Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Rolex Wrist-Shot Of The Day: Dan Pierce's Rolex GMT Master II
Rolex Wrist Shot Of The Day
Dan "Nylon-Nation" Pierce
[Pepsi GMT Master II: Reference 16710]
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Labels: Dan Pierce, NATO Strap, Rolex GMT Master II
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day Francesco's 5512 Submariner On A Nato
Rolex Studio Shot Of The Day
Francesco's 5512 Submariner On A Nato
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Labels: NATO Strap, Reference 5512, Studio Shot of the Day
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Dana's Blueberry GMT Master On a NATO...
Dana's Blueberry GMT MasterRecently we saw another Blueberry GMT. The thing that makes it a blueberry versus a Pepsi, Coke or Espresso GMT is the very rare and unusual blue bezel insert which is very, very cool. I really love this look and think Rolex should bring it back...
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Labels: NATO Strap, Reference 1675
Monday, March 29, 2010
Rolex Coolness: Orlando Bloom Rolex Submariner On A NATO Strap
Rolex Coolness: Orlando Bloom
Vintage Rolex Submariner On A NATO Strap
Actor, Orlando Bloom has starred in many blockbuster Hollywood hits like Lord Of The Rings and Blackhawk Down. He is pictured below with some friends and he is wearing his vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 on a NATO strap.
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Labels: Actor Wearing Rolex, NATO Strap, Orlando Bloom, Reference 1680
Monday, December 21, 2009
Wrist Shot Of The Day: Blacked Out Milgauss
Wrist Shot Of The Day
Blacked Out Milgauss
On A Blacked Out NATO
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Labels: DLC'd Rolex, Milgauss, NATO Strap
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Rolex Outdoor Shot of the Day: Nicolas' Rolex Submariner On A Marker Matching NATO
Nicolas' Rolex Submariner
On A Marker Matching NATO
[Reference 5508: No Crown Guard]
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Labels: NATO Strap, Red Submariner, Reference 5508, Rolex Outdoor Shot of the Day
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Real James Bond Watchstrap Comes To Life
The Real James Bond Watchstrap
Comes To Life
Jake's Rolex Watch Blog has often been referred to by its readers as The Bible Of Rolex
. I have never referred to it this way, but I believe readers do because I specialize in separating the fact from the fiction in Rolex folklore and I am happy to once again do so.
Let's go back to the origin of this story. In the first two James Bond Movies, Sean Connery played James Bond and he wore a Rolex Submariner as Ian Flemming intended him to. In 1964 Sean Connery once again played James Bond in Goldfinger as seen in the screenshot below.
In Goldfinger there are several scenes where there are close-ups of his Submariner Big Crown Rolex Submariner [Reference 6538]. This Submariner had a big crown and no crown guards. Sean Connery also wears this watch on a nylon diving strap as you can see in the next two photos. For some reason the strap is 16mm and does not properly fit between the 20mm lugs on his Rolex.
There has been much speculation about why the strap is only 16mm and I believe it is because Rolex watches were unusually large at the time and the producers of the movie could not find a 20mm nylon strap, so they used a 16mm which was as close as they could get. Ironically Golfinger was filmed before NATO straps were developed.
Why a Nylon strap? In the opening scene in Goldfinger, James has to wear his Rolex Submariner over his diving suit as seen in the photo below. When I first started writing about this watch, I pointed out in previous articles that the strap consisted of three colors, Dark Navy Blue; Dark Olive and fine Burgundy stripes as seen in the photos above and below.
For many years people have been selling the strap seen below as the James Bond NATO. The supreme irony is NO James Bond ever wore a NATO strap in a James Bond movie and the strap below is the wrong colors and wrong pattern. The strap below is grey and black with 5 total stripes. The Real Bond Strap is 9 stripes and is Navy Blue, Olive and Burgundy.
The Fake James Bond Watchstrap
The Most Supreme Irony
The most supreme irony is Daniel Craig, who currently plays James Bond wears a Rolex Big Crown 6538 that was given to him by the current producer of the James Bond movies, Barbara Broccoli–who is the daughter of the original James Bond producer, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli.
As you can see Daniel Craig is wearing the 6538 Submariner "Big Crown" on his wrist below on a grey and black NATO strap. What makes this so ironic is the myth became the truth and even Daniel Craig fell for it. In other words, NO James Bond actor in history ever wore a NATO strap and Sean Connery never wore a grey and black nylon strap.
The Real DealMany months ago I recieved an email from two brothers, Tom and Cam, who own The Corvus Watch Company. Cam mentioned he noticed, as had I, the fake straps that had been selling had nothing to do with James Bond and he decided to bring the real one to life!!!
I was very excited because there were many of us who wanted the real deal. Cam is an amazing guy and his Corvus Watch Company is also very impressive. We will take a look at Corvus and Cam in more detail later in this article.
Withouth further ado, lets take a look at the Real James Bond NATO. Actually, Cam pointed out that since no James Bond ever wore a NATO strap he was perplexed about what to do, so he decided to make a real NATO version of the strap along with a RAF version that is more similar to the one Sean Connery wore. Cam even has them made in Wales by Phoenix Straps which is the official maker of NATO straps for the British Ministry Of Defense.
I must begin by thanking my Pal Eric Ku for allowing me to use some of his amazing vintage Rolex watches for this photo shoot. Eric Ku is California's Premier Vintage Rolex Dealer and you can see his great watches vintage Rolex watches at 10PastTen.com or by clicking here.
The watch in the photo above and bellow is very similar to the Big Crown Submariner Sean Connery wore in Goldfinger.
When I was at Eric Ku's office, I could not resist putting the RAF version on this very rare and collectable "Milsub" [Reference 5517]. It just goes to show this strap looks great on any Rolex.
The PussyIn the James Bond movie, Goldfinger, James Bond decides he is going to seduce a lesbian named Pussy Galore and in the end he does. Pussy is Goldfinger's private pilot and her character was the first I know of in a movie where a woman wore a mans Rolex Sport Watch.
The Coke Rolex GMT Master [Reference 6542] that Pussy Galore wore in Goldfinger is pictured below on her wrist, so of course when I noticed Eric Ku had one, I had to put in on the strap as seen above.
You can learn more about the Real James Bond NATO Watchstrap and order them for yourself by clicking here.
The Corvus Watch CompanyAs I previously mentioned, brothers, Cam and Tom own the Corvus Watch Company and they recently came out with his first American Military wristwatch homage called The Bradley Dive Watch and it is based on a U.S. Navy specification from the late 1950s. Of course they all come standard with a Real Bond NATO Watchstrap.
Although The Bradley Dive Watch is based upon a Blancpain Tornek-Rayville TR-900 prototype, Cam and Tom have gone far, far beyond by incorporating some really innovative technology into the watch.
The Bradley Dive Watch has an amazing lume pattern as you can see below which includes a lumed bezel insert that glows in two different colors. For whatever it is worth, I think Cam and Tome charge way too little for their Bradley Diver, but that is their choice. You can learn more about the Corvus Bradley Dive Watch by clicking here.
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Labels: Daniel Craig, James Bond Rolex, NATO Strap, Sean Connery
Friday, July 17, 2009
Wrist Shot Of The Day: Andrews Rolex Chronograph On a NATO Strap
Andrew's Rolex Chronograph On a NATO Strap
That's a pretty tight look: the black dial with the simple bezel on the black NATO with the 1000 Units Tachymeter Scale on the dial along with the pushbutton chrono pushers. Gives the watch a vintage military vibe. Very cool!!!!
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Labels: NATO Strap
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Quantities of Quality: Mike Wood's Milsubs...
Quantities of Quality
Mike Wood's Milsubs
If you don't know what a Milsub is don't worry about it. If you know what a Milsub is–stop drooling all over yourself...
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Labels: NATO Strap, Reference 5517, Rolex Military Submariner (Milsub)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Rolex Wrist Shot of the Day: Submariner Superdome...
Submariner SuperdomeThis photograph of a Rolex Submariner on a NATO strap shows off the great lines of g-comex's 5513. Superdome crystals are really cool...
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Labels: NATO Strap, Reference 5513, Submariner, Superdome
Monday, April 20, 2009
Rolex Coolness: Orlando Bloom Vintage Rolex Milgauss on a Crocodile NATO
Rolex Coolness: Orlando Bloom
Vintage Rolex Milgauss on a Crocodile NATO
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Labels: Actor Wearing Rolex, Milgauss, NATO Strap, Orlando Bloom
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Need NATO's?Roy Taylor at RLTWatches.co.uk has a big selection of NATO straps as well as all kinds of other straps and watches. You can visit his website at www.RLTWatches.co.uk. Roy ships all over the world and has very reasonable prices. Roy is also a really nice guy.
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Labels: NATO Strap
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Rolex Wrist Shot of the Day: Bernhard's 5513 Maxi Dial on an Orange NATO...
Bernhard's Rolex Maxi 5512 on a NATOThis is a super-cool look. The safety-orange colored NATO gives this watch an aquatic vibe and the simplicity of the Maxi Marker dial is awesome!!!
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Labels: Bullibeer (Bernhard), NATO Strap, Reference 5512, Rolex Wrist Shot Of The Day
Monday, March 16, 2009
Rolex Lume Shot of the Day: Macbook Pro Submariner...
Macbook Pro NATO Lume Shot
Photo Credit: Roland
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Labels: Lume Shot Of The Day, NATO Strap
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The First and only NATO Submariner...
The First and only NATO SubmarinerNATO straps are very popular today as an accessory strap for Rolex Submariner's. Many vendor's sell straps they refer to as a "James Bond NATO" but as we proved on Jake's Rolex Watch Blog no James Bond Character EVER wore a NATO strap-EVER. Let me repeat for clarity sake: No actor that ever played James Bond in any James Bond movie EVER wore a NATO strap–Ever. Never-ever.
The "James Bond NATO" is an urban legend that has been perpetuated just like the false dubbing of the "Steve McQueen Explorer II [Reference 1655]" and "John-Claude Killy Triple-Date [Reference 6263]" which both have no basis in reality.
I defy anybody to produce a photo of Steve McQueen wearing an Explorer or Jean-Claude Killy wearing a Triple Date.
By the way, the supreme irony in all this is Jean-Claude Killy actually wore a Rolex Explorer II [Reference 1655]. I know because there are 3 different vintage Jean-Claude Killy ads on the blog and one shows the 1655 on his wrist and Rolex says in the other two that Jean-Claude wears a 1655 Explorer!!! You can see the first Jean-Claude Killy Rolex ad by clicking here, the second one by clicking here, and the third one byclicking here.
The supreme irony of course is that Jean-Claude Killy wore the Rolex Explorer II [Reference 1655, Orange Hand] that was falsely dubbed "The Steve McQueen." It really should be "The Jean-Claude Killy Explorer II [Reference 1655].
(Since I got sidetracked on the Rolex urban myth subject, I also defy anybody to produce a photo of U.S. General and President, Dwight D. Eisenhower wearing a Rolex "President" a.k.a Day-Date. Eisenhower only ever wore his beloved yellow gold Rolex Datejust–only.)
There is only one example of Rolex advertising (that I know of) which shows ANY Rolex on a NATO strap and you are looking at it below (The British Royal Navy MCD (Minewarfare and Clearance Diving) diver or "frogman" on the cover is wearing his Submariner on a Nylon NATO strap. I can't see enough detail but he may be wearing a 5517 Milsub (Military Submariner) which has fixed lugs, sword hands, a tritium "T" in a circle designation on the dial and a bezel with indices for all 60 seconds. The Milsub is one of the coolest looking Submariner watches I have ever seen and they are extremely rare.
Here is an example of a magnificent Milsub that I took at the last San Francisco GTG at Perry's. This beauty belongs to Eric Ku of 10PastTEN.com. Notice it has spring-bar holes since the lugs are soldered into the watch. This means you will only ever see this watch on a NATO strap or on a belt strap.
The San Francisco GTG was the first time I ever saw a Mislub in person and it blew my mind how cool looking and modern it was. Rolex only started making Submariners without the spring-bar hole a few years ago, but his watch had them back in 1969. In my mind, the lack of holes (as you can see in the photo below) give the watch a really clean, modern, streamlined look.
This Rolex brochure was printed in 1969 and shows a Reference 5513 Rolex Submariner, which, by the way, is identical in every way to the the real Rolex Steve McQueen Submariner [Rolex Refernce 5512] model except McQueen's had a COSC certification and the 5513 did not.
Very cool vintage Rolex Submariner brochure!!!
Note: If your are not familiar with what a NATO strap is, or if you just want to see photos of Rolex watches on NATO straps, scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the LABEL named "NATO Strap."
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Labels: NATO Strap, Reference 5513, Rolex Advertising
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Rolex From Generation to Generation
Rolex From Generation to Generation
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Labels: NATO Strap, Rolex Baby Photo
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Rolex Wrist Shot of the Day: Paul Newman Exotic Dial Daytona on a NATO Strap...
Vintage Daytona on a NATOWerner took this great wrist shot of his vintage Daytona on a NATO strap.
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Labels: NATO Strap, Paul Newman Daytona, Rolex Wrist Shot Of The Day
Saturday, January 3, 2009
A Most Unusual NATO...
Rolex Moonphase on a NATO StrapThis is a most unusual, but cool combination. Roberto from Italy put his Rolex Moonphase [Reference 8171] on a NATO strap and I think it looks really cool..
A Most Unusual Combination
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Labels: NATO Strap, Reference 8171, Roberto, Rolex Moonphase, Studio Shot of the Day
Thursday, December 25, 2008
A Christmas NATO
A Christmas NATO
Photo Credit: 1680
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Labels: NATO Strap, Reference 1680
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The Bulibeer Rolex Milsub...
Bernhard Wears It WellBernhard is a vintage Rolex collector of the highest order. A true purist.
Bernhard goes by Bulibeer on the forums. Yesterday Bernhard mentioned to me that his 7 year old son spent a half hour on the James Bond section of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog yesterday just looking at all the Bondwatches.
I must admit that I was flattered to learn this fact, and I must also mention that I have learned much from Bernhard about some fantastic watches he owns. Today we are going to examine Bernhard's Rolex Milsub [Reference 5517] with the rare W10 engraving.
Milsub stands for Military Submariner. The Milsub as it is popularly dubbed has some unique design characteristics including sword hands, and 60 minute indices on the bezel. The Milsub also has a Tritium "T" in a circle designation on the dial just above the 600ft designation.
Bernhard bought his Milsub from the original owner who was a commando. Bernhard points out "The Milsub's were issued to the SBS and some other Special forces units close to them like, Mine divers and Intel units."
In both photos, Bernhard is wearing his Milsub on a NATO spec band. Bernhard is a really cool guy and I want to thank him for sharing these stunningly cool images of his very rare Milsub.
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Labels: Bullibeer (Bernhard), NATO Strap, Rolex Military Submariner (Milsub)
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