Donald Trump loves Rolex while Joe Biden favours an Apple Watch – why their taste in timepieces is as different as their politics
President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump’s politics could not be more different and, as we’re about to discover, they have disparate taste in watches, too. From Trump’s classic gold Vacheron Constantin to Biden’s Omega timepiece, here’s a look at which brands get their vote.
In tune with his cool grandpa persona, Biden’s collection of timepieces is more contemporary than classic in terms of design. A fan of Omega, Biden’s been repeatedly spotted wearing no less than three different Seamasters. He wore one in a photo shoot for InStyle magazine in 2017.
Omega gifted Richard Nixon with one of the first Speedmasters they ever made in yellow gold. However, Nixon rejected the gift as per protocol and the watch now sits in Omega’s archive. The watchmaker additionally remains Nasa’s official timekeeping partner to this day.
Biden’s also a fan of that most American of brands, Apple, and has been spotted wearing a classic Apple Watch with a black strap on several occasions in recent months. He wore it during last year’s 4th of July Independence Day parade in Iowa.
Another favourite of Biden’s is his Seiko Chronograph. The Seiko 7T32-6M90 Chronograph’s two-toned case and bracelet might look pricey; Biden’s version seems to be discontinued, but similar designs can be found on Seiko’s website for around US$500. Pre-owned pieces of the same model Biden wears go for about US$100 on online resale platforms.
A less frequently seen piece from Biden’s collection is his Vulcain Cricket alarm watch. Swiss brand Vulcain was a pioneer in making wristwatches with alarms in them in the 1940s and, according to the brand’s website, soon became a favourite among American presidents, starting with Harry Truman in 1953, earning it the nickname ‘presidents’ watch’. In fact, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson all owned a Vulcain Cricket Alarm watch.
We wonder, could Biden’s watch have been an aspirational purchase? Either way, by 2021, the watch’s reputation will be intact.
The brand, favoured by a number of former US presidents including Barack Obama, first found its way onto the wrist of Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. It’s been given the “president’s watch” moniker ever since.
Whatever their politics are, it’s safe to say both the president and president-elect’s wrist games are strong.
The US president’s collection features classics by Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, while the president-elect opts for James Bond’s favourite Omega and the so-called ‘presidents’ watch’, the Vulcain Cricket