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His Opinions Might Be Controversial but Joe Rogan’s Watch Collection Is on Point

Cancel culture. The eternal gauntlet run by anyone hoping the make a name for themselves in the 21st century and, with any luck, enjoy more than just 15 minutes in the spotlight. One man who has made balancing at the edge of controversy an art is Joe Rogan, the UFC commentator/comedian with a hit podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.

Whether he’s tackling US politics, trans-rights or more recently the Covid 19 vaccine, he’s never far from the firing squad of public opinion. Regardless of your opinion on him, there is something we can all learn from Joe Rogan and that’s how to create the perfect collection of sport and tool watches.

Rolex

Joe Rogan wears a Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea

It’s a fact of watch collecting that the cornerstone to practically any collection should be a Rolex. They carry a greater perception of prestige than many of the other major watchmakers at a similar price point and are exceptionally versatile. So much so that Rogan has been seen sporting at least four different models from the professional range. A Rolex Submariner, Cosmograph Daytona, Seadweller Deepsea and a Yachtmaster 40.

While the Daytona might carry the biggest reputation of the four, the Submariner is actually the one I want to focus on, and let’s be honest its reputation is practically as large. It is the archetypical sporty diving watch. Its 41mm diameter is right in the sweet spot of sizes and in Oystersteel it’s suitably durable and rugged enough to actually consider taking with you on adventures. And that’s before you even consider the styling.

Rolex Submariner ref. 124060

Aesthetically it’s simple and timeless, dating back to the 60s. The dial is a block colour for legibility underwater, in Rogan’s case the black ref. 124060, and the hour markers are oversized and filled with SuperLuminova for the same reason. The face of a dive watch is supposed to be uncluttered and the Submariner understands that. It also has the classic unidirectional rotating bezel with diving scale. There is a wealth of smaller brands that use this model as key inspiration, but none are quite as good as the original – it’s the sports watch all others are compared to. In a collection like Rogan’s, it’s not the centrepiece but it lends solid credibility to every other watch placed alongside it.

Panerai Radiomir

Joe Rogan wearing a Panerai Radiomir

If Rolex is a collection staple and too mainstream, then adding a Panerai or two is a great way to show that you know your stuff when it comes to watches. And that’s precisely what Rogan has done with both a Luminor Mariner Submersible and a Radiomir. The cushion cases of all Panerais make them very distinctive in the dive watch market, where Submariner clones dominate, although the Radiomir perhaps stands out the most.

Panerai Radiomir

That’s because the Radiomir perfectly straddles the worlds of diving and dress watches, thanks to its stripped back design, sans thick, rotating bezel. And yet it maintains a bold profile and faintly sporty charm thanks to its steel construction ranging from 42-45mm in diameter – or even 48mm in the case of the ceramic version. Its unique flavour is ideal for adding some variation to your collection and proving that you’re not a one brand wonder.

Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Moonwatch

Joe Rogan wearing a Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph Ref. 3570.50.00

Enter Omega. Omega are one of the few brands that can claim to be as iconic as Rolex to the wider public. Leading the charge for them is the Speedmaster Moonwatch because nothing is as cool as the watch that actually went to the moon. And when it comes to sleek, sporty chronographs, it’s the major rival to the Rolex Daytona.

Joe Rogan wearing an Omega Seamaster

Omega Seamaster Diver / Joe Rogan Experience #1470 – Elon Musk

Rogan has been seen touting the ref. 3570.50.00, which is a 2013 edition of the timepiece. It bears the classic tricompax layout on its dial and features a 42mm steel case with tachymeter bezel. Although what makes it special is that it also houses the manual calibre 1861, the same movement found in the watches that actually went to the moon. If you pick up the right Speedmaster, it can certainly be a centrepiece as Rogan has proven beyond doubt.

 
 
 
 
 
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In 2021 Rogan took things even further and gifted an Omega Speedmaster to one of his guests, Lex Friedman, during his Podcast. The watch in question was the 2016 Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph, which has a date subdial and moonphase instead of the traditional chronograph counters.

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage 46

Joe Rogan wears a Breilting Superocean Heritage

When it comes to rounding out a sporty watch collection, Breitling are highly versatile. Whether it’s the Top Time chronograph or the more traditional Chronomat. Rather than either of those, Rogan has gone for Breitling’s diving fare, the Superocean Heritage. The silhouette is similar to the Rolex Submariner but a little less angular and with the illusion of a slimmer profile, even if it is substantially thicker with a diameter of 46mm on the ref. AB2020161C1S1.

There’s a tendency to veer away from large watches these days, perception has shifted and retro nostalgia means vintage sizes closer to 38mm or smaller are rising in popularity. However, while a 38mm might suit the majority of men it’s certainly too small for anyone built like a tank, like Joe Rogan. He’s a big (if not tall) guy and makes big watches work for him, as such he’s built a collection around that fact.

So, if you’re going to take any tips from his sports watch collection it should be this: find a watch that suits you and make that the core of your collection. And then maybe start an internationally popular podcast to show them all off.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.