Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Jay Hernandez: Rolex Watches On and Off-Screen


Rising Rolex Star...


Jay Hernandez






 By DANNY CRIVELLO

           
I watched "Toy Story 4" with my family this past weekend, and one of the voices is played by a Rolex-wearing rising star, Jay Hernandez. Jake wrote about Jay Hernandez last year when the reboot of "Magnum P.I." was first announced by CBS. Though the actor wouldn't be wearing Tom Selleck's 'stache for the reprisal of the role, the viewers were promised the red Ferrari, the dobermanns and, of course, the Rolex Pepsi GMT-Master. 


I've been enjoying the reboot, and Jay brings a fun, laid-back personality to Thomas Magnum's character. He still asks his buddies for favors and never gets hung up on money, even from his clients, though he seems always broke. For him, that justice is served and the case closed are what's important. 

I thought Jay was given the Pepsi GMT-Master II 16710 just for the role but until recently, I was unaware he was a Rolex fan.



Here the California native rocks his personal Batman while being interviewed alongside Perdita Weeks, who plays Juliett Higgins in "Magnum P.I." 


Jay Hernandez also likes to rock his Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39. I love how the light plays on the dark rhodium dial and almost changes its color. 



Before his role in "Magnum P.I.," he starred alongside Mila Kunis as the hot dad in the comedy film "Bad Moms," where he was already sporting his pre-ceramic no-date Submariner.


He was recently cast as one of the voices in "Toy Story 4," as the child's father, and now wears a two-tone ceramic Submariner 116613LN.



Few know that Jay didn't aspire to be an actor. While riding an elevator in a high-rise in Los Angeles, he was approached by a talent manager who suggested Jay had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood. He enrolled Jay into acting school and sent his pictures to casting agents. Every Rolex tells a story, and Jay's is shaping to be an interesting one!


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Rolex Coolness: Denzel Washington Courage Under Fire...


...Academy Award Winning Best Actor...


Denzel Washington

Courage Under Fire


I was digging through the archives and I came across this cool post from 2012: 

My pal James from WatchesInMovies.info sent me a message to let me know he just put up a post with images of Denzel Washington sporting a stainless steel Rolex Submariner from the 1996 movie "Courage Under Fire."



It appears, in the photo above and below, that Denzel Washington's Rolex Submariner is suffering from the same "Pulled Winding Crown" syndrome as Robert Redford's stainless steel Rolex from the 1976 movie "All The Presidents Men"!!!


Friday, June 21, 2019

Rolex Sea Dweller Poolside...


...Rolex Outdoor Shot Of The Day...

Rolex SEA-DWELLER

Poolside

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Rolex Celebrates 5 New Laureates @ 2019 Rolex Awards



Rolex Celebrates

5 New Laureates


2019 Rolex Awards


This year's Rolex Awards Laureates have been chosen and they are ALL AMAZING!!! Check out the video below and be sure to head over to Rolex.org to learn much more about their life-changing missions! This year's Rolex Awards are unique in the sense this was the first year where anyone could vote for the Rolex Award winners, which is so cool if you think about it.


"Behind the Rolex crown is a way of thinking about our place in the world and an aspiration to contribute. We call this perpetual spirit.

It is based on a fundamental belief in unlimited human potential, in continuous improvement, in always pushing the boundaries and taking the long-term view. Our watches are built to last. So is our contribution to future generations."



1978 Rolex Ad

The next two images below were published in 1978 by Rolex in magazines. The first image is fascinating because it appears to be a wrist shot of sorts, but if you examine it closer, you might notice the remarkable similarity to the Rolex crown logo.




Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Last Man On The Moon




The Last Man On The Moon


Eugene Cernan

Apollo 17


A NASA Apollo Pepsi GMT-Master Mystery Evolves

Discovering new revelations in Rolex history is always exciting, especially when it involves NASA Apollo Astronauts wearing Rolex!!! Apollo 17 Mission Commander Eugene A. Cernan is pictured below in his official NASA Apollo 17 portrait. Eugene Cernan flew in the Gemini IX mission as well as on Apollo 10 and as part of Apollo 17 would be the last man to walk on the Moon.


Eleven years ago I published the mysterious photo below of Eugene Cernan rocking a Rolex GMT-Master on the outside of his Space Suit on a velcro strap. This photo just added to the Rolex Moon Watch Mystery because the obvious question was, if Omega was "the official watch" of NASA then what is an Apollo astronaut doing wearing a Rolex on the outside of his spacesuit!?!





New photographic evidence just came in from Moon Watch Universe that shows Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan conducting lunar EVA training wearing David Scott's Moon Flown Apollo A7lB spacesuit while sporting a Pepsi GMT-Master wristwatch taped on his left strap with yellow tape!?!!




Moon Watch Universe is gathering information in order to complete this exquisite story Rolex GMT-Master pilot's watch used during lunar surface EVA training at the Cape by the Commander of the last Apollo crew taken on June 8, 1972.




Each EVA training was broken down in specific sessions simulating actual planned lunar surface operations.




This next NASA photo [5-72-39922] shows Eugene Cernan of Apollo 17 inspecting rocks during a geology field trip and notice he is wearing his Pepsi GMT.



The Saturn Rocket that would take the Apollo 17 prime crew to the moon is pictured below on its launch pad.


Apollo 17 was the first mission to be launched at night.






Harrison Schmitt took the photo below on December 13, 1972 of Apollo 17 Astronaut and Mission Commander Eugene A. Cernan as he salutes the deployed United States flag on the lunar surface during Extravehicular Activity (EVA).

Eugene Cernan's last words as he left the Moon were:

"As I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some  time to come–but we believe not too long into the future–I'd like to just [say] what I believe history will record–that America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17."


A plaque left on the ladder of the descent stage of Challenger reads: 

"Here Man completed his first explorations of the moon. December 1972 AD. May the spirit of peace in which we came be reflected in the lives of all mankind."

The Apollo 17 capsule splashed down on December 19, 1972 and the U.S. Navy SH-3A Sea King helicopter combat support squadron HC-1 Pacific Fleet Angels were sent from the deck of the USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) to recover the Astronauts as pictured below.









The image above shows Apollo 17s Eugene Cernan exiting his spacecraft just after splashdown and if we look closely is sure does appear he is wearing his Pepsi GMT on his wrist as evidenced below in the close up where we see what appears to be his Rolex Oyster Bracelet!!!




Update: Moon Watch Universe wrote in and said:


Lower photo shows Eugene Cernan exciting the "America" capsule wearing his NASA-issued Speedmaster on a black velcro strap together with his Speedmaster 105.003 that he always wore since the Gemini days...

This older Speedmaster was his lucky charm and he always wore it on the inside of his wrist, this Speedmaster was on a steel mesh Jacoby Bender Champion bracelet... so that's not a ROLEX bracelet at all!!!

CMP Ron Evans took a ROLEX GMT aboard Apollo 17 and although he stayed in lunar orbit, he asked Cernan to take his Personal Preference Kit containing the Rolex aboard Lunar Lander "Challenger" down to the lunar surface...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

1958 Rolex Submariner Brochure


Newly Discovered

1958 Rolex Submariner Brochure

This is such a cool find! I recently discovered this 1958 Rolex Submariner brochure which features the Reference 6536 and 6538, but the most exciting detail may be on the back page as seen in the last image in this story.



I say it may be on the last page because after careful reading I discovered a fascinating discovery! Notice at the end of the last paragraph in the section on the left with white background the second to last words says "The SUBMARINER is a strong and reliable wrist-watch the importance of which has already been recognized by those concerned in sea-going or sub-marine activities." What is significant about sub-marine'? There has always been a debate about whether Submariner was pronounced Submeriner, or Sub-mariner? My take is that according to this brochure that back in 1958 it was pronounced Sub-Marin-ER. Also, on the cover of the brochure, as seen above it says "A watch specially designed for all SUBMARINE and aquatic activities." This would ad further support to the fact the proper name is pronounced Rolex Sub-marine-er, not Sub-marin-er!!!

(Update: Nick Gould sent me a message and pointed out: "Did you noice the brochure shows a 6536 with no depth rating? Also, the brochure says the 6538 was the more heavy duty version. Makes sense as the 6538 has a big crown.")






Monday, June 17, 2019

Pepsi GMT-Master Reference 6542


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

 Pepsi GMT-Master
Reference 6542

Banzaff's took this great photo of this Rolex Pepsi from the late 1950s. Notice it has no crown guard and a red date wheel.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Eisenhower Rolex Datejust President...



Eisenhower Datejust

"V" For Victory


I just added this image to The Complete History of The Rolex President, which shows U.S. President Eisenhower sporting his yellow gold Rolex Datejust. What a Great photo!!!


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day: David's Super Simple Submariner


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

David's Super Simple Submariner
[Reference 5513]

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Jack is Back @ The 2019 U.S. Open








Jack is Back

@ The 2019 U.S. Open

Pebble Beach, California


The sun never sets on the World of Rolex, and every week there is a fascinating event occurring somewhere on earth that is sponsored by Rolex and this week we have the Le Mans Formula 1 race in France as well as The U.S. Open taking place at Pebble Beach in California.







47 Years ago, the first time the U.S. Open was played at Pebble Beach, Jack Nicklaus upstaged his rivals, Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer to won the 1972 U.S. Open. This years U.S. Open is unusual as Jack Nicklaus' Rolex Day-Date has been making the rounds. The fascinating back story is that Rolex, under the leadership of André Heiniger gave Jack Nicklaus a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date in 1967. The photo below is the oldest photo of Jack wearing his Day-Date I have been able to find and it was taken in 1968.



Jack Nicklaus

Winning The 1972 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Pebble Beach, California

Rolex Day-Date





Jack Nicklaus is pictured below with Tiger Woods at the 2012 ATT National Tournament where Tiger passed Jack to the 2nd Place on Career List with his 74th victory.



Jack Nicklaus has been wearing his same Day-Date for 52 years straight and he recently decided to put it up for auction with Phillips Auction House, the benefits of which will all go to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation (@anchcf). Jack's watch can be viewed in-person by contacting @pboutros on Instagram.






Rolex Datejust ad from July 1995
Arnold Palmer & Jack Nicklaus
Two Golf Legends

Jack Nicklaus was the second Rolex Golf Ambassador appointed just after fellow legendary golfer Arnold Palmer and along with Gary Player make up Golfs Big 3.








The photo above of Jack Nicklaus was taken in 1972 and the one below was taken recently.