Larry Ellison is the founder and CEO of Oracle as well as being the sixth wealthiest man in the world with a fortune 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 recently brought the American's Cup to San Francisco, and today won the 2013 America's Cup in Race 19, which is the oldest trophy in world sport!!!
Today, 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 award 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 designer 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 45 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.
Jerril Santos is the Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam, and he is also a fan of Jake's Rolex World. Jerril sent in this excellent wrist shot of his now classic Rolex SEA-DWELLER, which he is wearing on his right wrist, Steve McQueen style, and he said:
I have been following Jake's Rolex World with keen interest. I am Filipino but I live in Vietnam. I have a Sea Dweller that has reliably kept time for me for the past 20 years and I thought I'd share a photo of it with you.
Benjamin Clymer from Hodinkee recently interviewed singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fellow Hodinkee blogger,John Mayer about his watch collection. John Mayer is not only an amazing musician, but also a fascinating collector, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of vintage Rolex and Patek Philippe watches.
John Mayer is filled with WISdom and truly the ultimate RIS–very impressive, and always insightful and interesting!!! As a fellow WIS/RIS, there is nothing better than hanging out with a good pal, talking watches. Listening to Benjamin and John profoundly wrap and riff on watches is music to my ears :-0
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 46 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?
Women wearing Men's Rolex Watches began when Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in the James Bond Movie, GoldFinger. The first really big female star to wear men's Rolex watches, was Elle Mcpherson. In this set of photos we see Hilary Duff sporting a Rolex Day-Date II. Hilary Duff is the first star I know of to wear the new Men's Rolex Day-Date II and doesn't it look great on her!!!
I have been meaning to put together a comprehensive article on life-long Rolex Ambassador, Jean-Claude Killy, in the same way I wrote a detailed overview of Sir Jackie Stewart's lifetime career as a Rolex Ambassador. Following is an overview of Jean-Claude Killy's life as a Rolex Ambassador. In the future, as time permits, I will continue to update this amazing man's life story until it is complete. Jean-Claude Killy is one of the greatest skiers in history, if not the greatest. He swept the 1968 Winter Olympics by winning three gold medals in alpine events. Today, Jean-Claude is still deeply involved with Rolex serving as a member of the Rolex board of directors.
1968 Winter Olympic Super Champion
Jean-Claude Killy won 12 out of 16 World Cup races during the 1966-1967 racing season. Next, at the 1968 Winter Olympic games in Grenoble, France, he won not only won the good medal in Downhill, but also swept in the Giant Slalom, and Slalom to achieve his Alpine sweep.
The Real Speed Racer
Jean-Claude Killy was really into racing and cars even before he won at the 1968 winter Olympics. We see Jean-Claude pictured below in March of 1967, when he visited racing legend and specialty car maker, Carroll Shelby. Jean-Claud is pictured below posing with a 1967 Shelby GT500. Jean-Claude ended up driving the GT500 at the Riverside track racing school.
We see Jean-Claude Killy pictured below 1968 rockin' his Porsche 911 around the Nürburgring racetrack in a 1000KM race.
We see Jean-Claude pictured below in 1969 at L-Mans with race car legend, and fellow Frenchman, Bob Wolleck. Before becoming a race car driver, Bob Wollek was also a member of the French National Skiing Team between 1966-1968.
How cool does Jean-Claude Killy look in the photo above with the cool shades, muscle-T, and Levi's rockin' a Rolex Day-Date. Talk about Super-Cool French Style!!!
1969 Chevy Camaro
Speaking Of Jean-Claude Killy coolness, I love this Killy ad for the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible with the skis on the back of the convertible and the hotness riding shotgun =D
Jean-Claude Killy is pictured below in 1972, at Appalachian Ski Mountain, which was the first of many visits he made to the French Swiss Ski Collect, located at the Bowling Rock Resort.
The Rolex Explorer II
Orange Hand Ads
I realize the ad above is hard to read, and here is what it says: Robust and versatile. Rolex Explorer II meets your need for timekeeping integrity in high mountain skiing. Choice of Jean-Claude Killy, three time Olympic gold medalist in the same year. This self-winding, officially certified superlative chronometer in stainless steel with matching bracelet is also pressure-proof in its formed Oyster case down to 300 feet. A luminous red hour hand points exact time on fixed 24 hour bezel. Like championship racing, uncommon endurance is built into Explorer II.
...Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day.,,
1971 Rolex Explorer II
I thought since we just saw three Jean-Claude Killy Rolex Ads for the Rolex Explorer II Orange hand, it would make sense to take a closer look at the reference. Rolex introduced the Explorer II in 1971, and it had an orange hand to keep track of the time in a second time zone, and was also designed to enable the wearer to read a 24 hour clock to be able to determine the am/pm in the dark in caves, or at the North or South Pole. A few years ago, Rolex brought back the orange hand Rolex Explorer II, which is based upon this cool retro-design.
1974 French Rolex Datejust Ad
Even though the Rolex ad below is for a yellow gold Rolex Datejust, it appears Jean-Claude is wearing a yellow gold Day-Date in the photo.
Jean Claude Killy
Rolex Magazine ad from 1983
1987 Jean-Claude Killy
Olympic Skiing Superstar
"I don't think I'll ever want to slow down" –Jean-Claude Killy
In 1968, Jean-Claude Killy brought home three Olympic gold medals. In 1992, he brought the Olympic games themselves.
A successful businessman, as well as one of France's best-known sports figures, Killy was chosen to spearhead the drive that brought the Winter Olympics to his beloved Sovoie.
"The training that I went through to become a ski racer proved invaluable to me when I entered the business world, and the same proved true in organizing the Winter Games." Killy says, "As an athlete I learned to value of hours of planning and being able to juggle several projects at once."
Today, Killy faces the hurdles of business with the same confidence he had on the ski slopes. "Being an entrepreneur isn't easy," he notes, "but I could never see myself doing anything else. I love the excitement, the idea that there's a different challenge waiting every day.
"In life, as in skiing, timing is everything." Killy says. Which is why both on the slopes and off Killy wears a timepiece he can rely on: his Rolex Oyster timepiece.
The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament finals just concluded in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in one of the greatest tennis matches I have ever witnessed, which was played between Djokovic and Nadal. This years U.S. Open represented the 45th anniversary of Arthur Ashe, in 1968, becoming the first African American man to win a major singles tennis title. At the time Arthur Ashe was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, as well as being an amateur tennis player. Over the next couple of days, as time permits, I will continue expanding upon this man's amazing story of achievement.
...Rolex Coolness... Arthur Ashe
Three-Time Tennis Grand-Slam Winner
A 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 43 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
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. Arthur Ashe is pictured below shaking hands with Jimmy Connors in 1975 after Ashe beat Connors to win the Wimbledon men's final championship.
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.
Historically Rolex has always been extremely secretive and discreet, and no journalists in the past have ever been invited "INSIDE ROLEX" to explore and report on all four Rolex Manufacturing faclities in Switzerland.
In November 2013, this changed when Rolex invited Jake to take an unprecdented journey into the heart of Rolex to learn and report on everything he witnessed and learned.
This Super-Detailed 3 Part Story is a "MUST READ" story for anybody who wants to really understand what really makes Rolex tick.
The Hans Wilsdorf Story: Founder Of Rolex
Rolex is one of the most recognizable brands on earth, but very little has been known about its real history. If you really, really want to understand what makes Rolex tick, I very highly recommend you read the fascinating story of Rolex's amazing founder–Hans Wilsdorf.
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