Watches In The White House 2010 – Obama, Biden, Kagan

Watches In The White House 2010 – Obama, Biden, Kagan

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Politics and watch lover aBlogtoRead.com reader Eric sent me this perfect image showing off the watches of (from left to right), Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Elena Kagan. I love the clarity here, and the visibility of the watches. Biden has been known to wear a few watches, including an Omega Seamaster, a Citizen, and here a Tissot T-Touch. Look at him show that puppy off – as though he is incredibly proud of it. Nothing under the sleeve! Good work Biden! Represent us watch lovers proudly. So let’s take a quick look at the watches and what they mean and cost.

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Joe Biden is clearly the biggest watch lover of this trio. While Obama has a number of watches (I know, because I am told all the time by watch brands what models they give him). Here, he is wearing a first generation Tissot T-Touch watch on a rubber strap. You can click that link for a product page where you can see more specs and get one. It retails for $750 – being the priciest of the trio, but interestingly the least formal. On a rubber strap with all of its outdoors functions, this is a sports watch that is a good gadget piece as well. Biden is almost always seen with sport watches, they fit his personality. Interestingly enough, in comparison to the other watches, Biden’s looks to be a few minutes behind (or Obama and Kagan’s watches are a few minutes ahead). I wonder what that says about Biden?

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Obama is wearing his famed Jorg Gray JG6500 (which I reviewed and discussed and reviewed here). When he received the watch from the Secret Service as a gift, it was a very rare timepiece. Since word got out about his consistently wearing the watch, people the world over have purchased Jorg Gray JG6500 timepieces. The quartz timepiece now retails for $325, and comes in a variety of styles. 2010 will see a new version of the JG6500, called the JG6500-44. This new version will be upgraded to have a Swiss quartz movement, sapphire crystal, and an upgraded dial (being two-layer and having applied hour markers). This new version will retail for $795. Obama’s model is the more pedestrian piece, and communicates his loyalty to the Secret Service who thoughtfully gifted him the watch from their own gift shop, and as a statement about his connection to the people. US politics has often favored people who connect with the people in terms of what they wear. The idea is that “he or she is just like one of us.” Whether this is good or bad can be argued. In other parts of the world, politicians are expected to wear lavish luxury timepieces that communicate their taste and success. Speaking of Tissot actually, Obama also owns a Tissot T-Touch Expert Pilot that he likely wears from time to time.

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Here we also see the timepiece worn by likely future US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Nominated by Obama, I believe she is currently going through the trials of being approved. I haven’t really kept up to date on the progress of her approval, but I am interested in her watch. While no Supreme Court Justice that I can remember is know for being particularly lavish with their watches, I have a feeling that at least a few of them have some fancy watches underneath their robes. Us lawyers have a penchant for loving fine timepieces. As an educator, Kagan has a standard “nice watch.” She is seen wearing her less-than-uncommon gold plated ladies Movado Museum piece on a leather strap. While the exact model number is going to be tough to detect as Movado frequently changes these watches even though they often look almost the same, we know the basic model. Click here for a listing on Amazon.com of this style Movado Museum watch for women. So what does a watch like this say about Elena? Well not too much actually. Worn by legions of people all over the world, this is sort of a nice watch for people who don’t know better. The prudent Kagan perhaps isn’t into the idea of luxury watches in her life. Either she has rejected the concept, or just hasn’t discovered fine timepieces yet. The Movado Museum face is a watch that blends in better than a basic Seiko. People know it, but they are so common, it is hard to apply a character trait to anyone who might wear them. This is Movado’s bread and butter, and likely a stepping stone timepiece to nicer things. At the same time, Kagan put the piece on for a formal photo shoot. She doesn’t want attention called to her wrist, so wearing it might have been purely intentional.

By the way, I think this is an official White House press image. So I am not sure who to credit for it. Here is the link to the original large image of Flickr. Seems to be uploaded by “The White House.” So let’s just credit the US government for this photo.

17 comments
Stephen Delaney
Stephen Delaney

Easy Guys,
Who cares what kind of watch the President wears, all I want to know is there any stimulus money left, so I can go buy a nice watch?
SteveD

Jeff Stein
Jeff Stein

OK, I'll admit it . . . a full confession: I am proud of the research and writing that I have done about Obama's watches. It's been good fun, and well-received by many readers.

In terms of the "interesting" versus "important" thing, I'm with you . . . to me, this whole subject is more interesting than it is important. Do some Google research, and you will see that the subject of Obama's watches has been covered by media in dozens of countries. So lots of folks seem to find this interesting.

When people publish information, I believe that it is worthwhile [notice that I avoid the word, "important"] for them to get it right. In this instance, that's not such a lofty or unrealistic expectation.

Richard Stancik
Richard Stancik

I'm just saying that the fact that he doesn't wear a particular watch is not proof he doesn't own one. I'm also wondering why knowledge of the President's exact watch collection is such a matter of pride anyway. I think it's INTERESTING to know, but I don't feel it's IMPORTANT to know.

jeff stein
jeff stein

Yes, I had forgotten about this Facebook page. Nice publicity for Facebook, but still no evidence that he has worn their watch.

As I understand it, when someone makes a gift like this to a U.S. President, when he is in office, then the gift goes to the Presidential archives (or library or warehouse, etc.). I have also read that Vulcain also "presented" Obama with some sort of commemorative watch, as Lyndon Johnson (and perhaps other Presidents) had worn the Crickets.

Still, there has been no photographic evidence of Obama wearing this Tissot, or the Vulcain . . . he only has worn the three that I mentioned: the TAG Heuer, the Jorg Gray, and the Highgear Enduro.

Richard says that he has a couple of watches that there are no photos of him wearing. I am guessing that photographers throughout the world have taken more photos of President Obama than they have of Richard, so I doubt that Obama is wearing any watches that have escaped detection. Obama also has a habit of rolling up his sleeves, so his watches are easy to spot.

Richard Stancik
Richard Stancik

I have a couple of watches that there are no photos of me wearing... so what?

Jeff Stein
Jeff Stein

Ariel:

Then my question is whether Tissot can produce a photo clearly showing Obama wearing one of their watches.

I have studied thousands of photos of Obama, looking for the watches, and over the last two years, there are exactly three of them -- the TAG-Heuer, the Jorg Gray and the High Gear Enduro.

Jeff

mako
mako

Perhaps Obama should check his and see how much time has passed since the oil disaster in the Gulf and how much more will pass before he decides what to do.

Reginaldo Almeida
Reginaldo Almeida

The credit goes to Pete Souza (that is what the caption of the photo says).

Mike
Mike

Fun article. Thx Ariel.

BIG CHRONO
BIG CHRONO

Washington usually wore a scaled down sundial,
& for festivities he donned a Perrelet.

Jeff Stein
Jeff Stein

President Obama has been wearing three watches, since he came into the public spotlight, during the presidential campaign (around two years ago) -- (1) a TAG-Heuer Series 1500, (2) the Jorg Gray "Secret Service" chronograph and (3) a Highgear Enduro, plastic sports watch. You can see all the detailes about these three watches on my webpage, Barack Obama's Watches -- http://www.onthedash.com/docs/obama.html

I am not aware of any evidence of Obama wearing a Tissot, but would welcome any relevant photos that you might be able to share.

Jerome Pineau
Jerome Pineau

Would have been interested to see what watches past US presidents have worn and perhaps correlate them with their historical track record and/or legacy. Interestingly enough Biden's piece has a built-in altimeter which would, one might assume, relay to him which end is up so one wonders - good thing for the legendary Swiss warranties :)

JED
JED

Please do not mix politics with watches.

admin
admin

Jeff,
That information is direct from Tissot.

admin
admin

What are you talking about? Since when are watches partisan?