Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day Jocke's Roman Numeral Datejust

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day
Jocke's Roman Numeral Datejust

Monday, February 22, 2021

....Rolex Time Machine...1965...The Sydney Morning Herald


....Rolex Time Machine...


The Sydney Morning Herald

Jose from Perezcope.com recently discovered this super-fascinating Rolex ad which was originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, December 7, 1965. The shockingly insight that caught me by surprise is that if you read the text next to the illustration of the GMT-Master it says the GMT is the Official watch of James Bond!?!! 

Be sure to click on image below to significantly enlarge text for easy reading:

I genuinely have no idea what this means as Thunderball was the James Bond movie in 1965 and we see in the movie poster below it shows Sean Connery as James Bond rocking his trademark Submariner—which is clearly NOT a GMT-Master!?!!

I know Rik Van Nutter wore a GMT-Master on the set of Thunderball as seen in the photo below as he played James Bond's handler, Felix Leiter. Nick Gould and I discussed this and believe it is likely Rolex Australia confused the GMT-Master with the Submariner.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

1962 Stein Eriksen Rolex Explorer Skiing Ad

Stein Eriksen


Rolex Explorer Skiing Ad
Winter Olympics Skiing Gold Medal Winner

Jean-Claude Killy's is the man people think of when they think of Rolex and Skiing, but the best Olympic Skier prior to Killy, was is Stein Eriksen. It is fascinating to realize that J.F.K., was the President Of The United States when this 1962 Rolex Explorer ad was published in magazines!!!

In the two photo below, we see Stein Eriken with his grandson, and we see him wearing his Rolex Explorer II.

"Be tough, be confident, but you will never be a whole person if you aren't humble."
–Stein Eriksen

Stein Eriksen was born in Norway and lived an amazing life!!! In the 1952 Winter Olympics, held in Oslo, Norway, he won the gold medal for Giant Slalom and Silver for Slalom. Stein Eriksen was born in 1927 and passed away in December 2015. The photo of him below taken at age 83!!! 

Stein Eriksen was also the first man to win three gold medals at the world championship which was held 61 years ago in Are in Sweden. He was the first skier to win Gold, in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Downhill at a single World Championship held in 1954.

Growing up Stein Eriksen was a gymnast which he incorporated into his skiing skills and he was the first skiing superstar. He is pictured below in the early 1950s. Stein Eriksen was a pioneer in modern skiing and his elegant skiing technique where he kept his legs, skis and boots together is considered to have have revolutionized freestyle skiing. 

With his gymnastics background, Stein Eriksen is renowned for inventing the freestyle skiing areal, which went on to become a freestyle skiing event.

Since Stein Eriksen was the pioneer of ariels, he must have seriously freaked-out spectators!!!

After Stein Eriken retired from professional skiing, he moved to the United States and served as the Director Of Skiing at Deer Valley Resort located in Park City, Utah.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Rolex Macro Shots Of The Day: Mr. K Datejust Dial with Jubilee Bracelet

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day
Datejust Dial with Jubilee Bracelet

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Rush Limbaugh Belongs To The Ages


Rush Limbaugh

Belongs To The Ages


Rush Limbaugh passed away today at the age of 70. Rush was an prolific conservative radio personality who had a nationally syndicated TV show from 1992 to 1996. Rush tended to be outspoken on many different issues and ironically lost his hearing ability in 2001, which explains the device seen above his ear in the photo above. Rush's death was attributed by his wife as being related to lung cancer from smoking cigarettes and cigars.

Rush Limbaugh wore a number of different Rolex watches including a yellow gold Day-Date (pictured above), as well as a Rolex Day-Date Masterpiece with a meteorite dial with diamonds as we see on his wrist in the photo below as well as in the first photo in this story.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Rolex "Egyptian" Day-Date

1985 Rolex "Egyptian" Day-Date 
36mm Oysterquartz: Reference 19028

This stunning Rolex Egyptian Day-Date photo is from Antiquorum, and is features this over-the-top trippy Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz that was made in 1985. The watch features this really unusual walnut dial, with a bezel with pyramids running around it, as well as down the bracelet. It seems like every time I think I am have come close to seeing it all with Rolex, I come across something else...Is Ronald Reagan still the President? You gotta love the eighties...

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Taking A Volcano's Pulse

Taking A Volcano's Pulse

Monday, February 15, 2021

Rolling Stones Bass Player Bill Wyman Wearing His Trademark GMT Root Beer

...Rolex Super-Coolness...

Bill Wyman

Rolling Stones 
Founding Member & Base Player

RootBeer Rolex GMT-Master
Two-Tone Reference 1675

Who is the greatest Rock and Roll band in history? Some would say the Beatles, and some would say the Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones certainly have much greater longevity, and after all, there is something to be said for longevity and endurance—both of which Rolex and The Rolling Stones have in common. So what happens when you mix together a Rolex and a Rolling Stone? You get Bill Wyman who is one of the original Rolling Stones, and he remains the oldest founding member at 84 years of age today! 

Bellow we see two very early photo of the Rolling Stones taken at the Marquee on July 12, 1962.

Bill Wyman is pictured below in the bottom right hand corner. We see (from top to bottom) guitarist Brian Jones on top with the blond hair, and to his right we see lead vocals singer Mick Jagger. On the next row we see keyboardist Ian Stewart, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts, and bass player Bill Wyman. It is worth noting that JFK was still President of The United States when this photo was taken.

It is worth noting that Ian Robert Stewart was kind of the Pete Best of the Rolling Stones. He was born in 1938 and passed away in 1985. Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham removed him from the Rolling Stones line-up in May of 1963, since he didn't think his image worked well with the Rolling Stones identity. Ian Stewart stayed on as the Rolling sones pianist and road manager, and went on to work with Led Zeppelin.

The Rolling Stones are pictured below in 1964, with Bill Wyman in the middle, in front of Charlie Watts and Ron Wood, and behind Mick Jagger and Brian Jones.

Bill Wyman is pictured below in the later 1960s with fellow Rolling Stones founding band member, (from left to right): Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Brian Jones. Brian Jones passed away from a drug overdose in 1969.

Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman are pictured below in 1972 on an airplane.

Bill Wyman is pictured below two decades later in the 1980s with fellow Rolling Stones band members, (from left to right): Charlie Watts, Keith Richards (or "Keif", if you have a Michael Caine Cockney Accent :-) Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, and Bill Wyman. Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones in 1975.

In the photo below we see Bill Wyman sporting his two-ton "RootBeer" Rolex GMT Master, which is a  two-tone Yellow-Gold and Stainless Steel Reference 1675. 

It is worth noting that fellow famous bass players, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin is not only a contemporary of Bill Wyman but wears the exact same two-tone Rolex GMT-Master.

Also, John McVie of Fleetwood Mac fame also wore a GMT-Master, except McVie wears a "Pepsi GMT-Master" as apposed to a "RootBeer GMT-Master".

The photo below is of two-tone Rolex GMT-Master Reference 1675, which I believe is identical to the one Bill Wyman wears. 

This mode features nipple indices and a matching gold 24 hour hand. I believe it is the same Rolex Model he is seen wearing in the two photos below, which were both taken in 1975.

This photo above of Bill Wyman was taken in Amsterdam in 1975, and the one below was taken in The United States during the Rolling Stones "1975 Tour Of The Americas".

The photo below is from the cover artwork on the Rolling Stones seminal 1976 Album titled Black and Blue.

Andrew Oldham who was a Rolling Stones former manager once said, "Bill Wyman is the most at peace with himself." Bill Wyman is an amateur archaeologist and has a hobby of Relic hunting.

Bill Wyman is pictured below with his second wife Mandy Smith, and in an ironic twist of fate her mother Patsy is married to Bill Wyman's son, Stephen Wyman. Turns out reality is stranger than fiction.

Bill Wyman is pictured below with his current wife, Suzanne Accosta and notice she is wearing a ladies Rolex Datejust.

In the video interview below we see Bill Wyman wearing his Two-Tone Rolex GMT-Master.

In the recent photo below, we see Bill Wyman wearing his Rolex GMT-Master. He has worn this Rolex now for at least 40 years!!! 

Bill Wyman retired from the Rolling Stones in 1993, and in 2002 published an amazing book I own, named "Rolling With The Stones". Bill Wyman rejoined the Rolling Stones for their 50th Anniversary in 2012 for one night only.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

1965 Rolex Ladies Datejust Rudi Gernreich Ad

...Rolex Hotness..

1965 Rolex Ladies Datejust

Rudi Gernreich Ad

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Stefano Mazzariol Cream Colored Explorer II...

Stefano Mazzariol
Cream Colored Explorer II

This excellent photo from Stefano Mazzariol is of a first generation stainless steel Rolex Explorer II with a cream colored dial and white gold applied indices and matching hands. All later generation versions of this watch have a white dial with black applied indices with black hands.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Rolex Presents The Australian Open

Rolex Presents The Australian Open

Thursday, February 11, 2021

First Lady of The United States: Eleanor Roosevelt


First Lady of The United States

Eleanor Roosevelt

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

I once heard a rumor that both U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman wore Rolex watches. Of course, I spent a zillion hours looking for examples of them wearing Rolex watches, but to date the first U.S. President I documented wearing a Rolex was Dwight Eisenhower. When Nick Gould recently shared the following images with me of former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt wearing a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, I almost fell out of my chair. Nick mentioned Charlie Dunne shared them with him.

Eleanor Roosevelt is pictured below in the White House with her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) having a nice fireside chat with their dogs by their side. Speaking of President Roosevelt and watches, we know for a fact he had superb taste in watches as he gave the Dalai Lama a Patek Philippe Pocketwatch in 1943. This early gift from Rosevelt seems to have inspired the Dalai Lama to not only collect watches but to become a watchmaker—not to mention wearing different Rolex watch models.

Eleanor Roosevelt is pictured below with her husband, President Roosevelt on January 20, 1941 as they return to the White House following his third term election.

Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most beloved First Ladies of The United States and in the photo below we see the U.S. Presidents and First Ladies attending here funeral. From left to right we see Lady Bird Johnson, Jaqueline & John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Harry Truman, as well as Mamie and Dwight Eisenhower.

The only other former First Lady I recall seeing wearing a Rolex was Hillary Clinton who is pictured below wearing her two-tone Rolex Ladies Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet.