A funny thing has happened to the Rolex Daytona reference 116508—the one with the gold case and a They’re-After-Me-Lucky-Charms green dial. Well, at first, nothing at all happened. The watch debuted at Baselworld in 2016, and unlike many Daytona models, or Rolex watches in general, there was not a group of men with fat savings accounts banging down their boutique’s door to get one. That all changed earlier this year, when John Mayer showed this piece off in a Hodinkee video. “That was all it took,” Paul Altieri, CEO of pre-owned Rolex dealership Bob’s Watches, told the New York Times. The watch suddenly attracted all sorts of customers—including, it appears, Jonah Hill! Today, these watches are sold out everywhere and whereas a couple months ago no one wanted to pay the $34,650 retail price for a 116508, they are now worth up to $70,000 on the secondary market. No telling how appearing on another stylish celebrity’s wrist will torque up the piece’s value even more. Father Time blessed us this week with a fine menagerie of watches on the wrists of Eddie Redmayne, James Harden, and Rafael Nadal—so much good stuff we’re hardly going to discuss Odell Beckham Jr. wearing a $200,000 watch during a game. (But you can read all about that here.)
Jonah Hill’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
A fine addition to Jonah Hill Fit Watch 2K19: Hill is wearing a Marilyn Manson tee, black jeans, Adidas Superstars, and a Rolex that’s now worth double what it was a few months ago. Watches are hardly immune from the #influence that dictates large chunks of men’s fashion. Some timepieces are even named after the icon who wore them: think of the Paul Newman Rolex, the Steve McQueen Rolex Explorer II (despite the fact the actor never actually wore the watch!), and the Rolex Dato-Compax chronograph named after French skier Jean-Claude Killy. Soon enough we’ll be calling the gold-green watch on Hill’s arm the “John Mayer.”
Eddie Redmayne’s Omega Speedmaster
This watch is the only one tested and approved to be worn during flight by NASA—so, naturally, it’s been worn by astronauts, George Clooney, and now Eddie Redmayne. This just so happens to be the Speedmaster’s 50th anniversary and Omega has not wasted the opportunity—you can buy a commemorative version of the watch in “moonshine” gold with a small chunk of meteorite in it (for real!!), or another with an image of Buzz Aldrin descending his spacecraft’s ladder onto the moon engraved into a subdial. Here, Redmayne wears the classic Omega Speedmaster in a black dial and stainless steel case. Hey, if it was good enough for Aldrin and Neil Armstrong...
Russell Westbrook’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Dressed in a very sexy velvet suit to attend the runway show of the forever sexy Tom Ford, of course Russell Westbrook wore a very sexy watch. The Royal Oak, a watch that shows up on this list at least once a week for a reason, is remade here in a rose gold, and sheds its tough man stainless steel image for an openwork, pouring-its-guts-out dial. The watch is yet another reason Westbrook and new Houston Rockets (and old Oklahoma City Thunder) teammate James Harden might live up to the latter’s boast to GQ that their Rockets will be “the best-dressed team in the history of sports.” Speaking of Harden…
James Harden’s Patek Philippe Nautilus
If there’s any watch celebrities have enjoyed strapping to their wrists more than the Royal Oak this year, it’s the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Its origin now takes on the tone of a familiar bedtime story: designed on a napkin in five minutes by prodigious watchmaker Gérald Genta, inspired by a ship’s porthole, touted as the most expensive steel sports watch in history, and now impossible to attain without incredible clout or great patience. In this month’s magazine—𝓼𝓾𝓫𝓼𝓬𝓻𝓲𝓫𝓮—the artist Wes Lang called the Nautilus “simply one of the prettiest you will ever gaze upon.” It doesn’t look like Harden would disagree with him on that point.
Rafeal Nadal’s Richard Mille RM-27-03
This is why Richard Mille pays Rafael Nadal the big bucks: for the sort of marketing like a picture of the tennis player chomping on his U.S. Open trophy with your brand’s watch, striped with the colors of the Spanish flag, front and center. Truly a ridiculous week for the most ridiculous watch brand on the planet. After Nadal played in, and won, the U.S. Open with his Richard Mille, Odell Beckham Jr. wore his RM-11 onto the field and spent the whole week agitating for his right to do so again. Crazier still is that Beckham isn’t even being paid to do so! Nadal’s is the result of a partnership—the watch he’s wearing is named for him.
Future’s Richard Mille RM-030
At the end of the Future track “Temptation,” off The Wizrd, there’s an outro during which an unidentified voice says, “And I can't lie, you... you sure had the first bust down Richard Mille I had seen in that form.” It looks like the quote can be traced back to a video of Future’s jeweler discussing a different iced-out Richard Mille. Future stuck with the trend he started with another of the brand’s watches—this time a RM-030 that he thoroughly covered in diamonds. This is clearly one of those if-it-ain’t-broke… situations.
Originally Appeared on GQ