Not long ago, the phrase ‘be like Mike’ inspired aspiring basketball players of all ages to hustle harder on the court, like superstar Michael Jordan.
These days, Jordan isn’t as flying as high, and his fancy footwork is more behind-the-scenes as the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
But he’s still a good example of good style, including sharp-looking suits and accessories.
So what is Mike wearing on his wrist?
According to Hodinkee, an online publication dedicated to buying watches, these days, it’s an Urwek 103.03 described as “stylish,” “luxurious” and “downright sexy.” The case is white gold, the look is futuristic, and you can pick yourself up a new one for around $70,000.
There are plenty of other prominent athletes rocking higher-end luxury watches. Sometimes it’s the class factor – they’re doing so well at their sport they can now enjoy upgrading. In some cases, companies creating and selling watches may put together a sponsorship package.
For instance, Rolex is firmly behind golfer Tiger Woods, the same way it sponsored golfers Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, plus the entire U.S. Open tournament. This relationship is even listed on Woods’ page of sponsors, and watch watchers say Woods prefers the Rolex DEEP-SEA special.
Kobe Bryant proudly wears Hublot, a Swiss brand valued at $20,000-$30,000 apiece. Hublot also sponsors the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe’s special limited-edition watch is a King Power Black Mamba with purple and 18k gold accents and a black ceramic and titanium case.
Fellow basketball player Lebron James is considered not just a fan but an official Ambassador for Audemars Piguet, another high-end timepiece. His favorite watch these days is the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, a self-winding timepiece with a pink gold case with a glare-proof sapphire crystal that’s water resistant up to 100 meters. Global Watch Brokers LLC has these listed at around $15,000-$25,000.
Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya also wears an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, he sports a limited edition rose-gold edition of which only 500 were created. Another wearer of this special line is Frank Lampard, part of the Chelsea soccer team.
Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper recently featured a profile of several soccer players and what they’re wearing on their wrists, everyone from Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard who enjoys wearing an especially rugged Zenith Defy Xtreme, resistant up to 1,000 meters underwater; to Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand, who wears an elegant Franck Muller Conquistador.
On this side of the Atlantic, where there’s less confusion over football and soccer football, “our” players are also known for their style.
In September 2012, GQ showed us a lineup of extra-large NFL stars who prefer big faces – at least 44 mm or larger — on their upscale timepieces. These featured linebackers included DeMarcus Ware from the Dallas Cowboys, who prefers a steel TAG Heurer valued at around $3,800, or Von Miller from the Denver Broncos who appreciates a Bulgari valued at $15,600.
Wearing the same classy watch as these athletes won’t give you their abilities, but it will be nice. Check with Global Watch Brokers for more.