Team Rolex Rocks the Planet

The latest full-length film from Rolex, NatGeo, and the wonderful Dr. Sylvia Earle

In honor of World Ocean Day (that’s today), Rolex along with has just published a brand new documentary about ocean conservation via their partnership with National Geographic and “Her Deepness” Dr. Sylvia Earle. Similar in scope to Earle’s Mission Blue, this new film is called Heros of the Ocean and it profiles a wide swath of amazing projects and efforts looking to protect and understand our world’s oceans.

Those of you who frequent Rolex’s YouTube channel and The Manila News-Intelligencer will know that while the production value of their films is often excellent, a 52-minute documentary is exceedingly uncommon (and very welcome). So get cozy in front of your best screen – maybe with a bowl of popcorn – and travel from mangrove lagoon coral nurseries to the receding ice pack of Antarctica while experiencing scientists and researchers as they tag whale sharks, operate deep-water ROVs, track manta rays, live in submerged research stations, and so much more.

Rolex and its Testimonies (that’s what the brand calls its ambassadors) are operating at the cutting edge of science and adventure, with the hopes of protecting our oceans, and, in turn, the entire planet – and all you have to do is press play. Also, don’t forget to leave a comment in support, as I’d love to see more feature-length documentary films from Rolex, the Perpetual Planet initiative, and their partners.

ALSO in the news…

Phil “Lefty” Mickelson wears a Rolex

When Phil “Lefty” Mickelson made the walk to the 18th green at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, he was making history – and the crowd knew it. A literal ocean of humans gathered around to bear witness. With a two-putt finish, Mickelson – at 50 years, 11 months, and eight days – became the oldest player ever to win a major championship (his 6th overall), and he did it wearing a watch you’d never expect.


Rolex Premieres ‘Perpetual Planet: Heroes Of The Ocean’ On YouTube For World Ocean Day
Mickelson wears only Rolex watches

On his wrist for the winning putt was a throwback watch – a white dial Rolex Cellini from the late 90s/early 2000s on a brown leather strap. Mickelson wearing a Rolex isn’t news (he’s a brand ambassador) and a Cellini is also par for the course as he’s been known to sport various models on leather straps – save for the occasional rose gold Yacht-Master. But this watch is different. And Mickelson didn’t just wear this older model to hold the trophy – he played in it.

The watch appears to be a reference 4233, white dial variant, in 18k white gold, with an Arabic numeral dial. At 34mm, it’s on the smaller side but white dials always wear larger. The concentric dial configuration is reminiscent of mid-2000s Rolex Datejust design and really dresses down the watch. This is not a watch we see every day, and it must have particular significance to Mickelson since golfers typically wear current-production watches.  If this piece is some kind of good luck charm for him, it performed admirably this weekend.

It feels extra special when the greats win – like Tiger did at the Masters in 2019. It feels even better when there’s a special watch along for the ride. Great choice, Phil.

By Aquilino Managbanag

Aquilino Managbanag EXPERIENCE: Four years at The Asian Pacific Post, a weekly Canadian newspaper founded in 1993 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The newspaper specialized in reporting Asian issues, and has a readership of 160,000. It has a sister publication in The South Asian Post. EDUCATION: University of Santo Tomas – Manila -- The private Roman Catholic research university is Asia’s oldest existing university. The university takes pride in keeping the Catholic faith and beliefs prominent while holding true to its centuries-old tradition of academic excellence.