Sunday, July 21, 2024

Rolex Spotting @ The 2024 Republican Convention


Rolex Spotting

@ The 2024 Republican Convention

These are some interesting times we are living through, which I will get more into a little later in this article. The notion that a Rolex doesn't just tell time, but it tells history is profoundly true and on-point as we witness in this article.

This week the world witnessed the Republican National Convention which took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Donald Trump Jr. gave a speech were he began by introducing his oldest daughter, Kai Madison Trump, and both of them were rocking Rolex watches. The younger Donald was rocking his GTM-Master, and his daughter, Kai was rocking a ladies two-tone Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet.


I wrote a super detailed article about the new GMT-Master with the black and grey bezel, just after it was introduced back in April of 2024 by Rolex at Watches and Wonders in Geneva, Switzerland. This particular GMT-Master Rolex model which is pictured above on Donald Trump Jr.'s wrist is endowed with intentionally low-key characteristic as it doesn't pop nearly as much as its Pepsi or Batman bezel brethren versions.


Last month, just after the Presidential debate between President Trump and President Biden, I published a story, and included the photo below of President Biden with his son, Hunter Biden who is pictured wearing his stainless steel Batman Rolex GMT-Master on an Oyster bracelet, and in the photo above we see Donald Trump Jr. rocking the newly introduced black and gray ceramic bezel insert GMT-Master on a Jubilee bracelet. My takeaway is, how ironic is it both sons of the leading U.S. Presidential candidates from both the Republican and Democrat parties both wear Rolex GMT-Master watches!?!!


This strikes me as profound as the two parties seem to have never been in greater polar opposition, but ironically then one thing their sons seem to agree upon is rocking a Rolex GMT-Master. 
In the photo below we see President Biden giving his inaugural address, and we see him rocking his stainless steel Rolex Datejsut which his wife, Jill gave him as a congratulatory give after having won the election. This was discovered by Nick Gould.



Biden Resigns

What a whirlwind this past week has been? Among many of the outstanding events was President Biden announcing he would not be running for reelection in 2024. If I recall correctly, Biden is the first president to wear a Rolex in the Oval Office since, President Lyndon Johnson, although, I recall President Ronald Reagan also wore his stainless steel Rolex Datejust while in office.


Nick Gould discovered the amazing image below that shows President Biden whacking the time on his Rolex Datejust as he sits at the Resolute Desk on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House photo by Adam Shultz). After I originally posted this story Nick quipped to me "Still the best photo ever".


in the photo below we see a similar 41MM Rolex Datejust to President Biden's model. The only difference so far as I can tell is Biden's watch features a plain, non-fluted bezel.


Kai Madison Trump, who is Donald Trump Jr.'s gorgeous daughter, made her political debut when she gave a moving speech about her support for as well as her relationship with her grandfather, President Donald J. Trump. As Kai walked out on stage, we see she was rocking a ladies Rolex on a Jubilee bracelet.


Below we see the video footage from the 2024 Republican convention where Donald Trump Jr. introduces his daughter, Kai Madison Trump, before he makes his own speech. BTW, on a side note, I think it is likely Donald Trump Jr. will become a future President of the United States, which is just my prediction, but remember you read it here first. Also, when you watch the video below, notice both Donald Trump Jr, and his daughter, Kai Madison Trump are both rocking Rolex watches on Jubilee bracelets.



In the photo below, we see President Trump rocking his yellow gold Rolex President, before he was elected President of the United States. It is worth pointing out, the best scholarship suggests Donald Trump was the first and only U.S. President to rock a Rolex before he was elected President. So this means we witness three generations of Trump's rocking Rolex, which is interesting. 





The Teflon Don

Survives Assassination Attempt 

To say we are living through some strange times would be an understatement, as last week the world witnessed President Trump getting shot in the ear while giving a speech in Pennsylvania as he ran for President. Just after being shot in the ear, Trump stood up in defiance to face the audience members at his speech event and pumped his fist while repeating "Fight!, Fight!, Fight!!!"


It's worth noting the similarities between Trumps assassination attempt and JFK's assassination. In particular, Trump was shot in the same area of his head that JFK was shot, which is just above the right ear, and they were both shot by supposed patsy lone gunmen that are commonly referred to with 3 word names: Lee Harvey Oswald (Age:24)  and Thomas Matthew Crooks (Age: 20)...I imagine it's just another peculiar coincidence...

The harrowing footage below shows the assanaiton attempt on President Trump as well as the moments leading up to the shooting which begins at 8:55:


Next up we see President Trump as he gives his speech at the The Republican National Convention, in which he goes into detail on the assassination attempt:


In the photo below we see President Trump's two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, admiringly looking at their father at the Republican National Convention early this week, and more than anything it looks like they are both staring at his white bandage covering his ear. At this point I would say there is a 99%++ likelihood Trump, at age 78 will again be the next president of the United States...

Last up, we see a moving speech given at the RNC by a World War II veteran. 

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Vintage Rolex Green Malachite Dial Day-Date


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

Vintage Rolex Day-Date 
Green Malachite Dial 

In the 1970s and 1980s Rolex went crazy making all kinds of fascinatingly beautiful Rolex Day-Date and Datejust models with very colorful exotic dials, and the watch pictured below is no exception. The green Rolex dial is known as a Malachite dial, which is very cool looking.


Friday, July 19, 2024

In Memoriam: Anthony Bourdain



In Memoriam


Anthony Bourdain


Lover of Food, Travel, Rolex


 By DANNY CRIVELLO  
         


Anthony Bourdain was one of the coolest guys to ever wear a Rolex watch. Our Captain Danny wrote this superb story about his love of Rolex.

American celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian, Anthony Bourdain passed away six years ago, in June of 2018, at the age of 61, and was survived by his then 11-year-old daughter (pictured below).


Bourdain and a CNN crew were preparing to film an episode on Alsatian food for the CNN hit show "Parts Unknown." I grew up and lived in Alsace, the beautiful and culinary-rich region of Northeast France


For me, Alsatian food will always be the perfect combination of the clarity of flavor the French are known for, with the German heft and heartiness that leave you full and satisfied. We will never see Bourdain's episode on Alsatian food, but I'm sure he found it delicious.



Another kinship I've felt with Bourdain is our profession. As a pilot for a major airline, I know what it's like to discover new countries and new cultures, and partake of the local cuisines without fear or prejudice. 


Bourdain has admitted he'd occasionally get sick from the local food. "I have to take one for the team," he'd say. As a pilot, I have to be careful that the food I eat is always fresh. Pro tip: When I go to a local restaurant abroad, I ask my waiter two questions: What is his/her favorite dish on the menu? And what do patrons order most?



I love Bourdain's blacked-out Rolex Milgauss. He is wearing it as he is preparing food for an episode with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.  




I read in an interview that Bourdain’s original pitch for the series was, roughly, “I travel around the world, eat a lot of sh*t, and basically do whatever the f*ck I want.” I'm sure glad he has a Rolex on his wrist while he does all that! Below, he meets former President Barack Obama outside a restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam. 



“I’m a guy who needs a lot of projects,” Bourdain once said. “I would probably have been happy as an air-traffic controller.” 

He would have been happy in the cockpit of my jet as well. 



Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is one of my favorite people in the world spoke on CNN about Anthony Bourdain's authenticity.


Anderson Cooper is featured below doing a special on Anthony Bourdain.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

1968 Rolex Explorer Ad



1968 Rolex Explorer Ad

What is cooler than vintage Rolex ads? Not much, especially this amazing Rolex Explorer Ad from 1968 which appears courtesy of Adpatina.com.





The Rolex Explorer Ad seen above from 1968 reminds me of the one below from 1967



Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Wrist Shot of the Day: Stainless Steel Rolex Datejust with Painted Roman Numerals...


...Rolex Wrist Shot Of The Day...

A Great Dane Rolex

Morten from Denmark sent in this amazing photo of his stainless steel Rolex Datejust which has painted roman numerals. Morten wrote "I just want to thank you for such a great and very informative blog, which I enjoy browsing everyday. Here's my 1984 Datejust 16030 I shot while I was out driving the other day."

Thanks for sending in the great shot Morten and Med venlig hilson!!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Tom Cruise hanging out with Rolex CEO

 



Wimbledon 2024

Tom Cruise hanging out with Rolex CEO

Captain Danny just published a great article on his Coron.et Rolex blog that showed legendary American Actory, Tom Cruise hanging out with the Rolex CEO, Jean-Frédéric Dufour, and Director of Communications, and former Wimbledon men's tennis competitor, Arnaud Boetsch in the Rolex box @ Wimbledon 2024 during the women's singles finals championship tournament on Saturday. 


Tom Cruise pictured above wearing his Rolex Day-Date on left with Rolex CEO, Jean-Frédéric Dufour, and on the right chatting with Rolex Communications Director, Arnaud Boetsch in images which appear courtesy of Getty. Special thanks to Nick Gould who discovered Top Gun actor, Tom Cruise rocking his Platinum Rolex Day-Date.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Rolex Day-Date in 40MM


...Rolex Studio Shot of the Day...

Rolex Day-Date in 40mm

Platinum with Ice-Blue Dial

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Carlos Alcaraz Wins Men's Singles Champion...



Wimbledon 2024

Carlos Alcaraz Wins Men's Singles Champion

Rolex's history as a top supporter of Wimbledon is awe inspiring and has endured over many decades. Today, Rolex celebrates ambassador and testimony, Carlos Alcaraz's second back to back men's singles championship win.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Rolex Macro Shot of the Month: Jean-Michel's Rolex SEA-DWELLER



...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Month...

Jean-Michel's Rolex SEA-DWELLER



Thursday, July 11, 2024

1966 Chrysler Imperial Brochure



1966 Chrysler Imperial Brochure

Featuring A Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date

You don't often see Rolex watches used in other brands advertising, but in this 1966 Chrysler Imperial brochure, we see a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date featured. Paul, who is a reader of Jake's Rolex World found this image and sent it in. Paul is a fan of vintage Chrysler automobiles and he found this image in this cool 1966 Imperial Brochure.

It is fascinating to see how in 1966, the Rolex "President" (Yellow Gold Day-Date) was positioned as The International Mark Of Success. This vintage 1966 ad, which features a Rolex Day-Date is totally Mad Men! 



At the time the above 1966 ad was published, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson was in the White House Oval Office wearing his Rolex Day-Date as seen below.





The Rolex President
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson
Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date

White House Oval Office 
Washington D.C. 1965


Just for frame of reference, I am including the 1966 Rolex ad below, that refers to the Rolex Day-Date as "the president's watch."




Speaking of Mad Men, what is cooler than Jon Hamm in Mad Men, playing Donald Draper wearing his Rolex Explorer as seen in the images below!!!



When I reflect back on the TV show Mad Men and how amazing it was, it kind of Deja Vu's me out. It was sooooo gooooood...



Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Rolex Submariner LV Cerachrom Bezel, 18Kt Green Gold Dial



...Studio Shot Of The Day...

Rolex Submariner LV

Cerachrom Bezel, 18Kt Green Gold Dial

[Reference 116610LV]

Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Arthur Ashe Three Time Grand Slam of Tennis Winner


Since we are heading toward the men's and women's championship tournament for Wimbledon 2024, I though it would be a great time to look back at one of the great tennis players in history that won Wimbledon, and that is Arthur Ashe.


...Rolex Coolness...

Arthur Ashe

Three-Time Tennis Grand-Slam Winner
Lifetime Of Achievement With A Rolex President On His Wrist

Arthur Ashe is one of the greatest tennis players in history, and the only African American player to ever win the men's singles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open. Arthur is pictured below sporting his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. It is amazing how timeless and evergreen Rolex watches are, especially when you realize this photo was taken 54 years ago, in 1970, at the Queen's Club in London.

Arthur Ashe is the first black man in history to wear a Rolex President (Day-Date). I know Bill Cosby wore many Rolex Day-Dates and so did Pele, but I believe Arthur Ashe was the likely the first.


"I only wear Rolex." –Arthur Ashe
Arthur Ashe pictured above in 1970, at the Queen's Club in London, England


Tighten Up

I really like the photo of Arthur Ashe above and I think Arthur looks really tight and tough and you can tell by the way he is posing that he is extremely proud of his Rolex–which I really digg. For some reason, every time I look at the photo above of Arthur Ashe, the song "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & The Drells starts playing in my head so I thought I would share the video below. Play it and look at the photo above of Arthur...




I first learned of Arthur Ashe wearing a Rolex President (Day-Date) from T. Walker Lloyd who told me a great story about how Arthur said that he only wore Rolex. In the photo below we see Arthur Ashe pictured on the cover of a 1966 issue of Sports Illustrated.





Arthur Ashe is pictured below in 1968 holding up his U.S. Open trophy he received after winning the U.S. Open.







Winning Wimbledon 1975

Arthur Ashe is pictured below holding up the Wimbledon Trophy for having won the Men's Final Tournament in 1975. Arthur Ashe had previously attempted to win at Wimbledon eight times, before finally winning.


Arthur Ashe is pictured below shaking hands with the reigning Wimbledon Championship,  Jimmy Connors in 1975 after Ashe destroyed Connors to win the Wimbledon men's final championship. 








Arthur Ashe is pictured below in 1974 playing golf on a TV show where well-known sportsman competed against each other in a variety of events, and notice he is wearing his Rolex Day-Date while he is playing golf!!! This is something only a REAL Rolex Fanatic would do—play golf while wearing a Rolex President!!!





The video below features Arthur Ashe showcasing his Ashe Comp 2 tennis graphite tennis racket he used when he won Wimbledon in 1975. Arthur Ashe was not only an amazing tennis player, but an equally successful entrepreneur.





Arthur Ashe is pictured below in 1979, while promoting a prototype of his famous Arthur Ashe tennis racquet, which was made by Head. I used to have one of these Head tennis racquets  which at the time was, considered the most state of the art racquet you could buy.



Arthur Ashe is pictured below with the 1982 Davis Cup team which he was the caption of. John McEnroe is pictured next to Ashe.


It is amazing that Arthur Ashe wore a yellow gold Rolex President his entire life. Arthur Ashe died way too young, but he inspired the tennis world like very few ever have or ever will. Arthur Ashe was a man of great achievement and he made it every step of the way with his trademark Rolex Day-Date on his wrist which kept the time of his life!!!


Arthur Asher is pictured below in 1992 in a famous shot of him hugging his Tennis Racquet while wearing his trademark Rolex Day-Date, which was taken three decades after the first image of him at the beginning of this story. It is fascinating to note Arthur Ashe proudly wore a Rolex Day-Date his entire adult life. A year after the picture below was taken, Arthur Ashe died from AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion that contained the HIV virus in the early 1980s. 


Arthur Ashe is featured below in a video he made just before he passed away. Arthur Ashe passed away on February 6, 1993.


The documentary below on Arthur Ashe is AMAZING!!!! I highly recommend watching it! 




Have Rolex Will Travel

If you watch the BBC interview that takes place 36 minutes and 36 seconds into the video above, you will see Arthur Ashe rockin' his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date while being interviewed just after winning Wimbledon in 1975. This is interesting in that the interviewer asked Arthur Ashe if he was materialistic in any way? Arthur Ashe ironically answered: 

"Right now I have very few possessions. Not because I don't want them, or wouldn't want to use them, but because there is no real need for them logically. I don't have a car because I am never in one place long enough."


So what makes Arthur Ashe's answer so ironic? The fact he has so few material possessions, but he is wearing his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. Also, notice this Rolex Day-Date has a matching Champagne dial, where in the later photos of Arthur Ashe, his Day-Date has a dark dial. Another key takeaway point is that to the best of my recollection, Arthur Ashe is the first tennis player who won Wimbledon who wore a Rolex, and not just any Rolex, but he flagship 'Rolex Presidential' model.