In 1970, The King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley was given a Rolex King Midas Watch. This watch was given to The King by concert promoters in Houston Texas as a thank you for playing six sold out shows at the Houston Astrodome Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The Rolex King Midas was a solid gold watch made by Rolex in the early 1960’s and was the heaviest watch at that time in the industry, until Piaget introduced the Polo much later. This limited edition King Midas Rolex watch worn by Elvis Presley was extremely exclusive with only 1,000 pieces made. Elvis wore #343 which happened to be a left handed special piece for South Paws.
Not only was the piece unique in that it was left handed, it was rare and unique because it wasn’t a Rolex Day/Date or a Cellini, it was it’s own model, The King Midas. The distinguishing features of this rare watch, were that it was manual wind, the crown was in the shape of the sun, it was it’s own unique shape and style, the side of the case was engraved King Midas, and on the case back of the watch is was engraved ” To Elvis Presley From The Houston Livestock Show Officers 1970″
What inspired me to write this article was, I am a fan of Rolex on Facebook, they posted a video about it to commemorate this watch and I wanted to share it with all you Elvis Presley and Rolex Fans alike.
I would also like to thank Jakes Rolex World for providing all the technical information about this watch.