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The 46th president of the United States of America certainly has good taste when it comes to timepieces. President Biden wears a wide variety of watches to his many public appearances. Interestingly enough, he seems to be fond of a wide range of watch brands, from the more affordable “everyman” appeal of a Seiko watch to more high-end watch brands such as Rolex and Omega.
Most of the time, you can see the president wearing one of the Seiko watches from his collection. However, during special events – President Joe Biden won’t think twice about bringing out the “Big Guns”, such as during his inauguration as president where he wore a Rolex Datejust 41.
For us watch enthusiasts, it is always interesting to know what timepieces a particular public figure prefers to wear – especially someone who holds as much power as the president of the United States of America.
You can even say that we can get a glimpse of who a person is by the type of watch he wears.
So, without further ado, let us look at all the timepieces that the president of the USA prefers to wear. One thing is for sure, President Biden has pretty good taste when it comes to his wristwatches, just as Barack Obama does, who Biden previously served under as Vice President.
Watches that Joe Biden Wears
Rolex Datejust 41
Interestingly, Biden seemed to consciously skip the chance to wear a Rolex Day-Date watch, known as a Rolex President, and went with the more subdued Rolex Datejust during his inauguration. This decision is not that surprising to those who know Biden as he prefers to project himself as an “Average Joe” to the public, and a high-end model like the Rolex Day-Date might be too flashy for him.
That is not to say that a Rolex Datejust is not impressive – far from it as this is a classic and timeless Rolex timepiece.
Also, the Rolex Datejust 41 that Joe wore during this momentous occasion was a gift from his wife, Dr Jill Biden. So, there’s that reason as well.
The Rolex Datejust features a subtler aesthetic compared to its more extravagant counterpart, the Day-Date. Joe Biden’s model was a 41mm model and featured a smooth and more low-key bezel.
A black dial and Jubilee-style bracelet accentuated the silver-tone stainless steel case of the Datejust 41. In addition, the watch incorporates Oyster steel which is incredibly resistant to corrosion, giving the Rolex Datejust impressive longevity.
The case incorporates a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass with a magnified cyclops lens over the date display for optimized legibility.
This outstanding yet straightforward watch is a mechanical self-winding caliber 3235 movement with a power reserve of approximately 70-hours. The watch build also provides it with decent 100-meter water resistance.
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Next up, we have the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch that Biden wore during an interview for In Style magazine. Biden partnered this Omega timepiece with casual attire and showed the public a possible glimpse of the president’s fashion style.
The appearance of an Omega Speedmaster watch on the U.S. president is also not that surprising considering that Omega has a history with NASA – hence, the Moonwatch moniker. The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch that Biden wore during the interview was actually from his collection.
This timepiece from Omega also has a certain level of prestige and heritage behind it as it is the timepiece worn by astronauts during the historical spacewalk and moonwalk. The watch itself has a pretty robust and professional build with an emphasis on reliability and performance. That is not to say that the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is not stylish; this is an Omega watch, and style is synonymous with the brand.
The Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch also comes with a chronograph feature, tachymeter scale, and a 50-meter water resistance rating. Underneath the impressive exterior build is an Omega caliber 1863 manual winding movement with a power reserve of up to 48-hours.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch delivers a high level of proficiency in its performance. It also provides an intelligent aesthetic that will complement both casual and formal attires. We can see why Biden likes this timepiece as not only is it stylish; it also has a prominent fixture in one of America’s proudest moments.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
While Joe Biden certainly leans towards Seiko watches, it appears as the 46th president is quite fond of Omega timepieces. Not only has Joe Biden been seen with a Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, but he was spotted with an Omega Seamaster Diver 300M watch as well.
The stylish Omega Seamaster Diver 300M is not just all sizzle with no steak, though. Instead, this model is a high-performance dive watch that can accommodate the needs of both beginners and experienced divers, thanks to its solid 300-meter water resistance rating.
This particular Omega dive watch is a 42mm model made from a silver-tone stainless-steel case and a stunning blue ceramic bezel. Over on the dial, Omega once again utilizes a blue ceramic material with a polished finish.
The unique laser-engraved wave pattern on the dial also gives the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M added charm. The timepiece also features a date window located at the 6 o’clock position.
Other notable elements of the dial include the skeleton analog hands and raised indexed hour markers with Super-LumiNova finish for optimum visibility in low-light environments. Inside the impressive exterior casing lies the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8800 movement and a helium escape valve.
A staple timepiece of American presidents, it is only natural for Joe Biden to have a Vulcain Cricket watch in his collection, a staple timepiece of American presidents. Also known as the “President’s Watch”, the Vulcain Cricket is a vintage-style timepiece traditionally gifted to incoming U.S. presidents since the 1950s when Harry Truman received one during his inauguration.
The Vulcain Cricket watch’s most notable feature is its distinct alarm system, which gave it its “Cricket” nickname. In addition, this classic timepiece features a mechanical hand-winding movement within its 42mm stainless-steel case.
The Vulcain Cricket also features solid construction that provides it with a decent 50-meter water resistance rating. Affordable and classy, the Vulcain Cricket certainly has a unique charm considering its history and connection to one of the highest government positions in the world.
Seiko Alarm Chronograph
The current U.S. president appears to be fond of Seiko watches as he is often seen wearing a Seiko Alarm Chronograph during most of the times he is in public. He even wore a Seiko 73T2-6M90 Alarm Chronograph during his victory speech after winning the presidential election.
The same Seiko Alarm Chronograph model was also present during his 2020 election campaign trail. Biden wore the Seiko Alarm Chronograph as a two-tone model that features a silver-tone case and bracelet with gold-tone accents. Despite the appearance, this timepiece is quite an affordable model.
The Seiko Alarm Chronograph also focuses on practicality and performance. The watch features three sub-dial displays, luminous hour markers and hands, a date display, and a tachymeter scale. Along with said features, this Seiko timepiece also provides up to 100-meters of water resistance.
This Seiko chronograph watch excels in its timekeeping capabilities and presents a well-rounded structure and aesthetic. An excellent choice for the American “working man”.
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Tissot T-Touch Smartwatch (T0474201705100)
Besides the classic and traditional timepieces, Joe Biden also wears multi-functional modern smartwatches from time to time.
For example, during his terms as vice president to former President Barack Obama, Biden is often seen wearing a Tissot T-Touch Smartwatch – notably, the casual rubber strap model.
This Tissot T-Touch Smartwatch features a 42mm stainless steel case with a black analog-digital display. Within the slick and modern aesthetic lies a quartz movement and features that include a digital altimeter and compass.
Additionally, the Tissot T-Touch also comes with a water resistance of up to 100-meters, making it suitable wristwear for most recreational marine activities.
Biden also has another smartwatch in his collection, namely, the user-friendly and popular Apple Watch.
However, it does seem that the CIA has refrained the 46th U.S. president from wearing an Apple Watch due to security reasons.
While Apple Watches aren’t exactly a must-have by watch enthusiasts’ standards – it cannot be denied that this modern smartwatch is reasonably practical. It is also a brand that is quite familiar to American citizens, making it a smart choice for public servants to show they are close to the pulse of the masses.
When it comes to functionality, the Apple Watch is all about convenience. It can connect to your iOS smartphone, which further expands upon its features and applications. As for built-in capabilities, the Apple Watch comes with an always-on retina display, ECG app, GPS, digital compass and is water-resistant for up to 50-meters.
This particular Apple Watch, the Series 5, also comes with a digital display that is 30% larger than its predecessors. Thus, making it significantly more legible than older models.
While president Biden has dropped the Apple Watch from his options, at least he can always fall back to his trusty collection of Seiko, and Omega watches. It will be interesting to see what other watch brands the current president will be sporting during his term.