Saturday, July 31, 2021

Bill Murray Lost In Translation




Bill Murray

Lost In Translation 2003

Stainless Rolex Datejust


Lost in Translation is a romantic comedy film staring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray and it is set in Tokyo. It was released in 2003 and was directed by Sofia Coppola.



Lost in Translation won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 76th Academy Awards, and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director (Coppola), and Best Actor (Murray). It also own three Golden Globes and 3 British Academy Film Awards.



Sofia Coppola is pictured below with her legendary director father, Francis Ford Coppola and notice Sofia is wearing a Rolex.




Bill Murray rocks his Rolex Datejust prominently throughout the movie as we see in this image below.






Friday, July 30, 2021

...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day... Tiffany & Company Double Red SEA-DWELLER SUBMARINER 2000


...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day...

Tiffany & Company Double Red

SEA-DWELLER SUBMARINER 2000

Paul Boutros took this great macro shot of his Tiffany & Company Double Red Rolex SEA-DWELLER SUBMARINER 2000. This is a very rare dial designation and a really, really cool vintage Rolex!!!!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

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...



Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Rolex Awards for Enterprise


Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Rolex.org has an AMAZING story on their Rolex Awards for Enterpise site named Eye Test Brings Equality which is the story of Andrew Bastawrous.



Rolex says: 


"Ophthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous is pursuing a vision to bring clear eyesight to millions of people around the world. With the help of his 2016 Rolex Award for Enterprise, he developed the Peek Acuity app, an easy-to-use mobile phone-based technology to test the eyesight of those experiencing readily treatable optical problems. Initially trialled in Kenya, the project has expanded to multiple locations across Africa and Asia, including remote parts of Pakistan where more than 20,000 people a month are being screened. A part of the Rolex Perpetual Planet initiative, the project shares practical science and technology universally for the betterment of humanity."



Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Mirka Federer: The Rolex Ambassador's Wife


 By Capt. DANNY CRIVELLO
           
Roger Federer is arguably the greatest tennis player in history and his biggest fan is his wife, Mirka Federer. 

Mirka Federer wears many different Rolex models and let's begin by looking at her wearing a Rolex White Gold Cosmograph Daytona 40, Mother-of-Pearl Diamond Dial on white leather strap during this five-set nail-biter. 


The white Daytona is very à propos for this tournament as players can only wear whites on Wimbledon courts. I love that Mirka doesn't just wear Lady-Datejusts.


Mirka Federer, who used to play tennis professionally and competed at the US Open, Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open, has been married to Roger since 2009. 


...and she has been his biggest supporter. They met during the 2000 Summer Olympics on a tennis court. They were both representing the Swiss team. 


Mirka is the perfect example of men-size Rolex fitting perfectly on a woman's wrist. Below she is rocking the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 with multi-color gem-set bezel.


And finally below, Mrs. Federer is rocking probably the coolest Rolex Day-Date ever: A Day-Date with emerald bezel and diamond pavé dial.


Monday, July 26, 2021

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day: Watchfan's Rolex Yacht-Master


Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day
Watchfan's Rolex Yacht-Master
[Reference 16628]

It's interesting how certain Rolex watches I have seen and admired in the past stick my your soul and Deja Vu me out every time I see them, and the yellow gold Rolex Yacht-Master with the white mother of pearl dial with ruby markers is certainly one of them.



Saturday, July 24, 2021

Rolex Coolness: General William Seawell 1981 Pan Am CEO Magazine Ad...



General William Seawell

1981 Pan Am CEO Magazine Ad

[Mocha GMT Master]


I have referred to the yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master as the Mocha GMT for many years now. There was a myth for many years that said Rolex developed the GMT Master for Pan Am pilots that the executives got jealous so Rolex made special white dialed versions for them. It is kind of ironic and neat that the CEO of Pan Am sported a yellow-gold Mocha GMT as seen in this Rolex ad from 1981.

Friday, July 23, 2021

"Why are Rolex Bracelets so special?"


Spanish Magazine Article Interview


"Why are Rolex Bracelets so special?"

I was recently interviewed by a magazine published in Spain named Fueradeserie.com about Rolex Bracelets, and the article was just published as seen below.

Adrés Moreno asked me the question:

"Why are Rolex Bracelets so special?"

I could have written a book just to answer this question, but due to time constraints I had to be terse and here is my answer to Andrés question:

"Rolex metal bracelets are a universe in and of themselves. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex originally developed solid metal Rolex bracelets as a much better alternative to leather buckle straps which would wear out much more quickly. In other words, Rolex bracelets offered a perfectly balanced Yin to the Oyster Case Yang. 

Today, Rolex’s three most iconic bracelets are the Jubilee, Oyster and President—the first of which was developed and launched three quarters of a century ago in 1945 to celebrate Rolex’s Ruby Jubilee in the form of the Jubilee Bracelet on the revolutionary Rolex Datejust model.

If you study the evolution of Rolex bracelets you find they closely parallel the timeless design language of the watches themselves. Rolex’s super-iconic trademark bracelets are the result of purpose driven design coupled with perpetual refinement and innovation that have resulted in maximum comfort, elegance and utility on the wrist."

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Lume Shot Of The Year: Rolex Explorer II Orange Hand


...Lume Shot Of The Day...

Gary's Rolex Explorer II Orange Hand



I couldn't make up my mind which way I like this image cropped, so I am sharing both with you ;-)



Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Earnest Hemingway Rolex Oyster Perpetual



...Rolex Writer...


Ernest Hemingway

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Today is Ernest Hemingway's birthday as well as the 60th anniversary of his passing. Ernest Hemingway is arguably one of the most loved writers of the 20th Century. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 and the Nobel Committee his "mastery of the art of modern narration." Hemingway is famous for his terse and powerful prose which include titles like The Sun Also Rises (1926), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), as well as The Old Man & The Sea (1952).

1957 Ernest Hemingway photo by Yousuf Karsh wearing Rolex Oyster Perpetual






Below is a photo of a similar Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31MM Bubbleback dial model to what Hemingway is wearing in the photo above. My best guess is it's a Rolex Reference 6084.









Ernest Hemingway wrote about Rolex in his book Across the River and into the Trees where he compares the accuracy of a Rolex Oyster Perpetual to that of the human heart, one of which can be repaired and the other often not. Hemingway wrote:

"It's just a muscle, 'the Colonel said.' Only it is the main muscle. It works perfectly as a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The trouble is you cannot send it to the Rolex representative when it goes wrong. When it stops, you just do not know the time. You're dead."

—Ernest Hemingway

Across the River and into the Trees (1950)



In this next photo we see Ernest Hemingway in Cuba where he had a house, photographed with Fidel Castro and both of them are wearing Rolex watches.




Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Reference 6239


...Studio Shot of the Day...

Rolex Daytona

Yellow Gold Reference 6239 


Phillip's Watches auctioned this magnificent rare yellow gold Paul Newman Daytona which is one of the most beautiful Rolex watches ever made.




Monday, July 19, 2021

Rolex Coolness: Maurice Chevalier...




Maurice Chevalier sporting his Trademark Boater Straw Hat



...Rolex Coolness...

Maurice Chevalier

France's Eternal Boulevardier 

If you are a regular reader of Jake's Rolex World you know one of my favorite things to do is update older stories with new photos and information and today I am excited to update a story I originally published 10 years ago on September 21, 2011 on Maurice Chevalier.



Maurice Chevalier in 1931 with Claudette Colbert in The Smiling Lieutenant


Nick Gould recently discovered this photo of Maurice from 1953 wearing a Rolex Datejust, and if you look closely you can see the cyclops magnifier lens on his crystal.





1964 Yellow Gold Rolex DAY-DATE 
on a Jubilee Bracelet


This 1964 Rolex ad that features Maurice Chevalier (seen below) is one of my absolute favorite vintage Rolex ads. In particular, I LOVE Rolex's timeless marketing message, which I believe captures the essence of Rolex, and it is true today!!! In other words, Maurice Chevalier's timeless message from 1964, is as true today as it was 47 years ago:

"Like a genial hotelier, Rolex has introduced me to some of the nicest people. I ask about their Rolex and they ask about mine. It's as marvelous a conversation piece as it is a timepiece." 

Maurice Chevalier (1964)



If you look closely at the watch on Maurice's wrist seen below in higher-resolution in the 1964 Rolex Magazine advertisement above you will notice he is actually wearing a ROLEX DAY-DATE model on a Jubilee bracelet, despite the fact the ad features a Rolex Datejust.


It was fairly common with earlier Rolex Day-Date models to be offered with a Jubilee bracelet and even Oyster bracelets, whereas today Rolex ONLY offer the Day-Date on a President Bracelet.


Gigi (1958)


Below is a video excerpt from the 1958 film, GiGi and features Maurice Chevalier singing Thank Heaven Girls, which is one of the absolute mode classic songs of all time.



Maurice appears on the Ed Sullivan show with Sophie Tucker and as we see the man definitely had some serious French swagger.


Maurice Chevalier is pictured below with Jazz legends, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington.


Desi Arnaz is pictured above on the left with Richard Keith and Maurice Chevalier in 1958 in "Lucy Goes to Mexico" on an episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.





Maurice Chevalier was a close friend of my family. Maurice Chevalier, for those of you who are too young to know, was a very famous French actor, singer and popular entertainer. One of his most famous songs was, "Thank Heaven for Little Girls."


Maurice Chevalier with Louis Lurie

Maurice Chavalier shared his birthday with my uncle Louis Lurie so they used to celebrate it together. Louis Lurie was an ultra-successful industrialist and owned half of downtown San Francisco. Louis Lurie was also a big Hollywood and Broadway producer. Louis Lurie was also my Grandfather Jake Ehrlich Sr's best friend for four decades.


San Francisco Mayor, George Christopher, Maurice Chevalier, Jake Ehrlich Sr.

In this photo my grandfather, Jake Ehrlich Sr., pictured front right is singing "Thank Heaven For Little Girls, with Maurice Chevalier (Front Center) and the tall gentleman to left was the then Mayor of San Francisco, George Christopher.

I have many other blogs, and one of them explores the life and times of my Grandfather Jake Ehrlich Sr., who was a very famous American Trial Attorney and businessman.

You can check out his blog at http://www.neverpleadguilty.blogspot.com

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Rolex Day-Date in 40MM



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


Rolex Day-Date in 40MM

Platinum with Ice-Blue Dial

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Rolex Coolness: Roger Waters...




...Rolex Coolness...


Roger Waters

Legendary Founder of Pink Floyd

Rolex Submariner on Conan O' Brien Show


It's hard to believe that I originally published this story 11 years ago on December 23, 2010, but I just significantly updated it with new content. 


Roger Waters is a living musical legend, and founding member of the legendary 1970s and 1980s British rock band, Pink Floyd which was founded in 1965, and broke up twenty years later in 1985. During their time together they made music that has remained an anthem for a generation of people who grew up on it.



I recently discovered this video interview of Roger Waters from 2017 which shows him wearing a Rolex Datejust.



When Roger Waters was on the all-new Conan O'Brien show on the TBS network back in 2010 I captured the photo of him wearing sporting a stainless Rolex Submariner. It's fascinating to consider that Conan O'Brien just recently retired from his show which is sad as he is so funny and entertaining.

Roger Waters sporting a Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner was of particular interest since he historically wore a stainless steel Rolex Datejust, as seen in the images later in this story.



Roger Waters wears his Rolex watches very loose, almost like they are bracelets. I am pretty certain, Conan O'Brien's sidekick, Andy Richter also wears a stainless Rolex Submariner.




Pink Floyd Rolex

British Supergroup Pink Floyd reunited in 2005 to perform at Live8 as seen in these photos and some of the videos below. David Gilmour is pictured on the left playing his guitar. Roger Waters is pictured on the right.



Roger Waters is pictured above on the right and below sporting his trademark two-tone Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet.


It is amazing how iconic and timeless Pink Floyd's music is. In many ways Pink Floyd's music defined a generation. Enjoy, and if you are part of the generation that grew up with Pink Floyd, be prepared for a serious and magical Deja vu experience.




Separated At Birth?

American Gigolo v. Pink Floyd

1980 was a most fascinating year. Ronald Reagan was recently elected president of the United States, and the world was just really beginning to change. If you were alive in 1980, and of the age to listen to music on the radio, there were two songs that really kind of symbolize the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties. They were "Call Me" by Blondie, from American Gigolo, which starred Richard Gere, and "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, which featured Roger Waters.

In the first photo we see actor Richard Gere sporting his Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee Bracelet and in the image below we see musician and founder of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters sporting his Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet.


Richard Gere v. Roger Waters

For some reason, these two men seem to have the same vibe, especially their hairstyle and choice of Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet. As Spock would say on Star Trek, "Interesting Captain."

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