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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Rafael Nadal, the powerhouse tennis player, won his fourth US Open and 19th Grand Slam title on September 8, 2019.
Nadal is one of the highest-paid tennis players of all time, so it comes as no surprise that his virtually indestructible timepiece of choice — the Richard Mille RM27-02 — retails for $725,000.
Many elite athletes like Nadal sport luxury watches.
We spoke to the horological experts at Crown & Caliber to identify the makes and models of timepieces worn by 21 of the world’s top athletes.
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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 …read more

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