A high-end vintage watch is a class apart from its contemporary comrades, for it is a symbol of fine taste, style and luxury. Some celebrities are notorious for their illustrious collection of over-the-top insanely iced out "bling watches", but we'll stay focused on those with classy taste in classic vintage watches. It’s hard to come across a Hollywood actor or rock star who doesn’t own at least a few beautiful vintage watches. It is, after all, a symbol of masculine charm.
Here, take a look at famous celebrities and their vintage watch collections:
An avid watch lover from his childhood days, John Mayer has one of the most highly covetable, expensive and envy-inducing vintage watch collections in the world. His very first vintage treat was a Rolex Explorer II, which he bought right after he received his first big pay cheque after his album “Room for Squares” sold over 4.5 million copies.
He then went onto buy the highly coveted double red Rolex Sea-Dweller, a ‘70s vintage treasure. He also owns a Submariner 2000, a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Split, a Rolex Daytona, and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin with an 18k rose gold case and bracelet.
Prince William has been wearing his vintage Omega Seamaster Diver 300M with a stainless steel finish for decades. It is an old companion that remained on his wrist throughout his seven-year service in the British military. It holds a special bond for it was a gift from Princess Diana, his late mother. The Omega Seamaster Driver 300M was a famous Bond watch, its popularity was strongly associated with Pierce Bronson and his James Bond movies.
The Rocky Star is an avid and prolific collector of Vintage Watches, including Panerai, and while few people can actually pull off its incredibly large size, Sly owns quite a few vintage designs that he flaunts with casual charm. His Luminor Regatta 1950 Rattrapante is obviously a personal favorite that is often seen wearing. He also wore this rare vintage delight in his mega action movie, The Expendables.
His staggering collection of Panerai also includes a Luminor Submersible Chrono, a Luminor Pam 127 and a Limited Edition Egiziano. He also owns several rare vintage Rolex designs, including a Day-Date and a Submariner.
The handsome American Sniper star is the proud owner of a two-toned Rolex GMT-Master, also referred to as the Root Beer GMT-Master. This dashing vintage delight was launched back in glorious ‘60s, but its production was discontinued in the 90’s. Its retro-futuristic design has a contemporary charm with its modern leather straps, and glossy dial.
Now, we know what you’re all wondering, however, did Mr Cooper come to acquire the rare vintage Root Beer GMT? Rumour has it, it was gifted to him by legendary actor and his close friend, Clint Eastwood, who also directed American Sniper. Well, this definitely a blooming friendship we’d all like to share.
Clint Eastwood rocked the Root Beer GMT for several decades, sporting it on both, the big screen and red carpets.
Ace football star, David Beckham, boasts an incredibly envious selection of vintage watches. The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea happens to be his absolute favorite, and he owns two of them. One features a sexy all-black design, customized by the Bamford Watch Department, and the one is a standard Rolex design.
He is often seen rocking his Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea with casual athleisure outfits, and crisp black tie suits. He also owns a vintage gold Rolex, which features a black leather strap, and a vintage Rolex Submariner with a NATO strap. He showcased both these splendid vintage watches on the April 2016 issue of GQ magazine with two different mind-blowing cover shoots for each.
But that’s not all folks, Mr Beckham has also been spotted wearing a vintage GMT-Master with a glossy gold and steel finish, a brown bezel and a nipple dial. He’s given it a sleek contemporary touch by wearing it with a brown leather fatstrap rather than the standard Rolex bracelet.
He is also the proud owner of the incredibly rare and utterly charming, vintage yellow gold Datejust. He wears it with a black leather strap and fluted bezel. We’ve spotted him carrying this handsome watch with casual outfits and sharp suits.
The handsome Pirates of the Carribean hunk owns a wide selection of vintage Rolex watches, including the anti-magnetic 1950 Milgauss, a Submariner, Explorer and the GMT Master II.
He also owned a 1973 Explorer II “Steve McQueen”, which he auctioned back in 2009. His extensive collection also includes a Panerai Luminor PAM127 and an IWC Big Pilot Classic.
Alongside being one of the most talented actors of the century, the Face of Tag Heuer watches, and an environmental activist, Leo is also the proud owner of several high-end luxury watches. He has a habit of picking the right vintage watch from his luxury collection to match the personality of his role.
For his role in Blood Diamond, he wore the Breitling Chrono Avenger, and later in The Wolf of Wall Street he wore a Rolex yellow gold GMT Master. In The Great Gatsby, he wore a classic Raymond Weil watch.
Leo also owns a classic Carrera Chronograph, a Limited Edition Aquaracer and several vintage Rolex pieces.
Much like her husband, the ultra-chic fashionista Victoria Beckham is also an avid collector of men’s vintage Rolex. She is the proud owner of Rolex Day Date President, a watch is often seen wearing. Her 18k yellow gold model is dashing, and she usually flaunts it with gold cuffs and bracelets.
She is living proof that confident women can pull off the 36mm vintage Rolex yellow gold Rolex Datejust. She’s given her Datejust a striking feminine burst of colour with a lovely green enamel “Stella” dial.
She also owns a 40mm rose gold Rolex Daytona, a classic symbol of masculine power that she flaunts with grace and elegance.
This mega superstar is an avid and prolific collector of vintage watches. He has a staggering collection of vintage watches, which includes a gold Rolex Day-Date President that he’s often seen wearing.
He also owns a classic $300,000 Patek Philippe Nautilus with a dark blue dial, which was a generous gift from Angelina Jolie.
His extensive collection includes several Tag Heuer watches, a GMT Master II, a steel Daytona with a white dial, and a vintage Rolex Submariner. Pitt was generous enough to gift his then wife Angelina Jolie a vintage Patek Philippe Ref. 7500, which cost him nearly $35800, not too shabby for a present!
At the end of the day a good vintage watch should showcase your own style, so while it's fun to see which celebrity wears what, go your own way and wear whats cool to YOU!
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November 23, 2017
Does Prince William also own a quartz version of the Seamaster? I have read that he had one given the superior accuracy and the British quality of always being on time.