warren buffett watches

Warren Buffett’s Watches

Watch connoisseurs love exploring what timepieces their favorite celebrities have in their collections. More often than not, the watches celebs wear reflect their personality and style. For example, Tom Hanks wears watches that reflect his quiet elegance while Elton John prefers wrist candy that is as flashy and flamboyant as himself.

So what would one expect to find in the watch collection of Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors of all time? Once again, personality and style rule. The “Saga of Omaha” and Berkshire Hathaway CEO is notoriously frugal. He lives in the same home he purchased in 1958 for $31,500, dines at McDonald’s, and only recently upgraded his Nokia flip phone to an iPhone.He’s also worn the same watch, A Rolex Day-Date, for decades. And he has no watch collection.

Warren Buffett attributes his success by limiting his investments in companies he really likes and believes will have ongoing success. He is very fond of Rolex, and even once attempted to buy the company. Rolex declined because it’s controlled by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation.

Like his stock, Warren has hung on to his Rolex which, according to photos, is either a yellow-gold ref 18038 or ref 18238. Nicknamed “The President,” it’s the preferred watch for US presidents starting with Lyndon B. Johnson The watches have only been made of gold or platinum, so was a splurge for the parsimonious multi-billionaire.

Let’s explore the watch collection that is worthy of presidents and successful investors like Warren Buffett.

Rolex President 18038

Warren Buffett Wearing Rolex
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First released in 1984-1985, the Rolex President 18038 in 18K yellow gold features a 36mm case with a fluted bezel. The champagne-colored dial features 10 brilliant full baguette diamonds for hour markers, and the hands are titanium. The dial cover is a sapphire crystal. A date window is at 3 o’clock and the Rolex crown and day display is at 12 o’clock. The days of the week have full spellings. It’s powered by the brand’s automatic 3055 movement. It comes with an 18K gold President bracelet with an oyster clasp. This reference has long been discontinued but is available on the secondary market.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Automatic President Watch 228238BKDP

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Automatic President Watch 228238BKDP

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The Rolex President Day-Date 228238BKDP variation has a 40mm 18K gold case with a fluted fixed bezel, screw-down crown, and concealed crown clasp. It’s complemented by a gold-plated Presidents band. The black dial is enhanced by gold-tone hands and indices. A date window is at 3 o’clock and a day display with full spellings is at 12. It’s powered by Rolex’s automatic movement.

Rolex Men’s Day-Date 36

The Rolex Men’s Day-Date 36 variation has a yellow gold 36mm case and gold-tone President bracelet. The champagne dial features black hands and stick indices with black Roman numerals around the outer ring. It has the date display at 3 o’clock and the full-spelling day display at 12. The fixed bezel is fluted. It’s powered by Swiss automatic movement.

Rolex Day-Date 40 President Watch 228239

The Rolex President Watch 228239 celebrates the brand’s 60th anniversary with an iconic olive green dial. The 40mm case is white gold with a screw-down back and crown with a turn-lock double waterproofing system. The dial features white gold beveled deconstructed Roman numerals, a date window at 3 o’clock, and a day display with full spellings at 12. It’s surrounded by a fluted bezel. The three-piece solid link President bracelet has a polished center link and satin-finished outer links with ceramic inserts and a concealed folding buckle. It’s powered by self-winding 3255 automatic movement and has a power reserve of 70 hours.

Rolex Day-Date Rolex President 118238 Watch

Rolex Day-Date Rolex President 118238 Watch
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Warren Buffet Rolex Day-Date Rolex President
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The Rolex President 118238 Watch has a 36mm yellow gold case and yellow gold President bracelet with a concealed crown clasp. The antique silver dial features a full set of black Roman numerals edged in gold and Rolex’s signature day-date display. It is powered by automatic 3155 perpetual movement with a self-winding double quickset function.

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Watches Jason Statham Wears

Sometimes, in the history of Hollywood, the planets have aligned just right for a star to be born. The legendary Lana Turner was discovered while buying a soda at a malt shop. Marylin Monroe was cast into stardom after a photographer spotted her working in a factory during World War II. In much the same way, British actor Jason Statham became a star by being in the right place at the right time.

Jason was a sportive youth and practiced martial arts, football, and diving. After competing for England’s dive team in the Commonwealth Games, he landed a few modeling jobs for the clothing brand French Connection. He supplemented his income working as a black market salesman.

Instead of Lana and Marilyn’s stunning beauty, Jason was built like a rock. The French Connection, who had invested in the making of a new movie, “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998) introduced him to British film director Guy Ritchie. Guy gave Jason a chance for a leading role by challenging him to pretend to be an illegal street vendor and purchase fake merchandise. Clearly, Ritchie was impressed. Jason made his debut role in the movie as Bacon.

Jason is also a watch aficionado and prefers “extreme” watches like the following that are as tough as him and the characters he plays.

IWC Aquatimer in The Meg

IWC Aquatimer
IWC Aquatimer

In the 2018 thriller “The Meg,” Jason plays Jonas Taylor, an expert diver, and Naval captain. While on a mission, he encounters an unknown danger while exploring the waters off the Philippines. He aborts the mission and abandons half his crew. His incredulous claim that he had fought off an extinct 70-foot sea creature costs him both his career and his marriage. Jonas works hard and is furious to redeem himself.

Jason Statham IWC Aquatimer
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Jason is an expert diver in real life, so it’s safe to assume that he owns the ICW Aquatimer he wears as Jonah. The Aquatimer has a 44mm stainless steel case with a solid case back coated in rubber. The dark gray dial features luminous hour markers and hands, a date window at 3 o’clock, and two subdials. The rotating inner and outer bezel are unidirectional. It’s powered by automatic mechanical movement and has a 68-hour power reserve.

Panerai Luminor Submersible in Expandables 2

Panerai Luminor Submersible
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The follow-up to the Expandables has Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his band of mercenaries coming back to take on the mission of clearing Ross’ record. The team must acquire a black box from a downed plane. The hunt and kill begin when another mercenary ambushes the team.

Jason Statham Panerai Luminor Submersible
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This 2012 release is practically an advert for the Panerai Luminor Submersible. It can be spotted on Jason’s wrist and several other actors including Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture. The watch is specifically a 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo, model number PAM00382. It is a Luminor Special Edition and one of only 1,000 pieces.

This iconic dive watch has unique characteristics and technical features. The case and bezel are polished brass and the case back is titanium. The dark green analog dial features light green luminous skeleton hands and light green hour markers. A subdial is at 9 o’clock and the date window is at 3. Waterproof to 300 meters (1,000ft), it’s powered by automatic mechanical movement and 28 jewels. It has a power reserve of three days.

Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight in Transporter 2

Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight 196
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Almost like the opening of Transporter, this follow-up flick shows Jason Statham in a luxury car pulling into a parking garage. He hears an alarm and checks his watch. In both movies, it’s a Panerai. Jason plays Frank Martin, a mercenary “transporter” hired by an ex-Special Forces operative. Frank delivers. No questions asked.

Jason Statham Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight 196
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The model Jason wears in Transporter 2 is a 44mm Luminor Chrono Daylight model number PAM 196. The case and bezel are brushed steel. The black analog dial has bright luminous hands and indices with an Arabic numeral at 12 o’clock and three subdials. It features multiple functions including a chronograph with two counters and a tachymeter scale. It’s complemented by a handsome alligator strap with a Panerai buckle. It’s powered by Panerai’s OP XII caliber automatic mechanical movement.

TAG Heuer Monaco Automatic Chronograph in The Bank Job

TAG Heuer Monaco Automatic Chronograph
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In the high-action film The Bank Job, Jason’s character is Terry Leather, a London car dealer whose business is slow. Terry finds himself caught up in a scheme with a former model to pull off a heist at a bank where the alarm has been cut off for two weeks. He doesn’t know that her real target is a safety deposit box hiding the secrets of a royal.

The audience gets a close-up look at the TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph watch Jason wears when his character Terry is checking the time at Paddington Station. The watch is a classic Swiss luxury timepiece with a square case and dial. The 39mm case is brushed stainless steel. The analog dial is light blue and features three subdials and a date window at 6 o’clock. The hour markers are non-numeric. The seconds hand and subdial hands are bright red. It’s powered by mechanical automatic movement and 55 jewels.

Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa in Parker

Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa
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The movie “Parker” stars Jason in the title role. Parker is a thief with an unusual code. But he is a thief who is careful not to steal from the poor or hurt innocent people. He joins four other guys to pull off a job and it goes flawlessly. When Parker doesn’t get his share and is left for dead, he recovers and seeks revenge.

Jason’s character Parker wears a Richard Mille Felipe Massa. The RM 011 model is named after the F1 Driver and is as precise as the engineering in the eponymous race car. The white gold 50 x 40mm case has a tonneau shape and curved sides and bezel. The titanium bezel is encrusted with diamonds. The analog dial features Arabic numerals and three subdials with red and yellow accents. The transparent sapphire crystal dial shows off the RMAC1 caliber movement. Functions include an auto-calendar and a flyback chronograph. The strap is indestructible rubber.

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Elvis Presley’s Watch Collection (Rare & Everyday)

Elvis Presley is one of the most musical and cultural influencers of all time. Born in 1935 to a family of modest means in Tupelo, Mississippi, he knew music was his calling after receiving his first guitar on his 11th birthday. Using his early influence of Southern gospel music and African-American rhythm and blues, he helped define the genre of rock and roll. He cut his first demo record in 1953 and found almost instant success when the record label owners took him under their wing.

Elvis’s style of performing along with his good looks, pouty lips, and sultry gyrations caught on around the world while mothers covered their daughter’s eyes. After a career span of over 30 years, he sold over one billion records, starred in dozens of movies, and earned the title “King of Rock and Roll.”

Elvis loved expensive cars, flashy jewelry, and watches. He bought them for himself, his friends, and complete strangers. Sadly, the King died at the young age of 42. Over the years, the watches in Elvis Presley’s watch collection sold at auction have brought an untold amount of money. Here’s a look at some of the most famous watches Elvis Pressley wore and the roles they played in his life.

Omega Constellation and the US Army

Omega Constellation
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Elvis was drafted into the US Army in 1958. His producers at RCA Records prepared for his hiatus by stock-piling unreleased material, and Elvis did a few recordings on a two-week leave including the songs “It’s Now or Never” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight.” He was stationed in Germany alongside friend and musician Charlie Hodge.

Elvis Presley Omega Constellation
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An avid fan of Omega watches, Elvis had an Omega Constellation during the years he served in the military. Charlie often admired the watch, and Elvis eventually gave it to him as a gift. The watch went up for auction in 2012 and sold for $52,000.

Elvis Presley’s Omega features a pink gold stainless steel case with a gold decagonal crown. The black dial has pink gold dauphine hands and raised gold baton indices with luminous inlay. A pink gold-plated Constellation logo is above 6 o’clock and a gold Omega logo is under 12 o’clock. A cross-hair divides the dial and a date window is at 3 o’clock. It features Cal. 504 manual winding chronometer movement.

The Elvis Omega Constellation fetched $52,500 at auction in 2012. As for Charlie Hodge, Graceland was his residence for 16 years.

The Tiffany Omega and 75 Million Records

Elvis Presley The Tiffany Omega
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Elvis was honorably discharged from the army on March 2, 1960, with the rank of sergeant. The train that carried him back to Tennessee was mobbed all the way, and the King appeared at scheduled stops. Elvis had a natural talent for acting and never had any coaching. Later that year, he starred in the movie “G.I. Blues.” The soundtrack from the movie quickly reached Gold and Platinum status.

Tiffany Omega
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He took a break from recording and touring in 1961, but his records continued selling like hotcakes. When sales reached 75 million, RCA Records rewarded him with the gift of an Omega watch signed by Tiffany & Co. It has an 18K white gold 33mm case with a diamond bezel set with 44 round brilliant cut diamonds. The white dial is minimalist with white gold hands and stick indices. It’s powered by Omega’s manual caliber 510 movement.

Elvis’ Tiffany Omega was obtained by the nephew of the man who got it from Elvis himself. It went under the hammer at the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction in 2018. It’s slated to be on display at the Omega Museum in Bienne.

Hamilton Ventura, the Swap, and Blue Hawaii

There’s a story behind the acquisition of Elvis’s Omega. The nephew of the man whose uncle got it from Elvis traded his Hamilton Ventura for the Omega on the spot after Elvis admired it. As much as Elvis loved his Omega, the unconventional case design appealed to his unconventional spirit. The timepiece became iconic after Elvis wore it in the 1961 movie “Blue Hawaii.” It became known as the “Elvis Watch.”

Elvis Presley Hamilton Ventura
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A newer version of Elvis’ Venture, the Ventura Elvis80 was released on what would have been the King’s 80th birthday. It has a power reserve of 80 hours in his honor. The triangular case features a black matte dial with polished silver dauphine hands. The hands and alternating indices have white luminous inlays. A minute tracker on the upper right side has bright orange markings matched by an orange seconds hand. It’s powered by quartz movement.

Rolex Submariner Big Crown and Girls, Girls, Girls

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Rolex Submariner

Elvis owned watches in all price ranges. One of the most expensive timepieces he owned was the Rolex Submariner 6538 Big Crown. It was named for its oversized winding crown and absence of crown guards. Elvis wore this watch proudly in the 1962 movie “Girls, Girls, Girls.” Coincidentally, Sean Connery wore the Submariner Big Crown in the first Bond movie, “Dr. No.” which premiered that same year.

Elvis Presley Rolex Submariner
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No one knows what happened to Elvis’ Submariner. Certified Elvis ownership along with the value of the watch would certainly fetch a big price at an auction today. Several Submariners pay homage to this timepiece. Known as diver survival tools, they feature the same large crown and the Submariner’s Oyster case.

They are water-resistant to 300 meters (1,000ft), have high-precision movement, optimal protection from shock and pressure, and unidirectional rotating bezels. The dials are the brand’s classical style with geometric indices and Mercedes hands.

Rolex King Midas

Another rare timepiece in Elvis’ watch collection was the Rolex King Midas. It was his limited-edition with only 1,000 pieces produced. He received the Rolex King Midas after his sold-out shows at the Houston Astrodome livestock show. 

The Gift of Corum Buckingham

Corum Buckingham
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The King of Rock had a heart of gold…and an 18K solid gold Corum Buckingham. Once again, he gave it away to an employee and friend, Richard Davis. Elvis took the watch off one day and asked Richard to look at the back of it because something was wrong with it. Davis flipped the watch over to see the inscription: “To Richard from E.P.” Antiquorum sold the watch at auction in 2016 along with a letter from Davis and photos of Elvis wearing it for $22,000.

Elvis’ solid yellow gold Corum Buckingham had a square hobnail dial, a plain gold face, black hands, and a black leather strap.

Corum was founded by a Swiss watchmaker in 1955 in La Chaux de Fonds. The luxury brand has several collections with the same square hobnail dial designs in a variety of styles.

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Tom Hanks’ Watches

Tom Hanks is an all-American likable guy both on and off the screen. Hanks discovered his passion for acting while attending college in his home state of California. He later relocated to New York City where his career took off after landing a role in the hit movie “Splash,” thanks to his acquaintance with director Ron Howard. Over four decades he portrayed dozens of endearing and unforgettable characters such as “Forrest Gump,” Chuck Noland in “Castaway,” and Sam Baldwin in “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Tom Hanks Wears Rolex

Hanks has an affinity for the Swiss Luxury Brand Rolex perhaps because they reflect his quiet elegance. And with a massive list of box office hits grossing over $3.5 billion, he can afford to add them to his collection. Here are a few of Tom’s favorite Rolex timepieces.

Rolex Milgauss

Rolex Milgauss
Rolex Milgauss

Tom Hanks Rolex Milgauss
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Tom Hanks is a serious professional with a playful side. The Rolex Milgauss he owns was created for scientists with a soft-iron Faraday core giving this timepiece the ability to resist up to 1,000 gausses. It has classic styling with playful details.

The black analog dial underneath a green crystal features electric alternating green and orange baton indices, black hour and minute hands tinged with green, and an orange lightning bolt seconds hand. The 40 mm stainless steel case has a smooth bezel. Complemented by an oyster bracelet, this watch can be considered a tool watch and a dress watch.

Rolex Explorer I

Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer I

Tom Hanks Rolex Explorer I
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Tom expresses his adventurous spirit by wearing the Rolex Explorer I. Rolex created this timepiece to survive the harsh elements of outdoor adventures. Like Tom, it is solid and dependable with precision, self-winding movement, and a chronograph. The black dial features white luminous inlay Mercedes hands, baton hour markers, and raised Arabic numerals at the quarter hours. It has a distinctive classic look that is a good match for Tom.

Rolex Sea-Dweller

Rolex Sea Dweller
Rolex Sea-Dweller

Tom Hanks Rolex Sea-Dweller
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Tom’s travels to filming locations take him to faraway places. He’ll be ready for any extreme water adventures with his Rolex-Sea-Dweller. This timepiece has a water resistance of a whopping 4,000 ft. It features a 40mm stainless steel oyster case and self-winding movement with a chronograph.

The black dial has white luminous inlay hands and geometric hour markers. A date window is at 3 o’clock. The dial has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and is encircled with a black ceramic unidirectional bezel with white markings.

Tom Hanks Movies and Watches

Tom Hanks loves to play diverse, often colorful characters, and the watches spotted in the movies he stars in show that. Unlike James Bond films, Rolex doesn’t fit all of his roles. Let’s take a look at some of the watches he wore in a few of his movies and the characters they reflect.

Omega Speedmaster in California Typewriter and Apollo 13

Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Black Dial Men's Watch 324.30.38.50.01.001

Tom wears an Omega Speedmaster Professional in the documentary “California Typewriter” and in the blockbuster hit “Apollo 13.” This timepiece became famous as the watch that many NASA astronauts wore. It’s often called an Astronaut’s Watch or Moon Watch.

The documentary film “California Typewriter” centers around characters who negotiate between technology and creativity. Tom portrays himself along with a host of other real-life characters in the documentary.

Tom Hanks Omega Speedmaster
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In the movie Apollo 13, Tom portrays astronaut Jim Lovell. The premise is based on the true story of the ill-fated Apollo 13 moon mission. Tom’s character dreams of setting foot on the moon after contemplating how close he came while orbiting it on Apollo 8. Jim Lovell has to make some difficult decisions when once in orbit the ship veers out of control and takes them on the dark side of the moon.

Tom’s line “Houston, we have a problem” becomes a household phrase. Mission Control gets the crew back to Earth safely in the hair-raising plot. Jim is disappointed that they didn’t make it to the moon but declares it a “successful failure” because they are alive.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional features a 42mm stainless steel case with a solid back. The iconic black dial has luminous hands and indices and three subdials. It’s surrounded by a stainless steel tachymeter bezel. With caliber 321 manual winding, functions include hours, minutes, seconds, and chronograph.

Casio G-Shock DW6900 in Captain Phillips

Casio Men's G-Shock DW6900-1V.

In the movie “Captain Phillips” Tom portrays Captain Richard Phillips. It’s based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of the US container ship Maersk Alabama. The white-knuckled thriller explores the complex effects of globalization. Captain Phillips must bravely and strategically rescue his crew from Somalian pirates along with the Navy Seals.

Tom Hanks Casio G-Shock DW6900
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The Casio G-Shock Tom (Captain Phillips) wears fits the dangerous rescue mission he must endure. G-Shock watches are affordable and known for their indestructible construction and shock and water resistance (200 meters.) The Casio G-Shock DW6900-1V features a digital dial with illumination with day, date, and time display. Functions include a countdown timer, 1/100 sec. stopwatch and auto-calendar. It has a strong black resin band.

Quemex Sport in Larry Crowne

The movie “Larry Crowne” is a comedy-drama romance story with the theme “it’s never too late to start living again.” Tom plays Larry Crowne, a likable middle-aged superstar team leader at the successful company where he works. After losing his job to downsizing, he falls behind on his mortgage and refinancing falls through.

He decides to reinvent his life by going back to college. He falls in love with Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), a public speaking teacher who is as disillusioned with her job as she is her husband. Like most of Tom Hank’s romance flicks, this one has a “happily ever after” ending.

Tom Hanks Quemex Sport
Tom Hanks on Larry Crowne

The vintage watch Tom wears in the movie is a vintage digital Quemex Sport Watch. The exact model or reference number is unknown but the style matches one from the 1980s. It is a digital LCD chronograph-alarm watch with a distinct techy look. Quemex is a Chinese manufacturer that exports watches and clocks.

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Dwayne Johnson's watches

Dwayne Johnson Watches

Tinsel Town’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a watch collection as impressive as the feats he performs to save the world in his action-packed movies. And as one of the world’s top 10 highest-paid celebrities, he can afford the best luxury timepieces.

Before becoming an actor, Johnson was a professional wrestler using the ring name The Rock. His eight-year wrestling career brought him fame as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Johnson is also a producer and businessman.

Fashion critics had input from The Rock himself in an interview in which he described his preference for “tool” watches. These watches are designed for high octane situations from underwater to the cockpit of a plane. These chunky monsters have oversized dials, military functionality, and indestructible construction. They can be spotted on Dwayne’s muscular arm in movies from the “Fast & Furious” series to box office hits such as “Skyscraper” and “San Andreas.”

Quotes from Dwayne Johnson’s interview on watches show his preference for robust Swiss luxury brands from Paneri, IWC, and Breitling.

Dwayne Johnson Wears Panerai in Fast & Furious

” What I most look for in a watch is how it’s made, what goes into it, and of course the design.”

Dwayne Johnson wears a Panerai Luminor Submersible in Fast & Furious 5
Dwayne Johnson wears a Panerai Luminor Submersible in Fast & Furious 5

Panerai, a brand that combines fine Italian style with famous Swiss watchmaking steals a few scenes in “Fast & Furious 5.” Dwayne also has a few of his own.

The Luminor Submersible Chrono Pam187 appears on Dwayne’s arm in high-speed car chases and other dangerous stunts. While most of the action is on the land, this Panerai model can withstand water pressure at a depth of up to 1,000 meters. As strong as The Rock himself, the massive 47 mm case and bezel are made of 316L brushed steel. The black analog dial features luminous hour markers and an Arabic numeral at 12 o’clock, three chronograph subdials, and a date display between 4 and 5 o’clock. The bezel rotates anti-clockwise. It’s powered by an automatic mechanical Panerai OP XII caliber and 27 jewels.

Dwayne Johnson Wears Panerai in San Andreas

“I prefer materials that will stand the test of time and my lifestyle of course.”

The character Dwayne portrays in the disaster-action movie “San Andreas” has to survive earthquakes, avalanches, and harrowing helicopter rides. Made of indestructible titanium, the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio with its 72-hour power reserve fits the role perfectly. The 47 mm case is made of brushed titanium and the anti-clockwise bezel is brushed titanium with polished edges. It’s powered by the brand’s automatic P.9000 caliber movement and 28 jewels. The black dial has luminous Arabic numerals, the date at 3 o’clock, and seconds at 9 o’clock. It’s water-resistant to 300 meters.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio

The Rock’s Personal Panerai Favorites

Luminor Marina PAM1312
Luminor Marina PAM1312

“Whereas you change your clothes to suit the weather, or what you’re doing or where you’re going, I like a watch that I can wear for any occasion.”

When he isn’t fighting the forces of evil on the set, Dwayne’s Panerai go-to watches are the Luminor Acciaio and the Luminor Marina. The Acciaio PAM000090 has a simple dial despite featuring complications like a calendar and power reserve indicator. The 44 mm 316L stainless steel case has a polished steel crown protector. The black dial has luminous hour markers with Arabic numbers at 6 and 12 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 5 o’clock. The automatic, self-winding timepiece is powered by Panerai OP IX caliber movement.

Dwayne’s Luminor Marina PAM1312 is one of the brand’s most iconic models. It’s a direct descendent of the one Sylvester Stallone wore in the movie “Rambo” in 2008.

Both of these Dwayne Johnson watches have classic black alligator straps.

IWC Big Pilot Heritage

IWC Big Pilot Heritage IW501004
IWC Big Pilot Heritage IW501004

“When I go to a movie premiere, I’m not thinking, ‘what kind of watch goes with this shirt or this jacket’?”

Dwayne is often seen sporting a spiffy yet practical IWC Big Pilot Heritage IW501004. The 46mm case is strong titanium and it features a black dial with Arabic numerals, the date at 6 o’clock, and a seconds subdial at 3 o’clock. The hands are accented with steel blue and the crystal is sapphire with an anti-reflective coating. Powered by automatic self-winding IWC 52110 caliber movement, this timepiece has a power reserve of up to 168 hours. It has 6 bar water resistance and a brown calfskin strap.

Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime

Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime

“For me, a watch is a tool. A good-looking tool, granted, but definitely not a piece of jewelry.”

The Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime is one of the most handsome and complicated watches in the Dwayne Johnson collection. The dial comes in black or white with a globe design in the center. Dwayne’s is white with a rose gold case and a brown leather strap. The outer rim lists 24 major cities from 24 different time zones. The 24-hour disk allows the wearer to read the time anywhere simultaneously with local time. It also features a daylight savings time indicator, chronograph subdials, and a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock.

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Best Watch Forums

Over the years, forums have provided an outlet for horology enthusiasts and watch collectors to discuss and share their passion for luxury watches. These discussion boards have flourished despite the upsurge in dynamic social media platforms. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these glorified chat rooms have given rise to lively trading communities. So in addition to sharing thoughts, information, and pictures, members of the forum can buy and sell among themselves.

Since watch collecting is an emotional and intellectual hobby, buying and selling on a watch forum makes the experience much more personable. Members share personalities and interests via their profiles. Buyers and sellers can also deal with more confidence and at less risk than on dedicated marketplaces.

Another win for forum trading is the ability to avoid seller fees. Platforms such as eBay may charge 10 percent of the selling price. Although the fee may be capped at a certain amount, the price point of luxury watches can mean a serious amount of money for every watch you sell. Additionally, eBay charges sales tax on sellers within the United States. Finally, other trading platforms add around 3 percent for processing fees through partners such as Paypal. And international payments will be subjected to currency conversion fees.

Most watch trading forums also have a space dedicated to sharing feedback for members they have interacted with. The feedback on forums is typically more astute and extensive than feedback on traditional trading platforms.

How Do Forums Work?

A watch forum may be owned by one enthusiast, a company specializing in large-scale online communities that attract brands to advertise and anything in the middle. Some one-man forums have actually grown into a platform owned by a professional organization. Regardless of the type, the forum’s survival depends on active members that are committed to interacting on a daily basis in an intelligent and mannerly way.

Most watch forums consist of categories. Some are brand-specific such as a Rolex forum or Seiko forum. Topics will relate to the specific brands. Other forums embrace brands into a specific category such as “Haute Horlogerie” with brands such as Patek Phillipe and Audemars Piguet.

Any new post on a forum creates a thread. When you click on a forum name, you will see an index with all threads inside the (sub) forum. A thread may consist of only one post or dozens and dozens of posts. Most software used includes the number of posts inside the thread and the date of the last post. To participate in most forums, you have to register. For security reasons, you can stay anonymous to the outside world by using a nickname.

Buying and selling luxury watches on forums is a compelling option. Even if you don’t end up trading, you’re sure to gain much knowledge. Help keep watch forums alive by participating. Here are some of the best watch forums to try.

Reddit WatchExchange

Reddit WatchExchange

A relatively new watch trading company, Reddit WatchExchange is gaining popularity among watch collectors. The only requirement to sell is an account at least 30 days old and positive karma. Each new account gets one positive karma to start, and you can collect more with upvotes on posts and comments. Likewise, you will lose karma for downvotes.

As an advantage for buyers, every listing must include a photo with a handwritten note showing the date and the username of the seller. Reddit also has a mobile app that allows you to browse and reply to inquiries quickly.

Find the sales forum at https://www.reddit.com/r/Watchexchange/ and the feedback forum at https://www.reddit.com/r/WatchExchangeFeedback/.

Watchuseek Forums

Watchuseek Forums

Watchuseek has become the most popular dedicated watch forum in the world and gets the most trading activity. It began as a one-man show and grew to have over two million visits every month. Join discussions about watch collecting, watch winders, and more. All watch manufacturers from Casio to Rolex are welcome.

The watches are generally in the same price range or a bit higher as the ones on WatchExchange. To sell, accounts have to be registered for 90 days and have at least 100 posts. If you speed up posting, you will get banned. Watchuseek does this to discourage spamming to boost post count.

Watchuseek doesn’t have a dedicated mobile app but it is integrated with Tapatalk a forum-hosting mobile app available from Google Play and the App Store.

Join the sales forum at https://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/ and the feedback forum at https://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/.

Rolex Forums

Rolex Forums

Rolex Forums functions much like Watchuseek by using vBulletin for an old-school-style forum and supporting mobile integration with Tapatalk. `The main difference is in the forum participants. That’s because the watches sold on Rolex Forums tend to be much more expensive. It will be harder to sell your more affordable timepieces, and the forum is biased towards Rolex.

To sell on this forum, you have to become a pledge member by making an annual donation of $30. This higher barrier is not a big deal to serious sellers who enjoy the forum. Lots of reputable sellers list frequently on RolexForums. Buyers will most likely find what they are looking for if it is a mainstream luxury brand.

The Rolex sales forum is at https://www.rolexforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9 and the non-Rolex sales forum is at https://www.rolexforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=40. Access the feedback forum at https://www.rolexforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=28.

Omega Forum

Omega Forums

The Omega Forum is less active than most other watch forums. Only around 10 watches are listed for sale each day. The forums are good for learning about Omega watches and other timepieces. And as the name implies, it’s a good place to find an Omega-specific watch. It is free to join, but you must have 200 posts before being eligible to sell. Join at https://omegaforums.net/.

Brad Pitt's watches

Brad Pitt’s Watches

Born as William Bradley Pitt in 1963 in Shawnee, OK, Brad Pitt is a legendary American actor. He began his career in 1987 and became a leading Hollywood actor. Brad is also a film producer and has won Golden Globe and Academy Awards for both acting and producing.

Watchanistas and horologers are delighted to know that Brad Pitt is also a self-proclaimed “watch guy.” His wild popularity makes him one of the most influential celebs in the entertainment world. In one interview he revealed, “Watches are one of the few opportunities to express yourself and for me, a watch is the most steadfast symbol of what we value.”

Brad is an ambassador for Breitling and Tag Heuer and owns several of the Swiss luxury watches. At age 58, he has gone through several fiances and wives and has six children, but has managed to cling steadfastly to his extensive watch collection which also includes Rolex and Patek Phillipe.

Iconic Brad Pitt Movies

One of the most interesting things about Brad is his insistence on buying his own watch before a movie shoot. He says it helps him “get into a character’s personality.”  This quirk has resulted in lots of vintage watches in Brad’s collection. Movie fans may very well spot one of them in movies like The Fight Club, Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels, World War Z, Troy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and dozens of other box office hits.

One of Hollywood’s most iconic movies of all time casts Brad Pitt in a role with a serendipitous time-related fantasy story. He plays the title role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the story of a child born on the day World War I ended to a mother who died in childbirth. In an earlier scene, a blind clockmaker is about to reveal a clock he built to a crowd in Grand Central Station in NYC. The major event is even attended by President Theodore Roosevelt.

The Curioua scene in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

During the period the old man was working on the clock, his only son was sent to fight in WWI and died in battle. Upon revealing the clock, the crowd is shocked to see the second hand turning backward. In his grief, the old clockmaker had constructed the clock to run backwards so that the events of the war would be reversed.

Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) is born as an old man and lives his life in reverse dying as an infant. You may not spot any watches on Benjamin as he goes from old to young, but it’s a riveting story about time. It’s based on a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

Film director Quentin Tarantino brings his love of Hollywood’s colorful history to life by casting Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio back in time in Tarantino’s featurette “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Set in the year 1969, Brad plays the role of Cliff Booth, the mysterious and aloof stunt double and best bud to fading actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio.) Rick bemoans the deterioration of his career and complains that his only job offer is filming Spaghetti Westerns in Rome.

Although he’s an over-the-hill actor, Rick still lives in a ritzy neighborhood, and Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawieucha) and Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) are his neighbors. Cliff Booth lives in a trailer with his dog. The story premise revolves around an unwitting entanglement with the infamous Charles Manson and his followers and the tragedy that happened in Hollywood on August 9, 1969.

Tarantino and his crew bring the year 1969 in Hollywood back to life with incredible settings from period facades for buildings to details like Cliff Booth’s white pants, Robert Redford hairstyle, and shiny Citizen 8110 Bullhead vintage watch on a thick brown leather strap. The watch actually came out in 1972, but still portrays the fashion of the day. It has a goldtone case and dial and three black subdials. The name “Bullhead” comes from two buttons on top of the watch.

Brad Pitt's shiny Citizen 8110 Bullhead vintage watch on a thick brown leather strap in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Brad Pitt’s shiny Citizen 8110 Bullhead vintage watch on a thick brown leather strap in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Brad Pitt’s Luxury Watches

Citizen watches are of fine quality, and a vintage Citizen 8110 like Brad wore in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood costs well over $500 on sites like eBay. But when you earn over $30 million a year as Brad does, you have a few luxury timepieces such as Patek Philippe, Breitling, and Rolex in your repertoire.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

Patek Phillippe Nautilus 5711
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

A gift from ex-wife Angelina Jolie during happier times, Brad’s Patek Philippe Nautilus is a luxury sports watch that can be dressed up or down. The 40 mm stainless steel case has a matching bracelet. The dark dial features baton indices for a minimalist look. A date window is at 3 o’clock, and the lens is a sapphire crystal. It is water-resistant to 120 meters (394 ft.)

Breitling Emergency Watch

Breitling Emergency Watch
Breitling Emergency Watch

As an ambassador to the Breitling brand, Brad has quite a few in his collection. His latest is the Breitling Emergency Beacon Watch. This innovative timepiece is the first in the world with a dual-frequency transmitter and a built-in personal locator beacon. Together, these complications launch alerts and guide rescue missions. The 5.1 case is black titanium. It features a 12/24 hour LCD digital display and Swiss quartz movement. The strap is black rubber.

TAG Heuer Carrera

TAG Heuer Carrera
TAG Heuer Carrera

Like the roles he plays in movies, Brad likes to add versatility to his watch collection. He is an international ambassador for TAG Heuer excluding the US and Canada. His own is a TAG Heuer Carrera with a 43 mm stainless steel case and matching bracelet-style band. The black analog dial features silver hands, 3 subdials, a day/date display at 3 o’clock, and a tachymeter bezel. It’s powered by Swiss automatic movement.

Breitling Avenger Chronograph Watch

Breitling Avenger Chronograph Watch
Breitling Avenger Chronograph Watch

Brad has also been seen wearing a Breitling Avenger, a chronograph watch with a distinctive military look and really compliments the rest of his watch collection. It has a 45 mm black titanium case and a unidirectional rotating bezel. The khaki analog dial features white Arabic numerals, 3 subdials, and luminous gunmetal hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock. It’s powered by a self-winding automatic movement. It has a 48-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 300 meters (1000 ft.) The strap is khaki leather.

While we are talking about Breitlings it is also worth mentioning that Brad has a Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition in his collection too. On top of this are the Rolex staples such as the Rolex’s GMT Master II , Rolex Submariner, Rolex Daytona and more.

Credit to Wikimedia for the image used in the header.

bill gates watches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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elton john watches

Elton John’s Watches (Style & Bling)

Sir Elton John’s unique blend of Pop and Rock along with his flamboyant fashion style turned him into one of the 20th century’s biggest icons. The British singer, composer, and pianist has sold more than 300 records and won 10 Tony Awards and two Golden Globes. A gifted musician from a very young age, he released his first self-titled American album in 1970 and quickly rose to worldwide fame with unforgettable hits like “Crocodile Rock” and “Candle in the Wind.”

Sir Elton’s consistent chart-topping hits and millions of sold albums brought him a lavish lifestyle he loves. He jets around the world between several homes with his long-time husband including two in his native UK. When he’s in the States, he enjoys spending time at his mansion in chic Beverly Hills, a swanky home in nearby Los Angeles, and a luxury condo in Atlanta.

But Sir Elton became a legend for more than his fame in the entertainment world. He founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 and became an avid supporter of philanthropy. Upon his dear friend Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997, he reworked and recorded “Candle in the Wind” as a tribute to her with proceeds from the song going to a charity in her name. “Candle in the Wind 1997” sold more than 300 million copies in that year alone.

Nowadays, Sir Elton is still a music and fashion icon and is often seen sporting his wild outfits, colored glasses, and lots and lots of expensive watches. Over the years the legendary Rocket Man has been seen on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Talk, and on stage sporting luxury Swiss watches from Chopard, Rolex, and Franck Muller.

Chopard

Chopard Imperiale
Chopard Imperiale

When Elton John met Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, they formed a firm friendship. Not surprising, since both had a passion for fashion and helping fight AIDS. Scheufele is co-president and artistic director of Chopard, a Swiss luxury watchmaker. This bond gave birth to the brand’s Elton John Collection to benefit the AIDS Foundation. Scheufele collaborated with Elton John to design watches reflecting his personality and love of bling.

All of the timepieces in the Elton John Collection feature a self-winding chronograph movement with a 42-hour power reserve. A date display is located between 4 and 5 o’clock. The straps are pink, brown, or black alligator leather.

Some of them are more extravagant than others with 18K rose gold cases and adorned with precious gems such as diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Some feature rare yellow, pink, and black diamonds. The case backs are engraved with Elton John’s signature.

Elton John - 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Photo credit to Billboard

Elton John has several Chopard timepieces of his own. During the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, he sported a Chopard Imperiale. The customized watch has an 18K white gold case and is complemented by a black croc-embossed leather strap. A set of 11.22 carats of diamonds add elegance and more luxury than the Chopard Imperial factory versions.

The Chopard Imperiale Collection’s design is a modern-day representation of great historical empires. Abstract motifs on the dial are inspired by the embroidery on the draperies where monarchs displayed their insignia. They feature Roman numeral hour markers, curved lotus flower crowns, and openwork sword-shaped hands. The shape of the lugs is reminiscent of ancient columns.

Rolex

Rolex Day-Date Platinum
Rolex Day-Date Platinum

Elton John cherishes his Rolex Day-Date Watch perhaps because it has a history as colorful as he is. It was the first watch to display the day of the week spelled out. Released in1965, this timepiece has been dubbed “The President” because of its popularity among American presidents such as Eisenhower, JFK, and Lyndon Johnson.

Elton John - Red Carpet of Rocketman
Photo credit to CinesIte

It’s also favored by Warren Buffet and Jay-Z. It’s crafted in the brand’s 950 platinum and features an icy blue dial. The caliber 3255-movement was developed and manufactured by Rolex. The self-winding mechanical movement is a forerunner in watch crafting and is known for precision, power reserve, and shock resistance.

Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex

Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex

Sir Elton has also been seen wearing a Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex. Set with diamonds, it has a black dial, Arabic numeral hour markers, and a black crocodile leather strap. All of the watch cases in the Cintrée Curvex collection have the iconic Tonneau shape with unique curves and contours.

Elton John - Oscars 2020
Photo credit to Lifestyle Asia

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1992, the luxury brand is known for its original designs and complications. Some models feature skeleton dials, perpetual calendars, and chronographs. Sir Elton’s encrusted diamond Franck Muller is outrageously expensive, but the company offers less expensive ones.

Credit to Wikimedia for the image used in the header.

doctor who pocket fob watch

Doctor Who’s Pocket Fob Watch – Time Traveler Extraordinaire

Doctor Who has been gracing our screens since it was first aired back in 1963 on British Television. It actually ran for 26 seasons until 1989 when it was taken off air.

However, most of you probably know the more modern Doctor Who TV series from the BBC which was revived back in 2005.

doctor who

Doctor Who, also known as the Time Lord or simply “the Doctor”, is actually an extra-terrestrial who appears human. He travels through time in the Tardis, which is usually depicted as an English telephone booth, albeit in blue.

The Fob Watch in Doctor Who

doctor who fob watch

In many of the series you will see Doctor Who and others make use of a Fob Watch (aka Pocket Watch) for various purposes. It has been used to hypnotise and as a biodata device with the Charmeleon Arch, as well as in many other plot scenarios over the seasons.

No matter what it was specifically used for, the fob watch plays a very central role in the Doctor Who series.

Fob Watch Features

doctor who fob watch face

The Doctor Who fob watch features a clean white dial with Roman numbers marking the hours. There are three sub-dials around the face, the purpose of which I am unsure of. The hands are clean, pointed black, with a slim black second hand.

The case cover has a stunning engraving with concentric circles and related shapes that give it a mysterious feel. And of course, on top is a standard pocket / fob watch button and ring for attaching to a chain (to carry in a pocket).

Where To Buy Doctor Who’s Fob Watch

Not surprisingly, a number of replica Doctor Who fob watches have been produced in varying quality. The majority aim to reproduce the above look and feel. Sometimes in metal, but also in plastic.

Vintage Film Doctor Who Brass Antique Case Pocket Watch 1 PC Necklace 1 PC Clip Key Rib Chain Quartz Pendant Watch Fob Nurse Watch

VIGOROSO Doctor Who Astronomy Vintage Retro Steampunk 48mm Pocket Watch Necklace with Box

Various Fob Watch

The above fob watch is the most common seen in the show, however, there have also been others including both a gold and silver fob watch. There was also a fob watch with a digital watch instead of analog watch inside.