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Rolex History

  • Rolex Watch Appearances In Nightly TV News

    May 15, 2014
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    Spotting a Rolex Watch on a famous person. Some folks live for this. They scour photos and video for the iconic Rolex logo. It’s not easy, and you have to be familiar with the famous crown. But if you watch television news carefully, you’ll catch an occasional glimpse.

  • The Amazing Resale Value Of A Rolex

    December 17, 2013
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    Want an idea of how valuable -- and why -- Rolex watches are?

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  • Hollywood Trivia: Rolex Submariner

    December 7, 2013
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    If you’re of a certain age, you’re aware of a little-known piece of Rolex/Hollywood trivia: The Dude’s dad played a significant role in the development and promotion of the Rolex Submariner.

    For those who aren’t of a certain age, the story goes like this: The Dude, Jeff Bridges, is a son of Lloyd Bridges, whose love of the ocean and scuba diving led to a starring role in a classic 1950s TV show, Sea Hunt. Scuna diving was fresh, being introduced to most Americans for the first time. That’s where the Submariner had a supporting role, and the rest is Rolex/Hollywood history.

    Bridges’ sons, Beau and Jeff, went on to lengthy and accomplished acting careers of their own. Jeff, of course, played The Dude in the cult classic “The Big Lebowski” and won an Academy Award for his leading role in “Crazy Heart” in 2009.

    Beau, whose credits include 2011’s “The Descendants” and 1989’s “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” currently can be seen on CBS’ hit sitcom “The Millers.”

    Photo's courtesy of: http://www.rolexblog.blogspot.com/

    But it was Lloyd, playing the brave, always-in-control Mike Nelson, who showed audiences that a Rolex could operate under water. For that, we thank him.

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    Photos courtesy of: http://www.rolexblog.blogspot.com/

  • Do you know which Rolex Tony Soprano wore?

    December 5, 2013
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    A wrong decision is better than indecision.

    It’s one of the best lines Tony Soprano every uttered, at least that we can repeat here.

  • Chevy Chase And His Rolex

    November 19, 2013
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  • Eric Clapton And His Rolex

    October 29, 2013
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    If Clapton is God, then He’s wearing God’s watch.

  • Motorsports Drivers And Their Rolex Watches

    October 24, 2013
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    The King wears a Rolex. So does The Captain. And Sir Jackie and Junior.

    Rolex Watches in Motorsports

    Yes, Rolex is huge in motorsports, and many of the biggest racing names in the world are spotted wearing them, including The King, Richard Petty.

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    Petty, the NASCAR legend who still holds the record for most career victories (100), is often seen at races sporting a Rolex that can be difficult to spot. That’s because Petty wears it flipped, so the face is on the inside of his wrist.

    The Captain – Roger Penske, whose IndyCar team has won a record 15 Indianapolis 500s – also is fond if his Rolex timepieces. Sir Jackie Stewart, who won three Formula One championships in the 1960s and ‘70s, is, too. Junior Johnson, the rebellious moonshiner-turned-NASCAR-star, once posed for a photo in his stock car, left arm out the window, gold Rolex in full view.

    Here’s something most casual race fans don’t know: Aside from wearing suits covered in logos of their sponsors, they often have personal sponsorship deals for clothing and other accessories, like shoes, sunglasses and, yes, watches. So the next time you attend a race or watch one on TV, pay attention to what’s on the drivers’ wrists. You might find a Rolex.

    In fact, Rolex is synonymous with motorsports. It’s the title sponsor of the famous Rolex 24, the annual 24-hour sports-car race at Daytona. Rolex also has sponsored cars, teams, drivers and racing series. Stewart’s ad campaign for the classic, elegant Rolex Datejust is one of the sport’s best remembered:

     If you were racing here tomorrow, you’d wear a Rolex.

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    Two of motorsports’ – and Hollywood’s – most iconic figures, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, also were spokesmen for Rolex. Their photos while wearing spectacular timepieces remain, like Sir Jackie’s, some of racing’s most emblematic images.

    Perfect timing. How cool is that?

  • NASA Astronaut Scott Carpenter And His Rolex

    March 2, 2013
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    Scott Carpenter NASA Rolex

    Twenty-six days ago, America lost one of its original space pioneers and a special person in the Rolex watch history. Scott Carpenter, 88, passed away at his home in Denver.

  • Why I Love My Vintage Reference 1680 Rolex Submariner

    February 3, 2013
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    Why I Love My Vintage Reference 1680 Rolex Submariner

    Let’s face it, everybody isn’t into vintage. Some of us just naturally gravitate to older examples of collectibles for any number of reasons.

  • What’s a Rolex Oyster? Part Two

    February 1, 2013
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    What’s a Rolex Oyster? Part Two

    In the first part of this series on the Rolex Oyster, we looked at how it was the first successful waterproof watch and how it came to be developed. In the 1920s when it was patented it was the ONLY waterproof wristwatch in the world, and could truly be called the first modern watch.

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