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Bill Gates Watches – Cheap & Functional

Today, Bill Gates is a household name. Famous for creating and leading Microsoft for decades and helping spread personal computers around the world. 

Of course, as a result of his creation, Microsoft (and Windows of course) Bill Gates and his (ex) wife Melinda Gates both became multi-billionaiares.

You would expect a man like Bill Gates to be wearing a Rolex or Patek Philippe, like many of his counterparts. But alas, you would be wrong!

So, what watches has Bill Gates worn?

Casio MDV106-1AV Dive Watch

Bill Gates wearing Casio mdv-106-1av

A billionaire like Bill Gates would be expected to wear an expensive watch, like for example the actors on Billions! But alas, a Gates is a simple, practical guy who likes functional watches.

As such, it is no surprise to see him wearing almost exclusively Casio watches. The watch he is seen wearing the most is an extremely popular dive watch from Casio – the Casio MDV106-1AV Duro. 

Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black

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Casio MDV106-1AV Specifications

The Casio MDV106 is a classic dive watch in many ways, with its easy-to-read dial, robust build quality and functional design. The specifications are kind of what you would expect:

  • Stainless steel case
  • Resin Band
  • Date window at 3 o’clock
  • Water-resistance: 200m / 660ft
  • Case size: 44mm diameter, 12mm thick
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Casio W214H-1AV Illuminator

Bill Gates Casio W214H-1A

During an interview on the TV show Politico Gates famously mentions his “$10 dollar watch” much to the astonishment of the interviewers. Of course, being a lover of Casio watches Gates usually wears very affordable watches. 

This watch is a little more expensive than 10 dollars, but certainly something a billionaire could lose and never notice.

Casio Illuminator Sports Digital Chrono Watch W214H-1AV

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Casio W214H-1AV Specs

  • Steel bezel, plastic case, rubber strap
  • 50M Water Resistant
  • LED backlight
  • Daily alarm, Hourly time signal, 1/100 second stopwatch, Countdown Timer, Full Auto-calendar, 12/24 hour formats
  • Case: 48.2 x 45.0 x 11.3mm
  • Weight: 35g
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Casio MRW-200H-1B2VDF

Bill Gates wearing Casio Mrw-200H-1B2vdf

More recently, Bill Gates has been seen wearing another simple black faced Casio. The Casio MRW-200H-1B2VDF is an all black analog watch with a clean dial and day date display at 3 o’clock. Again, it is certainly nothing fancy, but will likely last Gates decades to come.

Casio Mrw-200H-1B2vdf Men's Mrw200 Black Resin and Dial Watch

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Casio MRW-200H-1B2VDF Specifications

The Casio MRW-200H family of watches are clean, functional daily beaters that simply give you the time and date and last you a lifetime of wear and tear. The specifications for this particular model are:

  • Plastic case and band
  • Day/Date display at 3 o’clock
  • Unidirectional bezel for diving
  • Water resistance: 100m / 330ft
  • Case size: 47.9 x 44.6 x 11.6mm 
  • Weight: 39g
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Microsoft SPOT – SmartWatch (2004)

It may be surprising to learn that Microsoft and Bill Gates were way ahead of the game with the modern Smart Watch. Back in 2004, Microsoft released a smartwatch platform known as SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology). Manufacturers such as Fossil, Suunto, Tissot and Swatch were on board to produce the watches.

Microsoft SPOT Smartwatch from Fossil
Microsoft SPOT Smartwatch from Fossil

The watches could do many of the things a modern smartwatch could do such as display weather, stock prices, sports scores and even AOL instant messages (if you remember those!). It was a little before its time and fizzled out a long time before Samsung or Apple jumped into the smart watch scene!

Credit to Wikimedia for the image used in the header.

 

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