Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Rolex Coolness: Tom Kristensen: The New Face Of Rolex Racing

...Rolex Super Coolness... 

Tom Kristensen
The Face Of Rolex Racing
9 Time Winner Of The 24 Hours Of Le Mans

Le Mans racing legend Tom Kristensen has been a Rolex Ambassador now for close to five years. Tom Kristensen is from Denmark and he is 48 years old. His racing career achievements are amazing!!!

Tom Kristensen is known as "The King Of Le Mans." The 24 Hours of Le Mans is considered to be the most prestigious endurance auto race in the world and it is also the oldest, having been around for 8 decades.

Tom Kristensen has won the 24 Hours Of Le Mans a record-setting nine times!!! Tom Kristensen says "To win, you need to be fast and steady, you need to manage and extend the performance of your car while staying consistent and accurate in you driving–every lap, every second, every hundredth of a second counts!!!"

In many ways Tom Kristensen makes the perfect Rolex Ambassador. He kind of looks like Steve McQueen, with his clean-cut, cool style, doesn't he?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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 triply Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz that was made in 1985. The watch has 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, October 5, 2015

Rolex Coolness: Larry Ellison 2010 & 2013 America's Cup Winner with Team Oracle

...Rolex Coolness... 

Larry Ellison

The $44 Billion Man

2010 & 2013 America's Cup Winner with Team Oracle
Stainless Rolex Submariner

Larry Ellison is the founder and CEO of Oracle as well as being the sixth wealthiest man in the world with a net worth of $44 Billion. $44 Billion!!!! That makes the $6 Million dollar man sound like chump-change :-) 

Larry is also the captain of Team Oracle which won the 2010 America's Cup in sailing, and in 2013 brought the American's Cup to San Francisco, and won the 2013 America's Cup in Race 19, which is the oldest trophy in world sport!!!

You can watch the 19th Race of the America's Cup, which took place on September 25, 2013 on San Francisco Bay, which is likely the most beautiful sailing regatta amphitheater in the world. 

A few weeks prior to the 2013 America's Cup Final, I took some photos on San Francisco Bay of Team Oracle and Team New Zealand, which I published on Jake's Streets Of San Francisco World, including the one below.

The Greatest Comeback In Sports History
34Th America's Cup
San Francisco 2013

In 2013, Larry Ellison's Oracle Team U.S.A. staged what is probably the greatest and most spectacular comeback in the history of sports, where team Oracle came back from an 8-1 losing deficit, to win 8 straight races to capture the 2013 America's Cup. America' Cup is the most prestigious and sought after sailing regatta awards in the world of sailing. 

1969 Rolex America's Cup Submariner Ad
The Rolex Submariner is "A Big Tough Watch"
Single Red Submariner [Reference 1680]

It is amazing to compare the difference between the 72 feet tall catamarans that are now being raced in the Americas Cup, and comparing them to the sailboats used in 1969, as seen in this vintage Rolex Submariner ad. It is also fascinating to notice the design of the Rolex Submariner has barely changed at all. 

Talk about timeless design. Now the price is a different subject. A Rolex Submariner cost $205 in 1969, and 46 years later they cost around $8,000. The most interesting financial statistic, is the watch featured for $205 in 1969, today is worth around the same price as a brand new stainless steel Rolex Submariner, at around $8,000.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Rolex Lume Shot Of The Day Hypophyse Submariner: Reference 5512

...Rolex Lume Shot Of The Day...

Hypophyse' Submariner
Reference 5512

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Rolex Hotness: Fashion Model

...Rolex Hotness...

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
[Reference 116528]

Chung Lee is an amazing fashion photographer. He took this gorgeous photo of his Yellow Gold Daytona, on this beautiful model.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rolex Bubble-Back Unique Queen Mary Dial

Rolex Bubble-Back
Unique RMS Queen Mary Dial

John "Crash" Moittel is a daily reader of Jake's Rolex World. He is also a Trustee of

He wrote in recently to share some fascinating insight on is RISitus condition. John said:

"Here is a very interesting item that may now be unique—and as such—may be of interest to you. It’s a Rolex “Queen Mary.” I am attaching some photos. The photos didn’t catch it, but in actuality, the name “Queen Mary” is clearly visible on the bow of the ship image."

Seeing this beauty for the first time took my breath away! To the best of my recollection, this is the earliest known "Exotic Dial" Rolex, or, in other words, Rolex dial with graphics on it.

The RMS Queen Mary Ocean Liner is pictured below as she cruises by Manhattan back in the 1930s.

John continued: 

"You seem like the most prolific and eclectic RISitus victim around my newly discovered field of interest so I’d be interested in any medications that you can recommend &/or what you think about my affliction."

RISitus, if you are not familiar with the term, stems from the term WISitus, which is a condition of sorts. "WIS" is the acronym for "Watch Idiot Savant", thus "RIS" is the acronym for "Rolex Idiot Savant". This is a condition I have happily suffered from for four decades now ;-)

John, my best advice is to "Keep Truckin'!!!". WISitus and RISitus, are some of the best conditions one can suffer from, as the cornerstone of them is The Spirit Of Inquiry, or if I am speakin' wif a cockney accent  (fink: Michael Caine), The Spirit Of Enquiry :-) Definition:

RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line (known as Cunard-White Star Line when the vessel entered service). Built by John Brown & Companyin Clydebank, Scotland, Queen Mary along with her running mate, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between SouthamptonCherbourg, and New York City. The two ships were a British response to the superliners built by German and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Queen Mary was the flagship of the Cunard Line from May 1936 until October 1946 when she was replaced in that role by Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and captured the Blue Riband in August of that year; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952 when she was beaten by the new SS United States. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Alliedsoldiers for the duration of the war.

Following the war Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service and along with Queen Elizabeth commenced the two-ship transatlantic passenger service for which the two ships were initially built. The two ships dominated the transatlantic passenger transportation market until the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s. By the mid-1960s, Queen Mary was ageing and, though still among the most popular transatlantic liners, was operating at a loss.

After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. She left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United States, where she remains permanently moored. Much of the machinery, including one of the two engine rooms, three of the four propellers, and all of the boilers, were removed. The ship serves as a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum, and hotel. The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted the Queen Mary as part of the Historic Hotels of America.[2]

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Steve McQueen Racing At Le Mans Rolex Submariner

...The King Of Cool...

Steve McQueen
Racing At Le Mans
Rolex Submariner

Below is a previously unpublished image of Steve McQueen at Le Mans in 1971. In this photo we get a clear shot of Steve McQueen wearing his Rolex Submariner.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Roy's Big Crown Rolex Submariner

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

Roy's Big Crown Rolex Submariner

It never ceases to amaze me, how absolutely timeless Rolex watch design is. Take for instance this vintage Rolex Submariner from the 1950s. In particular, I was tripping on how much modern Rolex watches have been inspired by past design. Notice this 1950s Rolex Submariner, essentially has a Supercase, which Rolex brought back when then they introduced the ceramic Submariner.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bond v. Bond Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery

The Official Trailer for the upcoming James Bond movie named SPECTRE was just released, and you can see it below. SPECTRE hits theaters on November 6, 2015!!!

Bond v. Bond
Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery

I have been working on a huge update to my "Complete History Of James Bond Watches—The Definitive Guide", and when I came across the following image of Sean Connery wearing his Rolex Submariner, it jogged my memory and made me remember a similar posed beach shot with Daniel Craig.

And by the way, since the Queen has been calling Sean Connery, "Sir" he's still looking pretty cool on the beach. In the photo below we see Sir Sean Connery in a recent Louis Vuitton photo shot by Annie Leibovitz.

In the photo below we see Sean Connery with Ursula Andress on the set of the 1962 James Bond Mega-hit entitled, Dr. No., and Sean is sporting his Rolex Submariner.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 Overhaul & Relaunch
Overhaul & Relaunch

My longtime pal and fellow Rolex-Fanatic, Sheldon Smith just completed a super-detailed overhaul of his Rolex-centric website named Minus4Plus6 is a superb online resource for all things Rolex including great how-to's, as well as Rolex reference materials, as well as great watch reviews and comparisons. I highly recommend you check it out!!!