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 to 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.