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Forget Politics! Joe Biden Is A Watch Nerd

JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden gestures during a campaign stop outside Johnstown Train Station September 30, 2020 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Former Vice President Biden continues to campaign for the upcoming presidential election today on a day-long train tour with stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President-elect Joe Biden has been photographed wearing numerous wristwatches (Photo: Getty Images)
By Annie Darling
By Annie Darling
November 11, 2020
The president-elect is rarely seen without a timepiece tucked behind his sleeve

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Donald Trump and Joe Biden spent an estimated US$1.3 billion to reserve their seat in the Oval Office, but that doesn’t include the timepieces that have been spotted on both their wrists.

A real estate heavy hitter, Trump has been photographed numerous times wearing watches from the likes of Rolex and Patek Philippe––mostly in all-yellow gold and with a dusting of diamonds. But Biden has also proven himself to be a pretty dedicated watch collector over the years.

The president-elect has been spotted countless times with different Omega Seamasters. A stainless-steel model was strapped to his wrist and photographed by White House paparazzi back when he served with then-President Barack Obama. At about US$5,200, Biden’s Seamaster isn’t as bank-busting as Trump's preferred wrist candy, but it’s among the most expensive in the president-elect's collection.

It seems Biden has at least three examples of the Omega Seamaster, which was popularised by Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in their James Bond films: one with a black dial and bezel; one with a white dial and gold bezel; and one with a blue dial and blue bezel.

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Toledo, OH - AUGUST 31: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) jokes with his running mate Democratic U.S. vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) as they campaign together at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library August 31, 2008 in Toledo, Ohio. Obama and Biden are campaigning throughout Ohio and Michigan while the Republicans elsewhere prepare for their Convention in Saint Paul following last week's Democratic Convention. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
Biden wears his Omega Seamaster (Photo: Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 30:  President of the United States Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talk during a college basketball game between Georgetown Hoyas and the Duke Blue Devils on January 30, 2010 at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Biden wears his Seiko 7T32-6M90 Chronograph (Photo: Getty Images)

Biden has also been pictured with his very own Moonwatch––the Omega Speedmaster––on the cover of InStyle magazine in 2017.

In September, during a train ride to Pittsburgh, he wore a two-tone stainless steel and yellow gold quartz Seiko 7T32-6M90 Chronograph. And more recently, he was filmed with a Vulcain Cricket.

An obscure choice, even for the most knowledgeable of collectors, the Vulcain Cricket is a watch that's enjoyed a long history with the White House. President Harry S Truman (1884-1972) was the first president to own one. Earlier this month, during a weekly address, Biden looked as though he was wearing the brand's 50s Presidents’ Automatic Steel.

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