What is it about leading actors and their affinity for Rolex’s range of stainless steel sports watches?
It almost seems like it’s a rite of passage – become a famous thespian and then immediately adorn one’s wrist with a steel 6263.
Whether it’s Steve McQueen, Paul Newman (obviously), Daniel Craig … the list just goes on and on.
And then there’s Hollywood’s current “hard man”, Jason Statham.
Statham loves a vintage steel Rolex, as evidenced by the countless paparazzi photos that have caught the British actor sporting quite a few different iterations of old-school professional models.
Perhaps most notably, Statham has, for quite some time, worn an awesome example of the Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655 “Steve McQueen”, which is an easy one to spot thanks to its iconic bright orange 24-hour hand.
What’s more, whether it’s clairvoyance or just good taste, Statham has owned this famed timepiece for quite some time before the prices skyrocketed.
In addition, Statham has posted several photos of himself on his Instagram wearing a couple of particularly nice variants of the ultimate “hype beast” vintage Rolex, the Paul Newman Daytona, more specifically the aforementioned ref. 6263.
The Brit is also rather keen on rocking his vintage Rolex watches on the silver screen, and in one of his most recent movies, Hobbs & Shaw, he can clearly be seen wearing another vintage professional model staple, a Rolex Submariner ref. 5513.
Statham is not a one-watchmaker sort of man, however, nor does he purely wear vintage watches, as he has both posted and been spotted wearing a Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5980, which is easily one of the most desirable watches on the planet right now.
There’s no denying it, the man has got some serious taste, and a collection of watches that makes me green with envy.