Dean Martin singing Marshmallow World has always been one of my favorite Holiday songs, since it is so positive and upbeat, and what could be any better? Watching Dino singing it with Frank Sinatra. It doesn't get any better than this!!!!!
In the photo below we see Dean Martin's family with Frank Sinatra's family on the set of a Christmas special from 1967.
In 1967, Dean Marin and Frank Sinatra had a special two-family Christmas Show and in the photo below you see Gail Martin with her dad Dean Martin, and then you see Frank Sinatra with his daughter Nancy.
Thomas Kinkade was an American painter, who is arguably the most commercially successful artist of the 21st Century. How successful is his artwork today? Apparently at least 5% of American homes has a copy of one of his paintings hanging in their home. Thomas Kinkade is pictured below sporting a yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master.
Thomas Kinkade wore a yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master as seen above, and also wore a Pepsi Rolex GMT-Master as seen in the photos below.
Classic Christmas Paintings Making Spirits Bright "Every painting is a journey." –Thomas Kinkade
I decided to publish this story today, as a way to get into the Christmas spirit, since Thomas Kinkade's paintings are arguably the greatest Christmas themed paintings. Thomas Kinkade's Christmas paintings are extremely ideal and heartwarming, and capture the essence of this most wonderful time of the year.
One could argue that Thomas Kinkade's paintings are similar to Norman Rockwell's in the sense that he is constantly attempting to capture this highly idyllic state of Americana. Thomas Kinkade grew up in Placerville, California, in the U.S.A., which is a city that you would pass through if you were traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area on you way to Lake Tahoe.
I have to say I am still really surprised that Rolex discontinued such an iconic Rolex model as the Pepsi GMT? I don't understand why Rolex does not still offer the red and cobalt blue bezel insert on the newer model Rolex GMT. This is one good looking, sporty Rolex, and a great hand-in-glove Rolex wrist shot photo from Quentin!!!
Supposedly it is challenging to get close to matching the red and blue colors with ceramic, but I say, who cares about ceramic!?! Ceramic is very nice, but it is much more expensive, and the previous generation of anodized aluminum bezels had a very cool metallic look. I think Rolex should bring back the aluminum Pepsi bezel on the current GMT Master. It is a fact the Rolex Submariner is the most iconic sports watch in history, but the Pepsi GMT-Master is not far behind it, as far as being iconic and recognizable as a trademark Rolex look. Who knows? Maybe Rolex will surprise us in the future by bringing this superb piece of Rolex design heritage back to life...They really should!
I just updated this story about Prince Andrew and added new photos of his amazing life. Prince Andrew has worn his Platinum Rolex Day-Date for more than a quarter-century now. Of course many Royals wear Rolex watches, including Prince Andrew's nephew, Prince Harry Of Wales, as well as his niece, Zara Phillips, who is a Rolex Ambassador. Also, Prince Andrew's uncle, Lord Mountbatten wore a Rolex.
A reader of Jake's Rolex World named Adam wrote in from the United Kingdom and shared a story with me about how he spoke with Prince Andrew earlier this year at Wimbledon about their joint appreciation of Rolex, and Adam complimented Prince Andrew's Rolex trademark Platinum Rolex Day-Date. Adam then shared with Prince Andrew that he had discovered a story about Prince Andrew's Rolex on Jake's Rolex World. Adam mentioned to me that he received a kind letter from Prince Andrew thanking him for recommending he take a look at Jake's Rolex World, which Prince Andrew, as a lifelong Rolex wearer said he was "thoroughly thrilled with Jake's Rolex World."
A ROLEX Prince
Prince Andrew has been wearing his trademark Rolex Day-Date for several decades now. We see him in the photo below wearing his platinum Day-Date when he got married to Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey on July 23, 1986.
The photo below shows Prince Andrew holding Sarah Ferguson's hand when they got engaged.
In the photo below we see the young couple, and they are both wearing Rolex watches, and notice that Prince Andrew is wearing A Rolex Sport watch, which looks like a Submariner, and Sarah Ferguson is wearing a two tone ladies datejust.
Prince Andrew is pictured below sitting on his father, Prince Philip's lap, while his mother, Queen Elizabeth holds his hand as his older brother, Prince Charles and sister Princess Anne look on.
Prince Andrew is pictured below with his mother, Queen Elizabeth holding I'm as an infant.
Swiss explorer and oceanographer Jacques Piccardis pictured below with his legendary explorer father August Piccard on the Bathyscaphe Trieste in Italy in 1953 just before they set the all-time world depth record.
Jacques Piccard is pictured belwo with his son Bertrand Piccard, who, like his father Jacques and grandfather August, went on to become on of the worlds leading explorers. Bertrand and Jacques are pictured below in Palm Beach, Florida posing in front of the NASA Ben Franklin Submersible in 1969, which Jacques Piccard would set a new world record in, by slipping into the Gulf Stream and traveling up from Florida to Halifax Nova Scotia, in Canada, thus having traveled 1,444 miles (2,324km) in a state of neutral buoyancy, meaning it literally floated without any power. Dr. Robert Ballardtook over the Ben Franklin after Piccard, years before he discovered the Titanic in its watery grave.
Rolex surprised the world when they introduced an all-new Rolex GMT-Master color combination earlier this year when they introduced the new GMT-Master with a "Night & Day" Ceramic bezel that is black and blue.
Rolex collectors and enthusiasts love to use nicknames for different Rolex models, like The Pepsi, or Coke GMT-Master or the 7up Submariner for the original LV Submariner. The all Green LV Submariner is nicknamed The Hulk, and Rolex collectors have affectionally nicknamed the new Night & Day Rolex GMT-Master as "The Batman" since it is silver, black and blue like Batman's uniform. Very cool!
This vintage Rolex ad showcases what is now referred to as UNOG, which stands for The United Nations Office At Geneva. The "Palace Of Nations" was built in Geneva between 1929 and 1936 as the headquarters for the League of Nations, which later evolved into the Geneva headquarters for the United Nations in 1946. Today, The United Nations In Geneva is busier than ever with international diplomats, and it primarily deals with social issues around the world.
Vintage Rolex Ad Appears Courtesy of The Concannon Collection
The First Rolex President
Former U.S. General Eisenhower was the architect of D-Day, where he assembled the greatest armada in history and successfully set sail to free Europe from Nazi tyranny.
After World War II, President Eisenhower became the Supreme Commander of NATO in Europe where he oversaw rebuilding many parts of Europe, and that is when Rolex gave him their 150,000th Officially Certified Swiss Chronometer, which was a yellow gold Rolex Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet, as pictured below. General Eisenhower returned to the U.S., where he was elected President and served for two very successful full terms.
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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