Brad Pitt's Nothing But Rolex Collection Part 2



Brad Pitt sporting the Rolex GMT Master for the movie Ocean's 13. Image Rolex Magazine
This is the second article.  To see Part 1 of our review of Brad Pitt's extensive Rolex collection click here.  The Ocean movies have become a key part of Brad Pitt's movie history.  His role as partner to George Clooney's Ocean character is one of legend.  They are so in synch they don't even have to speak to know what each is thinking.  Obviously, they are stealing huge sums of money and the stakes are high, so the scam has to be well planned, orchestrated and subtle.  The team is hand picked by Ocean and each team member must execute their part with precision.

Rolex GMT Master II
The precision and subtle power of the Yellow Gold Rolex GMT Master is just as legendary as the Ocean's team members.  The GMT Master might be the best Rolex watch made today.  This watch features an Oyster Bracelet with Oysterlock safety clasp made from 18 ct yellow gold which matches the 60 mm, 18 ct yellow gold Oyster case.  The winding crown uses the Triplock triple waterproofness system which provides support for 330 feet of water resistance.  The caliber 3186 movement supports about 48 hours of power reserve.

This watch has a center hour, minute and seconds hands.  It has a 24 hour display and a second time zone with rapid-setting of the hour hand - perfect for a globe trotting international thief.  It uses sapphire scratch resistant crystal with a cyclops lens over a date window.  The black bezel and black dial provide a stunning compliment to the yellow gold, provided in the case, bracelet, dial numbers, gold hands, and surrounding each luminescent hour marker.
Rolex Day-Date II with Yellow Gold and Arabic numerals

This Rolex Day-Date Reference 218238 was made around 2008 and is a stunning 41 mm watch with both the day of the week shown at 12 o'clock right above the Rolex crown, and a date window at 3 o'clock.  This watch retails for around 33k and is fairly unique since Rolex seems to be selling only current Day-Dates with the standard luminescent hour markers rather than the Arabic numerals represented in this piece.  The black dial provides a powerful compliment to the surrounding yellow gold case and fluted bezel. The President bracelet is similarly in 18k gold, matching the case forged from a solid block of gold.
Presidential Day-Date Ref 218238
The movement is a Rolex caliber 3156 engine and provides approximately 48 hours.   The screw down crown and sapphire crystal with cyclops lens provides water resistance up to 330 feet.

The main difference between the pictured above and Brad Pitt's Day-Date is that the Arabic Numerals are actually in Black rather than in Gold.  Although this makes the timepiece a bit more difficult to read, the black markers do have a masculine look to them.   Pitt's model is close to the reference 218235 in this respect, but does not use pink gold since he seems to prefer yellow gold with black dials.  Pitt's reference 218238 is a stunning watch which he wore to the premiere of the Inglorious Bastards.

The Presidential Day-Date first made its debut in 1956.  Today, it is available in Yellow Gold, Pink Gold, White Gold and Platinum.  The bezel is offered in smooth, fluted, or gem-set.  It has several bracelet types including Oyster, President, and leather.  It has several dial colors including chocolate, blue, black, pink, purple, green and many other colors.  The hour markers seemed to have moved away from the Arabic numerals, however currently gems, gold or silver markers and even roman numeral options are available today.  The cases are available in 40 mm or 36 mm.

Rolex Yacht Master 16622 


Rolex Submariner with Black Dial
Rolex Explorer II with Black Dial
This Yacht Master II was released initially in 1997 and combined steel and platinum, coined Rolesium. This handsome watch features 3135 movement with quickset 48 hours of reserve power. It has a red seconds hand, a stainless steel oyster bracelet and a platinum 60 minute bezel. The platinum maxi dial has large luminous hour markers and hands.

The 40 mm Oyster case is durable, as is the scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The screw down crown and sapphire crystal with cyclops lens over the date provide water resistance up to 330 feet. This is one of several stainless steel watches in Pitt's collection. 


However this is unique addition to Brad Pitt's Rolex collection since it seems to be one of the few with a platinum dial.  His favorite dial seems to be black.  Case in point, he also owns a stainless steel submariner with a black dial and a stainless steel Rolex Explorer with black dial.



Brad Pitt's Nothing But Rolex Collection - Part 1

Brad Pitt wearing a Stainless Steel Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference 116520
Brad Pitt is one of the most recognizable Hollywood A - list actors who has made a tremendous and impressive range of movies in almost every genre, from thrillers like Seven and World War Z, historical movies like Troy and Legends of the Fall, to heist films like the Oceans trilogy, to romantic action comedy like Mr. and Mrs. Smith to Book remakes like Interview with the Vampire and more.  He is an actor, producer and has been involved in at least 32 Hollywood projects - most of which were blockbuster successes.

Pitt was named by People as the Sexiest Man Alive twice and he has appeared in countless magazines from Time to Forbes and more.  He is also well known for marrying two of the most prominent and beautiful Hollywood A-list actresses, including Jennifer Aniston from the hit TV Show Friends, and later, Angelina Jolie, who may be Hollywood's most well-known A-list actress.

Brad Pitt has been seen with a tremendous number of Rolex watches.  Pictured above he is wearing a Stainless Steel Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Reference 116520 with white dial and Chromalight luminescence.  This classic Daytona watch has a small seconds hand at 6 o'clock, a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o'clock. It also has a chronograph (centre hand) accurate to within 1/8 of a second. The Oyster 40 mm steel case is made of 904L steel and the Crystal is a scratch resistant sapphire.  It is waterproof to 330 feet.  The caliber 4130 movement gives a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

Rolex Yacht-Master 16628
Part of his enormous Rolex collection is a gorgeous Rolex Yacht Master Reference 16628 with white dial and 18k Yellow Gold, manufactured around 1991.

This is a 40 mm watch with sapphire crystal with cyclops lens over the date, and a time lapse bezel.  

It uses a 3135 movement and has a date window at 3 o'clock.  The dial is white but has black surrounded by gold hour markers. 

The bracelet is an 18k gold Oysterlock with fliplock clasp.  The gold Yacht-Master is not as common as the blue face offered by Rolex today.  It is quite a stunning watch and increasingly collectible.
Chocolate Datejust with Silver band.

Although I could not find an exact match to this Rolex Datejust, Pitt owns an incredible Silver Banded Datejust with chocolate dial and roman numeral numbers. 

Although I doubt he is wearing a women's Rolex (as what I have pictured here), this is the closest picture I could find to match his choice in timepiece.  Please feel free to comment if you can identify the exact reference to this gorgeous watch.

The Datejust he is wearing is likely a 41 mm with 3235 movement. 

It has a center hour, minute and seconds hands.  It has a power reserve of approximately 70 hours and can be submerged to a depth of 330 feet. The folding Oysterclasp gives him added protection from losing this timepiece while swimming.

The crystal is scratch resistant sapphire with cyclops lens.  I love this watch for several reasons.  I am not a huge fan of the dual gold and silver watch band that is offered in the current Datejust model.  Also, I prefer the roman numerals to the more common hour markers found on the typical datejust models.  Also, the fluted bezel is a nice touch and is superior to the diamond studded bezel offered on some of the women's models. 

Although one might think adding gold or diamonds to a timepiece would add value to the resale of this wrist candy, that is most often not the case.  The 904L steel time pieces are often preferred by collectors for many reasons, including the idea that it is considered less overt and ostentatious to wear a steel Rolex to a Gold one.  Additionally, a timepiece of obvious gold or platinum build might be thought to be too precious for activities such as diving, driving or other athletic endeavors.

Björn Borg - His love for the Rolex Day-Date

Every Rolex Tells a Story, Björn Borg (photo: Rolex)
Björn Rune Borg is the legendary tennis player from Stockholm, Sweden.  He was an unstoppable force on the world Tennis scene between 1974 and 1981 and became the first man in the Open Era to win 11 Gran Slam titles including 6 French Opens and 5 consecutive Wimbledon titles.  He won 3 year end championships and 15 Grand Prix Super Series titles. 

He owned the world #1 ranking in 1977-1980 and was runner up in 1975, 1976, and 1981.  He still owns 7 all-time records - demonstrating his dominance including a 92.7% win percentage at Wimbledon, 41 consecutive match wins (another record) and an 89.8% Major winning percentage which still stand today.
Borg after winning Wimbledon  Photo: Rolex

He had two major rivalries - early on with Jimmy Connors, and more famously later in his career with John McEnroe, with whom he created a life-long friendship.  He became maybe the first tennis rock star with his long hair and beard - hounded constantly by fame and press.  He retired at the young age of 26 at the top of his game after nearly missing taking home his 6th Wimbledon - making many to wonder how much magic he could have rendered in the years to come and how many more majors he could have won had he continued.

Borg helped change the way tennis would be played.  He had a powerful ground stroke with heavy top spin.  Yet his exceptional athleticism helped power his dominance, especially on grass courts.  He showed great grace under pressure and calm demeanor which earned him the nickname "Ice Man."

Rolex Day-Date 36 worn by Tennis Legend Björn Borg (photo: Rolex)
Borg stated that he loved the Green Rolex Day-Date, particularly because it came out on his birth year 1956 and that it represents his personality and what he stands for - greatness.  Years later he still funnels his greatness into his current and popular self-named fashion label.

This model is the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36mm in yellow gold with green dial on black leather shown in the photo. This is the most traditional size for the model, much smaller than today’s popular 40mm model. The original Day-Date introduced the President bracelet in 1956. However, the leather strap configuration is more tied to wristwatch models of that era. The combination of green and yellow gold is a nod to the watchmaker’s corporate colors. An aperture at 12 o’clock displays the day of the week spelled out completely, a design element that also originated on this iconic model.

The Day-Date 36 uses a calibre 3155 self-winding mechanical movement and is a certified Swiss chronometer.  The crystal is a scratch-resistant sapphire with a cyclops lens over the date.  It is water resistant to 330 feet.  It has a power reserve of approximately 48 hours.  

The 2017 Rolex Day-Date 36 (Reference #118138) is available in yellow gold with a green dial and either the cognac leather strap shown above or a green leather strap.
2017 Everose Gold Rolex Day-Date 36 (Reference #118135) 
It is also available in Everose gold with a black leather strap in a variety of dial color options, like the chocolate brown Day-Date 36 configuration (Reference #118135) shown above. Visit rolex.com to browse their entire collection of 2017 Day-Date configurations
 yellow gold Rolex Day-Date 36

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More Rolex Collector Recommendations from John Mayer

Rolex Submariner Reference 5513  Image: ABlogToWatch
John Mayer, famed musician, has 3 more recommendations for Rolex collectors.  The first to discuss today is the Rolex Submariner Reference 5513.  Also called the Matte Dial Submariner, the Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 was produced between 1962 and 1989.  Distinctive simplicity, without any date or small seconds functionality, this Rolex is extremely popular with resale prices that range from under $8k to upwards of $50,000 or more.  

The Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 has had several variations over the nearly 28 years of production.  These variations  (Meters First, Non-Serif/Serif Dials, Pre Comex, and Maxi Dials) are best analyzed by the dedicated site http://www.5513mattedial.com/About.html. 

This particular model can be submerged to an impressive 660 feet and has a stainless steel, 40 mm diameter and 13 mm thick case.  The durability of this Submariner is impressive. 

The movement is a non-chronometer-certified caliber 1520.  It has a black dial and bezel with off-white markers.  The bracelet is Oyster, and it has a lug width of 20 mm.  It does not have Sapphire Crystal, but it uses tritium luminous markers which creates interesting patinas on the markers as it ages.

Rolex "Pepsi" GMT Master Reference 1675
The next Rolex on the Mayer buy list is the Rolex GMT Master Reference 1675.  It is known as a Pepsi because of its stunning blue and red bezel with fat font.  This was produced between 1959 and 1980, one of the longest running Rolexes to be produced in history.  The earlier versions of this watch had a red 24 hour hand with a small triangle at the end.  In 1970 this changed to large red triangle at the end.

The bezel is metal for sturdiness and it is rotatable for time-lapse.  The two crown guards and screw down crown add further protection.  The movement is an automatic caliber 1575 with 26 jewels and a power reserve of 42 hours.  It uses acrylic crystal with a cyclops date viewer at 3 o'clock and a black gilt dial with glossy finish.  The GMT Master is waterproof up to 165 feet.  The Oyster Bracelet provides a solid and reliable compliment to this powerful and durable Rolex.

Rolex Explorer II Reference 16550 Black Photo: Woundforlife
The last recommendation Mayer makes in his buy list is a Rolex Explorer II Reference 16550 (Black Dial).  Although the white dial 16550 may have more value in the resale arena, Mayer prefers the black dial which has a black gloss dial with white gold hands and hour markers.  This may be partly because the cream dial versions had some production issues with the paint on the dial. 

If you find one which says Superlative Chronometer Official Certified" wording on it, you would have found a rare model with a premium value. It was produced only between 1985 and 1989.

It has a stainless steel bezel and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal with cyclops lens at 3 o'clock. The case is 40 mm and the dial is black with luminescent hour markers. It uses a caliber 3085 movement but has an independent hour hand to track a second timezone.  It has a waterproof screw down crown and it supports a depth of 300 meters.

John Mayer - Famous Rolex Collector

John Mayer is not only a famed musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist and musician, but an avid Rolex Collector
John Mayer is most famous for his exquisite musicianship and vocal prowess which has earned him a Grammy and millions of albums sold worldwide.  He is inspired by a wide range of music from country to blues to rock and beyond.  He has performed with many celebrity musicians including Maroon 5, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow, and Keith Urban.  He has dated celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. 

However, John has teamed up with Hodinkee to pen several articles on watch collecting - a long pastime of his.  He owns nearly 5 million dollars worth of watches in his collection, and he collects IWC and Panerai in addition to a long-time love for Rolex.

We know John Mayer has a Rare 6264 in gold with red "Daytona" in his extensive collection.
Rolex Daytona Ref 6264
This 6264 is the twin to the 6262. The model features the Valjoux caliber 727 movement and pump pushers. It's distinctive black acrylic bezel sets it apart from some of the earlier Daytonas.  The ones made in 1970 and 71 are extremely rare and have been fetching outrageous prices at auction.

The Rolex Daytona is one of the most sought after Rolex watches today.  New or old, they are extremely collectible.  The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was introduced in 1963 and was designed for professional racecar drivers.  Initially the reliable chronograph and bezel with tachymetric scale allowed drivers to measure average speeds up to 200 kilometres or miles per hour.  Newer Daytonas measure up to 400 miles per hour.

The Daytona has an hour, minute and second hands.  It has a small seconds hand at 6 o'clock, a chronograph center hand, a 30 minute counter at 3 o'clock and a 12 hour counter at 9 o'clock.

Military Submariner. Image: Bobs Watches
John also owns a 5513/5517 Military Submariner.  These Rolex watches were originally made for the Royal Navy in the 1970's.  Only about 1200 MilSubs were ever made and they are in high demand since only a few hundred may be in original condition.

These MilSubs have a large T in a circle above the depth markings at six o'clock.  T refers to the use of tritium in the manufacturing. 

The hour, minute and seconds hands have sharp points and are often thought to be in the shape of swords.

The strap can easily be replaced with a quality 20 mm lug width replacement band such as one of these from Rubber B.  

This watch is stunning with its black bezel and simplicity of design.  The nostalgia effect and rarity of these models make these extremely collectible.  However, it would take an expert to help determine whether some of the parts have been replaced from the original.  Many of the original 1200 units have been repaired, replaced and contain a variety of non-original parts.

Rolex Explorer I Ref 1016 - Image: Bob's Watches
John Mayer also recommended several Rolex buys under 8k which he is currently buying for his own collection and recommending to many other artists, rap stars and colleagues. 

The first Rolex on John Mayer's "Buy List" is the Rolex Explorer I Reference 1016 which could be called the "James Bond Rolex" since it was actually worn by famous author Ian Fleming, creator of 007, and mentioned in the original books.  It was worn by the first party to climb Mount Everest and was produced between 1963 and 1989.

The Rolex Explorer I Reference 1016 has a water resistance up to 300 feet and a screw down oyster case.  The simplicity of the black dial with slightly off-white numbers and markers is both stunning and exquisite.  The numerals 3, 6 and 9 represent the hour markers in those positions and are highly readable.   The initial movement was a 1560 caliber, but was replaced by the 1570.  The Reference 1016 is the longest running Explorer references in Rolex history.

Rolex Datejust Reference 1601 in 18k Yellow Gold
Next on Mayer's "Buy List" is the Rolex Datejust Reference 1601 in 18k Gold. This valuable collectable item has a 36mm case made out of solid 18k gold.  It has an Acrylic crystal glass with cyclops lens for viewing the date easily.  The Rolex crown appears at 12 o'clock and gold lugs appear for the other hours.

This model came with a president style gold plated link band which matches the gold case crown bezel and lugs.  This model was manufactured between 1960 and 1969.

Today with the rising price of gold, the value of this Gold Rolex is likely to rise.

We will cover the other three items on John Mayer's Buy List in the next article.



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