There is and will continue to be many Rolex myths floating around. Some is more special than others..
- 1) Rolex on top of everest (First)
- 2) Rolex on the moon (GMT)
- 3) Rolex on James Bond (Explorer)
- 4) Rolex Daytona Paul Newmann (Exotic dial)
- 5) Rolex US Marines (fake? – Is the verdict still out?)
- 6) Rolex on Che (GMT – where is it NOW)
- 7) Rolex Steve McQueen (Rolex 1655, Explore II)
- 8) and many more
Some of these myths that exist
It was not a rolex but a smith watch that was first on the summit with Hilary and Tezing. One thing that I almost certain on is that A rolex was their as the first solo climb to Everest and the first climb without use of extra oxygen – both was done by Reinhold Mesner – and he was know for his Rolex Oyster Quartz watch.
We all know that the Omega Speedmaster is the Moon watch, but there is still some open issues on if a rolex has been on the moon. It is almost sure that rolex has been in space, but the final verdict on if a rolex has been on the moon is still open for talks.
Which was is the REAL James Bond watch- well it is a Rolex, and after the latest information it looks like Ian Flemming had a Explorer himself and that was probably the watch he “gave” James Bond to wear. The next best thing is the rolex watches used in the first movies – Rolex submariner in different models.
But for sure Omega have never been part of James Bond’s outfit…. 😉
Paul Newman has given name to the special Rolex Daytona models with a special dial.
There has been many throughts about Paul Newman wearing that special Rolex daytona in the movie “Winning” – but that have been shoot down – but it is clear that PN does wear the older model of the Rolex Daytona also with exotic dials.
And with the real PN coming to action – it has been proven that PN did have a PN, and that PN is a ultimate Grail watch.
The verdict is still out – but I don’t think any vintage rolex collector would buy that watch. The many things uncertain about this watch and the unknown history makes this watch a don’t do it for the majority of people collecting rolex.
This is a known story – that Che was wearing a rolex GMT model (model 1675) – as seen on many pictures. And the watch should now e in the possession of the USA CIA man (Felix Rodriguez) that was on the place where Che was executed/shoot. No real pictures of the watch exist after it left Che wrist. But the story should be OK.
I for one would love to see the value of this watch when it hits the auction. This watch would I really like – it has one great story connected to it – but the price would be to high for me.
The Rolex Steve McQueen is the Explore II model 1655 – the very special rolex tool watch – made for the speleologist that explores caves and need the extra 24 hour hand to tell if it is night or day. This watch was never a big hit for rolex – and when you view this watch beside other rolex models, you can easy see that this watch is something special for rolex. The dial, the hands, etc. All in all this watch is one of a kind.
But back to the Rolex Steve McQueen – he was never seen with this model – the Rolex I would match with Steve McQueen is the Rolex Submariner 5512.
A icon as well as Steve McQueen.
And the price on the auction for his own 5512 was very high – much higher than expected – but a fair price I would say.
Many other icons exist – the milsubs, the day-date, etc.
But this is what is so special about rolex watches, they continue to give us many stories and we can continue to talk about this over and over.