The Watch Collections of Presidents and World Leaders

As one of the most powerful people in the world, every move a president or political leader of a country makes is seriously thought out to represent a certain message to the millions of people who are going to see and hear about it. For watch aficionados, a fun point to consider is the timepieces which world leaders wear. Historically, there have been a few politicians who stand out in terms of the timepieces they choose to wear as commander-in-chief. Our expert team at LSM Watch has put together a list of politicians who have made powerful statements through the timepieces they wear. While you certainly might be able to guess a few of them (obvious giveaway: JFK), some will certainly surprise you!

 

John F. Kennedy

Credit: Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Credit: Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

As the iconic head-of-state known for his charismatic aura and captivating appearance, John F. Kennedy was a sure shot for our list. During his presidential inauguration in 1961, Kennedy wore a Omega Ultra Thin which was given to him by Florida senator and close friend Grand Stockdale. It featured a custom engraving on the case-back which read “President of the United States John F. Kennedy from his friend Grant.” Considering the historical significance of the piece, the Omega Museum in Switzerland bought the timepiece at an auction in 2005 for $420,000. In addition to a politician, Kennedy was also a romantic. For their fourth anniversary, Jackie Kennedy gifted her husband the classic Cartier Tank which there numerous photographs of him wearing. Contrarily, in the midst of his widely speculated secret relationship, Marilyn Monroe is believed to have bought Kennedy a gold Rolex as a gift with an engraved caseback that read “Jack, With love as always, from Marilyn, May 29th 1962.” This is a watch he is believed to have given to an aide to get rid of immediately. With a collection of watches that were closely intertwined to his political and love life, the legend of John F. Kennedy continues to grow long after his assassination.  

 

Barack Obama

Photo: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Photo: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Barack Obama has been one of the most influential people in the world in his tenure as the 44th President of the United States. Despite his immense power, his constituents are able to connect with him because of his personable attitude. His watch collection is similar to his attitude, classic and modest, though it does have an interesting story tied to it. Before becoming president, Obama wore an understated TAG Heuer Series 1500 Two-Tone Diver. However, for his 47th birthday in 2007, his Secret Service team gifted him a watch he was very fond of, a Jorg Gray JG 6500 Chronograph with the Secret Service emblem on the dial which the team wore. The watch was purchased from the Secret Service employee store at the headquarters in Washington, DC. Considering the $300 dollar price-tag, the Jorg Gray is not a luxury watch by any means, but instead an affordable, but quality daily-use wristwatch in true Obama fashion.     

 

Vladimir Putin

Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Considered Obama’s superpower nemesis, Vladimir Putin could not be any more different than Barack Obama in political style, personality, and yes, in regards to their watch collections. While Obama keeps it simple and modest, Vladimir Putin is known to boast an impressive collection of lavish luxury timepieces which have an estimated total value of more than $700,000! The most expensive watch in his collection is a platinum-wrapped A Lange & Sohne Tourbograph which has a price tag of a half million dollars. Putin is also a Patek Philippe collector, with several photographs showing him wearing a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar as well as a Patek Philippe Calatrava. The Russian commander-in-chief rounds of his collection with luxury timepieces from Blancpain and Bregeut. Putin has come under fire from Russian opposition group Solidarity who accuse him of running a corrupt government to gain these lavish watches which make up his world-class watch collection.

 

Lyndon B. Johnson

Credit: The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library

Credit: The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library

One can argue that JFK successor Lyndon B. Johnson had the most genuine presidential watch collection, with timepieces that were closely connected to his role as president. While the first Rolex “President” was a Dayjust with a Jubilee bracelet which was given to Dwight D. Eisenhower by Rolex for his pivotal role as NATO Commander, it wasn’t until Lyndon B. Johnson began wearing his Rolex DayDate with the signature Jubilee bracelet that the watch began being called the Rolex President. Today, the Rolex DayDate President is one of the most special Rolex watches available, beloved by the biggest Rolex collectors. In addition to his Rolex President, LBJ also owned a Vulcain Cricket Alarm watch, another timepiece which has been historically worn by presidents since Harry Truman in 1953. The Cricket Alarm by Vulcain was one of the first watches available to feature a worthwhile alarm complication, a function very important for the busy schedule of the president. Featuring two quintessential president watches, Lyndon B. Johnson was a man who made sure his timepieces were fit for the job.

 

Fidel Castro

Photo Credit: Life Magazine

Photo Credit: Life Magazine

Cuba’s longtime leader and revolutionary figure Fidel Castro had a watch collection that was fit for his personality which commanded respect. Castro famously wore various GMT Master timepieces as well as the Rolex Submariner. In fact, in the first photos captured after Castro took control over Havana, Castro is seen hugging Che Guevara with a Rolex GMT Master on his wrist. Another famous photograph is of Castro wearing two Rolexes on his wrist, allowing him to track three time zones (Havana, Moscow, and Washington) at once. With a vast collection of Rolex watches which were used to track time at some of the most important and tense moments of the 20th century,  Fidel Castro was an extraordinary political figure who understood the importance of a precise watch.

Celebrities Rocking Rolex Watches

We know that gold is the new black when it comes to jewelry.  Celebrities and fashion icons agree, as seen in the pictures featured below.  Kim Kardashian is rocking her Rolex with some chic chunky bracelets and Rihanna is keeping it simple with a few delicate bangles. The yellow gold Day-Date II Rolex is only one of the many Rolex styles available on LSMWatch.com. With their great discounted prices you can pick and choose from various different styles like the Daytona or the Sky-Dweller.  These Rolex watches were made with a perfect amount of complexity that make the pieces perfect to pair with your other jewelry accessories. The LSMWatch selection provides a wide range of pieces that pair beautifully with any simple strand bracelet or a busy stacked arm party.

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In this photo Kim Kardashian wears the gold Rolex Day-Date in between some chic chunky gold bracelets. The Day-Date pairs perfectly with both bold statement jewelry and simple dainty pieces, depending on the look you’re going for. Pairing watches with other eye-catching arm candy is definitely a current trend in the fashion world. From her frosty diamond pieces to her casual silver and gold jewelry statements, Kim uses a timeless Rolex to pair with any of her accessories.

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In this photo Rihanna has paired her gold Day-Date Rolex with a few simple bangle bracelets on her other arm. Rihanna’s style consists of loud pieces that make statements from colorful over-the-top outfits to bold jewelry.  Keeping it casual yet chic with her jewelry she is able to match them perfectly with her outfit of the night or her “Riri” get up for the basketball game. Once again turning to Rolex for the perfect arm piece that goes well with her bold red hair and punk rock makeup in every aspect.

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Here Kim Kardashian has kept it simple by pairing her Day-Date Rolex with a pair of gold hoop earrings. This very simple daytime look can work with an everyday outfit and agenda. A more bold touch with her makeup and less attention on her jewelry makes this a very versatile look. The Rolex watch, particularly this style, can be used in a numerous amount of looks, but this casual outfit has to be our favorite.  After all, who doesn’t want to wear a Rolex everyday?

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Featured in the picture above, is a yellow gold Day-Date II 41mm paired with a couple of Cartier Love bracelets and ring.  Can you guess who’s arm that is? It belongs to no other than, a Rolex collector herself, Kylie Jenner.  If anyone knows how to pair a classic watch with the right accessories it’s her.  The pairing of Cartier Love bracelets and this gold rolex watch goes hand in hand.  This combination works well with a casual outfit (such as her ripped up leggings, sneakers, and flannel) as well as fancier outfit (such as an evening dress or suit).

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(Photo Courtesy of: Kylie Jenner’s Instagram) 

Once again, we see Kylie showing off her striking watch, rings, and electric blue nails.  Kylie has mastered the art of mixing jewelry pieces together and these silver and gold rings go perfectly with her gold Rolex Day-Date II. Mixing these two metals can sometimes be challenging, but with Kylie’s youthfully chic style she knows to what extent each metal should stand out.  The geometric inspired ring paired with thin bands and midi rings is the way to go when mixing different metals. Her nails being an accessory statement themselves add to her already bold look. From bright blue to nude matte nail polish a gold or silver Rolex would go wonderfully with an array of different pieces.  Her neckline is not displayed, but we’re thinking dainty diamond encrusted necklaces and gold chains are involved.  If so, she completely nailed this look.

LSMWatch’s Valentine’s Day Watch Picks for Her

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching (reminder to all men: Sunday, February 14th), it’s important to put time and thought into the gift for your significant other. If you want to make a statement with a truly special gift, a luxury watch is a great choice to consider. Whether it’s a Rolex, Cartier, or Vacheron Constantin timepiece, there are many options which can make for a gift that will be remembered and valued for a lifetime. Our expert team at LSMWatch has put together a list of five women’s watches which would make for a great Valentine’s Day gift.

Cartier Tank Francaise (Ref. W51002Q3)
(Retail: $4,700)

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Cartier is a company often associated with love and romance, and the name carries an admired reputation among many women. The Cartier Tank Francaise is the quintessential Valentine’s Day gift for your wife or girlfriend. The Tank Francaise is a classic Cartier design, featuring a rectangular bezel with blue sapphire stone and Cartier’s trademark Roman numeral hour markers. If you are in the market for a classic gift which you want to be sure she is going to love, this is the go-to timepiece.

Cartier Ballon Bleu (Ref. WE902034)
(Retail: $33,275)

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If you are looking for a Cartier watch which is next level in terms of luxury (and price range), then look no further than the Cartier Ballon Bleu. This jaw-dropping timepiece by Cartier features 18k rose gold throughout the watch on the case, band, and bezel, which is also diamond encrusted. Along with these bold embodiments of luxury, this watch also features more subtle accents which make the watch even more breathtaking. It is outfitted with a Silvered Opaline dial and a Guilloché design, adding the perfect finishing touch. With this watch you are guaranteed that your loved one will remember this Valentine’s Day for the rest of her life.

Rolex Lady Datejust (Ref. 179173)
(Retail: $8,650)

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Rolex is another excellent option for a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day gift. This stunning Rolex Lady Datejust is sure to wow your loved one. This Datejust is manufactured with a long list of stunning details, including a 18k yellow gold fluted bezel, diamond hour markers, an Ivory Sunbeam dial, and an 18k yellow gold and stainless steel Jubilee bracelet. These various components come together to create a fluid design which uses various colors, materials, and accent touches to make for a special timepiece. If you are in the market for a Rolex this Valentine’s Day, this Datejust is definitely one to consider with its elegant and unique design.

Rolex Lady Datejust (Ref. 179160)
(Retail: $5,000)

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If you are looking to gift a luxury watch which can be worn regularly or even everyday, then this Lady Datejust is a great choice. Its understated design is simple and sophisticated with a white dial, complementing silver Roman numeral hour markers, and stainless steel Jubilee bracelet. This is a gift which would be a lasting keepsake, but in addition also remind your significant other of you every day as they wear it across their wrist. Considering this watch is manufactured by one of the world’s premier luxury watchmakers in Rolex, its retail price of $5,000 is also one of the best deals on the market.

Vacheron Constantin Malte (Ref. 25530/000G-9741)
(Retail: $18,876)

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This watch was unanimously voted to be on this list by our LSMWatch team, so you can consider it our top pick for a Valentine’s Day gift. Founded in 1755, Swiss manufacturer Vacheron Constantin is globally recognized by watch experts not only for their superior craftsmanship, but also their original designs. The Vacheron Constantin Malte is a watch with a very unique and eye-catching design, an observation you can make with just one glance at it. This timepiece is outfitted with an 18k gold case and a hexagon-shaped diamond bezel. These designs are paired elegantly with a white dial that has large silver Roman numerals and also van a black leather bracelet. Surely a one-of-a-kind watch which will make for a remarkable Valentine’s Day gift, this Vacheron Constantin is a great way of saying “I love you” to your better half.