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:


Rolex GMT Master II Root Beer Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16713


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.



Cartier Tank Classic Vintage 18k Yellow Gold Ultra Thin Mechanical Watch


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.



With UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Brad Pitt at the World Economic Forum, by World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland, licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0



Rolex Datejust Vintage Mens 18K Yellow Gold Watch 1601


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.




Rolex Air King Vintage Stainless Steel Silver Dial Mens Watch 5500


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.




Rolex Submariner Vintage Brown Strap Steel Mens Watch 1680


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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