A quick search of famous Rolex wearers often results in several Paul Newman, James Bond, and A-list celebrity references. But what about some of the top musicians that have been known to wear the world’s most recognizable watch brand on their wrist? Below we’ll discuss some of the pieces that top musicians, as well as a few classic rockers, have worn.
Without a doubt, one of the most well-known watch enthusiasts and collectors is John Mayer. While he may be better known to non-watch enthusiasts as a great singer and guitar player, in the watch community, he is envied for his impressive luxury watch collection. Mayer wears everything from a Pepsi GMT and classic Submariner to a rainbow bezel Cosmograph Daytona on his wrist, proving that he boasts a pretty eclectic collection.
U2’s Bono has been known to wear a quite a few Rolex watches in the many years that he has been in the public eye. He seems to have a preference for dress watches, often donning many variations of the Datejust and President Day-Date on his wrist. Most recently, he has been spotted wearing an impressive platinum Day-Date with a blue dial.
Maroon 5 is currently topping the charts with hits such as Girl Like you and What Lovers Do. Their frontman, Adam Levine, may be more well-known for his vast vocal range and rocker style, but to the watch community, he is more notorious for his enviable Rolex collection. In recent years, the rocker has been spotted wearing everything from a Paul Newman Daytona to a gold Day-Date. Avid collectors were also surprised to see a vintage Submariner on his wrist which, as a model, boasts an interesting history.
“Produced in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was first introduced in 1954 at Basel Watch Fair. The model comes in Oystersteel, white & yellow gold, and two-tone metals with date and no date variants. Made famous by James Bond films, this iconic sports watch has a 40mm case size and functions as a dive watch. Suggested retail price starts at $7,500 as of 2018.”
Jay-Z is one of the most successful musicians in recent years, amassing an unbelievable net worth. So it should come as no surprise that the rapper also boasts an impressive luxury watch collection that includes highly coveted models such as a newer model Daytona ref. 116500 and a platinum Day-Date II. It’s also rumored that wife Beyoncé purchased the $5 million Hublot Big Bang for the rapper several years ago as a birthday present, further adding to the immense value of his already impressive collection.
Justin Timberlake has been topping the charts since his 90’s boy band days and, in the last decade or so, has earned quite a successful solo career. The musician has also acquired a taste for fine watches and has often been spotted donning an impressive gold Day-Date on his wrist while running around town, performing on stage, and in his most recent music video for Can’t Stop the Feeling.
Michael Bublé is one of the smoothest crooners around, often pairing his sophisticated stage presence with a Rolex watch. The brand ambassador has been photographed wearing almost every model in the brand’s catalog from the Datejust to the newest Air-King. However, it’s rumored that his go-to piece is a Cerachrom Daytona, the epitome of smooth luxury watch style.
While he may not be currently topping the charts, Eric Clapton is still worthy of our list, boasting one of the most impressive luxury watch collections in the industry. In fact, a few years ago, Clapton’s personal Daytona ref. 6263 (aka the “Oyster Albino”) sold at auction for an impressive sum of 1.4 million dollars. Most recently, Clapton’s been spotted wearing everything from a Milgauss to several variations of the Daytona, including a vintage Paul Newman.