Cool Vintage Watches Worn by Celebrities

Getting a sleek and new watch has its allure, but watches from the bygone eras have their own authentic, one-of-a-kind vibe. At a time when fashion trends come and go, owning something that’s not easy to come by sure is thrilling.

While vintage watches have a worn-in look, they don’t necessarily have to make you look retro. Here’s how stars turn their vintage watches from old-school to cool:

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Rolex GMT Master II Rootbeer Yellow Gold
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Actor Bradley Cooper usually wears tough-looking IWC Big Pilot watches, but once in a while you’ll see him with his “Rootbeer” Rolex GMT-Master II. Reportedly given to him by former co-star and known Rolex Rootbeer fan, Clint Eastwood, he paired the watch with a modern black leather strap, which updated its look.
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Cartier Tank Classic Vintage 18k Yellow Gold
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Angelina Jolie is not one to wear trends, so it’s not a surprise that she keeps even her accessories classic. The always black-clad actress and UN ambassador has several models of the Cartier Tank. Created in the 1920’s, the classic two-hand watch is the perfect accompaniment to her tailored ensembles.
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Rolex Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Oyster Bracelet Vintage
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John Mayer is a known vintage watch fan and has become a “watch advisor” of sorts to fellow celebrities. He thinks that while some may find yellow gold watches “cheesy”, vintage yellow gold watches are exempt from it. He wears a Rolex Datejust ref 1601 – the subtle brassy color sets it apart from the new, high-shine 18k gold watches.
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Rolex Air King Vintage Stainless Steel Silver Dial
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Ryan Gosling isn’t a big watch collector and is usually seen with his go-to watch: a vintage Rolex Air-King, which appears to be a ref 5500 or 6552. The stainless steel watch with a silvered, off-white dial goes with anything, and Gosling has worn it with a denim jacket (seen here) and with a suit at the Golden Globes. You can’t get more versatile than that.
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Rolex Submariner Vintage Pointed Guards Guilt Gloss Dial
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Sports star David Beckham has had no shortage of watch endorsements – he’s represented Rolex, Breitling, and now Tudor – but he doesn’t always want his watches fresh out of the box. Beckham has an extensive collection of vintage watches including a yellow gold Rolex Oyster Precision, a brown and beige Rolex GMT-Master “Rootbeer”, and a Rolex Submariner on a leather strap.
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PHOTO CREDITS: Main Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr / Angelina Jolie by Cancilleria del Ecuador (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr / Bradley Cooper by Leticia Lima (CC BY 2.0) / John Mayer from his Instagram account / David Beckham from Victoria Beckham’s Instagram account.
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