Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Joe Rogan

Interviews MKBHD

Joe Rogan is one of the top podcasters in the world today. I had never heard of Joe Rogan until recently when he interviewed Elon Musk, which was very contreversial as Joe Rogan fired up a joint and passed it to Elon Musk who took a toke off it. Ironically, just before they smoked out together they spoke about Rolex. 


It turns out that Joe Rogan has been wearing Rolex watches for years, and in the photo below we see him wearing a Rolex DEEP-SEA during his recent interview with Marques Brownlee. Marques Brownlee A.K.A. MKBHD is the top tech reviewer in the world today, and he and Joe have a super profound conversation on high-tech.


Joe Rogan is also a famous comedian and he is also a top Mixed Martial Arts Color Commentator. In the photo below we see Joe Rogan wearing a white gold Rolex Daytona.


In this next image we see Joe Rogan wearing a stainless steel and platinum Rolex Yacht-Master.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

1958 Tudor Submariner Sets Auction Record Sells for $162,500



1958 Tudor Submariner

Sets Auction Record

Sells for $162,500


Heritage Auction House set a world record for vintage Tudor when they successfully auctioned a 1958 Tudor Submariner earlier this week for $162,500. The Tudor brand was founded by Hans Wilsdorf, who also founded Rolex, and Tudor is still owned by Rolex.


The 37MM Tudor Submariner seen above and below appears courtesey of Heritage Auction house and shows the historic Tudor Submariner Oyster Prince Submariner [Reference 7924] which was manufactured in 1958. It features a luminous radium matte gilt dial, and the watch appears to be 100% original all the way down to possesing the original red-triangle bezel insert. When this watch was originally sold back in the late 1950s it probably sold for around $60!!!



The Tudor Submariner that was aucitoned is know as a Big Crown Submariner. What exactly is a "Big Crown" Submariner? Early Submariner models featured an unusually large 8MM BREVET Crown as seen above, and many famous Rolex historical figures wore this model including Chuck Yeager who is pictured below. Chuck Yeager is wearing a Rolex Submariner "Big Crown" Reference 6538, which also features the red upside down triangle on the bezel.


Elvis Presley also wore a "Big Crown" Rolex Submariner Reference 6538 as seen in the photo below which was taken in 1962.




The most famous person who ever wore a Big Crown Submariner, Reference 6538 was Sean Connery when he played James Bond back in the early 1960s.



Saturday, October 27, 2018

The 2018 Formula 1 Recap...


Introduction


Hi Everybody! I would like to introduce you to Jason Burkholder who is not only a Formula 1 fan, but also will be covering racing events in the future for Jake's Rolex World. Jason is only 14 years old, but has been a huge racing fan for 5 years. Welcome on-board Jason!

Jake

...Driven by Performance & Precision... 





The 2018 Formula 1

United States Grand Prix

Recap Austin, Texas. Oct 19-21


Formula 1 is MAGICAL! There, I said it. The first Formula 1 race I watched was in 2012 on Fox when I was 8 years old, and I have to say I have been completely obsessed with F1 racing ever since. Watching cars race around a track at speeds in excess of 200MPH is AMAZING! My Mother, who is super awesome took me this last week to see my first Formula 1 race in person and it completely blew my mind!

Formula 1 racing was founded in 1950 when a number of auto manufactures worked together to form the most elite racing series in the world.

Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas has hosted an F1 race every year since 2012, which was the first F1 Grand Prix to be held in America back in 2007. This year there were two drivers battling for the world drivers championship with just three races to go in the season; Sebastian Vettel driving for Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton driving for Mercedes.  


Lewis Hamilton won the Formula 1 series at Circuit of the America's four times in a row and was the favorite to win this race after being fastest in the first two practice sessions. Vettel was handed a penalty for not slowing down enough for a caution and would have to start the race three positions behind where he qualified. 


Things changed in free practice three when Vettel was fastest. The stage was set for a exiting qualifying to set the starting order for Sunday’s race. It did not disappoint; Hamilton finished first by just six thousandths of a second over Vettel who would have to start fifth, and in third was Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen who also drives for Ferrari who would start second.


On Sunday, anticipation was high for a exiting race and the teams and drivers delivered! On the start Raikkonen got a great launch and overtook Hamilton for the lead which was crucial in the championship for his teammate Vettel. Meanwhile Vettel was side by side with another driver Daniel Ricciardo batling for forth when he misjudged the breaking for turn thirteen and made contact which sent his car sideways. Now, in fifteenth, a determined Vettel was making up position after position. 


Hamilton made an early pit stop and in doing so took a big risk by changing his tires early. If his tires were to wear too fast he would have to stop again for new tires and lose a lot of time, which ended up happening. 

Raikkonen and Vettel made their stops both coming out far behind Hamilton. On lap 38 of 56 Hamilton made a pit stop and came out behind Raikkonen. For the next 18 laps Raikkonen controled the race and came across the line for his first victory in 2044 days. The former world champion became the oldest driver to win at 39 and spoiled Hamilton’s hopes of winning the championship in Austin.


Vettel fought hard to make up places and finished fourth which kept the championship going to the next round in Mexico City this weekend on October 27th, 2018. I am including a preview video for you to check out.


Friday, October 26, 2018

Rolex Coolness: Michael Kors Women's Wear Designer





...Rolex Coolness...


Michael Kors

Women's Wear Designer





Michael Kors is one of the top designers in the world today, and Vogue Magazine just published a fascinating episode of 73 Questions with Michael Kors which showcases his New York apartment which is fascinating. In the video we see his wearing his stainless steel Rolex Datejust which he wears on a Jubilee Bracelet. 

 

Michael Kors also is pictured below wearing a stainless steel Rolex Submariner, and he also wears a Yellow Gold Rolex Submariner which can be seen in the last video at the end of this story which also features an apartment tour with Architectural Digest.








Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Clyde Responds to Ariel Adams Article


Clyde Responds to Ariel Adams Article

Everybody's Talkin'

My pal Clyde, AKA Clyve Watch-Wrangler from the flyover states recently posted a video response to my other pal, Ariel Adams article from ABlogToWatch.com titled 'How Scalpers & Speculators Are Ruining The Watch Purchasing Experience For Many Consumers.' Clyde, as always offers interesting insight into the current Rolex marketplace and valuation dynamics.


Clyde also mentions Captain Danny's recent fascinating article titled "What Is Really Going on with Rolex Supply: Part 2". You can also check out Part 1 of What Is Really Going on with Rolex Supply. We are currently working on Part 3 to this story as we continue to uncover more meaningful and insightful clues—so stay tuned :-) Also, Clyde and I discussed this top in detail back in late August of 2018 which you can watch below.



Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rolex Color Change Dial 2005 White Gold Daytona Cosmograph


...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day..

Rolex Color Change Dial
White Gold Daytona Cosmograph
2005 Reference 116509

This is a really unusual white gold Rolex Daytona that was auctioned by Antiquorum few years ago. The thing that makes it unusual is over time the dye from the red hands have migrated onto the subdials, which give it a fascinating patina look.

Monday, October 22, 2018

1953 Ladies Rolex Chameleon Ad


1953 Ladies Rolex Chameleon Ad

The Rolex ad below from 1953 is fascinating in many ways. At the time, Rolex offered a ladies model referred to as the "Rolex Chameleon", which had a feature that allowed the user to almost instantly change the leather strap from one color to any other color. In many ways the Apple Watch which has a similar feature is reminiscent of this mid-century modern masterpiece.


Rolex offered many different versions of the Rolex Chameleon, and continued the model up through the late 1970s.


The Rolex Chameleon pictured below reminds me of an upside-down mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.











Sunday, October 21, 2018

The 2018 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix


...Driven by Performance & Precision... 



The 2018 Formula 1

United States Grand Prix

Austin, Texas. Oct 19-21


Wanna see some totally radical racing action? Watch the two videos below!!! Note that when you click on the play button on each video, you will have to watch them on YouTube but click to do so and you will see some mind-blowing racing video...



Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen just won the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and beat out Red Bull's Max Verstrappen and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. This was Kimi Raikkonens first Formula 1 race win since 2013.




Jason Burkholder took the image below of Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari.








Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Dude Abides The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary




The Dude Abides

The Big Lebowski


20th Anniversary


It's hard to believe it has been 20 years since the Coen Brothers cult classic movie, The Big Lebowski debuted with Jeff Bridges playing The Dude.




Jeff Bridges is one of the most famous Rolex wearers as he has pretty much only worn Rolex his whole life, not to mention his father Lloyd Bridges also wore Rolex watches his whole life.


We see Jeff Bridges in the photos below from the 1976 King Kong movie and notice he is wearing his Rolex Submariner.




In these next two image from the classic 1984 movie "Against All Odds", we see Jeff Bridges wearing his Rolex Submariner and in the second photo, we see him driving a Porsche 911 Cabriolet.




In the next image, we see Jeff Bridges holding up his Oscar trophy for Best Actor and if you look closely you can see Jeff is wearing his fathers yellow gold Rolex Submariner.








The Dude Abides

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman & Steve Buscemi


Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi recently got together with the Today show to discuss the impact that The Big Lebowski had on the world. For many people, Jeff Bridges will always be The Dude!




Friday, October 19, 2018

Formula 1 Pirelli 2018



...Driven by Performance & Precision... 



The 2018 Formula 1

United States Grand Prix

Austin, Texas. Oct 19-21




The 2018 Pirelli United States Grand Prix Formula 1 race weekend is upon us and we will be covering the race with live coverage from Austin, Texas with our special correspondent, Jason Burkholder. Rolex is the Official Timepiece of Formula 1 racing as we see in the Rolex Ad below.



The 2018 Formula 1 event will be taking place in Austin, Texas at the Circuit of The Americas which was opened on October 21, 2012, by F1 legend and 1978 champion, Mario Andretti.


The 2018 Pirelli United State Grand Prix runs begins on October 19th with practice laps, and on Saturday the 20th qualifying occurs, then the race is on Sunday, October 21st. While we wait for the qualifying and race to begin, here is an overview of the 2017 US Grand Prix. Fasten your seatbelt...





About Formula 1

Formula 1, which began in 1950, is the world’s most prestigious motor racing com­petition and the world’s most popular annual sporting series. In 2012 the FIA Formula One World Championship was watched by over half a billion unique television viewers in 187 territories and ran from March to November spanning 20 races in 19 countries across five continents. Formula One World Championship limited is part of the Formula One group, founded by CEO Bernie Ecclestone and holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship™. 

Formula 1 Racing Champion Nico Rosberg


I recently published the following Bernie Ecclestone  interview by Formula 1 racing champion Nico Rosberg:


Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone is pictured below with former Rolex CEO Gian Riccardo Marini in Geneva, Switzerland in 2012 just after they announced the global partnership between Rolex and Formula 1 racing.


The winning Formula 1 drivers get specially engraved Rolex Daytona models as seen below.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

THE ROLEX WAY...


THE ROLEX WAY

The paths are many, the way is one...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Vintage Rolex Ad: Summer of Love Olympics


Summer Of Love Submariner
1968 Acapulco Summer Olympic Games
Stainless Steel Reference 5513

The Rolex add below is from the 1968 Summer Olympic Games which were held in Mexico City, Mexico. The boating events of the XIX Olympiad were held in Acapulco, Mexico, which is featured in the Rolex ad below.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Rolex World Time Pocket Watch



Rolex World Time Pocket Watch

by 

By JOSE PEREZTROIKA


When you think of World Time or Heures Universelles, you probably picture a Patek Philippe in front of your eye — certainly not a Rolex. The stunning Rolex World Time pocket watch you are about to experience is therefore even more incredible.



The World Time concept was the brainchild of Louis Cottier which he developed around 1930. Cottier offered his invention to a variety of Swiss watch brands but as the owner of the patent, he insisted on modifying the movements himself. This was the standard procedure from the very first prototype for Baszanger in 1930 until the very last piece he was working on, when he died at his bench in September 1966.


Cottier's World Time was in many ways a precursor to the Rolex GMT-Master. From 1948 onwards, Rolex developed their own interpretations of the World Time concept and patented a number of ideas.

Swiss watch brands who comissioned World Time watches with Cottier were the crème de la crème of the Swiss watch industry: Vacheron & Constantin, Patek Philippe, Agassiz, Wittnauer, and Rolex!

You heard it right, Rolex was also a client of Cottier, one of the very first actually. In 1931, Cottier developed three different jump hour prototypes for Rolex but it was not until 1943 Cottier created a micro-series of six Rolex World Time pocket watches. The movements were based on large Aegler-made calibers used by Rolex exclusively for officially certified chronometer pocket watches with the regal-sounding name of "Prince Imperial". Each modified by Louis Cottier himself.

The cases for these exclusive watches were made by Manufacture Favre & Perret SA in La-Chaux-de-Fonds and the exceptionally beautiful dials came from none other than the renowned dial specialist Stern Frères.

Apart from the initial six examples, Cottier made another batch of six examples in 1947/48. In total, 12 pieces were produced, making this one of the rarest Rolex references ever made. This information is based on Cottier's own documentation.

Until just recently, only three watches were known to exist. One from the 1943 batch and two from 1947.

A stunning fourth example has now surfaced and will be auctioned by Christie's on November 12, 2018, in Geneva. This watch belongs to the first batch from 1943. The pink gold pocket watch appears to be in an extraordinary condition.






Christie's Lot 139


Rolex World Time Pink Gold Pocket Watch

Reference: 4262
Dial: World Time (Istanbul misspelled)
Case number: 1010380



The intricate World Time Complication displays the time in featured cities around the world. It also shows whether it is day or night in the corresponding areas—demarkated by the light/dark chapter ring that revolves every 24 hours.



An interesting fact about the first batch is Rolex was not happy with the way "Instambul" was written. In a letter from January 7, 1948, Rolex asked the dial maker Stern Frères to change "Instambul" to "Instanbul" with an N.

A funny detail of this letter is the date. Only seven days into the new year, the person who wrote it was still used to write 1947. Didn't this happen to all of us at some point?




"Messieurs, 

Conc. cadrans Tour d'heures universel commandés par la maison Cottier. 

Faisant suite à notre entretien téléphonique nous vous confirmons que ces cadrans doivent être exécutés exactement d'après la photographie galv. 4262 en votre possesion, en outre ils sont destinés à des boîtes ayant 38 mm. d'ouverture de lunette. 
Nous attendons un cadran pour la fin février comme vous nous l'avez promis.
Veuillez agréer, Messieurs, nos salutaftions distinguées."



English Translation

Gentlemen, 

Concerning the World Time dials ordered by the Maison Cottier.

Following our phone call, we confirm that these dials must be executed exactly according to the galv. photography 4262 in your possession, besides they are intended for cases with a 38 mm bezel. We are expecting a dial by the end of February as promised. Gentlemen, please accept our distinguished greetings.

It is interesting to note the letter implies the dials were ordered by Cottier and not by Rolex.

The next picture shows a Rolex World Time from the second batch made in 1948 where Instanbul was already written according to Rolex's request.




The movement of this watch is incredibly beautiful. This was the only pocket watch movement ever made by Rolex—respectively Aegler SA in Biel/Bienne. For more common pocket watches, Rolex used a variety of movements from other brands. For instance Cortebert, Montilier, Recta, etc.





An interesting feature of this movement is the "Rolex Patent Cap", a bridge that covers the balance wheel completely.

According to my database, the first movements of this type appeared around 1930/31 in observatory quality (pre COSC) "Prince Imperial" pocket watches.

The case back bears typical Rolex hallmarks from 1943. Clearly visible is the Helvetia hallmark (official symbol for 18k gold) with the town mark "C" for La-Chaux-de-Fonds. The hammerhead symbol with the number 115 is the so-called "Poinçon de Maître" and identifies the case maker. This case was made by Manufacture Favre & Perret SA.


31 Victoires Haute Precision refers to 31 awards won for outstanding precision.

The case number with 7-digits is a typical Rolex pocket watch number that started in 1926 with 1,000,000. After WW2, Rolex abandoned the 7-digit number and adopted a new 6-digit number instead.

As many of you may know, Rolex produced all Panerai watches until 1955/56. Interestingly, the first three batches of the iconic Ref. 3646 were recorded within the pocket watch range and not—as one would expect—within the Oyster range. As you can see in the picture below, the case number of this 3646 is very close to Rolex World Time presented in this article.



Image appears courtesy of Stefano Mazzariol


With the new "Panerai" batch from 1944, Rolex numbered Ref. 3646 with Oyster case numbers.

Coming back to the Rolex World Time pocket watch, although pocket watches are not very popular these days, it can be assumed this spectacular example — considering its rarity and condition — will fetch a considerable amount of money. A piece like this is certainly something for the real connoisseur.


Christie's description fascinatingly mentioned the following:

"Rolex was certainly experimenting with various world time systems as research into their Swiss patents shows. Between 1948 and 1950 Rolex had patented at least three various world time systems including one (Swiss patent no. 273742) with close visual similarities to Cottier’s. Quite why Rolex never put any other world time watches into full production can only be conjecture. 

However, looking at the wider picture, this was a period of experimentation and development of new models within the company, with the focus starting to switch to the robust tool and sports watches for which Rolex has since become synonymous. It was perhaps felt that a world time watch was uncommercial and too expensive to produce and by the early 1950s work on the new GMT-Master may have already begun."

Special thanks to John Goldberger.




A Note From Jake


Jose did such a great job with documenting and contextually showcasing this amazing Rolex history, which comes as no surprise. Jose constantly suprises and delights with his magnificent Horlogical Forensics Investigation technique.

Back on May 20, 2018, I published the story below, which I believe could almost serve as a Part II to Jose's story seen above, as it offers additional insight into the genesis of the Rolex GMT-Master. It also provides additional scholarship and insight while supporting Christie's brilliantly written description seen above this paragraph.




1949 Rolex GMT?

Rolex 'Universal Watch' Patent Application


WTCF!?!! This new find is rather shocking as it adds a previously undocumented piece of history to the Rolex GMT-Master history puzzle. Notice the application date is August 29, 1949. This is profound in that Rolex did not launch the Rolex GMT-Master until 1955.




I really don't even know where to begin with this Rolex patent application as is appears to have come out of left field. The fact that it predates the GMT-Master by 6 years is one thing, but the fact it has two dials with one that includes international cities including Geneve, Berlin, New York, and Panama make it even more interesting as it appears to be a hybrid GMT/World-Timer of sorts...




One interesting detail is that the Rolex 'Universal Watch' pictured above features a dedicated 24 hour hand (5) which we see just above the 2 O'clock position. This means that Rolex had the GMT-Hand design complete at least 6 years earlier than anybody ever documented. Clearly, this Rolex watch model never made it to market, but this patented design really illustrates that Rolex was swinging for the fences in watch design...

It is obvious to note the design of this 'universal watch' by Rolex is opposite of a GMT-Master in the sense a GMT has the 24-hour rotating bezel on the outside, whereas this design features it on the inside...



The photo above shows an original 1955 Rolex Pepsi GMT-Master, which is featured below in the 1955 Rolex ad.


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