Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Jay Hernandez: Rolex Watches On and Off-Screen

Rising Rolex Star...

Jay Hernandez


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!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Rolex Sea Dweller Poolside...

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



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 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...

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!!!

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.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Oyster Perpetual Datejust Lady 31 with Floral Motif Dial in Everose Rolesor

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

Oyster Perpetual Datejust Lady 31

with Floral Motif Dial in Everose Rolesor

904L Stainless Steel and 18 ct Everose Gold

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Legends of the Deep: Celine and Fabien Cousteau - New Series Debuts Tonight on Science Channel

Legends of the Deep

Celine and Fabien Cousteau

New Series Debuts Tonight on Science Channel

I very fondly remember gathering around the TV when I was a child with the family on Sunday evenings to watch The Underwater World of Jacques Cousteau. Tonight two of his grandchildren, Celine Cousteau and Fabien Cousteau are debuting their new series on the Science Channel named Legends of the Deep, so be sure to check it out!!!

Céline Cousteau is pictured below with her legendary grandfather, Jacque-Yves Cousteau when she was a little girl. After having interviewed Céline I could not help but notice she shares her grandfather's Spirit of Inquiry and Exploration.

 Céline Cousteau 1982-1983 Piloting Zodiac on the Amazon River 
on Expedition with her father and grandfather

In the photo below we see Céline and her brother Fabien with their father Jean-Michel Cousteau who is Jacques-Yves Cousteau's son.

''From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to the Earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free. Buoyed by water, he can fly in any direction—up, down, sideways—by merely flipping his hand. Under water, man becomes an archangel.'' 

—Jaques-Yves Cousteau