What Kind of Watch Does Warren Buffett Wear?

Last Updated: June 25, 2020
Written by Andre Wallace

Warren Buffett, currently worth $90B and 3rd on Forbes rich list behind Jezz Bezos and friend Bill Gates, made his fortune by being an incredibly astute investor in various companies. Known for his frugal and practical nature despite his immense wealth, we're naturally interested in the type of watch the 'Oracle from Omaha' chooses to wear.

The following video features some inspirational moments from Buffett, giving a great glimpse into the type of mindset that has allowed him to generate such wealth and provides insight into his core values.

Warren Buffet wears a Gold Rolex Day Date

Known for buying hail-damaged cars and driving them until they are "embarrassing", and living in the same modest house he purchased in 1958 for $31,500 - partly because it's only a 5 minute drive from his office. You'd almost expect Warren to be wearing a hand-me-down Casio. Well, not quite.

He's actually very proud of his 18K gold Rolex Day Date and is often seen wearing, and even talking about it. Not in a bragging way, but in a way that backs up his investment principles.

Warren Buffett Rolex Day Date Gold

This is best illustrated by his quote: “Why not invest your assets in the companies you really like? As Mae West said, 'Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

Word has it that he tried to purchase the Rolex company from the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. A clear indicator in that he doesn't just love his watch, but sees significant value in the Rolex brand.

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Warren Buffett

Investor
"Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down."

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Certainly not exactly a watch for the masses with a price tag of around $30K, the 18K Rolex Day Date is not overly flashy either. Known for its classic, timeless elegance, the Rolex Day Date is perhaps the most instantly recognizable watch in the world.

The most popular size of the Rolex Day Date is the 36mm, but you can certainly go bigger with 40mm models. As the name suggests, the Day Date features the full day name on the dial, along with the date at 3 o'clock. 

Today, the movement is controlled by Rolex's Calibre 3255, with self-winding mechanical movement offering superb precision, power reserve and resistance to shocks and magnetism.

Given Warren's appetite for a good deal, perhaps today he'd be looking for a pre-owned watch like this one which retails for significantly less than the retail price of a new Rolex.

Specifications

  • Movement: Automatic Rolex Calibre 3255
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: 18kt Yellow Gold
  • Case size: 36mm
  • Band material:  18kt Yellow Gold
  • Water resistance: 100m (330ft)

Features

  • 70 hour power reserve
  • 18 kt gold case and bracelet
  • Easy to read day and date complications

Pros

  • Truly iconic. This is the 'gold standard' of watches.
  • Rolex quality & attention to detail
  • Instantly recognizable

Cons

  • Expensive

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