“But fact is, Patek made a bold move, Trevor Noah likes it, and that’s the reason it landed on this list.”
Trevor Noah Watch Collection
- Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Root Beer’
- Vintage Paul Newman Rolex Daytona
- Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar ‘White Ceramic’
- Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5740/1G
- Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650G Advanced Research
Trevor Noah has become one of the most credible voices in the current political and social-economical debates in the US. As the host of the famous late-night show The Daily Show, Trevor Noah reaches millions with his videos, posts, and statements. When Trevor took over the show back in 2015, he was criticized, and people didn’t think he would make for a good host. But now, 6 years later, he proofed them wrong. The Daily Show has 9.3 million subscribers on YouTube and Trevor himself boasts a whopping 7.2 million followers on his personal Instagram account. And I have to admit, that I am one of them. I’m a big fan of his show and particularly of him, as a person. I find that he is very refreshing and really makes it easy for you to follow politics, without falling asleep.
Over the past few years, the Daily Show has become more and more political. Covering everything from smaller political rallies all the way up to the presidential campaigns in 2016 and 2020. In countless videos, Noah took an increasingly vocal stand against President Donald Trump’s aggressive campaign and the lies he likes to spread. And in his coverage of US politics, he attracted many politically interested readers and watchers, even from beyond the US borders. And that’s also how I got to know him. Living in Switzerland and wanting to keep up with the US elections and overall US politics, I stumbled across his YouTube channel, and ever since then, I regularly binge Trevor’s political updates, statements, and jokes.
Trevor Noah was born in Johannesburg in 1984, during the time of the apartheid. His mother belongs to the South African ethnic group of the Xhosa, his father was an immigrant from Switzerland. And at the time of his birth, the relationship between his African mother and his Swiss dad was illegal in South Africa. Apartheid laws prohibited a white man from having a relationship with a black woman, making his birth technically illegal. And since his parents couldn’t be seen together, Trevor grew up in poverty with his grandmother in a township in Soweto. Soweto stands for the “South Western Townships”, which became a symbol of resistance against the apartheid regime after an uprising of the black population in 1976. After the end of apartheid in the early 1990s, Noah’s mother moved to Johannesburg with her son. After that, he found his way into the US and become the host of his own late-night show.
And after knowing all of this, his steep ascent into the American media seems even crazier. But hey, good things happen and I’m glad they did in his case. But I’m not here today to write an article about Trevor Noah, even if that would be interesting. I rather want to show you a few pieces of his insane watch collection. Trevor is an avid watch collector and enthusiast, which makes me like him even more.
And because there are a lot of other interesting public figures with impressive watch collections, I decided to make a series out of it, in which we will take a look at different watch collections of celebrities and public figures. And I will call it: Celeb Watches.
Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Root Beer’
The first-ever Rolex GMT-Master was launched back in 1955, at a time when intercontinental travel was experiencing a rapid expansion. Being designed to cater to the needs of sophisticated jet setters of that time, the watch is considered to be the grandfather to all GMT watches. After its launch, the GMT master quickly gained the respect of watch enthusiasts, travelers, and pilots from around the world. It even became the official watch of Pan American World Airways – better known as Pan Am – then the most prominent American intercontinental airline.
Fast forward to 2018, when Rolex introduced the first-ever GMT Master II in Everose gold and with a brown and black ceramic bezel, which gave it the name ‘Root Beer’ within the watch community. But let’s take a look at the specs and details of the watch, shall we?
The Rolex GMT Master II ‘Root Beer’ features a 40mm case with a bidirectional rotating Cerachrom bezel, graduated with the GMT-typical 24-hour scale. The upper part of the ceramic bezel is kept in black, while the bottom one is brown. Hence, ‘Root Beer’. In a true Rolex manner, the crisp black dial is kept very simple and understated, directing attention to the gorgeous bezel and case. And unlike the other GMT Master’s, the hands of the Root Beer model only come in one color. Everose gold. Usually, Rolex marked the independent 24-hour GMT hand in a different color, to increase the legibility of the watch. But not this time. And you know what? I like it. I think that any other color combination on the dial would look quite strange and would take the attention away from the rest of the watch.
The watch is powered by the updated caliber 3285, which now comes with the Chronergy escapement, which Rolex has been adding to its movements over the last few years. Thanks to this new movement, the new GMT’s now provide around 70 hours of power reserve, instead of the 50 hours, that the old models delivered.
Trevor Noah was seen wearing his Rolex Root Beer, sitting casually in the front row of a basketball game. And if you want to look like Trevor Noah, chilling and watching a few guys throw a ball around, expect to pay around $36,000, to get your hands on one.
Vintage Paul Newman Rolex Daytona
The next watch on this list really gets me excited. And I think every watch enthusiast and connoisseur out there feel the same excitement as me. Of course, I’m talking about the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona. And by the looks of it, Trevor Noah enjoys the watch as well. On several occasions, Noah can be seen wearing a vintage Rolex Daytona Paul Newman with reference 6263. According to a listing on Sotheby’s, the reference 6263 dates to somewhere in the 1970s and is worth an estimated $300,000 to $500,000. Now you can imagine how much Trevor Noah earns with this Daily Show and his social media presence…
The Rolex Daytona reference 6263 is an exceptional example of a Rolex “Paul Newman” Cosmograph, which is named after the famous actor, race car driver and watch collector Paul Newman. This particular model has the famous “Panda Mark I.75” dial, which is considered as one of the most collectible and valuable among collectors. The nickname “Panda” comes from the off-white matte dial that contrasts sharply with the black subsidiary dials and outer chapter ring. Some of the unique characteristics of a Paul Newman Daytona are the art-deco-styled font, the screw-down pushers for improved water resistance, as well as the stainless-steel oyster bracelet. Trevor seems to wear it on the original bracelet, which tells us, that the watch was and still is in pristine condition. Why is that you ask? Today, you see a lot of Paul Newman Daytona’s on a leather strap, which is due to the bracelets having quite the wear down after 50 years on someone’s wrist. And that’s why, if you see a Paul Newman Daytona (if you have the honor to see one in real life, that is) with a good-looking bracelet and you know it’s original, then you usually can assume, that the watch itself is also in a very good condition, making it even more costly.
Inside the gorgeous case beats the Valjoux caliber 727, which, of course, is a hand-wound movement, that delivers up to 48 hours of power reserve, when fully wound. I just had to add a picture of the movement above, because it just looks stunning and makes me want to have a Paul Newman even more. A man can dream, right?
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar ‘White Ceramic’
Back in 2017, Audemars Piguet introduced its first full ceramic watch: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in pitch black. With its unique stealth look and its complex movement, this watch quickly became one of the hottest editions in the AP collection. And then in 2019, almost 2 years after the launch of the black ceramic version, Audemars Piguet decided to introduce a new version of the watch. But this time it was entirely made from white ceramic. I honestly never thought that an all-white watch could look anything but bad, but I was proven wrong. Again. And Trevor Noah seems to love it as well. The watch can be seen on Noah’s wrist, in a photo where he and some friends, casually sit on a terrasse of a beach house.
The AP Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in white ceramic with the Reference 26579CB.OO.1225CB.01, features a 41mm case, which, with its polished bevels on the sides and brushed surfaces on the flat parts, retains the classic Royal Oak design. The stunning blue dial with the “Grande Tapisserie” background and the silver-colored subdials, fits in perfectly with the all-white case and bracelet. The contrast of the two is what really makes the aesthetic of the watch so intriguing and eye-catching.
Inside its white ceramic case, beats the ultra-thin automatic Calibre 5134, which is the same movement, that AP used in the 2017 black ceramic model. Based on the iconic caliber 2120, it adds a complex QP module on top with date, day, month, week number, leap year, and moon phase. And the best part of it all is, that you actually get to see this magnificent movement. That’s right, AP decided to build in a sapphire caseback. And I love it! But then again, for a price of $93,900, this is something that you can expect from a watch like this. Nevertheless, this is a stunning piece, which offers a great piece of Haute horology and, with its white ceramic case, is made for summertime. So, enjoy!
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5740/1G
Unveiled at Baselworld 2018, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5740/1G is by many, considered to be the holy grail of all PP Nautilus watches. Trevor Noah can be seen wearing this watch on several occasions, but I think the most interesting occasion was when he wore his Nautilus perpetual calendar during an appearance on the popular YouTube show Hot Ones, where celebrities talk about a range of topics while eating chicken wings with different hot sauces. Wearing your Ref. 5740/1G while eating hot wings, he’s living the (my) dream.
The first grand complication in the Nautilus collection, the Reference 5740/1G Nautilus perpetual calendar, offers a distinctive blend of sports appeal and technical sophistication. The case of the 5470/1G is made from white gold and measures 40mm in diameter, 8.42mm in height and 44.3mm from lug to lug. Now, you may be wondering how on earth was Patek able to manufacture a perpetual calendar watch, which measures just 8.42mm in height. Well, this is thanks to the famous ultra-thin self-winding caliber 240 Q movement, which makes the Nautilus Ref 5740/1G the thinnest perpetual calendar that is currently produced by Patek.
Besides having an absolutely insane movement, the PP Nautilus 5470/1G also shines when it comes to the dial and overall looks. In a true Nautilus manner, the watch features a stunning sunburst blue dial with applied white-gold hour markers. The 3 subdials which display the day, date, month, leap year, and 24-hour indication, blend in very nicely with the color of the dial and the overall aesthetic of the watch.
The short conclusion on this watch is the following: Trevor Noah has great taste in watches and a big wallet to support that. Will say no more.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650G Advanced Research
Back in 2017, Patek Philippe unveiled the limited-edition Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650G, featuring the latest technology developed by its Advanced Research program. With its partly open face dial on the 9 o’clock position, the watch features quite the unusual aesthetics and not something that you would expect from the conservative design style of Patek. But thanks to that and to the impressive technological advances, the watch quickly became a hot topic in the watch world. And apparently, it also reached Trevor Noah and his wrist. Trevor Noah could be seen wearing this watch in a photo he posted on Twitter. The photo had the following caption:
“Canada! I had an amazing time and hope you’ll have me back. But just to be certain I’ve taken a hostage.”
Oh, and maybe I should add, that with his left arm, on which he wore the Ref. 5650G, he was holding a stuffed animal elk, which wore a Canada jersey. I think it’s important to note that this is what he was referring to as his hostage…
Anyway, let’s get back to Patek and their special Aquanaut. Established in the early 2000s, the Patek Philippe Advanced Research Project strived to be this avant-garde innovation program, that researched in the domains of new materials, new manufacturing technologies, and new conceptual fundamentals. Their first big breakthrough and development were Silinvar®, a material based on monocrystalline silicon, which was developed jointly by Patek Philippe, Rolex, and the Swatch Group, together with the CSEM in Neuchâtel. What followed soon after were different developments with new materials and new production methods. And then in 2017, with the release of the Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650G Advanced Research, Patek revealed two new innovations of their Advanced Research program. First, a Spiromax® Balance Spring, and second, a time zone correction system. If you want to learn more about the exact technical details, please head over to Patek’s website. For the sake of keeping this article as short as possible, I won’t go into details here.
But enough with the technicalities, let’s look at the design and other specs, that the watch has to offer. The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650G Advanced Research has an 18ct white-gold case, which measures 40.8 mm in diameter and 11mm in height. The stunning navy-blue gradient dial with contrasting applied Arabic numerals and indexes complements the case perfectly. The dial displays the local time and date as well as a second time-zone, and a day/night indicator for both time zones. Remember the second innovation, the time zone correction system? Well, if you have this watch you will probably never forget about it. Why is that you ask? As mentioned in the beginning, there is this partial opening on the dial, which puts the innovation on full display.
Honestly, from a design perspective, I think it looks kind of bad. Especially if you are used to the more classic and conservative dial of Patek. But on the other hand, it was a bold move and it certainly shuns a light on one of Patek’s innovations. So, in the end, I’m not sure what to think about it. But the fact is, Patek made a bold move, Trevor Noah likes it, and that’s the reason it landed on this list.