Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Jacqueline Bisset with Nick Nolte wearing a Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner

...Rolex Coolness...

Nick Nolte

Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner
[Reference 1680]



Peter Benchley's 1975 Jaws movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and it was a mega-hit. Jaws prompted a slew of underwater/aquatic adventure movies and TV shows. This include movies like The DEEP, and TV shows like The Man From Atlantis. I originally published this story many years ago, but today I am very excited to update it with many new pictures including this newly discovered Rolex Submariner magazine ad that was discovered by Nicolas @ Adpatina.com.

Nick Nolte wore a Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner as he costarred with Jacqueline Bisset from the movie "The Deep" from 1977, as seen below. I remember tripping on The DEEP when I was a kid. It was a great diving movie.

The DEEP featured an all-star cast including Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset, as well as Robert Shaw, Louis Gossett Jr, and Eli Wallach. Robert Shaw (pictured below in center) also starred previously in Jaws in 1975. Robert Shaw had previously also starred in From Russia With Love (1963), A Man For All Seasons (1966), The Sting (1973), and Force 10 From Navarone in 1978. Eli Wallach is pictured below on the far right, with his back to the camera.

Peter Benchley wrote Jaws and The DEEP, and he is featured below in the two Rolex Submariner ads from 1975.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Rolex Studio Shot of the Day: Lorenzo's Submariner 5508...

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

Lorenzo's Rolex Submariner
[Reference 5508]

Lorenzo Belliini took this superb photo of his incredibly cool vintage Rolex Submariner [Reference 5508]. This fantastic and rare 5508 has four lines and a shiny gilt dial. So Cool!!!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Moody Blues Rocking Rolex

Justin Hayward

Moody Blues 

Singer · Songwriter · Guitarist

The Moody Blues produced some of the most iconicly timeless haunting music back in the later 1960s, and continued making pop-culture hits up through the 1980s. The Moody Blues created hit after hit that could be referred to as anthems including "Your Wildest Dreams", "Tuesday Afternoon", "The Story In Your Eyes", "Isn't It Strange", "I Know You're Out There Somewhere", "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" and "Nights in White Satin." Many of these epic songs were written by Justin Hayward who is pictured below wearing his Rolex Datejust Oyster Perpetual.

John Lodge who is also one of the founding members of The Moody Blues is pictured below next to Justin Hayward and he is rocking his two-tone Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee Bracelet. Both John and Justin wear Rolex Datejust models.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Rolex Tridor

Rolex Tridor

Rolex has always been a company that has experimented like crazy with making different models. In 1988 Rolex introduced the Rolex Tridor which was a tri-tone Rolex Day-Date which offered a bracelet that featured white pink and yellow 18KT gold. Rolex referred to this model as part of their "Crown Collection."This unusual watch brought to life a Day-Date that looked from a distance like a two-tone Datejust.

The close up photo below of the Rolex Tridor Day-Date Bracelet appears courtesy of Bob's Watches and shows the center Tridor links close-up. Producing center links with three different colors of gold was a major technological feat for Rolex as it was previously thought to not be possible, but Rolex R&D figured out how achieve this.

Rolex discontinued the Tridor years ago, but it is an interesting piece of design language. The Rolex Tridor magazine ad below from 1989 featured legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer wearing his Tridor, Day-Date model. The Tridor was really kind of the ultimate 1980s Rolex watch...

Friday, February 14, 2020

Apollo 14 Astronauts Prefer Pepsi GMT-Master

There Are Others...

Apollo 14 Astronauts

Prefer Pepsi GMT-Master

What's more fascinating than Apollo Astronauts? Apollo Astronauts wearing Rolex—of course! More than a decade ago I discovered a really crazy Rolex historical fact, and that is the fact that all three prime crew NASA Astronauts from Apollo 14 wore Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master watches not only as their personal watches, but also Stuart Roosa and Dr. Edgar Mitchell wore their Rolex watches to the moon. 

Alan Shepard in pictured below in between his fellow Apollo 14 crewmates, Dr. Edgar Mitchell (left) and Stuart Roosa (right) in front of the Apollo 14 at Cape Canaveral.

Philip Corneille is the publisher of Moon Watch Universe and he recently published some amazing photos that show Apollo 14 crew-members rocking their personal Rolex watches as seen below. Hodinkee recently published a fascinating story that featured Philip's response to 10 Questions.

NASA Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard pictured above on October 27, 1971 at the United Nations (Photo: AP/UN)

Below we see Dr. Edgar Mitchell who wore two different Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master models to the moon and wore them during his time walking on the moon.

NASA Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot Dr. Edgar Mitchell pictured in 1971 wearing his Pepsi GMT-Master he wore to the moon. (Photo: USN)

Back in November of 2018 I documented the fact that Apollo 14 Commander Stuart Roosa wore his Pepsi GMT during his mission.

NASA Apollo 14 Command Module Pilot pictured wearing his Pepsi GMT-Master (Photo: AP/UN)

So what is the significance of the fact that all three Apollo 14 Astronauts wore Rolex during their time at NASA as well as in their personal life? We will learn more in the future in an upcoming video documentary I am working on that is titled, Rolex's Conquest of Space.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

ROLEX Mentor and Protégée Arts Initiative


Mentor and Protégée Arts Initiative


The Rolex Mentor and Protégée Arts Initiative is a really amazing program, and I noticed Rolex just released four new mini documentaries that cover recent 2018-2019 programs. Be sure to check out these absolutely fascinating videos!:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Spike Lee at the Oscars



The famous director might have worn a purple suit, with the number 24 on his lapels as a tribute to Kobe Bryant, but on his wrist is one of Rolex’s best recent releases: a rose-gold Rolex GMT-Master II
Rolex recently turned the professional pilot's tool into a high-jewelry item, as with the new “Pepsi” GMT with its signature red-and-blue two-tone bezel recreated with a meteorite dial. Lee, who has been making movies for over 30 years, is wearing the black-and-brown “Root Beer” model remade entirely out of Everose gold—the version of rose gold that Rolex makes itself.

Spike Lee, who is one of the most influential and socially conscious filmmakers of his generation, also wore Kobe sneakers in honor of Kobe Bryant at the Oscars Sunday. 

Spike Lee is one of four artists, with the composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, the visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and the theater director Phyllida Lloyd, who were announced last week as the new mentors in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, which pairs eminent cultural figures with emerging artists in their fields.

Spike Lee has been paired with Protégé Kyle Bell, left, the Native American filmmaker who strive to tell the stories of his people, "stories that don’t get told or whose voices are not heard" and whose work as director, director of photography and film editor has included the Heartland Emmy-winning documentary show "Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People." Kyle Bell was named a 2019 Sundance Indigenous Program Fellow.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Rolex Pays Tribute to Filmmakers

Rolex Pays Tribute to Filmmakers

Rolex.org just released these fascinating new videos for the Rolex Mentor and Protege program that focus on Rolex and Cinema.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sir Elton John Rainbow Daytona @ Oscars

Sir Elton John



Everose Reference 116595 RBOW 

Rainbow Daytona @ Oscars

Academy Award for Best Original Song

Elton John and his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin won the 2020 Academy Award for (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman and in the Instagram post below we see Sir Elton backsatge at the Oscars rocking his Rainbow Daytona.

What happens when you put Sir Elton John (@eltonjohn) and Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) in a room together for the first time? Magic. ✨⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ It’s Oscars night (@theacademy) and we’re celebrating more than the legendary awards ceremony.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ❤️️🧡💛💚💙💜⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ This year, Elton John is nominated for best original song for the first time in 25 years. And while he is at the ceremony, he’s called on the help of “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness to help host his Academy Awards Viewing Party.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Now in its 28th year, the annual benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (@ejaf) raises millions of dollars to fund HIV/AIDS projects around the world. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ❤️️🧡💛💚💙💜⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ To learn more about the party, the foundation and the incredible people behind it all, head over to our story now!
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Below is a higher resolution version of the photo where you can see more detail on Sir Elton John's Rainbow Daytona. Elton John needs no introduction as he is one of the greatest and most enduring singers in history...

Bernie Taupin

Elton John is a huge Rolex collector and in the future I plan to write a story about his collection, but in the meantime, below is a photo of Sir Elton's lifetime songwriter, Bernie Taupin wearing his Rolex Yacht-Master which appears courtesy of Rolling Stone... Elton John referred to Bernie Taupin as his "Songwriting Soulmate."

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Al Pacino: Whoo Ah!!!!! Submariner

Whoo Ah!!!!!

Al Pacino

Wins Best Actor Academy Award 

The Scent of A Woman (1993)

Wearing a Submariner

In the past I have extensively documented the history of Academy Award winning actors who wear Rolex watches. In that article I included Al Pacino but I have a fascinating new discovery to share with you courtesy of Nick Gould and that is the fact that Al Pacino—when he won his 1993 Oscar for Best Picture for his performance in The Scent of A Woman—was rocking his Rolex Submariner as seen in the AMPAS photo below.

Trusted Rolex Submariner  

Al Pacino is considered to be one of the greatest actors alive today.  He has been wearing Rolex watches on film and in real life for decades. Pacino won the 1992 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Scent Of A Woman.

Al Pacino is pictured below with Carrie Underwood at the 2013 Emmy Awards, and you can see he is wearing his trademark Rolex Submariner.

In 1992 All Pacino Starred in Glengarry Glen Ross, in which he wore a two-tone Rolex Datejust, as seen below. Al Pacino was the first male actor to ever receive two acting nominations for two movies in the same year, when he won Best Actor for The Scent Of A Woman, and was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Glengarry Glen Ross.

Al Pacino is pictured below in Glengarry Glen Ross with fellow Academy Award winner Jack Lemmon.

In total Al Pacino has been nominated for 8 Academy Awards  over the course of his illustrious career. In the photo below we see a photo of Alex Baldwin sporting his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.