A New David Beckham Documentary Highlights His Obsession With Luxury Timepieces. A Watch Group Has Tallied Up the Spend
A look at the soccer star's impressive—and pricey!—timepiece collection.
Anyone who has been watching the four-part Netflix documentary Beckham on soccer superstar David Beckham knows that the man has a taste for luxury and a fearless sense of self. In fact, anyone who’s been conscious for the better part of the last quarter-century knows that whatever he does—shave his head, wear a headband, miss a goal, marry a Spice Girl—makes international headlines.
And beyond his prodigious legacy on the field, the big takeaway may just be what a powerful style icon the 48-year-old has been for nearly as long as he’s been in the public eye, and how he has long had an uncanny understanding of his public image, and has savvily leveraged fashion and (of all things) hairstyles to convey them.
This extends to the timepieces on his heavily tattooed wrists. It’s noted that one of the first public clues that he and his wife Victoria Beckham were dating was when he bought her a Cartier watch to match his own (they wore matching gold Rolexes for their engagement photos).
Now the horology experts at Watch Pilot have crunched the numbers to provide a valuation of Becks’s trove of timepieces. According to their estimation, the footballer’s watch collection clocks in at about $580,000, the most expensive of them a Patek Philippe Sky Moon Celestial 6102P, which is valued at a whopping $345,000.
The rest of the list is equally impressive, full of buzzy names that would make most watch collectors swoon: a half-dozen Rollies, a smattering of Breitlings, and a small pile of Tudors (for whom he’s a brand ambassador). And there are a few on the list that could be even pricier, they just don’t have official estimations as they are so special and/or rare, like a Global 3 from the bling-y watch dealer Jacob & Co.).
“David Beckham’s watch collection is nothing short of exemplary,” says Paul Maxwell, an expert at Watch Pilot. “His affinity for Rolex and Tudor watches underscores an appreciation of timeless luxury and durability. Beckham’s taste leans towards a mix of classic and robust timepieces, reflecting his signature style.”
What Maxwell doesn’t mention is that the current rotation also demonstrates the brash soccer star’s evolution—there was a time, after all, when Beckham had a much flashier set of timepieces, studded with diamonds and such, but as he’s matured, so have his tastes, toward pieces that are a bit more subdued and reflect a discerning eye (his wardrobe has done the same thing).
“While they won’t have been cheap to buy in the first place, most of his pieces will have appreciated substantially, especially the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Celestial 6102P,” Maxwell added. “Given its significant original price point and potential appreciation, this would probably be the best investment in his collection.”
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