Monday, December 30, 2019

Rolex Explorer II


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


Rolex Explorer II


Sunday, December 29, 2019

2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race


2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

75th Anniversary

Rolex just came out with a bunch of great new videos celebrating the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which are fascinating.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

John Denver: The Kings of Country Music Wearing Rolex Series


The Kings of Country Music Wearing Rolex Series


...Rolex Super Coolness...


John Denver

1943-1997

Yellow Gold Rolex GMT-Master

As we move from celebrating the Christmas holiday to New Years I thought it would be great to enjoy some amazing music history with the legendary John Denver.

This is the fourth installment in my series named, "The Kings Of Country Music Wearing Rolex." I realize that John Denver not only sang many country hits, like "Thank God I'm A Country Boy", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", and "Rocky Mountain High", but he also crossed-over into many other genres including Folk singing.



John Denver had many other popular songs like "Annie's Song", "Leaving On A Jet Plane", and "Sunshine On My Shoulders." He was born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.in Roswell, New Mexico on December 31, 1943.




When I was a kid growing up in Northern California, I some of my fondest memories are of summer camp, listening to John Denver songs, like Take Me Home, Country Roads. 

When I think about John Denver's music, I think it's really ideal for listening to around Thanksgiving, along with other artists like Simon and Garfunkel. Something about this genre of music is heartwarming and kind of folksy...



In several of the images in this story we see photos of John Denver wearing a yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master, which I think suited him perfectly. It never ceases to amaze me how many guitarists wear Rolex watches.

John Denver was not only a recording and live performance superstar, but he was also an activist and humanitarian who dedicated much of his time and money to trying to take care of issues that effect earth. In my opinion, John Denver was the living embodiment and true symbol of Thanksgiving...





Aye, Calypso, I Sing To Your Spirit



John Denver was one of Jacques Cousteau's biggest fans. Not only did he write the fantastic song "Calypso" but he donated all the proceeds from the song to the Cousteau Society. John also performed concerts and donated the proceeds to the Cousteau Society.




The photo below of Jacques Cousteau was taken on-board the Calypso in 1953, an we see him wearing a prototype Rolex Submariner. Jacques Cousteau, in my opinion, is the greatest explorer that ever lived, and is the living embodiment of the Rolex Submariner.






By the way, John Denver wrote a beautiful song in the 1970s about Jacques Cousteau's Calypso ship and I thought I would share the profound words:

Calypso
By John Denver


To sail on a dream on a crystal clear ocean
To ride on the crest of a wild raging storm
To work in the service of life and the living
In search of the answers to questions unknown
To be part of the movement and part of the growing
Part of beginning to understand

Aye, Calypso, the places you've been to
The things that you've shown us
The stories you tell
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit
The men who have served you
So long and so well

Like the dolphin who guides you
You bring us beside you
To light up the darkness and show us the way
For though we are strangers in your silent world
To live on the land we must learn from the sea
To be true as the tide
And free as the wind-swell
Joyful and loving in letting it be

Aye, Calypso, the places you've been to
The things that you've shown us
The stories you tell
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit
The men who have served you
So long and so well

Aye, Calypso, the places you've been to
The things that you've shown us
The stories you tell
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit
The men who have served you
So long and so well



John Denver is pictured below on-board the Calypso with Jacques Cousteau and they are talking with media mogul, Ted Turner. This photos was taken on the occasion of Jacques Cousteau's 75th birthday party in Washington D.C., which took place in 1985. In an ironic twist of fate, both John Denver and Jacques Cousteau both passed away twelve years later in 1997.




In the photo below we see John Denver (giving the thumbs-up!) diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Connie Reeder is pictured on the far left, and she sang with John Denver on "Fly Away", which can be viewed below this image.


“To Live on the Land We Must Learn from the Sea” 

–John Denver (Calypso)


Richard Hyman took the photo below onboard the Calypso when they were filming in the Belize Barrier Reef and John Denver gave an impromptu concert for Captain Cousteau and his wife Simone.









Video of John Denver at Jacques Cousteau's 75th Birthday Celebration


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

A Christmas Present From James Bond...





A Christmas Present 



from James Bond

1974



James Bond and Christmas...If we hop in the Rolex time machine and travel back to Christmas of 1974 we would see this movie poster for "The Man With The Golden Gun" which starred Roger Moore as 007.



Roger Moore wore his Rolex Submariner The 1974 James Bond movie, "The Man With The Golden Gun", as we see in the photo below with gorgeous Britt Ekland...If you want to learn much more about the history of James Bond and Rolex, check out my 13 Part Series titled: "The Complete History of James Bond Watches."



In The Man With The Golden Gun Britt Ekland wore a stainless steel Rolex Lady Datejust on an Oyster bracelet as seen below.




Roger Moore's portrayal of James Bond was interesting in the sense he played the ultimate cad. A Cad is a trashy version of a gentleman who has the appearance of a gentleman, but doesn't follow the moral code of gentlemen. A Cad might be tan year round. Bond is the perfect example of a Cad as he has no friends, kills people on a regular basis and will sleep with your wife—but foreigners and vulnerable women think he's related to the Queen :-)



The photo below shows Roger Moore checking the time on his Rolex single red Submariner [Reference 1680] on the set of The Man With The Golden Gun.

Thomas Kinkade Painter Of Light


...Rolex Super-Coolness...

Thomas Kinkade
Painter of Light
1958-2012

Pepsi GMT-Master & King Tut Submariner

Thomas Kinkade was an American painter, who is one of the most commercially successful artists of the 21st Century. How successful is his artwork today? Apparently, at least 5% of American homes have a copy of one of his paintings hanging in their home. Thomas Kinkade is pictured below sporting a yellow gold Rolex (King Tut: Gold and Cobalt Blue) Submariner.


Thomas Kinkade wore a yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master as seen above, and also wore a Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master as seen in the photos below.


Thomas Kinkade is to the 21st Century, what Pablo Picasso was to the 20th century, as far a being prolific, popular and commercially successful, and ironically they both wore the exact same Rolex model, which was a Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master!












Classic Christmas Paintings
Making Spirits Bright

"Every painting is a journey." –Thomas Kinkade

I decided to publish this story today, as a way to get into the Christmas spirit, since Thomas Kinkade's paintings are some of the greatest Christmas themed paintings. Thomas Kinkade's Christmas paintings are extremely ideal and heartwarming, and capture the essence of this most wonderful time of the year.






One could argue that Thomas Kinkade's paintings are similar to Norman Rockwell's in the sense that he is constantly attempting to capture this highly idyllic state of Americana. Thomas Kinkade grew up in Placerville, California, in the U.S.A., which is a city that you would pass through if you were traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area on you way to Lake Tahoe.













Tuesday, December 24, 2019

King Kong Rolex Christmas


King Kong

Christmas Poster

Jeff Bridges 

Rolex Submariner
1976

On May 27, 1977, the original Star Wars was released and it completely changed the game for Science Fiction movies. Today, we have the latest Star Wars movie in theaters named 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' which marks the end of the original Star Wars Saga. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but I heard it is pretty good.


The Christmas before the original Star Wars movie debuted, The remake of King Kong was in movie theaters across the world, and was a huge hit. Below we see the original 1976 King Kong Christmas Launch poster, which starred Jeff Bridges wearing his stainless steel Rolex Submariner which is fascinating.







Speaking of Jeff Bridges wearing his Rolex Submariner in a 1976 movie...Day before yesterday, I ran a story on Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing his yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master, and in the photo below we seem both Jeff and Arnold together, back in the day...staring together in the 1976 movie titled, "Stay Hungry." Talk about two super-iconic Hollywood actors...


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.








The Dude Abides

Speaking of iconic, in the photo below we see Jeff Bridges playing "The Dude" in The Big Lebowski...





Monday, December 23, 2019

Have A Groovy COMEX Christmas...



Have A Groovy COMEX Christmas

And A Very Happy New Year



Founder Of COMEX, Henri-Germain Delauze [1970]

The COMEX Christmas Card seen below was sent out in 1979. You can learn a great deal about the special relationship between ROLEX and COMEX by clicking here.





Founder Of COMEX, Henri-Germain Delauze [2008]

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Rolex Hologram Photo Of The Day: Christmas Colors



Rolex Hologram Photo Of The Day


Christmas Colors

Ralph took these amazing photos of the Rolex Hologram sticker on the back of his Rolex which reminds me of Christmas Tree lights...


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Eddie Murphy Returns to Saturday Night Live


Eddie Murphy 





In his opening monologue of SNL Eddie Murphy was rocking his bejeweled Rolex Day-Date Masterpiece  and as we see below Chris Rock came out to greet him on-stage.



Dave Chappelle also came out onstage and he was sporting a stainless steel Rolex Daytona with a ceramic bezel. 







Returns to Saturday Night Live Tonight

After 35 Years 




Later this evening, Eddie Murphy will be returning to host Saturday Night Live after having first joined SNL 40 years ago. In these 3 videos snippets of Eddie Murphy on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon we hear from Eddie about all the exiting projects he is working on including his upcoming sequel to "Coming To America" with Arsenio Hall, as well as his current movie which is in theaters now. Also, notice Eddie is rocking his blinged-out Rolex Day-Date Masterpiece...


Friday, December 20, 2019

Season's Greetings from Hans Wilsdorf, Founder Of Rolex



Season's Greetings


Hans Wilsdorf

Founder Of Rolex


Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. He built a world-wide wrist watch empire that is stronger and healthier today than ever. I have been utterly fascinated with learning everything I could about his life and times which I have shared with my readers over the past dozen years. I wanted to learn what made Hans Wilsdorf tick, as it offers clues into what makes Rolex tick. 





In the image above I am trying to figure out who the men are in the photo behind Hans Wilsdorf. The bald man on the left would is future Rolex CEO André-Jean Heiniger. I think the man on the far left is one of Hans Wilsdorf's nephews. I assume the men on the far right are Rolex executives.

The image above of Hans Wilsdorf appears courtesy of Joël Laplace who is a vintage watch lover that lives in Geneva, Switzerland. Joël published the image on his Jojolamontre Instagram page, which is filled with very interesting vintage watch history images.



The Season's Greetings message above from Hans Wilsdorf was originally published in 1948 and appears as part of my story titled "The Vintage Rolex Christmas Ads & Black Tie Guide." Hans Wilsdorf message is as apropos and on-point today as it was when first published 71 Christmases ago in 1948. Rolex has always been a chic brand for women as we see below in the vintage 1931 Rolex Ad.



The next Rolex ad was originally published in 1968 and features a beautiful woman wearing Pucci.




In this last image we see the gorgeous Skier and Olympic Gold Medal Winner Lindsey Vonn rocking her Submariner from a few Christmases ago. You can learn much more about The Rolex Woman and How Women Began Wearing Men's Rolex Watches on Jake's Rolex World.



To all my readers located all over planet earth, I wish you a very Merry Christmas,  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!


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