How Many Watches Does Ed Sheeran Own?

A short while ago I’d never heard of the talented guitarist/musician and fellow Brit, Ed Sheeran. He first came to my attention during a performance at the London Victoria Secret fashion show when I noticed him wearing a familiar looking vintage Rolex watch. Like his fellow guitarists and watch collectors Eric Clapton and John Mayer before him, he was wearing a steel Rolex Daytona Ref.6239 with Paul Newman dial on a black bund strap (just as Paul Newman himself had done in the early 1970’s) while performing on stage. Unlike the other two more experienced watch fanatics, Ed was sporting the black dial version, still, credit for originality. 

 Close up showing the 1960's steel Rolex Daytona, probably Ref.6239, with black Exotic dial, known as the Paul Newman. Worn on a bund strap.

Close up showing the 1960's steel Rolex Daytona, probably Ref.6239, with black Exotic dial, known as the Paul Newman. Worn on a bund strap.

After seeing Ed photographed at the recent Grammy awards held in Los Angeles I checked to see if he was still wearing the Daytona, alas no. Only this time he could be seen with a Patek Philippe Ref.5980/1A-014 modified with PVD coating and a green glass, an abomination of a watch that destroys one of most appealing PP sports models produced. 

Pre 2015 Grammy's wearing the 'abomination watch' (aka Patek Philippe Ref.5980/1a-014 with aftermarket PVD and green glass)

 Post 2015 Grammy's wearing his Richard Mille RM030 limited edition. Pictured with John Mayer who was wearing a steel Patek Philippe perpetual calendar split-second chronograph Ref.5004A.

Post 2015 Grammy's wearing his Richard Mille RM030 limited edition. Pictured with John Mayer who was wearing a steel Patek Philippe perpetual calendar split-second chronograph Ref.5004A.

Obviously the modified Patek is nothing special to report and I suddenly suspected his love of watches was more of a ‘where to spend my new-found money’ interest, rather than a real passion for wristwatches. Only in another picture taken later the same night, he was wearing a Richard Mille RM030 limited edition of 30 examples for the America’s. I confess usually when wealthy young men, particularly celebrities, buy modified Patek Philippe watches or Richard Mille, they are often put into the ‘more money then sense’ category, but something about young Mr. Sheeran seemed different. The only people I know who change their watch that fast (usually to match their clothes) are either paid to do so (Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars) or true watch fanatics, and this got me searching. The more images of Ed Sheeran I found, the more watches I saw him wearing. I am still not sure if he has a true love for the subject or just showing how much many he is making, but will give him the benefit of the doubt, for now. Below are just a few of the watches he has been photographed wearing, bearing in mind most collectors wear one watch, then change it and wear another, it is unusual to see someone change their watch so regularly and brings me to ask the question; If those were just the images I found of him from a quick search; how many watches does he actually own?

Patek Philippe steel Aquanaut dual-time Ref.5164/a

Patek Philippe white gold perpetual calendar chronograph with blue dial Ref.5270G-014

Patek Philippe steel Nautilus annual calendar Ref.5726/a

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref.5980/1a-014, aftermarket PVD + green glass

Richard Mille RM011 Carbon (wears it on either red or black strap)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore PVD coated steel with ceramic bezel, nicknamed the 'Volcano'

Richard Mille RM030 Carbon, LE of 30 for the America's 

At the Brit Awards after winning album of the year, looking slightly worse for wear with his Richard Mille RM035-01 NADAL in NTPT case


I haven’t heard who is advising him regarding his watch purchases but given he is a young famous Brit living in Suffolk and has a penchant for Richard Mille, I have a very good idea.