With their famously high salaries and luxurious lifestyles, it’s no surprise that international soccer players are well known for splashing out on extravagant watches.
DWL’s Danny Shahid has picked a trio of players competing in the Euros who have made savvy decisions off the pitch, in that their timepiece’s market value represents a significant return on investment:
Jordan Henderson – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 15416CE ($105,000/$458,000)
Liverpool captain and England midfield talisman Jordan Henderson is famed for his composure and consistency, and one of the watches he owns reflects those same qualities. His Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 15416CE is an iconic timepiece thanks to its signature design and is the most exclusive and in demand of all Royal Oak variants.
While it sets you back just shy of £77,700 at retail, this black ceramic watch fetches a mindboggling £330,000 on the open market. Made entirely of black ceramic, this sleek timepiece’s exuberance comes from its open-worked dial and double balance wheel, accentuated by its 18kt pink gold construction. Sought after for its rarity, stunning design and insane craftsmanship, this is the sort of watch you expect to see on a multi-millionaire, and Henderson doesn’t disappoint.
Reece James – Rolex Daytona ref. 116588TBR ($118,400/$166,000)
Chelsea and England’s Reece James owns a fittingly youthful and eclectic Rolex Daytona: the ‘Eye of the Tiger’. While the Daytona barely requires an introduction given its legendary status as one of the most sought after chronograph watches on Earth, James’ feline model is rather unusual. Released in 2019 as an off-catalogue piece, this is a VIP only allocation (it’s not even on their website) that comes with a fittingly exclusive retail price of £85,200 but is worth around £120,000 in today’s market.
Featuring 36 trapeze-cut diamonds along its bezel, an entirely diamond pave dial with an eye-catching tiger-like pattern throughout, this is one of the most eccentric modern variants of the Daytona. Fitted to Rolex’s Oysterflex rubber bracelet, this sporty timepiece has the flash and exuberance you would expect from a successful young soccer player.
Paul Pogba – Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5990/A ($62,500/$138,900)
Manchester United and France Midfield maestro Paul Pogba wears a Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5990/A, which just so happens to be one of the finest stainless steel dual-time sports watches in horology. Costing him £45,000, this timepiece now fetches a cool £100k on the open market.
Made of stainless steel and featuring a horizontally embossed grey dial, the Nautilus ref. 5990 is the perfect watch to take across Europe because it features two time zones, two AM/PM indicators, a date wheel and a 60-minute chronograph. With its signature octagonal bezel, iconic integrated bracelet and monochromatic aesthetic, this luxury sports watch is as hot as it gets with its functionality, looks and impeccable craftsmanship.