This past weekend, the legendary Derek Jeter was formally inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. One of the few baseball players to stay with a single team for decades, Jeter spent 20 years with the New York Yankees, hit 260 home runs and won five World Series titles. When he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, he was seen wearing a rose gold Rolex Daytona. The watch, with brown dial and subdials, along with Arabic numerals, sports a black Cerachrom bezel.
While this Rolex Daytona is Jeter’s personal possession, he also worked closely about 10 years ago with Movado to create specially engraved blue watch with bold blue number “2” that honored his 3,000th major league career hit. One of these watches, unveiled in 2011 in a limited series of 300 pieces, was put up for auction at Yankee Stadium along with other Jeter memorabilia. The proceeds went to his Turn 2 Foundation that he established in 1996 to create special youth programs. I remember that auction well because not only did I watch the Yanks win over the Angels, attend the auction and meet Jeter, but also, I placed the winning bid at the auction and to this day, I still own and wear my Jeter Movado watch, which came with a thank you note from Jeter.
A few years later, he went on to work with Movado on a trio of commemorative Captain Series watches where his number 2 was the highlight on the dial, and with a specially engraved case back.