The Watches of the World’s Top CEOs

While watches are often seen as symbols of power and success, the watches of the world’s top CEOs are anything but flashy. Often more content to chase after business and financial endeavors, these leaders are more selective and discreet about the watches they wear.

We went watch spotting to see what the corporate world’s top leaders have on their wrists:

President Day-Date Yellow Gold Silver Dial

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

American business magnate Warren Buffett runs Berkshire Hathaway, a conglomerate that owns more than 60 companies, including well-known brands like Duracell and Dairy Queen. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give all of his stock gradually to charitable institutions.

He wears an 18k yellow gold Rolex President Day-Date with a silver dial. The Day-Date has been a symbol of success after having been worn by many US Presidents and world leaders.

AP Royal Oak Steel Mens Watch

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

After 11 years at the helm of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner is stepping down as CEO and moving into the role of executive chairman by mid-2020. He’s known for leading the company through its IPO and to its eventual sale to Microsoft.

He’s most often spotted with a stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak timepiece. The Royal Oak is credited for being the first ever luxury sports watch. Its solid construction and unconventional octagonal bezel lends a masculine and powerful look.


Nautilus Annual Calendar Moonphase
Jeff has also been spotted with a Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Moonphase, worn on a leather strap. The American businessman seems to favor sports watches — a match for the casual and dynamic company culture at LinkedIn.

Cosmograph Daytona 40 White Dial Chrono

James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley

Australian-American James P. Gorman is the Chairman and CEO of multinational investment bank Morgan Stanley. He took over the firm in 2010 after it had nearly collapsed during the financial crisis; and then set about rebuilding it.

He wears a stainless steel Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Chronograph. The sporty ref 116520, is equipped with the first chronograph movement produced by Rolex in-house, making this model highly collectible.

Ulysse Nardin Marine GMT

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

Jeff Bezos founded in his garage in 1994. Today, Amazon is an e-commerce giant and Bezos, the wealthiest man in the world. Bezos also owns The Washington Post and the space exploration company, Blue Origin.

He’s constantly wearing his Ulysse Nardin GMT Big Date, which combines two of the brand’s patented complications — the oversized double disk date and the hour hand adjusted via pusher buttons.

Colt Grey Dial Automatic

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

Satya was named CEO of software giant Microsoft in 2014 after being with the company for 25 years. He wears a Breitling Colt Automatic watch. The Colt has been the entry-level watch of Breitling and combines robust, military appeal with the sensibilities of a dive watch. It has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, screw down crown, a solid steel caseback, and 200-meter water resistance.
Cellini Cellissima White Gold

Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM

Virginia Rometty is the first woman to head IBM; and is one of the United States’ most prominent female business leaders. She is about to end her stint and retire after 35 years with the company. She’s seen here wearing a Rolex Cellini Cellissima, whose diamond bezel, diamond end links and delicate bracelet, make it a watch that can go from day to night.
Calatrava 18k White Gold Hobnail Bezel

Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota 

Akio Toyoda is CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, the world’s largest automotive manufacturer. He joined the company in 1984 and became CEO in 2009.

He wears a classic hobnail bezel Patek Philippe Calatrava in 18k white gold. With a perfectly round case and nothing else but roman numerals and slim dauphine hands, the Calatrava is considered the quintessential dress watch.




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