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.
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.
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?
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.