Show host and presenter, producer, comedian, author, entrepreneur and LGBTQIA+ activist: Ellen DeGeneres shines in versatile roles and is a celebrity known far beyond the borders of her US home. One of the greatest passions of the popular multi-talent is collecting tasteful and expensive luxury watches. No wonder, then, that she is also known as Hollywood’s watch queen.
Rolex collection: Ellen’s penchant for real rarities
The brand that DeGeneres is particularly fond of is none other than Rolex – a luxury veteran among timepiece producers. Ellen owns a whole series of rarities from this manufacturer, including various versions of the GMT-Master, such as the extremely rare “Blueberry” with the reference 1675, as well as several Rolex Submariner chronographs and several models from the Datejust and Day-Date series. The Rolex collection of the likeable entrepreneur is complemented by comparatively lesser-known, but by no means less exquisite pieces: DeGeneres can call an Explorer II with the reference 1655 her own – an eye-catching vintage watch from the late 70s, which was actually developed for use in polar research and has a day/night indicator hand.
Rolex Daytona: Ellen’s favourite watch in different versions
Asked about her favourite watch, DeGeneres doesn’t have to think long: Her heart beats for the Rolex Daytona. This watch, whose name goes back to a famous racetrack, was once worn by Paul Newman and still enjoys an almost untouched high status in the watch scene today. Ellen’s Exotic Dial “Paul Newman” Daytona with three subdials and Art Deco-style numerals has the reference 6241 and is unquestionably a sought-after collector’s item. Anyone who thinks owning a Rolex Daytona would already be a real stunner will be in awe of DeGeneres’ collection. The talk show host counts a “Big Red” (reference 6263), nicknamed after the bright red Daytona lettering, and a 6264 “John Player Special” among her rare treasures. And of course there are not “only” vintage models, but also some more modern versions of the Daytona in Ellen’s possession, for example the platinum edition with a classic brown bezel and light blue dial.
DeGeneres’ fondness for Patek Philippe
Besides Rolex, another exquisite watch brand is one of Ellen DeGeneres’ favourites: Patek Philippe. The Patek “Aquanaut Travel Time” (reference 5164A) is likely to be particularly practical on the many trips the clever businesswoman takes on business. Depending on the setting, this watch displays the local time of two different time zones and thus has a very special, not necessarily common function. Nevertheless, it is probably DeGeneres Patek “Nautilus” that makes watch fans green with envy. After all, the Nautilus from the 70s is a legendary vintage luxury sports watch that most can only dream of.
Ellen DeGeneres: watch connoisseur with exquisite taste
From various Rolex Daytona watches to high-end Datejust models and the Rolex Explorer II to the Nautilus by Patek Philippe, Ellen DeGeneres proves one thing above all with her impressive watch collection: excellent taste. There is no question that the successful American knows the watch scene inside out, has a penchant for sinfully expensive collector’s items and appreciates real rarities among the renowned chronographs. She has earned the title of Hollywood’s “watch queen”.
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