All the Presidents’ Watches


The President of the United States is without a doubt, the most powerful and influential leader of the free world. While Presidents are not exactly fashion icons, we sure can pick up some pointers in style, demeanor, and overall cool.

As Americans celebrate Presidents’ Day, let’s take a look at the watches that have graced every President’s wrist.


John F. Kennedy wearing a Cartier Tank Louis

In 1957, JFK was presented with a Cartier Tank Louis by his wife Jaqueline Kennedy on their fourth wedding anniversary. The 18k yellow gold watch was inscribed with his initials, their wedding date, and the Kennedy family arms. This is the watch he was wearing on the day he was assassinated in 1963.

Other watches: Omega Ultra Thin reference OT3980, Bulova gold watch, Hamilton 505, and an 18k yellow gold Rolex Day-Date reportedly given by Marilyn Monroe.


Lyndon B. Johnson wearing a Rolex President Day-Date

Johnson was the first US president to wear the Rolex Day-Date. In 1966, Rolex first advertised the model as “The presidents’ watch” further emphasizing it’s connection to the White House. Johnson wore it often during his term and also gifted it to friends.

Other watches: Vulcain Cricket Calendar with his initials on the dial, a Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox with the presidential seal on the caseback, and a Patek Philippe ref 2526 with the golden rule inscribed on the dial.




Dwight D. Eisenhower | In 1951, Rolex presented then General Eisenhower with an 18k yellow gold Rolex Datejust to celebrate their 150,000th  chronometer. The watch would eventually appear with Eisenhower on the cover of Life Magazine. It’s often mistaken for a Rolex Day-Date but the watch was not launched until five years later.



Ronald Reagan wearing a Rolex Datejust
Reagan wasn’t known to wear a lot of watches, but he was often seen with a stainless steel Rolex Datejust on a jubilee bracelet. He’s reported as the last US president to wear a Rolex during his term; succeeding presidents have taken to wearing more humble quartz and American watch brands after him.


Bill Clinton wearing a Panerai Luminor GMT

Clinton wore a humble Timex Ironman while in office, but his watch collection grew after his term. Two of his favorite brands are Panerai and Jaeger LeCoultre – he is known to wear a Panerai Luminor GMT PAM 089, a Panerai Radiomir Black Seal PAM 282, and a Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor Alarm Navy Seals.

Other watches: A Lange & Sohne Grosse Langematik Gangreserve, Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronograph, and a Vulcain Cricket.


Barack Obama wearing a Rolex Cellini Time
Just like Clinton, Obama wore mainstream brands like Jorg Gray and Shinola during his term in office. The first luxury watch he wore after his term is the Rolex Cellini Time in 18k white gold, seen on his wrist while watching the Invictus Games with Prince Harry. With a white dial and black leather bracelet, the watch is handsome and refined, like the image Obama portrays.




Donald Trump | The President-elect has launched his own watch collections before but he has never been seen wearing them himself. Instead, he has been spotted with a Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse watch with a blue dial and a Rolex Day-Date in 18k yellow gold.





PHOTO CREDITS: Main photo of John F. Kennedy from JFK Library [Public Domain], Ronald Reagan from @ReaganFoundation, Lyndon B. Johnson by Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum [Public Domain], Dwight Eisenhower by National Archives at College Park, Barack Obama from @BarackObama on Twitter, Bill Clinton from Panerai World, Donald Trump from Rolex Magazine.
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