An Overview of President Joe Biden’s Watch Collection

By Nic King •  Updated: 08/09/22 •  9 min read

What watch a president wears has always been a point of interest. Even back to George Washington’s pocket watch, there has always been a curiosity about the timepieces our presidents carry. 

Skipping forward to the modern day, President Joe Biden is no exception. This is pushed forward by the fact that Joe Biden seems to be somewhat of a watch collector switching out watches frequently since he took the Oval Office. This article gives a complete breakdown of the president’s watch collection, with us looking back as far as possible to create a complete collection.

Watches Listed:

Rolex Datejust 41 (Ref. 126300)

Joe Biden wasn’t a Rolex man until very recently. After he won the presidency in 2020, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden purchased a Rolex Datejust 41 (Ref. 126300) as a Christmas gift for her husband. 

Joe Biden's watch in this photo is his Rolex Datejust
Source: Getty Images

This watch features a smooth bezel, blue face, and thick white markers at each hour. It rests on a Jubilee bracelet and is thought to be a fully stainless steel model.  

Source: eBay

Biden’s Rolex made its first public appearance on Inauguration Day, and since then, the president has been seen wearing it in rotation with the rest of his watch collection. He has even been spotted wearing it in the oval office numerous times. 

According to Hodinkee, this is the first time a sitting president has been photographed wearing a Rolex in the Oval Office since Lyndon B Johnson.

Omega Seamaster Diver Professional 300m

Believed to be Joe Biden’s first luxury watch, his Omega Seamaster Diver Professional 300m is believed to have been purchased in the mid-to-late 1990s.

President Biden's Omega Seamaster is the watch on his wrist in this photo
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This also corresponds with the Omega being featured for the first time in the Bond film Goldeneye with Pierce Brosnan. Since then, Omega has been on Bond’s wrist in 9 films, and with Biden, the watch has also made its way to the Oval Office.

A watch similar to President Joe Biden's Omega Seamaster

Biden’s particular spec of Seamaster features a blue bezel with a dark blue wave pattern on the dial and white luminescent markings.

The Commander in Cheif seems to prefer metal bracelets as he wears this watch on a metal bracelet as well, and you will notice that is a recurring theme in his collection.

The Seamaster also isn’t the only Omega in Binden’s watch box either. Stay tuned for the next Omega in the President’s collection.

Seiko 7T32-6M90 Chronograph

A battery-powered, quartz Seiko chronograph is a bit of a stand-out in Biden’s watch collection. This timepiece has a two-tone steel and gold plated finish. The bracelet is metal, and while it is a chronograph, this watch also features an alarm function giving it yet another reason to stand out from the pack. 

Joe Biden's watch in this photo is a SEIKO 7T32-6M90 Chronograph
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Biden also seemed to favor this watch over his higher-end watches on the campaign trail. Some have speculated this could have been because Biden was trying to appeal to the working man. However, the two-tone finish and chronograph features make this far from a subtle timepiece. Truthfully, Biden may have just enjoyed the alarm function. 

Seiko 7T32-6M90 Chronograph Similar to Joe Biden's Watch

With that being said, the president has owned this watch since before he joined the Obama Administration as vice president, with photos of him wearing it while still being a congressman. Biden continues to wear this watch today, and it has even been spotted on his wrist when signing bills at the resolute desk.

Apple Watch

Biden doesn’t just stick to old-school watches, though. He has also been seen wearing an Apple Watch from time to time. 

Joe Biden's Apple Watch
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This is a bit odd to me as there doesn’t seem to be much consistency with when the president pulls out the Apple Watch. However, it does make sense that one of the busiest men in the country would want a watch that has multiple functions outside of just telling the time or even an alarm.

Joe Biden wearing an Apple Watch
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I also speculate on how the White House ensures that Biden’s Apple Watch is secure. One can assume that having a watch tracking the president’s every move would be top-of-mind for the Secret Service, and they may limit some features on the watch. This may also be why Biden is the first president to wear an Apple Watch in office.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch

This watch first appeared in a 2017 photo by Mario Sorrenti for InStyle. One can assume that since Joe Biden wasn’t photographed in this watch before this date, he purchased this watch after leaving the Vice Presidency. 

Joe Biden wearing his Omega Speedmaster in a 2017 InStyle photoshoot.
Source: Mario_Sorrenti Instagram

That said, the Speedmaster Moonwatch didn’t change between the 1990s and 2021, meaning the watch could be from anywhere in this time period. Our speculation, though, is that this was a newer purchase, maybe even for this particular photoshoot. 

Since then, Biden has been seen wearing this watch numerous times, including after winning the presidency.

Omega Speedmaster Professional like President Biden's

As far as why Joe Biden purchased this watch, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is the watch of a generation having accompanied Lance Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon. This was Joe Biden’s generation as he was 27 years old and well-tuned in when these astronauts touched down on the moon. 

One has to wonder if that played a role in Biden purchasing his Speedmaster.

Vulcain Cricket

Vulcain has made a habit of gifting presidents one of their Cricket models since 1953. However, Joe Biden has had a Vulcain Cricket since he was Vice President, being seen wearing the watch alongside President Barrack Obama. 

Joe Biden wearing his Vulcain Cricket in 2011
Source: Hodinkee

With that being said, one can only assume that Vulcain will continue the tradition and provide the president with a unique Vulcain Cricket to commemorate his presidency. Obama’s Vulcain Cricket had engraving on the case back and movement. It is also reported President Trump received a Vulcain, but that is not confirmed. 

Something interesting about this watch is that it does feature a mechanical alarm function that previous presidents have found especially useful. This watch also has a leather band making it stand out from all the metal bands in the president’s collection.

Tissot T-Touch

The last watch we will cover here is the Tissot T-Touch. This timepiece was in rotation during Biden’s campaign, and it has been seen on his wrist as far back as 2009 in photos we’ve seen.

Vice President Joe Biden's watch in this 2010 image is a Tissot T-Touch

Biden’s Tissot T-Touch is worn on a black rubber strap and is one of only two timepieces without a metal band in his collection. It also has a digital screen allowing for alarm, chronograph, thermometer, barometer, altimeter, and compass complications. 

Depending on the model, the T-Touch can do more. However, considering Biden’s is at the latest a 2009 model, this is unlikely. 

Joe Biden's watch in this 2009 phot is his Tissot T-Touch
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Biden's Watch - Tissot T-Touch

You can control all of these functions using two buttons on the crown side of the watch. This is a survivalist watch and a unique piece in Biden’s collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What watch did Joe Biden wear at his inauguration?

When Joe Biden arrived at his inauguration on January 20th, 2021, watch enthusiasts noticed he had a new timepiece that we had never seen him wear before. 

Joe Biden's Rolex Datejust
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This was a Rolex Datejust 41 reference 126300. As far as we have been able to find, this was the first time that Joe Biden has ever been seen wearing a Rolex in public, and this includes his time as Vice President.

How much is Joe Biden’s watch collection worth?

The exact value of Presiden Biden’s watch collection can be hard to calculate. 

The reason for this is that, while we have tried our best to find every watch Joe Biden owns, we may have missed some. On top of that, used watch values fluctuate daily, and there would 100% be a premium placed on ‘the president’s watches’. This premium will even follow Biden’s collection post-presidency.

We can also assume that watches owned by a president will gather at least a 10% premium. This is especially true since many of these watches Joe Biden has been photographed wearing in the oval office. 

So that means President Biden’s collection is easily worth $24,000, most likely much more if auctioned as a set.

Did Joe Biden get a watch when he became president?

Yes, First Lady Jill Biden purchased a Rolex Datejust 41 for President Biden as a Christmas gift after he won the presidency. 

As far as we can tell, this watch was President Biden’s first Rolex. It features a blue dial, smooth bezel, and white hour markers. The watch is made entirely out of stainless steel and has a jubilee band.

What is Joe Biden’s favorite watch?

I’m not one to assume a watch collector’s favorite timepiece. With that being said, President Biden does seem to lean towards his Omega Seamaster Professional 300M. This watch has been with Joe Biden for nearly three decades, having been purchased in the mid to late 1990s. 

Joe Biden's Omega Seamaster

Since taking office, though, the President has been seen wearing his Rolex Datejust and Omega Speedmaster more frequently.

How many watches does Joe Biden have?

We have been able to trace seven watches to Joe Biden’s current collection. There are most likely more timepieces that the president doesn’t wear very often. 

We also did find some timepieces that Biden wore between 1970 and 1990 that seem to be the generic, quartz watches of the time. Being a career politician, it is reasonable to believe President Biden couldn’t afford luxury timepieces until later in his career.

What Rolex does Joe Biden own?

Joe Biden was gifted a Rolex Datejust 41 (Ref. 126300) by his wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, for Christmas after he won the presidency. 

An up-close example of Joe Biden's Rolex

As far as we have been able to find, this is the only Rolex that President Biden owns.

Nic King

My watch journey started when my dad gave me a quartz watch customized with the company he worked for on the face. From there, it evolved into other quartz watches and eventually to the world of mechanical watches. My first luxury watch was a 1960s vintage Omega, and the collection has only expanded from there.