradicts many points and counterpoints made to date. Why would the Marshall Islands government issue such stamps if there was zero truth behind them!?!!

So now what? What is next? I don't know? I have no plans to permanently convert Jake's Rolex World to Jake's Search For Amelia Earhart World, but if any more interesting news comes up, I will add it...Now, back to our regular scheduled program :-)

In case this is your first time reading about this subject, I though I would put together a list of my stories to help you get caught up on this story if you are so inclined:

Part 1: Amelia Earhart Mystery—New Evidence Suggest She Survived Crash Landing. [Originally published on July 5, 2017].

Part 2: What Really Happened To Amelia Earhart? Lost Evidence Documentary Originally Aired On The History Channel. [Originally published on July 10, 2017]

Part 3: National Geographic Refutes Amelia Earhart History Channel Findings. [Originally published on July 12, 2017]

Part 4Amelia Earhart History—Japanese Contribution To Search—Revealed by The United States National Archives [You are at the end of this article].

Additional Reading: If you are so inclined, I recommend checkin out the original Official U.S. Navy Report report from the U.S. National Archives titled, "Report Of Earhart Search by U.S. Navy & U.S. Coast Guard. 2-18 July 1937."

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

National Geographic Refutes Amelia Earhart History Channel Findings

 National Geographic  

Refutes Amelia Earhart History Channel Findings

It turns out that reality is stranger than fiction... In a stunning turn of events, it appears one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century went from being unsolved, to being solved, and went back to being unsolved all in the course of a few days!?!! Many sources, including National Geographic claim they have discovered evidence that refutes the hypothesis put forward by the History Channel Amelia Earhart Documentary I have written about twice

Image above can be seen on Page 99 of online Japanese Book

Many news outlets have been covering this quickly unfolding story, and I must admit my favorite coverage so far came from MediaITE, which so colorfully wrote

"Lost amidst the chaos of the latest Trump/Russia revelations, has been one of the most extraordinary tales of epic media failure in recent times. This one was a REAL “Fake News!” story."

The new claim being put forth says that a Japanese Military history blogger recently came forward and presented new evidence (seen in the photo above) claiming the photo in question was NOT taken in 1937, but was taken two years earlier in 1935!?!!

CNN reported: "Two bloggers say they have found the photo in a Japanese coffee table book dated 1935 -- when Earhart was safely in the United States. The bloggers claim the photo was originally published in a travel book titled "Naval life line; the view of our South Pacific: Photo album of Southern Pacific Islands."

Here is a link to the National Geographic's story that is refuting The History Channel claims. The photo above came from a similar article that was published by NPR, which I believe was the first to break the story.

So what do I think? I honestly don't know what to think. I am stunned, and just today I spoke on the phone at length with Stan Barrett, and he and I agreed that the evidence was overwhelmingly compelling, and we both assumed the case was closed. Of course, anything is possible, but there is one thing I can't get passed, and that is the shape of the haircut of the person who appears to be Amelia Earhart in the ONI photo. Either way, we will soon see...hopefully...

"ROLEX" Violin Version

Violin Version

If you are like me, you can't get AYO & TEO's "ROLEX" song out of your head. And it's not just me. I know a lot of people who can't stop singing "I just want a Rolly, Rolly, Rolly with a dab of Ranch!" So you can see why I was really surprised when I recently came across this amazing violin version of AYO & TEO's ROLEX!!! I can imagine Rolex actually using this soundtrack in future videos, as it sounds so awesome, and is so Rolexy...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MADONNA The Material Girl

...Rolex Hotness...

The Material Girl

An Amazing Career Wearing Rolex

Madonna is probably the most successful female recording star in history, and she has been wearing different Rolex watches for years. The first photo below, taken earlier today, was at an event in southeastern Africa, in Malawi, where Madonna commemorated the opening of a pediatric surgery center wing at a hospital, which is named after Madonna's adopted daughter named Mercy James who is pictured below on the far right, sitting on here brother David's lap. Madonna has adopted four children over the years who were all born in Malawi, and they are seated next to her at the event. We see Madonna's son David (11), with his sisters Mercy James (11), and Stella.

Madonna posted the video below on her Official Madonna Instagram page, which shows her entering the Mercy James hospital in Malawi.

The video below was filmed today in Malawi, and features Madonna's daughter, Mercy James giving a speech at the opening of the hospital ward named after her.

In the 2014 photo below also taken in Malawi, we see Madonna with her adopted daughter, Mercy James who was 8 years old at the time. Notice Madonna was wearing her yellow gold Rolex Day-Date in this photo as well.

Material Girls Love Stainless Rolex Daytona

Madonna has six children. In the photo below from 2010 we see Madonna with her two daughters. Mercy James is sitting on her lap playing with her mothers Rolex Daytona clasp while Lourdes looks on. This first photo was taken in Chinkota, Malawi, Africa.

In the next two photos Madonna is holding her son David in her arms, and she is wearing he Daytona.


Madonna is on a short list of ultra-successful highly iconic celebrities that are known by one name, such as Cher, Oprah, Eminen, Dr. Dre, and Prince Madonna first gained popularity back in 1983, when she released her seminal album simply titled, "Madonna". Madonna's debut album was an iconic mega-hit album that included songs like, Lucky Star, Borderline, Burning Up, Holiday, Think of me, Physical Attraction, and Everybody.

Like A Virgin

Madonna's second album titled Like A Virgin, debuted on November 12, 1984, was also mega successful and featured many highly iconic songs, including Material Girl, Angel, Live A Virgin, Love Don't Live Here Anymore, Dress You Up, Shoo-Bee-Doo, Pretender and Stay.

True Blue

True Blue was the name of Madonna's third studio album which was released on June 30, 1986. At the time, Madonna was married to actor Sean Penn, who inspired songs on the album. True Blue featured more mega-hit songs including Papa Don't Preach, Open Your Heart, Live To Tell, La Isla Bonita, and Jimmy Jimmy.

Like A Prayer

Like A Prayer was Madonna's fourth studio album which featured the ultra-successful title track hit named Like A Prayer.


Vouge was a huge hit for Madonna, and it was originally released on her "I'm Breathless" album, which was the soundtrack for the Dick Tracy movie where she costarred beside Warren Beaty.

I could easily keep going with Madonna's discography and music videos, but I thought I would end this story with a video of her from Carpool Karaoke, as well as a recent video, below this next one that features her with Nicki Minaj.

Writing this story for me seriously deja vu'd me out, as it brought back so many memories from my teenage years through my twenties. One think I have always tripped on is how Madonna always looks like a different person. In other words, throughout the decades, every time I see her, she looks like an almost completely different person.

Elmar's White Gold Daytona Dial

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

Elmar's White Gold Daytona Dial

Monday, July 10, 2017

Whatever Happened To Amelia Earhart?

What Really Happened To

Amelia Earhart?

The Lost Evidence Documentary 
Originally Aired on The History Channel

Amelia Earhart is one of the greatest explorers and adventurers in history, and her record-breaking airplane flights not only shattered gender barriers, but also captured the worlds imagination. Her mysterious disappearance has been one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in history. I believe this mystery may have  finally been solved! Last week I published a story about an upcoming documentary from The History Channel that aired last night, and basically put together the pieces of the puzzle as to what actually happened to Amelia Earhart. I watched the amazing Amelia Earhart documentary, and you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here

So what do I think? Do I believe the documentary? Yes. I do. Why? I believe the smoking gun is in the photographic evidence found in the ONI photo. If you are a reader of Jake's Rolex World, you know as a historical investigator, I specialize in separating the fact from the fiction, and getting to the truth using photographic evidence, and that is exactly what I believe the History Channel Documentary achieved...I believe in Amelia Earhart's case the truth is a little unsettling, dramatic and traumatic, but the investigators likely solved one of the greatest mysteries in modern history...The Truth Is Out There...

For some reason, when I think about how Emila Earhart's life apparently ended, I think about an amazing quote from comedian, Gilda Radner. Gilda Radner is perhaps most famous for being a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live, and in particular, she is likely most memorable for her role playing Rosanne, Rosannadanna. Gilda Radner was married to Gene Wilder, who starred as Willie Wonka in the Chocolate Factory. Gilda Radner died young, at age 42, from ovarian cancer, and as she was dying she wrote:

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity." —Gilda Radner

If you think about the way Emilia Earhart's life tragically ended, Gilda's quote makes even more sense, as it seem just as on-point for Amelia. The supreme irony is Amelia was planning to retire from her flight career just after she completed her around-the-world trip, of which she was on the last leg of when she mysteriously disappeared. Instead of a comfy, cush retirement, she apparently went thought a highly traumatic living hell.

Did Amelia Earhart Wear A Rolex?

I have been trying to figure out if Amelia Earhart wore a Rolex? For some reason, I can't seem to get the question out of my head!?!! I think I once saw a photo of Amelia Earhart that was on display at Rolex in Geneva, but I can't seem to find it.

Rolex Day-Date Ad
January 1973

Here is the weird thing: I was looking through my archives, and I came across this Rolex magazine ad from 1973 that shows the Rolex executive suite, and notice the photos of famous people on the wall.

If Only These Walls Could Talk

Here is a higher-resolution photo of the executive offices at Rolex Headquarters in Geneva in 1973. I used to always stare at this photo, and try and figure out who the photos were of. Notice the first visible photo on the left. I always thought that looked like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but I could never find the same photo of him, so I could not confirm it. I also think the second photo is of Neville Chamberlain, who was the British prime minister.

Recently I found the same photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seen below. So this confirms my long-held suspicion that the executives at Rolex in Geneva greatly admired Dr. King's career achievements as they proudly displayed his signed photo on their wall. This is actually fairly common, that I am trying to solve one research case, and I stumble into solving another, as is the case here.

So you are probably asking what this has to do with Amelia Earhart wearing a Rolex? As I mentioned earlier in this story, I thought I saw a photo of Amelia in the past in a similar setting. I've reached out to Rolex for comment, and as soon as I hear back from them, I will update this section. So I am going to go out on a limb and try to answer that question. The photo below shows Amelia Earhart wearing a single button continuous "flyback" chronograph.

The obvious question, is could she be wearing a Rolex single button chronograph? The photo below is of a 1937 Rolex Zerograph chronograph, which features a single button chronograph and a spinning bezel. Many people have asked the question of whether Rolex invented the spinning bezel in 1953 on the Submariner, or did Blancpain with their 50 Fathoms watch? I think this photo answers that question as it shows a 1937 Rolex with a rotating bezel. So the question is, did Amelia wear a Rolex? Like I said, I don't know for certain, but once I find out, I will update this story. I will say, it would make a lot of sense to learn that she wore a Rolex for many reasons. Also, just to be crystal-clear, I am not saying Amelia Earhart is wearing a Rolex Zerograph in the photo above. I am saying that in 1937, Rolex made wrist watch models that had single pusher chronographs as pictured below.

All Original 1937 Rolex Oyster Zerograph was the first watch with a spinning bezel

In the undated photo below of Amelia Earhart, I believe she is wearing a Longines wrist watch. You would think it would be very easy to find photos of Amelia Earhart wearing wrist watches, but I have found it to be difficult. That is the thing about Rolex spotting, is sometimes it is easy, and sometimes it is very challenging.

Perhaps another clue as to why I think Amelia Earhart wore a Rolex is this Rolex ad, which does not make that much sense. It reads "1947. The sound barrier is broken. ROLEX. FOR LIFE'S DEFINING MOMENTS." The reason this ad seems strange to me, is I thought it was a play on Amelia Earhart, but 1947 is the year Chuck Yeager became the first pilot to break the speed of sound barrier, and in the back of this ad we see an X1 aircraft, which is what Chuck Yeager flew when he broke the sound barrier in 1947. So maybe the reason I think I saw a photo of Amelia Earhart wearing a Rolex is based upon this photo?

One More Thing

Probably the most convincing piece of evidence in finally solving this case is the Office Of Naval Intelligence photo seen below. I want to circle back to this photo to make a point. It's bizarre to think that if this photo was never found, Amelia Earhart's mysterious disappearance likely would never have been solved!?!!

Original ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) photo: 
PL-Marshall Islands, Jaluit Atoll, Jaluit Island. ONI #14381 Jaluit Harbor.

The newly discovered photo seen above and below from the United State National Archives shows a female who looks just like Amelia Earhart, as well as a man who looks just like her navigator, Fred Noonan. 

In my previous article on this subject, I created the graphic below that shows how the shape of the back of Amelia Earhart's head has a very unusual long flat spot, as I illustrated below.

I just put together the composite image below, which is the same as the one above, but it ads another photo of Amelia from the rear angle. This additional image is located on the far left, and features the exact same unusual flat spot. I got this image from the History Channel Documentary.

In doing my own research on this case, I came across the two photos below that show Amelia Earhart's last haircut. In the photo Amelia is reading a copy of the Oakland Tribune Newspaper. In this first photo, you can see that Emilia had unusually thick and bushy hair, and she is having it cut like a man, by a barber in a barbershop, which was really unusual in 1937.

I spoke with Jose after he watched the Amelia Earhart documentary, and he said he thought it "It was mind-blowing". I followed-up and said, "So you believe it was her in the photo?" Jose responded, "Yes, I mean the Marshal Islands even printed some postage stamps commemorating that event..." Overall, I found most of the evidence to be extremely compelling in the documentary, and trust me, I have seen some pretty bad examples of people jumping to false conclusions, but I did not think that was the case at all with this documentary. 

Many people think the war in the Pacific began when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 
December of 1941, but it actually began just five short days after Amelia Earhart's airplane disappeared in Japanese controlled territory in the Pacific. The all out war in the Pacific began when Chinese and Japanese troops clashed, on July 7, 1937.  One of the details that was not mentioned in the documentary, was that Amelia Earhart appears to have had special surveillance camera's on-board her airplane, so it is likely when the Japanese found the camera footage, they assumed she was an American recognizance Spy, and perhaps she was. So basically, America's sweetheart, Amelia Earhart ended up at the wrong place, at the wrong time and became a victim of circumstance.