Friday, April 26, 2019

"I am in Disbelief!?!!"

"I am in Disbelief!?!!"

PBS Antiques Roadshow Rolex Daytona Find

"I'm in disbelief." #antiquesroadshow #rolex

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ceramic LV Submariner Bezel Insert

Ceramic LV Submariner Bezel Insert

This is an amazing Rolex photo of the current ceramic Rolex LV Submariner bezel insert. If you look closely at the detail, it is incredible how the markers are etched into the ceramic!!!! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Rolex Founder...Hans Wilsdorf...

...Rolex Founder...

Hans Wilsdorf

April 30, 1946

This photo of Rolex Founder, Hans Wilsdorf was taken 73 years ago on April 30, 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland, when Hans was 65 years old and it was discovered by Philip. The thing that is so strikingly unusual about this image is it is the very first image I have seen of Hans Wilsdorf out in nature wearing sports clothes. In other words, he is wearing a sweater and ascot, as apposed to his normal attire of a suit with a necktie.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sir David Attenborough: An Amazing Rolex Explorer

Our Planet

Netflix Documentary Premier @ 
London Natural History Museum

Today is Earth Day around the world and I believe this story could not be more timely to publish on such a day. I recently published this amazing story on Sir David Attenborough, and I am bringing it back with a big update as Netflix recently released a new documentary series narrated by Sir David named "Our Planet", and you can watch the trailer below:

The three videos below are from Netflix's 'OUR PLANET' Documentary global premiere which took place at the Natural History Museum in Kensington, London. In this first video from the event we get an incredible introduction from Lisa Nishimura, who is the Vice President of Netflix Indie Films Documentary division!

In the video below we see Sir David Attenborough deliver an amazing speech at the premier of "Our Planet" on April 5, 2019.

In this next video we see Prince Charles give a SUPERB speech at the premier of the Netflix Documentary named, Our Planet. Prince Charles speech is deeply profound and timely...

A Royal Explorer

Sir David Attenborough has been a friend of the British Royal Family for many years. In these first two photos we see David Attenborough with young Princess Anne and Prince Charles.

In these two photos, Sir David Attenborough is showing the young prince and princess a cockatoo he captured in New Guinea.

In the photo below, we see Sir David Attenborough and Prince Charles chatting seven decades after the photo above.

Below are two more detailed video clip previews from Netflix's all-new Our Planet Documentary:

Below is the original story I published on Sir David Attenborough.

...Rolex Super-Coolness...

Sir David Attenborough

An Amazing Rolex Explorer

Sir David Attenborough is one of the most famous naturalists in history and he is still going full-speed-ahead at age 92!!! As an amazing explorer, he has always reminded me of Jaques-Yves Cousteau. Sir David Attenborough has been a wildlife filmmaker his entire professional career, which has spanned seven decades. You probably know his famous voice from the recent film series titled "Planet Earth."

"The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may 
never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?"

—David Attenborough

In the photo above, Sir David Attenborough is wearing what appears to be either a Rolex Submariner, GMT-Master, Turn-O-Graph, or possibly his Rolex Explorer seen below in this story. It looks bigger, like a Submariner or GMT, but I can't tell for sure. Of course, he is wearing it on a Rolex Oyster bracelet—that much is clear.

Update #1 (March 6, 2019): After spending a lot of time trying to figure out which model Rolex Sir David Attenborough is wearing in the photo above, my best guess is that he is wearing his Rolex Explorer which, due to the angle the photo was taken at, makes it look larger.

Update #2 (Match 7, 2019): My researcher from Hong Kong named Alan discovered and sent in the images below of David Attenborough from 1972, which offer a clue in the sense they were taken straight-on, so we see the scale of the watch better. Once again, my best guess is Sir David is wearing his Rolex Explorer.

An Amazing Voice

David Attenborough's second to most recent documentary series he narrated is named "Blue Planet II," and it is UNBELIEVABLY GREAT!!!! You can check out the trailer below. In the U.S. you can currently watch it on Netflix. Sir David's narrative style is typically very serious, without ever being pretentious which makes him the ultimate wildlife narrator.

"Continuation of 

Civilization Is in

Your Hands!"

Sir David Attenborough recently delivered his message on climate change at a recent United Nations summit as seen in the video below. I have believed for decades that climate change is real, but even if it is not, the measures we can take toward circumventing it can only be good for Mother Earth and humanity. It really would be a sad shame if all the Rolex Perpetuals stop perpetuating time in the future—all because humanity was too stupid or lazy to take real and meaningful action!!!!

A Real Rolex Explorer

The next three images of Sir David Attenborough were taken from a TV series in 1963, and as we see he is wearing an early Rolex Explorer.

I have not been able to make a positive ID on the exact model Rolex Explorer he is wearing in the pictures above, but I believe it has a gilt dial, and likely would be a model like the one shown below.

In the BBC Video Adventure below from 1963 you can see Sir David Attenborough driving his Land Rover wearing his Rolex Explorer, as he travels through the Northern Australia outback!!!

In the next set of photos, taken on March 4, 1965, we see Sir David Attenborough wearing his Rolex Explorer on an unusual bracelet. These photos were taken when he was appointed Controller of BBC2.

Despite having the unusual bracelet, this photo confirms Sir David Attenborough is wearing a Rolex Explorer as it possesses all the tell-tale characteristics including the 3-, 6- and 9-hour markers surrounded by baton markers. You can also see the Mercedes hour hand and Rolex logo...

In the fascinating video below from the BBC Archives we see Sir David Attenborough being interviewed on a BBC show named Late Night Line-Up where he discusses stepping down as Controller for BBC-2 in order to return to making programs, and we see how charismatic, sharp, interesting and articulate he was at the time!!!

In this video, we see President Obama interviewing Sir David Attenborough when Sir David Attenborough was 90 years young, and he is still going full-speed ahead!!!

In this next photo, we see Prince Charles' son, Prince William with Sir David Attenborough at the World Economic Forum.

Sir David Attenborough has been friends with Queen Elizabeth for many decades and we see them smiling together.

BBC Planet Earth Series

Amazing BBC Documentary Series

Sir David Attenborough is perhaps best known for his narration of the INCREDIBLE BBC series titled "Planet Earth." I included several episodes below for your viewing enjoyment. In my opinion the Planet Earth BBC series is perhaps the greatest wildlife/Earth documentary series in history.

In the United Kingdom, Sir David Attenborough is considered to be a national treasure, and he is pictured below with Queen Elizabeth. 

In the video below we see Sir David Attenborough giving a speech with follow-up with the Queen's husband, The Duke Of Edinburgh.

"Blue Planet II," which is Sir David Attenborough's second most recent documentary, is beyond AMAZING, and you can watch it on Netflix today.

Sir David Attenborough's most recent documentary is titled "Dynasties," and you can check out the trailer below:

Friday, April 19, 2019

Brian Kelly Story Preview...

Story Preview

Brian Kelly

I am working on a really profound article that involves Brian Kelly who is pictured below wearing his Rolex Submariner Reference 5512 or 5513 with pointed crown guards, and I though I would share this great preview image with you. Full story coming soon!!!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

1966 Playboy Magazine Rolex Ad

...Rolex Time Machine...

1966 Rolex Ad

Playboy Magazine 

If we got in the Rolex Time Machine and went back to 1966-1968, and peeked in between some of the pages of Playboy magazine, like James Bond actor, George Lazenby is doing below, what would we find him staring at?

Well, he could definitely have been staring at this super cool Rolex 1966 magazine ad that appeared in Playboy back then. In case you were wondering the car on the right is 1966 Ford GT40 MKII. And notice it has an early Rolex Daytona in front of it.

Also notice the Submariner in the ad above and below have the rare 3, 6, 9 (Explorer) dial, as well as the slogan, "When a man has a world in his hands, you expect to find a Rolex on his wrist."

Those Were The Days

Boy the way Glenn Miller Played
Songs that made the Hit Parade
Guys like us we had it made
Those were the days.

And you knew who you were then
Girls were girls and men were men

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Tiger Woods Wins 2019 Masters Tournament

Tiger Woods

Wins 2019 Masters Tournament

Tiger Woods roared back when he won the 2019 Masters Golf Tournament today in Augusta, Georgia and won the famous green coat!! This was Tiger Woods 81st Career PGA Tour Win (2nd Most of All-time) makes Tiger Woods a 5-Time-Masters Champion, which puts him in 2nd place for most career wins. Most profoundly, this means Tiger Woods broke the record for most year between Masters wins at 14 years in-between!!!

Tiger wore his Rolex DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER D-Blue after he won the Masters Tournament, as we see on his wrist in the videos above. 

The D-Blue SEA-DWELLER features an unusual horizontal gradient to faces from blue above to black below, and it also has the DEEPSEA dial designation in a large green font. It is kind of profound if you think about it that the only two brands that didn't abandon Tiger after the challenges he went through years ago were Rolex and Nike.

Penso che un sogno cosi non ritorni mai piu
Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu
Poi d'improvviso venivo dal vento rapito
E incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito

Volare, oh oh
E contare, oh oh oh oh
Nel blu, dipinto di blu
Felice di stare lassu
E volavo, volavo felice piu in alto del sole ed ancora piu su
Mentre il mondo pian piano spariva lontano laggiu
Una musica dolce suonava soltanto per me

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Rolex Hotness

Rolex Hotness

I love this image of these beautiful women rockin' Rolex watches, and I love the brunette in front with her two-tone Rolex paired with her Coco Chanel Quilted Purse...

Friday, April 12, 2019

Yacht-Master 42: A Rolex Fan's Favorite?

Yacht-Master 42

Why the Yacht-Master

Is My Favorite Watch


The reason I believe the Yacht-Master has always been one of the most underrated models in Rolex's collection is because of its name. While "Submariner," "Sea-Dweller," "Explorer," and "GMT-Master" conjure up thoughts of adventures in the deep sea, in the mountains or across the globe, the name "Yacht-Master" makes us feel the watch is for the elite few who, well, own a yacht.

I was fortunate enough to be invited for Rolex's first appointment on the first day of Baselworld. I was essentially the first one to try the new Yacht-Master 42. And I reported it live on Twitter and Instagram. After a few weeks and more time to think about it, I wanted to share my reaction.

When I was given the watch by the Rolex representative to try on, I didn't expect my hand to shake, but it did. The combination of perfect lighting in the Rolex press room, the brilliance and sparkle of the white gold from the case, and the piece's slightly increased size gave it a subtle aura. But enough that it made my hand shake as I held it. That was unexpected but a pleasant surprise.

Is the Yacht-Master designed with yacht owners in mind? If it's 1966 and you decide to be the first person to truly circumnavigate the world completely on your own—West to East via the great capes, in a journey that would take you 226 days, yachting is an adventure. The Yacht-Master is the Explorer of the sea, the Submariner of the surface, and the GMT-Master that crosses the globe not with jet engines, but sails. 

Above, Sir Francis Chichester, whose daring spirit marked the history of yachting for future generations, autographed the picture by writing: "Gipsy Moth IV needs repairs after capsizing in the Tasman Sea, but the Rolex ticks on happily. Francis Chichester."

It's 1966 and there's no GPS. Your navigational instruments include a sextant, the stars and a Rolex watch. 

Sir Francis Chichester departed Plymouth and sailed solo around the world in his yawl, Gipsy Moth IV. The journey took 226 days and handed him the honor of being the first person to truly circumnavigate the world completely on his own. He was 65.

So owning a Yacht-Master is not just for yacht owners; it could be for those who long for adventures on the high seas. Please see Jake's Complete History of the Rolex Yacht-Master

Below: "To Rolex, many thanks for the splendid G.M.T.-Master. Francis Chichester. 19.8.66."

Please indulge me as I add, below, a non-related Rolex picture. My grandpa, who was a submariner during World War II and later became a Navy officer, is seen here with his teenage son, my dad. My dad would earn all his sailing certifications and endorsements. 

I write about my grandpa here, and the Rolex Submariner I own. Now I want to own a Yacht-Master in honor of my dad. 

Four facts about the new Yacht-Master 42:

First time a Yacht-Master is released in 42mm.
First time a Yacht-Master (I) is released in white gold.
First time a Glidelock clasp is on an Oysterflex bracelet.
First and only Professional model offered in three sizes.

What I like most about the Yacht-Master 42: 

The size: While I owned many 40mm-diameter watches and I have a 7-inch wrist, the 42mm size is more modern without being over the top. Many Omega and Grand Seiko divers are at 44 and more. 42, I believe, is the new 40. It is the new perfect size in line with modern fashion. 

The case design: I've owned a couple Maxi case Rolexes, like the BLNR (GMT "Batman") and the LV (Submariner "Hulk"). But I love a thinner lug design like the one of my Air-King and Daytona. The Yacht-Master has a winner lug shape and profile design—all that with a Maxi dial maximizing legibility both by day and night. It reminds me a bit of the uber-popular Submariner "Kermit."

The metal: The 18-karat white gold adds a reflection and luster that can't be matched by steel. And it brings the watch into a luxury range without being too flashy. It is quieter than yellow gold and lighter than platinum. Some say white gold is a secret between you and yourself.

The bezel: I use the bezel function all the time—to time events or just to mark time in the future, like a scheduled departure time. I love bi-directional bezels because they're so quick and easy to operate. While the Yacht-Master is not a dive watch, its specs go beyond the kinds of depth I will ever reach. It's waterproof to 100m. 

A word about the strap and clasp: The Yacht-Master 42 is the first Rolex to be equipped with a Glidelock system on Oysterflex, allowing the wearer to extend the strap length by increments of 2.5 mm up to 15 mm. On the flip size—literally!—it makes the clasp a little bit longer than its 40-mm Everose, non-Glidelock Yacht-Master cousin, which, by the way, will also be equipped with a Glidelock extension and a new movement in 2019. 

But on the wrist the Oysterflex is amazingly comfortable and adds a touch of sportiness. You don’t need to compromise on robustness, waterproofness or reliability though. Resistance and durability are comparable to that of a metal bracelet, according to Rolex, making it the perfect companion for an adventure on the high seas.

Sir Francis Chichester would have approved!