It’s no surprise that the world’s elite and famous athletes have access to the best of everything – the biggest homes, luxurious accommodations and of course, exclusive timepieces. Prominent personalities and big money can flash pretty interesting wrist-wears. While top watch brands endorse some athletes, others showcase their personal choices.
However, everyone has a unique style and preference. Some athletes opt for filling up their collection with the brightest bling, while others are fond of iconic or classic wristwatches. Nonetheless, athletes have been trendsetters. They play a significant role in driving trends and crave in the luxury watch industry.
So continue reading to introduce you to the iconic luxury watches that have braced the wrists of some of the top athletes in the world.
Roger Federer – Rolex Sky-Dweller
Roger Federer is one of the most significant and famous Rolex ambassadors, frequently spotted with the Sky-Dweller on the wrist. And the watch is perhaps an obvious choice as this tennis star has to jet off across the globe for matches.
However, the Sky-Dweller is the most complicated timepiece available in Rolex’s catalogue. Thanks to the intricate yet clean dial and fluted bezel, the watch gleams elegantly. However, the most powerful functionalities that define the series are the annual calendar complication and dual time display.
David Beckham – Tudor Black Bay Chrono
The following legend in this list is the retired footballer, David Beckham. People recognise this personality for his vigorous work in the field. However, Beckham is now known to spend time on benevolent work, particularly for charities that work for children and education.
Regardless, David Beckham is a brand ambassador of Tudor watches. What braces his wrist often is a Tudor Black Bay Chrono or a Black Bay Bronze watch. For those who are unaware, Tudor produced watches in association with Rolex for several years. However, Rolex today own the brand. It introduced its ever-first model in 1932 in Australia.
LeBron James – Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition
It should come as no surprise that the business tycoon and basketball player LeBron James owns one of the world’s most iconic watches – the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. However, he also associated with AP to produce a Royal Oak Offshore ‘LeBron James’ Limited Edition.
Interestingly, the brand created the Limited Edition piece for ordinary people who may wish to live pretty much like the King. The watch features a rose gold case with a titanium bezel, black ceramic chronograph pushers and a black ceramic crown.
The centre of appeal is LeBron James’ signature inscribed in blue on the sapphire crystal case-back. Moreover, the chronograph pusher at the 2 o’clock side is set with diamonds. Audemars Piguet produced the LeBron James Limited Edition model in just 600 pieces.
Rory McIlroy – Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
Rory McIlroy, the golfer famous for his expertise on the course, is fond of Omega watches. Even Omega sponsors him. From the Speedmaster Aventurine to the Seamaster Aqua Terra, he has been spotted strapping different Omega watches.
However, McIlroy’s exclusive watch collection includes an Omega Speedmaster ‘Rory McIlory’ special edition model. Interestingly, he is also known to have aided in designing an Aqua Tera “Ultra-Light” model. Rory McIlory wrapped this Omega timepiece during the practice round at the Omega European Masters 2019.
Tiger Woods – Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
Here is another world-famous golfer, Tiger Woods, who has been an ambassador of Rolex since 2011. So it is obvious to see him with a Rolex on his wrist. However, the exciting fact is that his Rolex watch of choice is a Sea-Dweller Deepsea. Rolex designed the model to reach deep depths up to 3,900m.
This famous golfer wishes to be in the ocean when he is not on the golf course. He told Rolex that he grew up in Southern California, surfing in the Pacific, diving all the time. So you will often spot him with the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue, the James Cameron edition.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T
According to Forbes, the world’s second-highest-paid athlete is Cristiano Ronaldo. However, much of his earnings come from endorsements, and Tag Heuer is one of his multiple sponsors.
Tag Heuer introduced the Formula 1 CR7 ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ Edition at Baselworld 2015. The watch flaunted a black-and-gold colour combination resembling a football pitch. Moreover, it has a chequer-patterned dial that sports a large text ‘CR7’ at the 3 o’clock side and three circular registers. Regardless, you will often see him wearing the Carrera Heuer-02T outside the field.
So who is your favourite athlete among the ones mentioned above? And what is your favourite luxury watch brand? Let’s know in the comments below.