21 of the most expensive watches worn by the world's top athletes, including Rafael Nadal's virtually indestructible $725,000 timepiece

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Expensive Swiss mechanical watches don’t have much practical use
on the field, court, or track, though it’s not uncommon to see the
world’s biggest athletes wearing high-end, luxury
timepieces
during their events.

Rafael Nadal
won his 19th Grand Slam title at the US Open
on September 8,
putting him right behind Roger
Federer
‘s record 20 Grand Slam titles. That kind of athletic
prowess is a marketing tool. Watch brands are eager to sponsor
elite athletes, from tennis champions like Nadal and Federer to
fighters like Floyd
Mayweather
, not for their horological expertise but for their
aura — which sells.

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When Nadal won his latest Grand Slam title, he was wearing his
famed Richard Mille timepiece,
which retails for roughly $725,000
.

We got a helping hand from the experts at Crown
& Caliber
to determine the makes and models of 21
timepieces worn by the world’s top athletes. They are listed here
in ascending order of price.

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Neymar — Gaga Milano, $2,100.

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Neymar’s love of watches is well documented, with a 2017 trip to
a Gaga Milano store ending in a
$180,000 purchase and an endorsement deal
.

Despite his own line of timepieces being on the lower end of the
luxury watch bracket, it looks as though he has some special
editions worth much more in his collection. 

Price according to
Gaga Milano
.

Andy Murray — Rado Hyperchrome XXL, $3,475.

When Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon Championship in 2013,

he was a Rado brand ambassador
, and as soon as he won, he
reportedly hurried to slap on his Rado Hyperchrome.

He put it on so quickly he didn’t notice that it was
seven hours out
. He has since dropped Rado as a sponsor and
instead works with brands such as Jaguar and Under Armour.

Price according to the Daily
Mirror
.

David Beckham— Tudor Black Bay Chrono, $5,100.

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David Beckham is one of the major sponsors for Tudor’s Born to
Dare campaign and is often seen wearing one of the brand’s highly
popular watches.

Beckham sits alongside other high-profile ambassadors of Tudor
such as Lady Gaga and the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.

Price according to
Tudor
.

Tom Brady — TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph 01, $5,450.

Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady partnered with Tag Heuer
in 2015.

“His jaw is famous. His hair is famous. His right arm is famous.
Now his left wrist is, too,” Alex Williams wrote for
The New York Times
that year.

In 2017, Tag Heuer released a special edition
Tom Brady chronograph
, which retailed at $5,600.

Price according to Tag
Heuer
.

Rory McIlroy — Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, $6,350.

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Rory McIlroy seems to be very happy with his partnership with
Omega, according to his Instagram. He must
have a pretty big collection of them by now, as not only will Omega
gift him certain watches (see clip above), but he is also given a
new timepiece when he
wins certain golf tournaments
.

Price according to
Omega
.

Tiger Woods — Rolex Sea Dweller, $11,350.

Tiger Woods
made a ridiculous comeback to the zenith of golf
 and Rolex is
breathing a sigh of relief, as they bet big on the golf star’s
return to the top when many brands were dropping him
from their rosters

“Tiger Woods still has a long career ahead of him, and […] has
all the qualities required to continue to mark the history of
golf,” the company said in 2011 when they announced the sponsorship
deal.

It looks like their investment is finally paying dividends.

Price according to Rolex.

Roger Federer — Rolex Sky-Dweller in stainless steel, $14,400.

Roger Federer is one of Rolex’s best-known ambassadors, and you
won’t see him lifting a trophy without one of the luxury watches on
his wrist, each of them hand-picked to match the tournament.

At the Australian Open in January 2017, Federer lifted an

impossible-to-find
Rolex Sky-Dweller in stainless steel along
with the trophy.

The Sky-Dweller is the most complicated watch that Rolex makes,
according to
Hodinkee

While this watch was probably provided for him by Rolex, Federer
wouldn’t have much of an issue buying it, as he was the
highest-paid tennis player of 2019, according to
Forbes
.

Price according to
Rolex.

Cristiano Ronaldo — Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T, $24,500.

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Cristano Ronaldo is the second
highest-paid athlete in the world
according to Forbes, and a
lot of that money comes from his numerous endorsements, one of
which is Tag Heuer.

While it’s a mystery exactly which and how many watches he owns,
above he’s wearing the Tag Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T. The price of
his exact model is unknown as it is listed as “unique,” but the
most closely related timepiece retails for $24,500.

Price according to Tag
Heuer
.

Phil Mickelson — Rolex Yachtmaster 40, $26,200.

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To go along with his three green jackets, golfer
Phil Mickelson
has a sponsorship deal with Rolex and has been
seen wearing various models. Here, he is proudly showing off a
Yachtmaster
40
, which comes with Rolex’s patented Oysterflex bracelet and
is made from rose gold.

Price according to Rolex.

Lewis Hamilton — IWC Big Pilot Special Edition, $33,300.

Lewis Hamilton and the entire Mercedes F1 team is sponsored by
IWC. Therefore, Hamilton gets to wear a lot of rare and limited
edition IWC watches.

The one pictured above is believed to be an IWC Big Pilot
Perpetual Calendar in yellow gold, but no price for this watch can
be found publicly.

The 2019 version of the limited edition watch is valued at
33,000 Swiss Francs (or about $33,300).

Price according to
Monochrome Watches
.

Michael Jordan — IWC Big Pilot Platinum Limited Edition, $35,500.

In 2016, NBA legend Michael Jordan received the Presidential
Medal of Freedom from President Obama —
you may remember the memes
.

What you may not remember, though, was Jordan’s wristwear, which
happened to be an IWC Big Pilot Platinum Limited Edition, ref.
5002-02, according to
Hodinkee
.

The limited edition timepiece was made in only 500 pieces,
according to
Watchfinder&Co.
, and was on sale from roughly 2003 to
2006.

Watchdetails
projects that the retail price for this limited edition watch, if
you can find it, falls around $35,500.

Elina Svitolina — Ulysse Nardin Marine Lady Chronometer,
$35,800.

Elina Svitolina is one of the Ukraine’s top tennis stars and is
currently ranked
number three in the world by the WTA
. Since she has partnered
up with Swiss brand Ulysse Nardin, she has been spotted wearing
multiple models by them.

Here she is wearing the rose gold and diamond covered Marine
Chronometer.

Price according to
Ulysse Nardin
.

Conor McGregor — Rolex Sky Dweller, $39,550.

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Conor McGregor is known for his massive displays of wealth and
love of all things expensive. Here you can see him wearing a yellow
gold Rolex Sky Dweller on a brown alligator strap.

While this is perfect for a man who is constantly in different
time zones, McGregor is also known for having a
varied collection
.

Price according to Rolex.

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Usain Bolt — Hublot Big Bang UNICO, $39,900.

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These were produced by Hublot at the start of the 2016 athletics
season to commemorate Bolt’s career and his final season on the
track.

With a depiction of his silhouette doing his signature
lightning
pose in one of the subdials, the watch is truly one
of a kind, just like Bolt himself.

Price according to
Hublot
.

LeBron James — Customized Audemars Royal Oak Offshore, $49,500.

James’ Audemars Piguet is customized in 18k gold, but you can
buy a similar regular version on
Crown & Caliber
for $49,500.

Stephen Curry — Santos de Cartier Skeleton, $63,500.

Cartier’s new take on its classic caused quite a stir in the
horological community when it was relaunched in April 2018, and it
was largely agreed to be a stunning piece of design.

The price tag is unlikely to make much of a dent in the wallet
of the Warriors star, though — his $40 million salary makes him
the highest-earning
player in the NBA
.

Curry’s elegant Santos is a refreshing break from the louder
timepieces worn by his NBA colleagues, who tend to opt for Hublot
Big Bangs, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshores, and garish Richard
Milles.

Price according to
Cartier
.

Paul Pogba — Richard Mille RM 30 White Rush, $166,500.

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has a basic salary of £290,000
(roughly $357,512) a week, according to
Goal.com
, which goes some way to explaining how the French
midfielder is able to afford a $166,500 timepiece.

It’s even less surprising when you consider that Pogba signed
a 10-year sponsorship deal with Adidas in 2016
worth about $44
million. 

Price according to
Chrono24
.

Anthony Joshua — Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Off-Shore, $431,375.

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Joshua is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in UK and
international sports.

Away from fighting, Joshua’s company AJ Boxing and Commercial
makes money through 12 sponsors, gym ownership, and an athlete
management business.

One such sponsor is Audemars Piguet, who likely gifted him this
watch, valued at about £350,000 (or $431,375) in 2017.

Price according to
Business Insider
.

Rafael Nadal — Richard Mille RM27-02, $725,000.

Nadal is a big ambassador for Richard Mille and one of the very
few athletes on this list who wears their watch while
competing.

His specially designed Richard Mille RM27-02 was made with
top-of-the-line shock absorption technology for a mechanical watch
with a design inspired by racing car chassis, making it virtually
indestructible. There is also orange in the design to reflect the
clay courts of Roland Garros, where Nadal has dominated for so many
years.

Price according to
Forbes.

Serena Williams — Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage, $1.25 million.

Williams topped her male counterparts when she wore this
ludicrously opulent Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage to the Met Gala
in 2017.

The truly absurd looking spiked bracelet watch is made of white
gold and encrusted with 65 carats’ worth of precious stones. The
watch face itself is hidden beneath one of the spikes and is
powered by a caliber 2701 quartz movement.

Williams has been
sponsored by Audemars Piguet since 2014
.

Price according to
Forbes
.

Floyd Mayweather — Jacob & Co. ‘Billionaire Watch’, $18
million.

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The most expensive addition to Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s vast
watch collection is
the $18 million Billionaire diamond tourbillon watch
.

The Billionaire is set with 260 carats of emerald-cut diamonds,
and even the bracelet is diamond-set.

Mayweather used the watch to insult rapper 50 Cent in a feud,
saying in
an Instagram post
, “You’re Not Supposed To Be Beefing With Me.
You’re Supposed To Be Beefing With My WATCH. Me And You Are Not On
The Same Level!!!”

Price according to
Forbes
.

Russell Sheldrake contributed to an earlier version of this
article.

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21 of the most expensive watches worn by the world's top athletes, including Rafael Nadal's virtually indestructible 5,000 timepiece