To say Ellen DeGeneres likes a timepiece or two is probably one of the larger understatements of the year. In fact, you’d have to be living under a rock not to be aware that the comedian and talk show host’s watch collection is probably among the very best of the Hollywood glitterati.
There have been countless spots of DeGeneres sporting wrist-worn icons like the solid yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master II ref. 116718 with green dial, and the Patek Philippe ref. 5271 replete with diamond bezel and lugs.
However, these watches pale in comparison to her latest purchase – a solid yellow gold Rolex Daytona ref. 6241.
That’s right, Big Crown aficionados, it’s a Paul Newman Daytona, and a rather special one at that.
Nicknamed the “John Player Special” dial, thanks to its colour scheme — which is reminiscent of cigarette manufacturers’ famed use of black and gold colours — this yellow gold timepiece is one of the rarest 6241s that money can buy.
And there’s no denying it’s a great-looking timepiece, replete with its highly contrasted black dial, contrasting yellow gold sub-dials, black tachymeter bezel and yellow gold pump pushers.
DeGeneres purchased the timepiece from Amsterdam-based watch dealer Jasper Lijfering, of Amsterdam Vintage Watches, who posted about it on his Instagram page.
There’s no telling how much DeGeneres forked out for the uber-rare Daytona, but a similar case-only example sold at Phillips in May of this year for a whopping 800,000 Swiss Francs, or roughly 1.2 million Aussie dollars!
Anyway, kudos to Ellen on her latest acquisition. It truly is a stunning timepiece.