Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Arnold Schwarzenegger Yellow Gold Rolex GMT-Master

...Vintage Rolex Coolness...

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Yellow Gold Rootbeer GMT-Master

I Want To Pump You Up!!!

I am working on my upcoming Andy Warhol story, and I thought I would offer a preview of some of the great Polaroid images from the story. These Warhol Polaroids feature a barechested Arnold Schwarzenneger sporting his GMT-Master. One of the amazing details in my upcoming story has to do with how prescient and relevant Warhol's polaroids are today as an analog to Instagram, and Pinterest. Today, with an iPhone in hand, we are all now potentially Andy Warhol.

It doesn't just tell time

It tells history

Hasta La Vista Baby!!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

A President Wearing A Rolex President...[Chapter 11]

President Gerald Ford

38th President Of The United States

A President Wearing A Rolex President

In the photo above we see Gerald Ford, with his wife Betty Ford, sporting his yellow-gold Rolex President wrist-watch also known as the Rolex Day-Date. Rolex always offers a Rolex Day-Date to every President Of The United States, and they did with Gerald Ford, but he refused to accept it for some reason!?!

According to retired Rolex U.S.A., executive, T. Walker Lloyd, after Gerald Ford completed his presidency, he contacted Rolex and said he wished to get his Rolex President. Supposedly Rolex said no, so President Ford went and purchased his from an AD.

In the next photo below we see President Of The United States, Gerald Ford's official portrait photo.

Gerald Ford is pictured below with Jimmy Carter, to whom he lost the 1976 Presidential Election. Notice Ford is wearing his Rolex Day-Date.

Gerald Ford is pictured above with President Ronald Reagan on June 29, 1981, and he is pictured below with his predecessor, Richard Nixon.

Legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer is pictured below in the Oval Office with President Ford, who was an avid golfer. Notice Arnold Palmer is wearing his same Rolex Day-Date on his wrist.

President Ford is pictured below in July of 1976, dancing in the White House with Queen Elizabeth who traveled to the United States to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States.


Table Of Contents

Part 16: President Trump - The Newest Rolex President

Part 18: The Rolex Precedent by Jake Ehrlich

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Magnus' Customized Rolex Daytona

...Lume Shot Of The Day...

Magnus' Customized Rolex Daytona

This is a really interesting customized stainless steel Rolex Daytona, with a dial from a white gold Daytona along with white gold solid end links? What a great looking watch!!!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Lindsey Vonn Rolex Golden Girl 2018 Winter Olympics Winner

...Rolex Hotness...

Lindsey Vonn

Rolex Golden Girl

2018 Winter Olympics Medal Winner

Lindsey Vonn during her 2018 Olympic run by Doug Mills/ The New York Times

You may have read my recent article on Rolex Ambassador, Lindsey Vonn as she prepared to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Lindsey Vonn recently won the Bronze medal at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. Lindsey is 33 years old today, which likely means this was her last Olympic performance, although you never know...

So let's begin by taking a close look at the bejeweled 41MM yellow gold Rolex Day-Date II she was wearing. Lindsey's model features a baguette diamond bezel with a diamond and ruby dial.

Lindsey Vonn set a record as she was the first American woman to ever win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics for downhill skiing when she won back in 2010. By winning the bronze medal at the 2018 winter Olympics, Lindsey set another record when she became the oldest woman to ever win a medal in the downhill skiing event.

Lindsey Vonn's Olympic experience was extremely emotional for her as you will learn by watching these videos about her relationship with her beloved Grandfather. Alert: Watching these highly emotional videos will probably make you cry...and hopefully smile as well...

"I wanted to win for my grandfather but I didn't. But I think he would still be proud of me for bronze, and I think that's what counts. My family is proud of me and I'm proud of myself. Today bronze to me feels like gold." 

—Lindsey Vonn

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rolex Instagram Page Image...

...Rolex Studio Shot of the Night...

I just noticed this really beautiful image on Rolex's Official Instagram Page, which is very cool looking. I am really curious as to what city that is in the background? Also, I think those cufflinks are way too ordinary looking...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Amazing Rolex Insight: Hans Wilsdorf Foundation

Hans Wilsdorf Foundation 

Amazing Rolex Insight

Below this story, you can check out my story on Rolex's founder, Hans Wilsdorf. In that story, I mention that in 1945 just after his first wife passed away, Hans Wilsdorf setup The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation and transferred his 100% ownership of shares in Rolex to the foundation. To this day it remains a bit of a mystery as to why he did so.

HANS WILSDORF (Founder of Rolex)

I have always believed the ultimate success anybody can achieve in life is to leave this world we all share, a better place than when we came into it, and that is definitely the case with Hans Wilsdorf, as you will soon see. Not just because his beloved Rolex still makes such timeless watches, but also because of how he still supports the people of his adopted home of Geneva, Switzerland.

The Tribune de Genève recently published an article that offers unprecedented insight into how the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation works. It is written in French, so to read it in English, please click here.

The article makes some fascinating points:

• The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation remains the sole owner of Rolex.

• Rolex is the single largest taxpayer in the Canton of Geneva.

• Rolex dividends are paid to the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, which is a non-profit organization.

• The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation makes donations to public works in Geneva, as well as to schools and people who live in Geneva.

• The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation is administered by an eight-member board of directors.

• The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation is extremely discreet and tight-lipped about EVERYTHING. 

The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation website is written in French, so I am showing a version below that has been translated into English.

It is worth noting Rolex is one of the only private companies in the world that donates its profits to the benefit of society. It is estimated the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation donates a half billion dollars per year. 

Since Rolex is a privately held company nobody knows for certain how wealthy it is. People have been speculating for many years based upon the number of watches they appear to sell annually how much Rolex is worth. But nobody knows what kinds of other wealth Rolex possesses. I have no idea if it is true, but somebody once told me that Rolex is the largest landlord in Geneva, and owns somewhere around half the Genevan real-estate.

In my personal opinion, Hans Wilsdorf is the epitome of a successful entrepreneur. You can learn much, much more about what made him tick by checking out my story below this one.  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rolex Fashion Shot of the Day: Uli's LV Submainer...

Green On Green

Uli's LV Rolex Submariner

If you are a reader of Jake's Rolex Watch you probably know the original Rolex 50th Anniversary LV Submariner is one of my favorite Rolex watches.

To my way of thinking The LV Submariner has the perfect balance of timeless Rolex design language and a colorful, charismatic vibe. I think the green bezel insert is fun, sporty, novel and aquatic–and I love the Maxi-Markers and Fat Hands. This is a really cool color combination–assuming you are not afraid of color.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Art Deco Rolex Curvex

Art Deco Rolex Curvex

This Art Deco Rolex from the late 1920s seems to have an American Indian theme which is really interesting.

Photo Credit: American Heritage

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sid Caesar: The Father Of American Comedy

..Rolex Ultra-Super Coolness...

American TV Comedy Pioneer

Sid Caesar


Kept The Time Of His Life With A Rolex Day-Date

Sid Caesar passed away exactly four years ago today on February 13, 2014, at his Beverly Hills home at the age of 91. Sid Caesar was best known as an early TV pioneer in the 1950s where he starred on the comedy hits, Your Show Of Shows and Caesar's Hour

Sid Caesar influenced many future generations of comedians. Many other famous comedians wrote for Sid Caesar early on in their careers. This list of comedic giants includes Mel Brooks, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner & Woody Allen. Steve Allen once said "Sid's was the show to which all comedy writers aspired. It was the place to be."

I remember years ago, watching an amazing Sid Caesar interview conducted by Charlie Rose, and Sid said something that stuck in my mind. He profoundly said:

"At the bottom of everything is money." –Sid Caesar

Sid Caesar is pictured below with his close friend who was also a legendary comedian, Milton Berle.

An Amazing Career

Sid Caesar was basically the Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey of the 1950s. He was a physical comedian and in the 1950s his style of comedy was considered to be Avant Garde. 

2007 Sid Caesar Interview

The following interview of Sid Caeser took place in 2007, and by watching this amazing interview, you really get a sense of the man and his career. Also, Sid Caesar is wearing his Rolex Day-Date.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Rolex Sunrise over Biel Switzerland...

Rolex Sunrise Over Biel Switzerland

Michael Groove took this stunning photo in 2009 of the sun rising over one of the old Rolex buildings located at the foot of the Jura mountains just above Biel, Switzerland. Michael said: "The production facilities have been moved to the outskirts some time ago leaving some beautiful old buildings behind, now used for management, training and overhead staff."

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Falcon Heavy Inaugural Test Flight

Falcon Heavy
Inaugural Test Flight

Welcome To the 21st Century!!!

These are amazing times we are living in. Especially from a technological perspective. So you think Elon Musk's introduction of the upcoming Tesla Roadster was impressive!?!! Yesterday, Elon Musk and Space X just completed the most amazing feat as seen in the video below, which shows the SPACE X Falcon Heavy taking off and landing again on earth. You have to watch this video!!!!

If you're not familiar with SPACE X's Falcon Heavy, it is the most powerful rocket on earth, with a twist. The twist is that the rocket are not only reusable, but can land back on earth as seen in the video above where they touchdown at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is located near the Kennedy Space Center. SPACE X is a privately held company started by Elon Musk, and yesterday they successfully launched their Falcon Heavy rocket on its maiden voyage. The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful booster rocket since NASA's Saturn V.

The Falcon Heavy took off yesterday from the same launch pad that NASA used to launch the Apollo moon missions and space shuttles, which is located in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin was in attendance and watched the Falcon Heavy launch from the exact same launch pad 39A he flew to the moon from in 1969. The Falcon Heavy took of at 3:35PM EST (2045GMT), which was more than two hours after the scheduled launch time. 

The Falcon Heavy stands 23 stories tall and is powered by three core boosters that utilize Space X's Falcon 9 rockets: each of which has nine engines per booster for a total of 27 engines. These rocket engines fire in unison and produce around 5 million points of thrust (23 Kilonewtons) during liftoff.

The Falcon Heavy maiden voyage was a test and was sent to orbit around the sun, as well as to send Elon Musk's personal original Tesla Roadster to Mars. The Falcon Heavy is capable of carrying a payload of up to around 140,000 pounds (64,000 Kilographs). The next time the Falcon Heavy takes of in three to six months it will be carrying a payload of satellites.

Below is the SPACE X flight plan for the inaugural test flight of the Falcon Heavy.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Falcon Heavy maiden voyage was the payload and launch of Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster, which is seen below. 

Elon placed a mannequin named "Starman" in his Tesla Roadster as seen below. Starman is an homage to David Bowie's song named "Starman." Starman has his right hand on the steeling, and his left arm is resting on the door.

During the third stage, Elon's cherry red Tesla Roadster was sent into an orbit that would take it past Mars to circle the Sun. The Roadster has three cameras attached to it. Elon Musk published the image below on Twitter and said, "Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt."

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on

David Bowie (Starman) performing "Life on Mars"...

SPACE X's Falcon Heavy Flight was almost as impressive as this footage of Jumpin' Jive from 75 years ago!!!! Fred Astaire once pointed out that this was the most amazing dancing he had ever witnessed on film...Also, and this is hard to believe but true that the Nicholas Brothers nailed this, unrehearsed on their first take...Enjoy!!!

Rolex Crown Logo History

...2018 Story Preview...

Rolex Crown History

The famous Rolex Crown Logo is one of the coolest and most recognizable iconic logos in the world. Ever wonder where it came from and what it stands for? Rolex trademarked and began using their five-point Rolex Crown logo in 1925, which was one year before the introduction of the Rolex Oyster. The image of the five fingers with a watch on the wrist offers an interesting clue from a 1978 Rolex magazine ad for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.

I was just thinking about it and realized I need to do a story on the evolution of the Rolex crown logo in the future, so I thought I would get started by comparing the Rolex logo below from 1963 to the current Rolex logo which is pictured below it. It is amazing how little it has changed in 55 years! In the future, I plan to add many more dated images to this story, as well as a chronological evolution of the crown. In the meantime enjoy all these great Rolex Crown images...

The Rolex Crown logo seen above was first used in 1947, although the "ROLEX" text part of the logo used a different serif typeface.

Rolex Day-Date
Blue Lapis Lazuli Dial
[Reference 18238]

On the back of a Milgauss

[Rolex Reference 116520]

Rolex Coronets 

The applied 3-D Rolex Coronet logo is found on the dial of many Rolex Models, including the Rolex Day-Date as well as the Rolex Daytona. The photo below shows several of them on a table before they have been applied to a Rolex Dial. In my opinion, the Rolex Coronet is one of the coolest and most iconic logos in the world. Many people say the Rolex Coronet is a crown, while others believe the logo symbolizes a watch on a hand. 

Rolex Coronet