Friday, April 26, 2019

"I am in Disbelief!?!!"

"I am in Disbelief!?!!"

PBS Antiques Roadshow Rolex Daytona Find

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

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

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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Phillips Auction House May 11-12 2019

Phillips Auction House

May 11-12 2019 Auction

Phillips Auction House recently put their new May 2019 Auction catalog online and they have some AMAZING historical Rolex pieces as seen below!!! This first image is from Lot 68 which features this magnificent 38MM Rolex Triple Date Moonphase Reference 8171 in yellow gold.

This second image is from Lot 213, which features this 1958 Rolex Submariner Reference 5508 with a gilt dial and red triangle with pearl intact. 

Next we see Lot 56 which features a 1960 Rolex Triple Date Chronograph Reference 6236 which is the most complicated Rolex model ever made.

You can view the lots online on Phillips website from this upcoming auction, and also you can check out a PDF version of their amazing upcoming Geneva Watch Auction: NINE catalog as well.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA 1971 Rolex Japanese Mystery Brochure Front and Back Discovered


1971 Rolex Japanese Mystery

Brochure Front and Back Discovered

Another Rolex Daytona history mystery is being solved with the images below thanks to renowned horological expert and author, John Goldberger who sent in these higher-resolution images of a 1971 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona brochure front and rear covers. John Goldberger wrote the book titled "100 Superlative Rolex Watches" and I conducted a three hour podcast with John back in 2008.

When I first saw this image previously as he had posted it on Instagram as seen below, the image showed the very part of back page still attached at the top, so I could see part of the cityscape background, which looked like Monte Carlo, Monaco to me. 

Below is a copy of the original image that John Goldberger send me. Notice the version on his Instagram account  has the racetrack blurred into the cityscape, whereas with the image below we see the folding crease from the brochure.

Now that we have clear view of the back of the 1971 Japanese Rolex Cosmograph Daytona brochure we see it features a Rolex Airplane flying over Geneva! If you look closely you will notice the green airplane says ROLEX on the top of both wings, as well as on the side, and on the tail we see the Rolex Crown Logo!

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Christie's Rare Watches Auction May 13th in Geneva Catalog

Christie's Rare

Watches Auction

May 13th in Geneva Catalog

Christies will be auctioning some beautiful Rolex watches next month in Geneva, Switzerland and you can see the cover of the catalog below which features a beautiful Rolex Moonphase [Reference 6062].