Tuesday, June 29, 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...

Monday, June 28, 2021

Every Rolex Tells A Story: U.S. NAVY GMT-MASTER

Every Rolex Tells A Story


This is a super-fascinating Rolex ad from the 1960s that offers a first hand account from a U.S. Navy Pilot who went through a harrowing experience with his trusted Rolex on his wrist when he was violently ejected from his airplane. This vintage Rolex ad appears courtesy of AdPatina.com.


Sunday, June 27, 2021

Wimbledon 2021: Roger Federer: On The Evolution of The Rolex Oyster

Wimbledon 2021

June 21 - July 12, 2021

It's that time of the year again and Wimbledon is in full swing so I thought it would be fun to hop in the Rolex Time Machine with Tennis G.O.A.T. Roger Federer and go back to 1926 to check out the first Rolex Oyster.

Roger Federer 

On The Evolution of The Rolex Oyster

I couldn't help but notice that there is a photo of Rolex's brilliant founder, Hans Wilsdorf sitting on the table next to Roger Federer. One thing Wilsdorf & Federer have in common is they are both The Greatest of All Time.

Nick Gould discovered the photo below and see Roger Federer at a 2021 Wimbledon Press conference and he is rocking his Rolex Oyster Perpetual with the yellow Stella style dial which is very cool.

Borg v. McEnroe

1980 Wimbledon

The rivalry between John McEnroe and Björn Borg is one of the greatest in history. Rolex created this really cool video so I thought it would be great to share a little more detail on their relationship.

In the photo below taken back in the early 1980s, we see Björn Borg and John McEnroe and they are both wearing Rolex Datejust watches.

In the photo below from 1980, we see André Heiniger with legendary tennis star Bjorn Borg on June 11. On the evening of Men's singles finals at Wimbledon. The 1980 Wimbledon Men's final match was between Björn Borg and John McEnroe was a dramatic struggle which went on for a long time with Borg prevailing. This amazing photo appears courtesy of S3C.

...Rolex Presents...

The Spirit Of Wimbledon
Four Part Series 
Wimbledon from 1877 to 2011

Rolex is the primary sponsor of the Wimbledon Tennis tournament, as well as being the official timekeeper. Rolex recently released this amazing four-part documentary on the history of Wimbledon and it is amazing!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

John Cena: The New Fast & Furious

A new cast member is joining the Fast & Furious franchise, whose ninth installment is coming out this week-end. He is a five-time wrestling U.S. Champion, four-time world tag team champion, and a 16-time world champion. He is tied with Ric Flair for the most world championship reigns in WWE history, including 13 with the WWE Championship, a record for the title. He is also a two-time Royal Rumble match winner, a one-time Money in the Bank winner, and has headlined several major WWE pay-per-view events, including their flagship event, WrestleMania, five times.

John Cena plays Jakob Toretto, Dominic's younger and competitive brother, in "Fast and Furious 9," which comes out Friday in the U.S. 

Below, his tie matches the orange hand of the Explorer II; his shirt, the white dial. The blue star is the logo of the Make-A-Wish Foundation (Cena currently holds the record for most wishes granted).

Though he's been wearing his Explorer II the longest, he has promoted the release of "Fast & Furious 9" with a Rolex Batman on his wrist, which matches perfectly the black and blue "F9" logo.

Outside of entertainment, Cena is known for his involvement in numerous charitable causes, namely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Granting wishes since 2004, Cena has gone on to grant the most wishes (over 650) to children battling life-threatening diseases.

More recently, he has helped battle Covid misinformation—beseeching people to check their sources—by stripping down to his waist on John Oliver's show, a rose-gold Daytona 116505 on his wrist. John Oliver and Cena share the same birth year, month and day. I'll include four pictures; the rest is on video

Last year in October, Cena married girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh, whom he had been dating since early 2019, in a private ceremony in Tampa, Florida. The two met during the production of Cena's 2019 film "Playing with Fire," which was filmed in Vancouver, where Shariatzadeh works. 

The star on his collar is the Make-A-Wish Foundation logo.

I love how Cena doesn't just wear Rolex in formal settings. His Rolex is his everyday watch. 

Cena will play alongside Jordana Brewster who has been with the Fast & Furious franchise since its first installment. Jordana is also a bit of a Rolex fanatic.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

2021 Laureate Rolex Awards for Enterprise Winner Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

 Rolex Awards for Enterprise 

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

2021 Laureate

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Jon Rahm Wins U.S. Open Rocking Sky-Dweller

Jon Rahm

Wins U.S. Open

Rocking Sky-Dweller

In the next photo below we see Jon Rahm with his parents on Fathers Day as they celebrate his win and notice his dad is wearing a Rolex Air King.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

2012 Rolex Milgauss Ad

2012 Rolex Milgauss Ad

If you are a reader of Jake's Rolex World, you know I consider many vintage Rolex ads to be works of art, in and of themselves. This 2012 Rolex Milgauss ad, in particular, strikes me as having magnificent composition. The GV Milgauss model (pictured below), which features the green edged sapphire crystal, is so un-Rolexy in so many ways, but that is what makes it so interesting. The orange 3, 6, & 9 markers, coupled with the orange lighting bolt second hand, really set it apart. GV is French and means "Green Crystal."

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Complete History Of The Robert Redford Submariner [Part 1 of 4]

...Academy Award Winning Director & Actor...

Robert Redford

Rolex Submariner: Reference 1680

The Complete History Of The Robert Redford Submariner

[Part 1 of 4]

Robert Redford is one of the most successful and iconic actors in Hollywood history. Robert Redford is an Academy Award winning Director and actor, and I thought it would be a good time to explore his amazing career achievements.

On Jake's Rolex World I created a series named Profiles In Coolness which covered The King Of Cool, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman, today we are going to take a look at another super-cool guy with an amazing career—Robert Redford.

Robert Redford was born Charles Robert Redford Jr., on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California and he has been in many famous classic films. When you think about it, Robert Redford is about as classic as it gets, and it should come as no surprise that he wears a Rolex Submariner.

Single Red Submariner 
[Reference 1680]

Robert Redford wears a Single-Red Submariner [Reference 1680] which was the first Rolex Submariner model to come with a date. It was COSC certified and essentially replaced the Reference 5512. Rolex made the Single Red Submariner from 1967 to 1976. The Single Red designation came from the Single Red SEA-DWELLER which was developed to be tested in prototype for early 1967.

Robert Redford
The Candidate

Robert Redford starred in the 1972 political movie titled, The Candidate, in which he plays a lawyer who decides to run against an incumbent Senator. In the movie, Redford deals with the challenges of trying to be himself, while trying to satisfy his political party.

Justin Timberlake
The Candidate

The photo below is from a W Magazine photo shoot in 2011 that Justin Timberlake posed for, in which he was paying homage to  Robert Redford, from the 1972 movie, The Candidate.

Somebody once offered Robert Redford a yellow gold Rolex Submariner as a gift and he refused it by responding, "I am not a gold kind of guy." This is kind of interesting because I think that a yellow-gold Submariner would have looked great on Robert Redford because it would match his hair.

One of the obvious questions, is why does it say ROLEX on the front of the newscaster desk that Robert Redford is sitting in front of in the picture below from the movie The Candidate? I have no idea. I assume it was obviously some kind of Rolex advertisement.

1972 Cannes Film Festival in France

In the photo below we see Robert Redford with fellow actor and director Sydney Pollack and Polish pianist Arthur Rubenstein and his wife Aniela Mlynarska to promote the movie Jeremiah Johnson in 1972 at the Cannes Film Festival. Sydney Pollack directed the movie Jeremiah Johnson which is considered to be one of his best films.
Arthur Rubinstein is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.

Three Days Of The Condor (1975)

All The President's Men (1976)

Robert Redford costarred with Dustin Hoffman in All The President's men which was about the Watergate conspiracy that ultimately forced U.S. President Nixon to resign.

It is interesting to note that Robert Redford's Rolex Submariner pictured above and in the next two photos from the movie, All The President's Men has the winding crown completely unscrewed and pulled out all the way!!! I have no idea why?
Update: Tim Parker-Chambers is a reader of Jake's Rolex World and he wrote in and said:

"Hi Jake,

I was reading your fantastic articles on the watches of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and saw a comment you made about the crown of Robert Redford's Submariner being fully extended while filming a scene.

Something I have read elsewhere, which might be applicable to that situation, is that for continuity and editing ease, in some close up shots, or multiple takes, sometimes the director has the actor pull the crown on his watch, so the hands remain static and constant in all takes. 

Just thought I'd pass on what I'd heard, thanks for taking the time to put together such fantastic articles, they're a pleasure to read."

Best regards,

Tim's points make perfect sense!!!


Next we see Robert Redford at the 33rd Annual Directors Guild Awards, which took place on March 14, 1981 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel located in Beverly Hills, California.

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