Jorg Gray JG 6500: The President Barack Obama Watch Review

Jorg Gray JG 6500: The President Barack Obama Watch Review

Jorg Gray JG 6500: The President Barack Obama Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Jorg Gray JG 6500: The President Barack Obama Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

This is probably the most popular watch of 2009 - even around the world. It is the main watch that President Barack Obama wears, and has worn since before he was elected President of the US. Obama received the watch for his 46th birthday by the Secret Service in August of 2007. He's been seen countless times wearing the watch, while in public, conducting state business, and during his personal time. It is a curious thing that what was such an obscure brand of special order corporate gift watches, is now almost a major brand. But like many have stated, you cannot buy better publicity than this - for the promotion of Jorg Gray makes sense. Obama did, in an almost random manner, receive the watch, but he has chosen to wear it proudly almost continually since. As you can imagine this fact has done wonders for watch maker Jorg Gray, who has now launched a brand new full line of watches. I've had the opportunity to meet with them and have myself acquired the famed "President Barack Obama watch." So here is my take on the timepiece that is seen on the most powerful person in the world. You too, can own the President's watch.

A key difference between this model and the version that Obama has is the lack of the Secret Service logo on it. Only a few select models held the Secret Service logo, and they quickly sold out from the Secret Service's gift shop. You may still be able to get them there, but I wouldn't venture to Washington DC just for the chance. The Secret Service didn't want the logo being on the special watches being made to fulfill the demand for the Barack Obama watch - it was just not the purpose the intended for their branded watches. I understand their perspective, but it would have been cool to have a true copy of what Obama has - a minor point though. Another difference is the message on the rear of the watch that is laser etched into the caseback. You can read the text in the image, but the gist of it is that it details the watch as being a Barack H. Obama commemorative edition watch. The important part here is the unique serial number. It is very rare for watches in this price range, 0r this volume of production for that matter, to have unique identifiers. It is a nice touch for a collector's watch, and something Jorg Gray is proud to tell you. Jorg Gray JG 6500: The President Barack Obama Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Jorg Gray JG 6500: The President Barack Obama Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

The watch itself is styled mainly after traditional aviator watches. This is seen in the hands, hour indicators, and contrast of black and white colors. You'll notice the 12 o'clock marker as being that of the "typical" pilot watch. The aviation style is subdued a bit to make for the subdials and the addition of the text on the dial. The hands could be a bit bigger, but legibility is overall good. The hour and minute indicators are ample, and there is a helpful sloped chapter ring around the dial with additional markers. The chapter ring actually has more markers than necessary given the functionality of the chronograph, but it cosmetically enhances the look of the watch. Inside the watch is a 60 minute Japanese Miyota chronograph quartz movement (with date). Miyota is Citizen watch's movement maker. The layout of the subdials not exactly what you would think. Ordinarily one subdial would used for the main dial's seconds, and the other two for the chronograph, while the large seconds hand on the dial is used for the chronograph. Here, only one subdial is used for the chronograph. The other (aside from the subsidiary seconds at 6 o' clock) is a synchronized 24 hour hand. This means that all 60 minutes that are possible to be measured are placed in one small dial. The problem is that the dial only has indicators each 5 minutes - so if you want precision you sort of need to eye it - you can have to just make out what the chronograph reads between each 5 minute marker. Not the end of the world, but this is not the watch for people who need a precise reading chronograph timepiece. For most people, the synchronized 24 hour hand is more useful. A tasteful addition to the watch is the red subsidiary seconds hand, as well as the red tip to the chronograph seconds hand.

The hour markers on the black colored dial as well as the hands have luminant. It isn't the strongest lume, but it suffices for most near darkness viewing. A curious part of the watch is the style of the mineral crystal. It is slightly domed, which creates a mild lens affect (not sure if this was an intentional part of the design). It also has an anti-reflective coating that you can tell because light sometimes reflects blue against the crystal. The effect of the crystal is that the dial looks a bit distorted when looked at from an extreme angle. Looking at the dial from most angles is clear and crisp. The lens also seems to magnify the dial at certain angles. Just a little quirk of the watch.

Jorg Gray JG 6500: The President Barack Obama Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Jorg Gray JG 6500: The President Barack Obama Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

The chronograph is easy to use and measures in one second increments. The pushers are comfortable to use and so is the crown. I further like that the crown has a relief of the Jorg Gray "JG" logo on it. The watch case is in steel and about 41mm wide. You can see that the side of the case are done in a satin finish while the back and bezel of the case are in a nice high polish. Wearing the watch is comfortable, as the case fits well on your wrist. The black leather strap is a good part of the watch. It has that distressed look with the contrast stitching the is popular among aviator style watches. The strap also has a good amount of padding and has a supple underside. The steel buckle has laser etched Jorg Gray logo, which is an important detail.

So what do I think about the watch overall? I think it is a conservatively styled, handsome watch, that has a feeling of quality easily capable of many good years of wrist service. Though it is not the type of watch that hardcore watch aficionado's will lust for, aside from the historic and collectible significance of it. You know, Bill Clinton started a modern trend with wrist watches in wearing an inexpensive Timex Ironman during his presidency. His doing so was a clever tactic to appeal to the "average person," (even though it pissed off other politicians and foreign dignitaries). The Timex was admittedly an ugly watch, and Clinton coincidentally is currently a major high-end watch collector. I think that Obama is doing something similar, but trying to be more tasteful about it. The Jorg Gray 6500 won't offend anyone, and has a suitable amount of function, style, and classic demeanor - especially for a politician, or the president. Plus the watch is analog, not digital. It makes total sense for him to wear it, and I think he made the right choice to keep it on his wrist.  The decision he made was a good one also for Jorg Gray, and put this timepiece forever in the place as a relic of the times, and all that his presidency means to many different groups. So once again, if you want to own the "the President's watch," you can, and  you should have no qualms about it. It is not the last wrist watch you'll ever get, but a fun and meaningful addition to your collection.

If you want to join the many people how have decided to own or gift the Jorg Gray 6500 President Barack Obama Commemorative Edition watch you can buy the watch for $325 and get other information at Jorg Gray's website here.

41 comments
afryz88
afryz88

The watch is currently selling for $395, anyone know where I can get it cheaper, I would like to buy it for my father for Christmas.

autoblog603
autoblog603

I know i will be boycotting Jorg Gray whoever that is.

John
John

I just can't get past the quartz movement.

MichaelSantos1
MichaelSantos1

Like your comment on Clinton and the Timex, it appears the same holds true for Obama. I recently read he also owns a Rolex and a Tag Heuer that he wears when not in the public limelight

A. Steinberg
A. Steinberg

I like the watch if I can get the name buffed off the case.

John Mackay
John Mackay

Thanks Ariel for a very thorough and detailed review of the watch. I was very impressed and as such picked up one on a recent visit to NY. As I am also very interested in the leadership of Barack Obama, it makes it even more exciting. I am very happy with the style and the watch, so thanks again.
John (Perth, Western Australia)

Md Imran
Md Imran

Very good review and the watch looks really great! My order for the watch just shipped out yesterday.. Looking forward to receiving it!!!!

Abe
Abe

Hi
im not sure if the first message got through, i need to know how to change the date on this watch!
can anyone help? thank you!

Abe
Abe

hi
I recently purchased this watch, which i love, but i dont know how to change the date! ive tried every combination with the buttons but nothing! can anyone help?

thank you!

Omegajb
Omegajb

I came across Jorg Gray by a guy that I know that works for the Secret Service, I thought he was wearing a Panerai and I was thinking how did he ever afford a 5K+ watch and he told me this story about Obama.
The watch he had wasn't the same as the reviewed watch but looked really cool. I decided to check out the brand and found this JG3515 it's a little more squared off and I got more complements on this watch than my Omega Seamaster and Breitling Avenger Skyland.

The CEO of my company joked he's paying me too much and he really liked it. I upgraded to a leather band as it came with a rubber strap and it's not really a dive watch since it doesn't have a screw down crown.

Ray
Ray

Just opened a Christmas present from my wife. Lo and behold - the watch I've had my eye on for almost a year! IMO Miyota Quartz is quality stuff. This is my first quartz chrono in my collection and very proud of it. Purchasers will not be disappointed. As a bonus gift, the retailer threw in a nice looking JG pen!

Cheers,
Ray - Canada

KA
KA

I personally check out the watch at the Malaysia outlet today and fell in love at first sight. It actually feels and looks really nice, and the hands all line up perfectly with the minute and second markers.
A must have item for watch collecters.

RD
RD

Jorg Gray produces (as of 2010) an updated version with markers, two-layer subdials, etc..... it's the JG 6500-44

Dave
Dave

I am in the process of purchasing a new watch and came across this brand. It looks nice, and it appears to be form fitting.

Does anyone know if I can request a strong "Lume" on the watch?

Thanks,
Dave.

Monaco73
Monaco73

Hi All,

I found this blog and read with much interest, after deciding to add the Jorg Gray 6500 Bronze edition to my collection. I have a number of brands including Chopard, Heuer, Rolex and Bvlgari but this watch has always had some form of hold on me, that a £300 watch really shouldn't.

It arrived 2 days ago and I must admit that I don't feel like I am wearing a cheap watch. Yes it is lightweight, yes it is quartz, but it actually feels and looks really nice, and the hands all line up perfectly with the minute / second markers etc which is more than I can say for some more 'superior' brands.

Great and informative blog and a great watch. I'm now interested in exploring the newer automatic movemement models.

Cheers,

Monaco73

Najeel
Najeel

Reply to F C Dobbs: Is it really the watch or the president you don't like? The watch is an excellent timepiece. You can not even hear Japanese quartz movement. I understand your dislike for my President but I love him. The watch however is a graet everyday timepiece that the average American can afford. Something like the President, who is working hard for the average American.

Fred C. Dobbs
Fred C. Dobbs

I wouldn't have this crummy watch if it was given to me. I especially don't want anything that reminds me of the Jackass Obama.

Claire Perkins - Operations Manager, Jorg Gray UK
Claire Perkins - Operations Manager, Jorg Gray UK

Hello

Just came across this blog and wanted to answer M's query with regard to the strap on the 6500. It is 20mm
Thank you to Ariel Adams for a good review of the 6500
Claire Perkins
(Operations Manager - Jorg Gray UK)

M
M

Is the strap 20mm or 22mm?
And thanks for the review!

Nicholas
Nicholas

Good day! I am also from Malaysia and I have RECENTLY come across this brand, as of last night. and I have been really interested cause of the looks and all. Now my only concern is that, is this company a good company and is the watch made well. As I have reserached and read, the company was only created in 1998 and this watch uses Quartz. I am still very interested and your article has actually ALMOST made my mind up about buying this watch. The only thing is that I am very skinny and not all watch face can fit my tiny wrist. I was hoping that you could provide more pictures of the watch, like being worn and also compared to another watch. It would be great if it could be emailed to me. In Malaysia, no retailer has it YET so I cant compare. It would be greatly appreciated if you could do this small favour for me. Thank you so much in advance

Randhill
Randhill

Hi there, I too am from Malaysia and only very recently heard of this watch (as in last night)...picked up on your review of it, which i find very helpful and informative, and have decided to go ahead and purchase it. Hopefully durability and built quality is something i wouldn't need to worry about. thanx

andy teh
andy teh

hi everyone!! i just get to know about this watch recently. i really love the design and the look of it. its so elegant and styled!! im going to get myself one,but just before i do so, i online and search for it. And it lead me to this website.. im from Malaysia by the way.

can i know how many units of Jorg Gray JG6500 produced as it was limited edition series??

Your reply is highly appreciate!!

FERGAL
FERGAL

Hi I purchsed one of the Jorg Gray JG6500 series after seeing the watch in an article in a national newspaper.Loved the look of the watch and all went well until 8 days after receiving watch the small hand on the minute totaliser face fell of.I was very dissappointed and have returned watch for replacement.Fergal...Dublin

Adam
Adam

My father-in-law is a federal judge and knows a few secret servicemen. He had one of the guys pick up the watch in Langley and he gave it to me for Christmas. It is the "real" watch that Obama wears with the Secret Service emblem on it. Very cool watch. Thanks for the good write up.

Johan
Johan

I have the first model of this watch, which includes a star logo (with the inscription 'presidential series' around the star) instead of the secret service logo or the name "jorg gray" on the dial.
How many models are there?

miklos
miklos

Hah.. buy the watch in bulk and put your own logo on it, then mark it up 3000% like "jorg gray" did.

Jonathan Alkin
Jonathan Alkin

Hi Ariel,
I wanted to personally thank you for the really flattering article you wrote on our Jorg Gray JG6500 timepiece. We could not have asked for more,and really appreciate your legitimising the watch. We will be adding your blog as a link to our website. Thank you once again.
Best regards.
Jonathan Alkin.(VP of Marketing)

admin
admin

Very nice, fun experience.

evelyn123
evelyn123

Thanks for shutting that hater up!

admin
admin

What you or anyone feels of any political figure should have zero bearing on their watch, lol.

admin
admin

My pleasure Claire. Take care.

admin
admin

It is not a limited edition but rather a numbered edition. Meaning that each piece is individually numbered, but there is not necessarily a limit to how many they will make.

admin
admin

Adam,
Very cool, thanks for sharing. Certainly a collector's item.

admin
admin

Hey there. Thanks for the comment. Jorg Gray is the designer of the watch and the brand. They started as a company that makes special corporate branded watches, which is where the Secret Service watch came in. They aren't buying the watch from another company, it is their watch. Just wanted to point this out in case there was a misconception. Take care.

admin
admin

Hi Jonathan,
My pleasure for doing the review. I am glad that you enjoyed it. Any time...

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