Chris Kyle wore a Casio G-Shock.
Chris Kyle was a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper with SEAL Group 3. He served 4 tours overseas for the United States and is currently the deadliest sniper in American history with at least 150 kills to his name. Kyle was known in the region as “The Devil of Ramadi”, and known to his comrades in the U.S. armed forces as “The Legend”.
Kyle, and friend Chad Littlefield, were murdered by a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD on February 2nd, 2013. His autobiography, American Sniper, was adapted by Clint Eastwood into a biopic starring Bradley Cooper.
Along with his G-Shock, Chris Kyle also mentions his Rolex Submariner in his autobiography. He only wore his G-Shock on active duty:
‘On my wrist, I’d wear a G-Shock watch. The black watch and its rubber wristband have replaced Rolex Submariners as standard SEAL equipment. (A friend of mine, who thought it was a shame the tradition died, recently got me one. I still feel a little strange wearing a Rolex, but it is a throwback to the frogmen who came before me.)’
We’ve also written about Rolex Submariner homage watches if you’re after the iconic Submariner look minus the steep price tag.
The watches these days are digital in their complications, but analog in their time display. Casio claims the battery life is 2 years, and some even come equipped with Tough Solar chargers to automatically recharge.
G-Shock watches all include automatic atomic clock synchronization, and most will now automatically adjust to whatever timezone you’re located in using radio waves and local sources. The “G” in G-Shock stands for ‘Gravitational’ -- the watch was designed in the early 80s to be able to withstand mechanical shock and heavy vibration.
As such, today’s G-Shock watch is water resistant to 20 BAR, and can withstand a rather high fall (at least 20 feet that we could find, possibly more with newer versions of the watch).
The best part about the G-Shock is that it is incredibly affordable given the engineering that has gone into them. There’s a variety of G-Shocks with a range of different features, starting from around for a basic G-Shock like this DW6900.
Chris would have worn a a G-Shock DW6600, which was the standard watch worn by Navy Seals after the Rolex Submariner, until 2011. Since then, Navy Seals have worn a variety of different watches.
We’ve featured the G-Shock G-Shock DW6900 in this article as it’s the closest available model to the DW6600.
Bradley Cooper wore a G-Shock DW 6600 in the movie adaptation of American Sniper. They got this part of the movie dead on as we’ve already mentioned it is historically accurate.
Around 2011, several rappers, including Eminem, started wearing the watch and vaulted it into the mainstream consciousness. As such, you can find them in your mall or local jeweler. You can also find some at a pawn shop.
Check out the following video for a glimpse of the G-Shock’s toughness:
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.
Bubba Watson wears the Richard Mille RM055. Richard Mille is a brand of swiss made luxury watches founded by French businessman Richard Mille (go figure) in 1999 in conjunction with Audemars Piguet.
Gerry “Bubba” Watson is an American Professional golfer and one of the few left handed golfers on the PGA Tour. Watson was raised in Florida where he played golf on his high school team. In 2003 he turned professional and got a spot on the National Tour, and then in 2005 he qualified for the PGA Tour.
The RM055 is a luxury sports watch designed by Richard Mille for Bubba Watson. The watch case is rubberized titanium and features a rubber strap. It is skeletonized, which always makes watches hard to read for me, but that may be your thing. The watch has a scratch and glare resistant Sapphire Crystal and is water resistant to 30 meters. It is an automatic self-winding watch.
John Glenn wore a TAG Heuer Stopwatch 2915A in space. The watch that Glenn wore was made as a stopwatch so that he could record specific intervals of time while in the Friendship 7. The watch itself was manufactured by TAG Heuer to be a stop watch and was the first Swiss Made watch in space. There were no special modifications needed for the watch to function properly in space, though Glenn did have a special elastic band fitted to the watch so it could be worn outside of his space suit.
The original Heuer Reference 2915A is no longer in production as such, but TAG Heuer has released a similar model in the Carrera. The Carrera is a 41.5mm stainless steel watch with an anti-reflective sapphire face. It is rated as waterproofed up to 100m (330 feet). This makes the watch a practical choice for a day at the pool or beach, but unsuitable for diving. If you’re looking to sport a watch with the same spirit and character that John Glenn took into space, you’ll want to pick up the TAG Heuer Carrera.
Grant Cardone also wears the Panerai Luminor Submersible. Panerai is a luxury Swiss watchmaker founded in 1860 in Florence, Italy. “Swiss Made“, in terms of watches, doesn’t necessarily refer to the country of origin, but rather the engine of the watch and it’s movement type. Watches that use Swiss movement techniques can be considered ‘Swiss Made‘. The Luminor Submersible series is a beautiful mechanical, automatic movement watch with a polished steel casing and a brushed steel bezel. The face of the watch has Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 with luminescent dots at 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11. The 3 mark has an automatic changing date display, and the 9 mark has the second hand. The Luminor Submersible comes with a removable black rubber strap, adding to the sporty appeal of the timepiece, and a sapphire crystal face that allows the watch to withstand a pressure of 30 bars – effectively waterproofing the watch to about 300 meters.
No box is complete without two or three Panerai.
Or, if you’re still saving up for a Luminor, check out our favorite Panerai Luminor homage watches.
Grant Cardone used to wear the Rolex Yachtmaster 16628. Grant Cardone saw our post about him and enjoyed it so much he reached out and gave us a few other personal recommendations. When he isn’t wearing his Bvlgari, one of the watches Grant used to enjoy was his Rolex Yachtmaster.
The Yachtmaster was first released in 1992 in an 18 karat gold casing. Due to its popularity and demand, Rolex released a lady’s version of the watch in 1994. That year would also see Rolex release the Yachtmaster watch in a mid-size man’s size, marking the first time in their history that Rolex released a professional watch in a smaller professional size. 1996 would see the release of a mix stainless steel and gold Yachtmaster, with the Platinum Yachtmaster rolling out the year after, 1997. The final change to the Yachtmaster would come in 2000 when Rolex discontinued the 1996 two-toned version, replacing it with a sturdier two-tone Yachtmaster with gold links – the links on the previous version were hollow.
I owned this one for 20 years.
Grant Cardone wears a black Bvlgari Diagono Chronograph. Grant Cardone is a master salesman, entrepreneur and life coach from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Grant is known for his best selling books Sell or Be Sold and The 10x Rule. Grant is currently very active on social media as a mentor to millions of people all across the world who are looking to find freedom and fulfillment in their lives and careers. Grant is currently promoting his mentor program The Millionaire Playbook. The Bvlgari Diagono Chronograph is a swiss watch that has a stainless steel case and rubber strap and is perfect for the active gentleman. It’s water resistant to 100 meters, and has a scratch resistant sapphire face.