Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rolling Stones Bass Player Bill Wyman Wearing His Trademark GMT Root Beer

...Rolex Super-Coolness...

Bill Wyman
Rolling Stones 
Founding Member & Base Player

RootBeer Rolex GMT-Master
Two-Tone Reference 1675

Who is the greatest Rock and Roll band in history? Some would say the Beatles, and some would say the Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones certainly have much greater longevity, and after all, there is something to be said for longevity and endurance— both of which Rolex and The Rolling Stones have in common. So what happens when you mix together a Rolex and a Rolling Stone? You get Bill Wyman who is one of the original Rolling Stones, and he remains the oldest founding member at 78 years of age today! 

Bellow we see a very early photo of the Rolling Stones taken at the Marqee on July 12, 1962, and we see Bill Wyman pictured in the bottom right hand corner. We see (from top to bottom) guitarist Brian Jones on top with the blond hair, and to his right we see lead vocals singer Mick Jagger. On the next row we see keyboardist Ian Stewart, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts, and bass player Bill Wyman. It is worth noting that JFK was still President of The United States when this photo was taken.

It is worth noting that Ian Robert Stewart was kind of the Pete Best of the Rolling Stones. He was born in 1938 and passed away in 1985. Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham removed him from the Rolling Stones line-up in May of 1963, since he didn't think his image worked well with the Rolling Stones identity. Ian Stewart stayed on as the Rolling sones pianist and road manager, and went on to work with Led Zeppelin.

The Rolling Stones are pictured below in 1964, with Bill Wyman in the middle, in front of Charlie Watts and Ron Wood, and behind Mick Jagger and Brian Jones.

Bill Wyman is pictured below in the later 1960s with fellow Rolling Stones founding band member, (from left to right): Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Brian Jones. Brian Jones passed away from a drug overdose in 1969.

Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman are pictured below in 1972 on an airplane.

Bill Wyman is pictured below two decades later in the 1980s with fellow Rolling Stones band members, (from left to right): Charlie Watts, Keith Richards (or "Keif", if you have a Michael Caine Cockney Accent :-) Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, and Bill Wyman. Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones in 1975.

In the photo below we see Bill Wyman sporting his two-ton "RootBeer" Rolex GMT Master, which is a  two-tone Yellow-Gold and Stainless Steel Reference 1675. 

It is worth noting that fellow famous bass players, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin is not only a contemporary of Bill Wyman but wears the exact same two-tone Rolex GMT-Master.

Also, John McVie of Fleetwood Mac fame also wore a GMT-Master, except McVie wears a "Pepsi GMT-Master" as apposed to a "RootBeer GMT-Master".

The photo below is of two-tone Rolex GMT-Master Reference 1675, which I believe is identical to the one Bill Wyman wears. 

This mode features nipple indices and a matching gold 24 hour hand. I believe it is the same Rolex Model he is seen wearing in the two photos below, which were both taken in 1975.

This photo above of Bill Wyman was taken in Amsterdam in 1975, and the one below was taken in The United States during the Rolling Stones "1975 Tour Of The Americas".

The photo below is from the cover artwork on the Rolling Stones seminal 1976 Album titled Black and Blue.

Andrew Oldham who was a Rolling Stones former manager once said, "Bill Wyman is the most at peace with himself." Bill Wyman is an amateur archaeologist and has a hobby of Relic hunting.

Bill Wyman is pictured below with his second wife Mandy Smith, and in an ironic twist of fate her mother Patsy is married to Bill Wyman's son, Stephen Wyman. Turns out reality is stranger than fiction.

In the video interview below we see Bill Wyman wearing his Two-Tone Rolex GMT-Master.

In the recent photo below, we see Bill Wyman wearing his Rolex GMT-Master. He has worn this Rolex now for at least 40 years!!! 

Bill Wyman retired from the Rolling Stones in 1993, and in 2002 published an amazing book I own, named "Rolling With The Stones". Bill Wyman rejoined the Rolling Stones for their 50th Anniversary in 2012 for one night only.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day Jocke's Roman Numeral Datejust

Rolex Macro Shot Of The Day
Jocke's Roman Numeral Datejust

Friday, October 9, 2015

Dr. Albert Sabin Polio Vaccine Developer

...Rolex Super Doctor...

Dr. Albert Sabin
Oral Polio Vaccine Developer
Rolex Datejust on Oyster Bracelet 

Dr. Albert Sabin is best known for his development of the live-virus Polio Vaccine, which is taken orally. His pioneering research on viral diseases and viruses resulted in primary defense agains polio in the United States, and throughout most of the world.

The following details appears courtesy of WikiPedia.com:

With the menace of polio growing, Sabin and other researchers, most notably Jonas Salk in Pittsburgh and Hilary Koprowski and Herald Cox in New York and Philadelphia, sought a vaccine to prevent or mitigate the illness. The Sabin vaccine is an oral vaccine containing weakened forms of strains of polio viruses. They stimulate the body defences against polio without causing the disease. In 1955, Salk's "killed" vaccine was released for use. It was effective in preventing most of the complications of polio, but did not prevent the initial intestinal infection. 

The Sabin vaccine is easier to give than the earlier vaccine developed by Salk in 1954, and its effects last longer. In addition, those who received the Salk vaccine could pass on the polio virus. Sabin first tested his live attenuated oral vaccine at the Chillicothe Ohio Reformatory in late 1954. From 1956-1960, he worked with Russian colleagues to perfect the oral vaccine and prove its extraordinary effectiveness and safety. 

Dr. Jonas Sulk pictured above with Dr. Albert Sabin

The Sabin vaccine worked in the intestines to block the poliovirus from entering the bloodstream. In the intestines, Sabin had discovered, the poliovirus multiplied and attacked. Thus, the oral vaccine broke the chain of transmission of the virus and allowed for the possibility that polio might one day be eradicated.

Between 1955 and 1961, the oral vaccine was tested on at least 100 million people in the USSR, parts of Eastern Europe, Singapore, Mexico, and the Netherlands. The first industrial production and mass use of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) from Sabin strains was organized by Soviet scientist Mikhail Chumakov.[3][4] 

This provided the critical impetus for allowing large-scale clinical trials of OPV in the United States in April 1960 on 180,000 Cincinnati school children. The mass immunization techniques that Sabin pioneered with his associates effectively eradicated polio in Cincinnati. Against considerable opposition from the March of Dimes Foundation, which supported the relatively effective killed vaccine, Sabin prevailed on the Public Health Service to license his three strains of vaccine. While the PHS stalled, the USSR sent millions of doses of the oral vaccine to places with polio epidemics, such as Japan, and reaped the humanitarian benefit. Indeed, it was not clear to many that the vaccine was an American one, financed by U.S. dollars, but not available to ordinary Americans.

Sabin also developed vaccines against other viral diseases, including encephalitis and dengue. In addition, he investigated possible links between viruses and some forms of cancer.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The First Rolex Submariner 1922 Hermetically Sealed Pre-Oyster

...In The Time Before Rolex Oyster Time...

The First Rolex Submariner
1922 Hermetically Sealed Pre-Oyster

The Rolex Submariner is the most iconic watch ever made, and its origins are absolutely fascinating. The photo below is of a 1922 Rolex Submarine, which is a hermetically sealed Pre-Oyster, waterproof watch. This is an extremely rare example in pristine condition. You can learn much, much more about the history of the Rolex Submariner in my 18 part series named "The Complete History Of The Rolex Submariner & SEA-DWELLER. Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean."

Although Rolex perfected the Rolex Oyster waterproof watch case in 1926, it had been working on perfecting a waterproof case for many years prior, and the Rolex Submarine which was made in 1922 (seen above and below) was waterproof, but it did not have a very high depth rating, and in order to access the watch to wind or change the time, you had to screw-off the top fluted bezel, which over time would wear, and was not so easy, yet it was effective. You can learn, much, much more about how Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex revolutionized the wrist-watch in the early 20th century by checking out my story named, "The Complete History Of Rolex Leadership. Part 1: The Hans Wilsdorf Years: Founder Of Rolex."

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 not only holds the record for the most 24 Hours of Le Mans wins, with nine wins, but six of them were consecutive back-to-back—from 2000 to 2005!!!

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 miottelmuseum.com.

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 :-)

Wikipedia.com 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]