Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most important and moving speeches of all time. On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech to over 250,000 civil rights supporters on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the hopes of bringing attention to the American Civil Right Movement. Dr. King was revered and admired by many for his determination to fight for what was right. His words and ideas have lasted for many decades and are still some of the most important philosophies today.
Dr. King was given many awards and honors during his fight for equality. He was invited to the White House numerous times to meet with the leaders of our country. He was name Time’s “Man of the Year” award in 1964, which is also the year that Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize. As you can see in the picture below, King was wearing his yellow gold Rolex Datejust.
Martin Luther King was often seen wearing this Rolex Datejust. It is present on his wrist during some of the most iconic moments of his career. King is often recognized as the most influential man to ever wear a Rolex watch. Rolex is honored to claim Dr. King as a Rolex wearer and references him in their latest advertising campaign.
In this video advertisement, Rolex asks “Why this watch? This watch is a witness to words that moved nations,” with a photo of King and a clip from his “I Have a Dream” speech playing in the background.
This watch was witness so some of the most amazing and monumental moments in our country’s history. Martin Luther King did not wear this watch because he was paid to wear it, he wore it by choice. Both Rolex and Dr. Martin Luther King stand for ideas that have stood the test of time and will continue to make an impact for many more years to come.
To read about other occasions where Dr. King wore his Rolex Datejust, read this article:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Rolex Datejust