President Barack Obama's Watches

in Learn | Sunday, April 12. 2009

Much buzz has been generated from our new Presidents choice of timepiece. Since his entrance into the public eye, Obama has only been spotted wearing two different timepieces. A little digging for pictures taken of Obama throughout the years previous to his campaign reveals that it is indeed only these two watches that he has chosen to wear through the years. The first of which, it is speculated, was acquired around the time of his 1991 graduation from law school is a TAG Heuer Series 1500 watch. The second, a much more elusive watch that sparked months of heated online debates and searches to discover just what brand our new president had placed on his wrist is a little known private label Jorg Gray watch.

The TAg Heuer Series 1500 watch is a two-tone diver watch, produced back when TAG's main focus was to produce professional sports watches. The watch was powered by a quartz movement and was a typical divers watch, featuring a 200 meter water resistance and a unidirectional rotating bezel. The screw-down crown, sapphire glass, and luminous hands and dial markers add to the water resistance and readability. Archived photos show that this watch was the only one Obama wore, at least according to pictures, for more than fifteen years.

It wasn't long before the election that a new watch appeared on Obama's wrist. This new watch was a chronograph, and despite the efforts of many watch enthusiast to identify the watch it remained a mystery. After many in depth investigations it was discovered that this watch had a Secret Service shield on the dial and that he had received this watch as a gift for his 46th birthday. This watch was produced by a company called Jorg Gray who is owned by a company dedicated to custom manufacturing items with third party logos. This particular watch was part of a batch of fifty watches ordered for a secret service employees store. This version of the Series 6500 Chronograph watch has become an instant sensation, and many quickly tried to make a quick buck from the watches instant popularity by selling later series watches. Jorg Gray now produces a commeorative edition version of the watch which features an engraved back celebrating the inauguration of Obama.

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