Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Watches that billionaires wear

Six timeless timepieces that make a statement every second

Published: Apr 4, 2016 06:35:03 AM IST
Updated: Mar 31, 2016 03:49:22 PM IST

Will wearing the watch of a billionaire help you understand what makes him tick? Warren Buffett has long favoured a gold Rolex Day-Date (the so-called President watch), while Baby Buffett, Bill Ackman, prefers a Patek Philippe Ref. 5216P to count the hours. These timepieces are classic enough to go from blue jeans to black tie—and unlike many of today’s watches, they’re low on complications. (Though knowing the date is still pretty useful.) Why does having the right watch matter so much? As the Oracle of Omaha once divined: “The rich invest in time; the poor invest in money.”

Watches that billionaires wear
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3% is the volume of Swiss watches in the luxury watch market which accounts for 50% of the market’s value

1) Globemaster Master Chronometer with a 39 mm stainless steel case by Omega ($7,700)
2) Portugieser Automatic with a 39 mm stainless steel case by IWC ($12,700)
3) Cellini Time with a 39 mm 18 carat Everose gold case by Rolex ($15,200)
4) Elite Chronograph Classic with a 42 mm stainless steel case by Zenith ($7,600)
5) Clé de Cartier with a 40 mm 18 carat pink gold case by Cartier ($18,800)
6) Calatrava Reference 5227G with a 39 mm white gold case by Patek Philippe ($34,700)

(This story appears in the 15 April, 2016 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)