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Watches of World Leaders - Who Wears What

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Watches of world leaders - Your looks can have a significant impact on how other people view you, especially when your position entails carrying the political burden of your nation on your back and serving as the international face of millions of people. 


Members of the Royal family and political leaders are frequently expected to exhibit a level of calm sophistication that reflects their perceived competence in their roles.


An item like a watch can reveal a lot about how someone carries oneself, from personal design preferences to their level of relative wealth and social standing.


I'm sure many people are expecting to see a President with a super expensive watch on his wrist. 


The question is, does it always have to be like this? Should a leader of a nation wear a $1 Million watch? Is it a sin for any president to wear a $15,000 watch?


In this blog post, let's find out the watches worn by some current world leaders 2022!

Watches of World Leaders: Joe Biden Watch - President of the USA

President Joe Biden was seen very often wearing his Rolex Datejust 41mm featuring a blue dial, smooth bezel, and a jubilee bracelet. In this picture, the watch accompanied him during his meeting with private sector CEOs in the White House, Washington D.C. in March 2022. The current market price (July 2022) is ~$13,000. 

Joe Biden wears Rolex Datejust 41 ref.126300

Joe Biden wears Rolex Datejust 41 ref. 126300​​

Biden also owns an Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch which costs $6,300. This Moonwatch has a black dial with a sapphire crystal that resists scratches, a small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute and 12-hour registers, and a chronograph hand in the middle. The 42 mm stainless steel case houses the black bezel with the tachymetric scale, which is displayed on a matching bracelet. 

Joe Biden wears Omega Speedmaster 311.30.42.30.01.006

Joe Biden wears ​​Omega Speedmaster 311.30.42.30.01.006

Similar to Prince William's collection, the 46th President of the US also has the first generation of Omega Seamaster 300M. The watch that was seen on Pierce Brosnan's wrist in James Bond's Goldeneye 1995 was made as a replacement for the Seamaster 200M in 1993. Its market price in July 2022 is around $2,800. 

Joe Biden wears Omega Seamaster 300M 2531.80.00

Joe Biden wears Omega Seamaster 300M 2531.80.00​​

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Justin Trudeau Watch - Prime Minister of Canada

Justin Trudeau with IWC Portuguese 544401

​​Justin Trudeau with IWC Portuguese 544401

Trudeau was spotted wearing the about $9,000 IWC Portuguese Regulateur during his meeting with Latvia's Minister of Defence and Latvia's Prime Minister in the Cabinet of Ministers in Riga, Latvia. 


This watch actually tells the time with three separate dials and hands. At 12 o'clock position, there’s a 12hour subdial that just reads the hour; Below this, at 6 o'clock positio,n is a sub dial for the seconds; The greater dial of the watch, which encompasses the other two dials, is marked for minutes. 


I'm not sure if he has any other watches than this one, because, by far this is the only watch that has been seen spotted on his wrist. Let me know if you know his other watches :) 

Emmanuel Macron Watch - President of France

The French President does not seem interested in luxury watches. For example, here in this picture, he wears a very humble timepiece Longiness Dolce Vita that only costs $600. 

Emmanuel Macron with Longines Dolce Vita

Emmanuel Macron with Longines Dolce Vita​​

Another timepiece that has been seen very often on his wrist is the French brand March LA.B AM69 Electric with quartz movement. This watch's retail price is also very affordable, only about $500. 

Emmanuel Macron with March LA.B AM69 Electric

Emmanuel Macron with March LA.B AM69 Electric​​

Vladimir Putin Watch - President of Russia

The most powerful man in Russia is an avid watch collector. He owns nice watches in his collection. The first one I want to mention is the F.P. Journe Chronometre Bleu. Its case is made of tantalum, rare dark grey metal with blue overtones that is valued for its extremely high resistance to corrosion, and its biocompatibility. This timepiece's market price is around $100,000. 

Vladimir Putin with FP Journe Chronometre Bleu 1304CS

Vladimir Putin with FP Journe Chronometre Bleu 1304CS​​

He also owns a vintage Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5039J in 18k yellow gold with a hobnail bezel. The market price is around $38,000. 

Vladimir Putin with Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5039J

Vladimir Putin with Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5039J​​

Another cool watch that was seen on his wrist is the rare A. Lange and Söhne 1815 Up/Down ref. 221.025 in platinum. The watch was created to commemorate Ferdinand A. Lange's birth year. It is equipped with the recognizable up/down power reserve indicator, which was first employed in vintage pocket watches and maritime chronometers. The market price is around $25,000. 

Vladimir Putin with A. Lange & Söhne 221.025

Vladimir Putin with A. Lange & Söhne 221.025​​

Volodymyr Zelenskyy Watch - President of Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and TAG Heuer Carrera CAR2A1Z.FT6044

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and TAG Heuer Carrera CAR2A1Z.FT6044​​

Zelenskyy, who has served as the sixth and current President of Ukraine since 2019, is one of the most discussed presidents nowadays because of the current situation between his country and Russia. 


This picture was taken before the war. 


He was seen wearing TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 featuring a Steel Black PVD case surrounding a chronograph on a skeletonised black dial. The market price in July 2022 is ~$3,000. To be honest, it is very rare to see him wearing a watch on his wrist. I guess he is just not a watch person. 

Hassanal Bolkiah Watch - Sultan of Brunei Darussalam

What would you expect from a Sultan? It is not a surprise to see expensive watches on his wrist. He owns a wide range of luxury watches, from Rolex, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, etc. In his lavish collection, he owns several Richard Mille watches. One is the Richard Mille 56-01 Tourbillon sapphire made from sapphire crystal and titanium. Interestingly, this model is a limited edition of five timepieces only with a retail price of $2 Million. 

Hassanal Bolkiah with Richard Mille 56-01

Hassanal Bolkiah with Richard Mille 56-01​​

Another Richard Mille watch in his lavish watch collection is the $2.2 Million Richard Mille Tourbillon Sapphire 56-02, a special piece made for him, and therefore not for sale. 

Hassanal Bolkiah with Richard Mille 56-02

Hassanal Bolkiah with Richard Mille 56-02​​

During the wedding of his daughter, Putri Fadzilah, the Sultan was seen wearing the white gold Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar with a blue dial. This watch is currently trading on the grey market for about $286,000. I mean, when you're staring at a real-life Sultan, you wouldn't expect anything less. Just don't expect to see many mere mortals wearing it! 

Hassanal Bolkiah with Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5740/1G-001

Hassanal Bolkiah with Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5740/1G-001​​

Hun Sen Watch - Prime Minister of Cambodia

Mr. Prime Minister seems to love Patek Philippe watches. Here, we can see another Patek Philippe on his wrist. This time, he wears the white gold Patek Philippe 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon with 12 complications, and hand-engraved with elegant volutes. It features a blue dial with cloisonné and champlevé enamel motifs. The previous version, 5002, was sold for around $1.2 Million, so this model must have a higher price. Some say it could be auctioned for over $3 Mil.! 

Hun Sen with Patek Philippe Patek Philippe 6002

Hun Sen with Patek Philippe Patek Philippe 6002​​

Well, not only does he have Patek Philippe, but he also owns several Richard Mille watches that cost a fortune. Let's take this one as an example. In the picture, Mr. Hun Sen was seen wearing a Richard Mille 57-03 Tourbillon Sapphire Dragon, which is a limited edition of 55 watches and only available at Richard Mille boutiques in Asia. 

Hun Sen with Richard Mille 57-03

Hun Sen with Richard Mille 57-03​​

Hun Sen, who has served as the Prime Minister of Cambodia since 1985, making him the longest-serving head of the Cambodian government and one of the longest-serving leaders in the world, has an insane watch collection. In this picture, he wears the seven pieces limited rose gold Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime that costs around $2,700,000. In addition, we can also see a ~$270,000 Richard Mille 037 with a brilliant-cut diamonds set case surrounding a red center dial with pave diamonds on his wife's wrist. 

Hun Sen with Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175

Hun Sen with Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175​​

Kim Jong Un Watch - Supreme Leader of North Korea

Another watch seen on the supreme leader is the Movado Museum Black PVD. To be honest, at first glance, I thought it was a woman’s watch. In fact, this is one of the American watchmakers Movado’s designs: The Museum. Designed first in 1947, the watch features a chic black dial, gold case, and a single dot at 12 o’clock. The watch with the quartz movement is very affordable, at only around $400. 

Kim Jong Un with Kim Jong Un with

Kim Jong Un with Kim Jong Un with​​

In May 2022, North Korea ordered a strict national lockdown after confirming its first official Covid infections. At the meeting outlining the new Covid rules, the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un was seen wearing a face mask on television for what is believed to be the first time. Also, he was spotted wearing a 40mm IWC Portofino with an 18k rose gold case, bezel, markers and a silver dial. It retails for $11,600. 

Kim Jong Un with IWC Portofino IW356504

Kim Jong Un with IWC Portofino IW356504​​

Interestingly, I haven’t seen him wearing a watch from a more luxurious brand such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, etc., considering him a most powerful man in the country. Well, I guess the main reason is that the UN banned the export of luxurious brands to North Korea because of its nuclear project. Okay, I should stop here because this is not the place to talk about politics. 

Xi Jinping Watch – President of China

Xi Jingpin and Omega Constellation 130.20.39.21.03.001

Xi Jingpin and Omega Constellation 130.20.39.21.03.001​​

During the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit in Japan, Xi Jinping, the President of the People’s Republic of China since 2013, was spotted wearing an Omega Constellation Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer 39mm with a retail price of $12,100. It has the sun-brushed blue dial, created in the classic Pie Pan style inspired by the first 1952 Constellation model. 


The watch comes with the new 3-row bracelet, with gently curved middle links made of stainless steel and 18k Sedna (TM) gold, which complements the case and bezel. 

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Watch – Emir of Qatar

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani with Rolex Day-Date 218239

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani with Rolex Day-Date 218239​​

The Arabian Royal Family undoubtedly has amazing watches, both common and rare ones. You just wouldn’t expect less from them. Take Qatar as an example. The current ruler, or they call is Emir, is Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. He is the fourth son of the former Emir. Since his father abdicated the throne in 2013, he has been the ruler of Qatar. 


In this picture, during his meeting with the President of Turkey Erdogan, Sheikh Tamim was seen wearing the discontinued 41mm white gold presidential Rolex Day-Date II with a fluted bezel, a silver dial with eight baguette-cut diamonds and two baguette-cut sapphires at 6 and 9 o’clock.


The market price in July is ~$45,000. 

Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa Watch – King of Bahrain

King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa was spotted wearing the rose gold Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time with a 42mm case and a brown sunburst dial, and completed with a brown leather strap. It features a second-time zone and a local-time date. Its market price in July 2022 is ~$54,000.  

King Hamad with Patek Philippe Calatrava 5524R

King Hamad with Patek Philippe Calatrava 5524R​​

Another Patek Philippe watch he owns is the 25 pieces limited edition Patek Philippe World Timer Manama that was made for the 50th anniversary of the brand’s presence in Bahrain. It features a 38.5mm case in 18k rose gold, and a hand-guilloched red centre dial that, of course, matches with the Bahraini flag. The 24h city ring includes Manama as Bahrain’s capital city, replacing the city of Moscow. It retails for $99,000. 

King Hamad with Patek Philippe World Timer Manama

King Hamad with Patek Philippe World Timer Manama ​​

Although that amount of money might mean nothing for the king, and I’m totally sure that he could buy watches above $2 Mil, he still chose this watch. I mean, this watch looks simple, classic, yet elegant. He definitely has exquisite taste.

Mswati III Watch – King of Eswatini

The King, who has 15 wives seem to have a soft spot for Jacob & Co. watches as he owns a number of their watches. Another Jacob & Co. watch he owns is the Brilliant Skeleton Tourbillon Ruby, which costs $550,000. It has a skeletonized dial with flying tourbillon leaf hands, an inner case set with baguette-cut white diamonds, and a hand-set 18k rose gold case as well as a green alligator strap. Interestingly, the watch was designed just for ladies. 

Mswati III and Jacob and Co. Brilliant Skeleton Tourbillon Ruby

Mswati III and Jacob and Co. Brilliant Skeleton Tourbillon Ruby​​

The King, who has 15 wives seem to have a soft spot for Jacob & Co. watches as he owns a number of their watches. Another Jacob & Co. watch he owns is the Brilliant Skeleton Tourbillon Ruby, which costs $550,000. It has a skeletonized dial with flying tourbillon leaf hands, an inner case set with baguette-cut white diamonds, and a hand-set 18k rose gold case as well as a green alligator strap. Interestingly, the watch was designed just for ladies. 

Mswati III and Jacob & Co. Grand Baguette Diamond

Mswati III and Jacob & Co. Grand Baguette Diamond​​

King Mswati III of Eswatini was crowned on 25 April 1986 at the age of 18, thus becoming the youngest ruling monarch worldwide at that time. He is famous for collecting luxury and expensive watches. In this picture, he was spotted wearing a Rolex GMT-Master II SARU in 18k yellow gold. The rare timepiece features a diamond-set dial, a diamond, sapphire, and ruby-set bezel, and diamond-set lugs. It is available on the grey market (July 2022) for over $250,000.

Mswati III and Rolex GMT-Maste II 126755SARU

Mswati III and Rolex GMT-Maste II 126755SARU​​

Uhuru Kenyatta Watch – President of Kenya

During one of his business trips, Mr. President was spotted wearing the A Lange and Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon that comes with three significant complications: A flyback chronograph with a precisely jumping minute counter, a perpetual calendar with a moon phase display, and a tourbillon with a patented stop-second mechanism. This limited to only 100 pieces watch is a definition of elegance paired with functionality. Its market price in Jul 2022: ~$300,000. 

Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and A Lange and Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon 740036

Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and A Lange and Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon 740036​​

Who doesn’t love the beautiful Rolex Submariner Hulk? At least from the picture we know that Mr. Kenyatta loves Rolex Hulk. This beauty is currently (July 2022) available on the grey market for about $29,000. 

Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Rolex Submariner Hulk 116610LV

Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Rolex Submariner Hulk 116610LV​​

The last timepiece in his collection I want to mention is the watch from one of the most luxurious brands – Patek Philippe. He was seen wearing the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A with a black dial on a sporty black tropical strap made of a new composite material ultra-resistant to wear, salt water and UV radiation. Currently, on the grey market, it is trading for ~$80,000. 

Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A

Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A​​

Felix Tshisekedi – President of Congo

Mr. Tshisekedi was spotted wearing the stunning yellow gold Rolex Day-Date President with a fluted bezel and ten baguette hour markers on his visit to meet the French President Macron, a champagne dial. The market price is currently around $65,000. 

Felix Tshisekedi and Rolex Day-Date 228238

Felix Tshisekedi and Rolex Day-Date 228238​​

Mr. President was also seen wearing a rose gold Sky-Dweller 326935 in 18ct rose gold with a slate dial and an oyster bracelet. The watch is characterised by its second-time zone display and an off-centre disc on the dial. At a glance, this 24h display clearly distinguishes daytime hours from night-time hours in the other time zone. Its market price in July 2022 is ~$70,000. 

Felix Tshisekedi and Rolex Sky-Dweller 326935

Felix Tshisekedi and Rolex Sky-Dweller 326935​​

Ali Bongo Ondimba – President of Gabon

Ali Bongo Ondimba and Rolex Daytona 116506

Ali Bongo Ondimba and Rolex Daytona 116506​​

Mr. Ondimba seems to be a fan of Rolex Daytona. His Daytona is one of my favourite Daytonas ever! It is the beautiful Rolex Daytona Platinum Ice Blue. In the picture he was seen wearing the watch during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon in Libreville. The market price in July 2022 is ~$160,000. 

Ivan Duque Marquez – President of Colombia

Ivan Duque Marquez – President of Colombia

Ivan Duque Marquez with Rolex Milgauss 116400GV​​

President Marquez who has been the President of Colombia since August 2018 was spotted wearing a Rolex Milgauss when visiting the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in April 2022. This oyster Milgauss features an intense black dial with luminescent hour markers – a green sapphire crystal that produces light reflections while preserving optimal legibility. Its market price in July 2022 is ~$14,000. 

Queen Elizabeth II Watch – Queen of the United Kingdom

The 96 year-young Queen has been collecting luxury watches, from Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet to Omega. In the picture, she was seen wearing an extremely rare 20mm yellow gold Patek Philippe Ladies Calatrava with a quartz movement on fascinating beads of rice bracelet. The price is unknown. I’m wondering how much it costs. 

Queen Elizabeth with Patek Philippe Calatrava 4706/11

Queen Elizabeth with Patek Philippe Calatrava 4706/11​​

The Queen’s other Patek Philippe watch is the super rare and beautiful white gold Patek Philippe 4975/1G encrusted with brilliant-cut diamonds on an elegant pearl bracelet. This model is unquestionably a work of genuine craftsmanship.



Queen Elizabeth with Patek Philippe 4975/1G

Queen Elizabeth with Patek Philippe 4975/1G​​

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