With President’s Day here — it seems like a good time to take a look at which presidents wore which watches over the years. Current President, Joe Biden has been spotted wearing an Omega and also Seiko, as well as a few others – he seems to like watches. In fact, Chrono24 recently compiled a list of watches Biden has been seen wearing, including Rolex and, during his time as Vice President, a Tissot T-Touch watch.
As to previous president Donald Trump, it was often difficult to see his watches with the constant waving of arms and stern crossing of arms, but rest assured, Trump has been seen wearing a Rolex (on a golf course) and potentially a vintage Patek Philippe (at a sports event), and even launched his own Donald Trump Signature Collection of watches back nearly 15 years ago. However, thanks to poor quality, lack of design and the fact that no one really wanted a Donald Trump watch, production quickly ceased.
Trump won’t be the first president to have his wrist examined by we watch journalists. Over the years, we have all been interested in what the Presidents wear — or don’t wear. While John F. Kennedy wore the Cartier watch his wife bought him, he (smartly) immediately gave away the watch that Marilyn Monroe gave him as a gift — never wearing it once.
Some president’s shared a love of similar watches, including the Vulcan Cricket. Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower were seen wearing Vulcain Cricket alarm watches. Later, Richard Nixon wore a Vulcain Cricket alarm watch, as did Lyndon Baines Johnson, who also owned and proudly wore a Rolex. He was even know to gift Rolex watches to close friends — earning it the nickname the “President” watch. Ronald Reagan also wore a Rolex. More recently, former President Barak Obama wore a TAG Heuer and a Jorg Gray watch.
(This article originally ran in 2021 and has been updated.)