President Obama’s Watches: Part 1- Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

Barack's TAG-Heur

In the past we have covered the watches of various celebrities such Kanye West’s amazing Black PVD coated Rolex Submariner but have only briefly touched upon the watches of politicians. Today I wanted to focus on one of the most popular or polarizing (depending on which side of the aisle your on) politicians in American history, President Barack Obama. Our 44th President is known for wearing two watches, in this post I am going to cover the watch he wore as a senator and while campaigning.

In late 2007 when then Senator Obama was blazing across America on his campaign trail, many watch enthusiasts where speculating about the watch on his wrist. The flash of leather under a cuff or a glimpse of a large silver case got many thinking our future president was sporting a Paneria or even a Carrera. In actuality Barack Obama was wearing a TAG-Heur Series 1500 Two-Tone Diver on a brown leather strap.  I could not not find out whether President Obama purchased this watch himself or it was a gift but he has wearing this watch daily since 1991. Jewelry appraisal.

The TAG-Heur Series 1500 was released in 1991 as a cheaper alternative to more expensive models; and was a designed to have a bold, professional look without sacrificing its ability to be used as a diving piece. With a water resistance of 200 meters, a screw-down crown, plain white dial and  heavy duty full size case this timepiece would make a exceptional diving watch. The watch was released with a price tag of $575 with the leather strap. If you are looking to purchase this exact model you are out of luck as TAG has ceased production in 1998.

I think this is the perfect type of watch for a politician to wear, it is moderately priced so not to seem too flashy or elitist. Also I like that President Obama did not follow the traditional politician route and wear a cheap Casio or Timex to “connect” with Joe the plumber. The TAG with its raised gold triangles on the bezel make this watch look much more luxurious than it actually is.

Check back later for my the part two where I will discuss President Obama’s current watch.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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