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Which Famous Celebrities and Sportspeople Wear a Rolex Watch?

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With the country border closures, there’s been a trend for people to spend their usual holiday dollars on luxury goods, including investment watches.

Rolex watches are designed and built to last many generations. This is a purchase you’ll be able to wear for the rest of your life and pass on to the younger generations.

Here’s our guide to some Rolex watches and who wears them:  

Oyster Perpetual Ladies-Datejust

The Oyster Perpetual Ladies is a classic feminine watch which offers a number of customizations to make it your own. You can customize your watch with a bezel in domed, fluted or diamond-set. It is available in 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold.

 This watch is based on the Datejust model which was launched in 1945. The female version is available in a small 28mm size to suit a slender wrist.

Cellini

The Cellini Date is a more modern design which was revealed in 2014. The display is elegant yet traditional. The Cellini monophase watch features an exclusive display of the lunar cycle.

All watches are required to pass rigorous certification. These are a series of tests to ensure a first-class performance. There is an international guarantee. Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history.

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Image Credit: Rolex

Famous Sportspeople Who Wear Rolex Watches

Rolex has had a long and prolific relationship with many exceptional athletes, explorers, artists and musicians. Some of these Testimonees include the following people:  

Cinema

Rolex supports emerging filmmakers through mentorship. Some of the film Testimonees are: Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, directors Alfonso Cuarón, Stephen Frears, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mira Nair, Zhang Yimou, film editor Walter Murch and Spike Lee.

Artists and Musicians

Testimonees include soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, tenor Plácido Domingo, Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, Bulgarian operatic soprano Sonya Yoncheva, tenor Juan Diego Flórez, German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, tenor Rolando Villazón, French tenor Benjamin Bernheim, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Sir Antonio Pappano, concert pianist Yuja Wang, French concert pianist Hélène Grimaud, the pianist Yundi, sitar player Anoushka Shanka, singer Michael Bublé and more.

Swimming

In 1927, a young Englishwoman, Mercedes Gleitze, swam the English Channel. She emerged from the water after 10 hours wearing a fully functioning waterproof Rolex Oyster wristwatch. Mercedes was the Swiss watchmaker’s first Testimonee.

Tennis

The Rolex Testimonees in the tennis sport include:

  • Roger Federer and established talent, such as Juan Martín Del Potro (Argentina), Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Caroline Garcia (France), Angelique Kerber (Germany), Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain), Lucas Pouille (France), Milos Raonic (Canada), Sloane Stephens (United States), Dominic Thiem (Austria), Stéfanos Tsitsipás (Greece) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France).  
  • Legends of the sport Björn Borg (Sweden), Jim Courier (United States), Stefan Edberg (Sweden), Chris Evert (United States), Justine Henin (Belgium), Rod Laver (Australia) and Li Na (China).

Golf

For more than 50 years, Rolex has partnered the finest players of every era, from players of every era, from Arnold Palmer and his fellow members of The Big Three, namely Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Rolex has collaborated with following golfing talent:  

  • Tiger Woods, Annika Sörenstam, Phil Mickelson
  • Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie (Scotland), José María Olazábal, Paul McGinley (Republic of Ireland), Steve Stricker (US), Thomas Bjørn (Denmark), and many others.

Motor Sports

Rolex’s alliance with motor sport dates back to the 1930s when Sir Malcolm Campbell, one of the fastest drivers in the world, broke the 300-mph barrier. Motor sports legends who wore Rolex watches include Sir Jackie Stewart, Tom Kristensen, Mark Webber.

Equestrian

The Rolex family of equestrian Testimonees extends across all ages, gender and the three Olympic disciplines of show jumping, dressage and eventing. These outstanding athletes include Rodrigo Pessoa, Eric Lamaze, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Scott Brash, Steve Guerdat, Kent Farrington, Kevin Staut, Jeroen Dubbeldam, Bertram Allen, Martin Fuchs, Harry Charles, Isabell Werth and Zara Tindall.

Rolex has committed to a perpetual planet by supporting key individuals and organizations working towards preserving the natural world.

About Rolex

Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. Rolex is the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. The brand has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history.

Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.

Rolex seeks partnerships with individuals and organizations in the arts and in sport who set the highest standards of performance. From the four Grand Slam® tournaments – the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, The Championships, Wimbledon, and the US Open – to Swiss phenomenon Roger Federer, Rolex has been a loyal and enthusiastic partner of tennis for more than 40 years, during which time it has built a rich legacy of championing excellence and helping to maintain the sport’s traditions. https://www.rolex.com/

Image Credits: Watch Copyright Rolex/Joël Von Allmen, and Roger Federer © Rolex/Jon Buckle.

Written by Emma Crameri

Emma Crameri is a freelance lifestyle reviewer and writer. She is editor of the Brisbane-based food and lifestyle website Brisbanista.

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