Born in 1963, it took some time for this watch to become the icon it is today, but the Rolex Daytona has proven to be an extremely popular model, particularly the new stainless steel version with ceramic bezel. Considering the impressive desirability of its modern versions, and how it has become a statement piece, no surprises to see it on the wrist of celebrities. Here are 10 notable people from various professions who all have a soft spot for the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.
Victoria Beckham, formerly a member of the English all-girl pop group Spice Girls, is now a fashion designer, with her own eponymous label. She is married to former football superstar, David Beckham. Here she is wearing an 18k yellow gold version with champagne dial and black sub-counters reference 116528.
Shawn Carter a.k.a Jay Z
Jay Z (real name Shawn Carter) is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer and is known for having a large collection of timepieces. Last year Jay Z held his annual Shawn Carter Foundation Gala and instead of sending traditional invitations, sent each of his invitees a Rolex Daytona in 18k Everose gold. Talk about out of the box! Jay Z was photographed at the event sporting his own Daytona.
Jonah Hill is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his films, Moneyball, Superbad and The Wolf of Wall Street. Hill has a reference 116519 yellow gold Daytona with green dial. Hill had his green dial Daytona a year before John Mayer mentioned the same model on his second Talking Watches episode, which in turn catapulted the popularity of the watch.
Antione Griezmann is a French football player who plays for LaLiga club F.C Barcelona as a forward. He has an 18k yellow gold Everose Daytona with a colourful twist. Griezman’s Daytona is a Reference 116595RBOW, which stands for rainbow, as the bezel of the watch has a ring of sapphires in multiple gradient colours.
English model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is best known for her time as a Victoria’s Secret model and starring in the films, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Max Mad: Fury Road. Huntington-Whiteley is engaged to British actor Jason Statham, who we have previously featured for his love of watches. Huntington-Whiteley has two Daytonas, a rose gold model and a reference 116520 in stainless steel – here, in Daytona Beach.
NBA legend Michael Jordan is a watch collector and has a diverse range of watches from many major manufacturers and independent brands – including Urwerk or A. Lange & Söhne. As far as the Rolex Daytona goes, “His Airness” favours the Reference 116506 Platinum Daytona with its ice blue dial.
John Legend is an American singer, songwriter and producer. He is one of only fifteen people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards, which is known as the EGOT. Legend’s Daytona is a platinum model with additional diamond touches. The bezel has 36 baguette diamonds and the dial is paved with 437 round diamonds.
Elle Macpherson is a former supermodel and now businesswoman, who from memory regularly wore men’s Rolex models before they became popular amongst women. Her Daytona of choice is an 18k yellow gold model with a champagne dial contrasted by black sub-dials reference 116528. She also owns another 18k yellow gold model with a white dial.
Michael Strahan is a former NFL player who spent his whole 15-year career with the New York Giants and has moved on to a career in the media. Currently, he is a co-host of Good Morning America. Strahan has shown he likes watches and has managed to get his hands on a coveted reference 116500 Daytona with white dial and ceramic bezel.
Sofia Vergara is a Colombian American actress best known for her role in the television series, Modern Family and such films as Machete Kills and New Year’s Eve. Vergara’s Daytona is an 18k yellow gold model featuring a less common brown dial with mother of pearl sub-dials.