Joe Biden is the first US president to wear this historic watch

This week, for seemingly no particular reason, Joe Biden wore an Omega Speedmaster. On Saturday, the president strolled onto the White House lawn to board Marine One for Camp David, and there it is on his wrist: the familiar black dial, the bezel cluttered with numbers and dashes (that’s a tachymeter, and can be used to measure distance for those who know what they are looking at) and three pusher case.

Joe Biden is the first US president to wear this historic watch

The small act made Biden the first sitting president to wear the Speedmaster, noted watch writer Nick Gould. That might not seem like a big deal, given that watch nerd Joe Biden has already scored a few watch firsts for a POTUS: he was the first to wear an Apple Watch, and another president is unlikely to also owned the Seiko Chronograph which he wears frequently. However, it’s surprising that no other president has worn a Speedmaster given its place in American history.

When the United States fulfilled John F. Kennedy’s promise to “go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,” the astronauts on that mission wore Speedmasters. Neil Armstrong’s Omega Speedmaster is listed in the Smithsonian. No other watch is so inextricably linked to American exceptionalism and yet it has escaped the wrist of every president up to the age of 46. It probably won’t be the part of his legacy he’s most proud of, but Biden is probably already the greatest president ever. watches suited to his position. It is at least Something! He first took office wearing a Rolex Datejust, which made history as the first Rolex ever worn by a president thanks to Dwight Eisenhower. Now it finally puts the Speedy in its rightful place. Also this week, a whole cast of heavy hitters: Drake, Ben Affleck, Tom Holland!

Joe Biden’s Omega Speedmaster

For Omega, that surely seems like a long time to come. The watch has already come close to a sitting president, notably in 1969 when, to commemorate the moon landing, the brand presented a gold version of the watch to Richard Nixon. However, Nixon turned down the watch because of its value – US presidents are not legally allowed to accept expensive gifts (in 2014 the limit was $375). That obviously wasn’t a problem for Biden, who’s owned this watch since at least the fall of 2017, when he wore it while filming for In the style.

Drake’s Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster

What’s left to say about Drake’s watch collection? The rapper doesn’t even bother to repeat one of his ultra-precious watches anymore. The last piece he pulled out of his sleeve is this absolutely insane Rolex Pearlmaster. The set piece isn’t something cooked up in the aftermarket either. No, he left the factory with these blue, green and yellow sapphires.

Tag Heuer Monaco Titan by Tom Holland

Spider-Man is far from home. In Monaco, for the Grand Prix, to be exact. Its thematic dressing was perfect: Monaco, Holland wore the special edition Tag Heuer watch that bears the name of the race. The remarkable square watch has been redone in titanium and given an elegant silver and black dial. Check out this piece for more on the “standard Monaco wearing a tuxedo”.

Franck Muller Curvex by Ben Affleck

Affleck’s watch was at the center of a worldwide watch mystery this week. Was it the same watch Jennifer Lopez gave her in the ‘Jenny From the Block’ video? And if so, who made it? The answers, we now know, are “yes” and Franck Muller. The Franck Muller Curvex is a fitting piece for dredging up feelings of late 90s and early 2000s nostalgia. early – think of them as spiritual predecessors to Richard Mille’s wacky creations. The brand was popular with celebrities, including, apparently, the two members of Bennifer.


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Kevin E. Boling