Sunday, February 05, 2023

Red Adair: Oil Well Firefighter Extraordinaire...

Red Adair

Oil Well Firefighter Extraordinaire

I have been meaning to write this Red Adair Rolex story since I originally posted a story back in 2008 on a vintage Rolex ad that featured him. Red Adair is legendary oil well firefighter and he appeared in Rolex ads beginning in the late 1960s that featured Day-Date models. Red Adair also wore other Rolex models during his amazing career.

The two photos below of Red Adair were originally published in a 1980 story on Red Adair by the Stars and Stripes, and featured these two photos of him wearing a black dialed Rolex Day-Date with a custom dial made by Rolex that shows an oil well fire.

The image below shows Red Adiar's watch with the special oil well fire graphic.

The Red Adair Rolex Day-Date ad seen below is from 1969.

Red Adair Rolex Day-Date ads ran from the late 1960s through the 1980s, and the one below is similar to the one at the top of this story.

John Wayne played Red Adair in the 1969 movie named "Hellfighters" as we seen from the lobby card below.

Red Adair is pictured below in Kuwait in 1991 during the Gulf War where his company put out all the fires that Saddam Huissen started when they withdrew from Kuwait after their invasion was thwarted by the United States.