Comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld likes to spend his considerable fortune on luxury cars and watches.
This combo can be seen in every episode of his series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Where he pairs a fellow comedian with a car that suits their personality. I don't think he pairs his watches to the guest comedian, but a little part of me hopes that he does.
Before getting into some of his more recent watches, let's backtrack a little to the glory days of Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld was, and remains, an avid Breitling fan-boy. His most popular watch during his sitcom days was a Breitling Chronomat with a bullet bracelet as seen below:
I would argue that Jerry's Breitling Cronomat has stood the test of time and would still look fantastic if he wore it today. I can't say the same for his 90's mullet-esque hairstyle...
Anyway, his love of Breitlings continued and can be best seen through his web-series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (CCGC), which is available on Netflix. It first aired on 2012 and has been building momentum ever since.
I watch CCGC primarily because I enjoy learning how different comedians think. I'm also a fan of Jerry's comedy and enjoy his casual interviewing style. These keep me coming back for each new episode. But what keeps me engaged within each episode are the watches worn by Jerry (and his guests) and the cars.
Need a recap of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? Here's some highlights from the 2019 season to get you in the mood. You also get a sneak peak of several of Jerry's watches:
Jerry describes each car at the start of the episode, but not his watches. So, it's always fun to do some watch spotting throughout each episode and I've compiled some of these for you below.
Jerry sports a Breitling Aerospace in numerous episodes, including those with Ellen DeGeneres and Kevin Hart. Jerry's wearing a jacket so it's difficult to spot - especially when distracted by Ellen's Paul Newman Daytona!
Jerry's super distinctive Breiting Aerospace is an analogue-digital watch known as a 'super quartz' because of its high accuracy.
The pilot watch has many handy features such as a night vision goggle compatible backlight, 1/100s chronograph, countdown timer and secondary timezone. These are all operated via the crown by pushing, pulling, turning & turning fast.
In a way, the Aerospace take some practice and effort to master. Much like driving the manual 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser he chose for the episode with Ellen.
Jerry introduces the Land Cruiser, "It's basic, it's classic, it's durable, it's user friendly."
The Aerospace also ticks most of those boxes, so I'd say he's done a good job of matching it to the Land Cruiser.
See, I told you there were some links between his car and watch selections!
Jerry also wears his Breitling Aerospace in other episodes, including S5 E1 with Kevin Hart .
I enjoy the ridiculousness of the goggles as Kevin and Jerry cruise around in the 1959 Porsche RSK Spyder.
Clearly a favorite of Jerry's, he wore the Aerospace in his 2020 NetFlix special 23 Hours To Kill:
Jerry's love affair with Breitling continues as he chooses the Navitimer for several episodes, including the one below with Will Ferrell.
Jerry's Navitimer in this episode features white dials at 12, 6 and 9. This departs from the more common 3, 6 & 9 format mostly associated with new Breitling Navitimers.
Breitling still release a Navitimer with the 12, 6 & 9 dial layout that some prefer because it can appear more balanced. This is the Navitimer Chronograph 41. As the name suggests, it's also a little smaller than most Navitimers at 41mm, which some find more wearable than the larger 43 or 45 Navitimer models.
The next Navitimer on Jerry's wrist is another Navitimer. This time it's a limited edition black steel Navitimer Cosmonaute.
The idea behind the Cosmonaute is that allows calculations to be made by pilots (or astronauts such as Lt. Cmdr. Scott Carpenter) directly on their wrist.
If you're not accustomed to how a slide ruler on the Navitimer works, they can look terribly complicated and even intimidating.
It's actually quite easy to use once you know how. Check out this video for a 90 second explanation:
The Breitling Navitimer Chronograph 41 pays tribute to the original Navitimer 1 with it's vintage looks prominent circular slide rule on the perimiter.
It mostly comes in stainless steel with several face color variations. But there is also a rose gold model that is considerably more expensive.
The slide rule allows on-the-fly airbone calculations to be made such as fuel consumption, climbing times & converts miles into nautical miles or kilometers.
The 41mm watch size has proven popular with those like Jerry that are after a classic looking watch that is unlikely to ever make a calculation like fuel consumption. This wearable size means it avoids the criticims levelled at some other Brietlings for being too big.
The movement is Breitling Calibre 13, based on the super reliable Valjoux/ETA 775. This external movement is different to other Navitimers, which has also required the sub dial layout to change to the less familiar 12, 6, 9 layout. But, I like this sub dial layout as it makes the watch look more well-rounded than some other Navitimers.
Jerry clearly loves his Navitimers and it's easy to see why. They make a statement but are still very functional and have a great history (and story).
Breitling Navitimer Chronograph 41
This vintage watch from Heuer really speaks to the car enthusiast in Jerry. Autavia's are very sought after by watch collectors as they are synonymous with F1 racing of the 60's and 70's.
One of the most sought after from the 1960's is the 'Jo Siffert'. Jo was a Swiss motor racer who won two races as a privateer and died in competition in 1971 at the age of 35.
Jerry confirmed his purchase of a Heuer 'Siffert' Autavia with this Instagram:
You can see Jerry sporting his Heuer 'Siffert' Autavia in in this episode with comedy legend Jerry Lewis (S10 E12):
In another rare break from his Breitlings, Jerry wears his G-Shock Rangeman in his episode with Zach Galifianakis (S10 E1).
His car of choice in this episode is a 1972 VW Thing, complete with roll bars. So, maybe he decided he needed something super tough just in case he went head over ass.
The Rangeman of choice is quite possibly a GPR-B1000, which comes with a GPS navigation system.
Either way, you can be sure his G-Shock was built for whatever Zach Galifianakis was going to throw at him during the 'Between Two Ferns' bit they do to close out the episode.
Watches worn by guests in Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee are included below too.
Guest Ellen DeGeneres who sported a super impressive Rolex Daytona 'Paul Newman' in season 10 episode 3:
We've previously covered Ellen's watches in more detail. She particularly loves her Rolexes and I would love to see her Rolex collection side-by-side with Jerry's Breitling collection.
Not to be outdone, Kevin Hart shows off his Rolex Sky Dweller.
The Rolex Sky Dweller is one of the most complicated mechanical watches in Rolex's impressive line-up. The pilot watch allows Kevin to view two time zones simultaneously. This would come in very handy with his busy acting schedule.
The other significant feature is the annual calendar, which only requires setting every year (to account for February's leap year) as opposed to every month.
The Rolex Sky Dweller comes in white gold & stainless steel versions. I'm not sure which version Kevin wears, but if there's an actor that can afford the white gold version, it is the incredibly successful Kevin Hart.
This is one of my favorite episodes of CICGC because of Barack's candid nature and surprisingly good sense of humor for a president.
This exchange between Jerry and a Secret Service agent is the best:
Jerry: "We're just going to run out for a quick coffee.
Secret Service: "I'm sorry, that's not possible"
Jerry: "I do this little show called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. We'll be right back."
Secret Service: "You're a comedian with the president going nowhere. Back it up."
I will try and update this list of guest comedians and their watches too. But if you have a particular guest you want me to cover, then please let me know if the comments below!
Ellen DeGeneres’ favorite watches are Rolex Daytonas.
Ellen DeGeneres is an American actress, comedian, and television star who gained notoriety for her sitcom Ellen. She was the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television. This took a big toll on her career as the sitcom was cancelled the next year. Nobody said it, but the reading between the lines was obvious – network executives were not comfortable with her coming out. It wasn’t until her voiceover role of Dory in Finding Nemo that her career began to flourish once more. And flourish it did with her hugely popular talkshow, aptly named The Ellen Show.
Amongst Ellen’s extensive watch collection is an impressive selection of Rolexes, Patek Philippe, Omega and Panerai. However it’s clear that Rolexes, and Daytonas in particular, have won her heart.
Ellen Degeneres was born in Louisiana in 1958. She got her start in local comedy clubs as a stand up comedian before going on to get small movie and television roles. She saw major success with her sitcom Ellen, where she became the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian role on television. There was some controversy with her coming out in 1997, but over the last 20 years she has been celebrated as a hero in the LGBT community. Forbes has Ellen listed as the 51st most powerful female celebrity in the world.
Ellen is reportedly worth $490M with an annual salary of $75M (via Celebrity Net Worth). In addition to watches, Ellen has a soft spot for spending on luxury sports cars such as Porsches and Ferraris. This love of cars is something she has in common with comedian friend Jerry Seinfield.
This video of Ellen doing Nicki Minaj’s Ananconda is one of her most popular (and one of my favorites) clips of all time. Watch Ellen’s video now and just try not be infected by her laugh and enthusiasm.
Ellen has one of the finest collections of new and vintage Rolexes of any celebrity. Given how many Rolexes she been spotted with over the years, this would turn into a mammoth article if detailing each one.
So, I’ve only got around to providing the following images of Ellen wearing some of her various watches.
Ellen is a serious Rolex collector. She hasn’t overlooked the classics and owns several Presidential Day-Dates to suit many occasions. We particularly like the platinum in ice blue as its soft color adds an elegant, understated feel to a winter wardrobe.
Ellen’s favorite watches are her Daytonas. She’s regularly spotted wearing both new and vintage models, including some very pricey and sought after models (ie Paul Newman 6241).
This Daytona Paul Newman is probably my favorite watch of her collection. This highly collectible vintage watch features the Paul Newman dial, which pushes the price up considerably. A watch of this quality generally sells for around $175,000 now. Quite impressive for a watch that was initially overlooked and didn’t sell well because of the distinctive dial.
This is a special watch, suiting Ellen’s charismatic, kind and bold personality wonderfully.
Ellen’s extensive collection includes an Explorer, GMT Master, Yacht Master and white gold Submariner. I’d love to know the street value of her impressive collection.
Is the price of Ellen’s Rolexes giving you heart palpitations? Best you check out our article on Rolex Submariner homage watches to calm your nerves!
Do you have a favorite Ellen watch? I’d love to hear what it is in the comments below.