Wednesday, July 29, 2015

U.S. National Archives Releases 911 Photos of U.S. Vice President Cheney

...Rolex President History...

U.S. National Archives Releases 911 Photos of 

U.S. Vice President 
Dick Cheney
Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date

There has always been a great deal of mystery surrounding the events of September 11, 2001 (commonly referred to as 911), and in particular, around the events as they occurred in the White House on that frightful day. On Friday of this last week the U.S. National Archives released the first images ever seen of then U.S Vice President Dick Cheney as he watched the events of the 911 terrorist attacks unfold in the White House as well as photos of what occurred later that day and evening, and of course he was wearing his trademark Rolex Day-Date model, which is commonly referred to as The Rolex President.

Rolex has a current marketing campaign that says, "A Rolex Not Only Tells Time, It Tells History", and these photos clearly stand testament to this fact. The photos were taken by Dick Cheney's staff photographer, and they showcase how the Bush Administration responded to the 911 terrorist attacks, both before and after President Bush arrived back in Washington D.C.

The majority of photos were taken inside the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) which is located in a subterranean basement underneath the White House in Washington D.C. The photos were released under the Freedom Of Information Act, based upon a request from a producer for video appearing on the PBS TV documentary series named Frontline.

You can view all 356 photos from The National Archive on their Flickr page.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

And That's The Way It Was: Walter Cronkite Belongs To The Ages...

...The Greatest Newsman In History...

And That's The Way It Was
Walter Cronkite

The Most Trusted Man In America

Walter Cronkite was born in 1916 and lived the most amazing life and passed away at 92 years of age. What an amazing life he lived!!!! America's Uncle Walt–as he was affectionally calledwore a two-tone Rolex Datejust.

The image below is of major historical significance. He see Walter Cronkite on July 20, 1969 as he keeps his eyes glued to his monitor as NASA's Apollo 11 Mission touches down on the Moon for the fist time, and notice that Walter Cronkite is wearing his trademark two tone Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee Bracelet.

U.S. Navy SEA-LAB Interview
1968 Bob Barth Interview
San Francisco Navy Yard

Walter Cronkite is pictured in the next two photos interviewing the legendary U.S. Navy SEA-LAB diver, Bob Barth. Bob Barth was a the only diver who dove on all the SEA-LAB 1, SEA-LAB 2, and SEA-LAB 3 missions. Bob Barth co-developed the Rolex SEA-DWELLER with Rolex and we see him being interviewed below in 1968 by Walter Cronkinte.

U.S. Congressional Testimony
1971 Freedom Of Press
Washington D.C.

Walter Cronkite is pictured below on September 30, 1971 testifying before a Senate Sub-Committee on the U.S. Governments ability to control broadcasting. Cronkite was vehemently apposed to any lack of Freedom Of The Press.

In the undated photo below, Walter Cronkite appears to be wearing an yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. I can't make a positive ID from this photo, but it sure looks like it is all gold and a Rolex President.

Walter Cronkite is picture below as he is being greeted by Ronald Reagan in the White House in the 1980s.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stefano Mazzariol: Rolex Reference 6234

Stefano Mazzariol
Rolex Chronograph: Grandfather Of The Rolex Daytona
[Reference 6234]

The Rolex Chronograph Reference 6234 was introduced in 1955–coincidentally, the same years Rolex introduced the Rolex GMT Master.

The Rolex Chronograph Reference 6234 was made from 1955 to 1961, and during those 6 years Rolex averaged approximately 500 per year. The Reference 6234 is the great grandfather of the modern stainless steel Rolex Daytona.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rolex Coolness- Placido Domingo: Rolex Day-Date II

...Rolex Coolness...

Placido Domingo

An Amazing Career with Rolex Keeping The Time Of His Life

Placido Domingo has been a Rolex Ambassador for four decades, and in this first image we see him sporing the Rolex Day-Date II in Rose Gold.

In this next Rolex ad we see Placido Domingo sporting a Platinum Rolex Day-Date II.

2007 Vintage Rolex Ad
Yellow Gold Day-Date

1995 Vintage Rolex Ad
Yellow Gold GMT-Master

1992 Vintage Rolex Ad
Yellow Gold Day-Date

1984 Vintage Rolex Ad
Mocha GMT Master

It is profound to think this vintage Rolex ad was published more thana quarter-century ago!?!

This was such a great color combo on the Rolex GMT Master. I think Rolex Should bring back the brown bezel and dial on the Yellow Gold GMT Master.

1983 Vintage Rolex Ad
Mocha GMT Master

In the video below we see Charlie Rose interviewing Placido Domingo in 1993.

In the following videos from 1994 (15 Years ago) shot in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., you can see and hear Placido Domingo singing with his fellow 3 tenors, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavorotti, with Zubin Metha conducting. You could live a thousand lifetimes and it won't ever get better than this!!!!

The 3 Tenors singing "My Way" to Frank Sinatra!!!

I have an interesting story to share with you about Frank Sinatra's song, "My Way." One day, more than 20 years ago, I was in New York on business. I took a cab from the airport into Manhattan and I had this cab driver who who was a really nice gentleman. He was born and raised in New York and had a classic New York Accent. We had a nice conversation and I asked him what his favorite song was?

He responded by saying, "My Way, by Frank Sinatra." I asked him if he new the words to it and he said yes. Then I asked him if he would sing it for me and he said yes. So here I am in the back of this yellow taxi and in the most perfect voice, he starts singing My Way—flawlessly!!!

The thing I noticed about the way he sang it, was that he not only knew the words, but I could tell that he meant the words as he sang them. It was his anthem. He was a lot older than me, I would say he was in his mid to late sixties and he was wearing a sport coat and glasses and looked like a character out of a Leroy Nieman painting from the late 1960s.

If you ever listen carefully to the words to My Way, they give you a great perspective. In my mind's eye, I can still see and hear him singing My Way while driving me into Manhattan. What a song!!! What a Life!!!! What a World!!!

BTW, I am pretty certain at the time, I was wearing an all stainless Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet with a white dial with raised white gold Roman numerals or a yellow gold Day-Date with a white porcelain dial with raised yellow gold Roman numerals.

Friday, July 24, 2015

White Gold Rolex Sky Dweller

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

White Gold Rolex Sky Dweller
Dual Time Zone: Annual Calendar 
Movement: Calibre 9001
Reference 326939

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Barbara Palvin Yellow Gold Ladies Datejust

...Hungarian Rolex Hotness...

Barbara Palvin
Yellow Gold Datejust Lady 31 MM

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

...Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day... Elmar's Rolex Submariner Hour Hand

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

Elmar's Rolex Submariner Hour Hand

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Rolex Triple Date Chronograph The Most Complicated Rolex Ever Made

Rolex Triple Date Chronograph 
The Most Complicated Rolex Ever Made
[Reference 6236]

The Rolex 6236 Triple-Date Chronometer is a beautifully designed complicated Rolex. The thing that surprised me when I first saw one in person was how small it was!!! I was expecting it to me like a modern Rolex Daytona at 40mm but it could not have been more than 36mm. If Rolex were to bring this beauty back to life and add a moon phase, that would be one really cool watch!!!