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December 18, 2008

Time for change

Obama_tagheuer …No sooner had Obama hit the campaign trail, in early 2007, than the "watch guys" started studying the photos, trying to identify his watch. And he was an easy study. With an image for being somewhat casual, and summertime tours through the Southern states, he often rolled up his sleeves. And when he rolled up his sleeves, the watch freaks saw a big, stylish watch . . . not the usual plastic Timex or Casio, so popular among those running for office (or in office), but a large, light-dialed sport style watch.

But was this watch? The discussion forums came alive. Most experts saw a light-dialed TAG-Heuer sports watch . . . probably either a Series 1000 or Series 2000 . . . one of the common quartz watches of the mid-1990's.

Then suddenly, something strange happened late in the year 2007. In the place of this rather common TAG-Heuer, the experts spotted a huge black Panerai; others saw a black-dialed Carrera re-issue; and still others saw a Royal Oak, something that Governor Schwarzenegger might wear. Wow!! Could this be true? That rather than switching from the TAG-Heuer to the nondescript Timex or Casio, Senator Obama was actually stepping up his horological game? Could it be that he had gone from Wal-Mart to Wempe? What would the pollsters say? What would McCain say? Could this man of the people, the law professor and community organizer, be wearing a high-end Swiss watch?

Barack Obama's Watches. (By Jeff Stein at On the dash, the definitive online guide to Heuer chronographs and dashboard timepieces)

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Is just me, or is the Obama's silluete in a thinker's pose that we can see on this add by Tudor Watches with the slogan "be anything but obvious"?

Posted by: bossito at Dec 19, 2008 2:40:28 AM

thats mad! why? what does his watch have to do with anything?

Posted by: Carol at Dec 20, 2008 4:32:23 AM

Первый сад создал Бог, а первый город - Каин.

Posted by: QHArnold at Dec 20, 2008 7:22:55 PM

I think the picture is just there to publicise his watch! Nice watch though bet it was a few quid!!

Posted by: Matt at Sep 25, 2009 2:38:31 AM