President Biden’s Rolex Is a Bipartisan Affair

Originally published by Danny Milton on Hodinkee.

When Joe Biden put his hand on the Bible, he was wearing a Rolex. For his inauguration on a blustery Wednesday morning under the shadow of the U.S. Capitol Dome, the newly minted 46th President of the United States wore a Rolex Datejust, in steel, with a blue dial, on a jubilee bracelet

Biden thus joins a bipartisan tradition of presidents wearing Rolex. Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan all had one. Since leaving office, Barack Obama has been wearing a Rolex Cellini (it’s even on his wrist in his official presidential portrait). And, of course, JFK had that notorious Day-Date. 

The Datejust is a great choice of watch for anyone, let alone the POTUS. It’s sporty but goes with a suit. It’s also legible, accurate, and tells the date – important for someone with such an ungodly schedule. Biden’s watch looks to be the current generation Datejust model, featuring a smooth bezel, applied markers, and Arabic numerals around the dial.

Biden has been known to wear larger sized steel sports watches. He’s been seen, most famously, in his blue-dial Omega Seamaster Professional 300m with its distinctive bracelet. He’s also worn a Seiko 7T32-6M90 Chronograph on the campaign trail (and for his victory speech), as well as a 42mm Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch.”

Our fellow Americans, there’s a watch collector in the Oval Office. Any recommendations for his next wrist flex?

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