These are the watches worn by some of the most powerful businessmen and CEOs in the world

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For some businessmen, a wristwatch is more than a time-telling device. It’s a statement.

“A watch is the greatest icebreaker there is,” Hamilton Powell, the CEO and founder of Crown & Calibre, an online secondary market for luxury watches, told Business Insider. “In an unfamiliar city, I can approach a complete stranger and with two words eradicate any barriers: ‘Nice watch.'”

“A watch tells people about the type of person you are and what you value,” Powell added. “The guy who wears a blinged-out gold-diamond Hublot is very different than the guy with a vintage stainless-steel Zenith chronograph.”

With the help of Crown & Calibre’s team of experts, we’ve put together a list of wristwatches worn by the former and current CEOs of some of the world’s most powerful companies.

Here are the timepieces favoured by prominent executives, organised from the least to most expensive.


Bill Gates, the cofounder and former CEO of Microsoft

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Bill Gates is the cofounder of Microsoft. He became a billionaire at age 31.

In November, he surpassed Jeff Bezos to reclaim his spot as the world’s richest person after two years in second place, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. But Forbes’ current calculations are different, meaning the current ranking of the world’s wealthiest billionaires is unclear. Bloomberg estimates Gates’ current net worth to be $US110 billion, while Forbes has it at $US106.8 billion.


Casio Duro – $US70

Casio

Although Gates is the one of the richest people in the world, he is not known to be flashy. He is frequently seen wearing Casio watches, specifically a Casio Duro, which retails for $US70 or less.


Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart

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Doug McMillon has been the president and CEO of Walmart since February 2014 and has worked for the company for nearly 30 years.

Walmart is one of the world’s largest employers, with over 2.2 million associates. In 2018, its revenues totaled $US514.4 billion.


Apple Watch – $US399

Apple

McMillon is frequently photographed wearing an Apple Watch. The price of the various Apple Watch models starts at $US399 on the Apple website. (But, unsurprisingly, it can also be purchased on Walmart’s website for less.)


Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

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McMillon is in good company, as Apple’s CEO Tim Cook understandably wears an Apple Watch as well. Apple is the world’s most valuable company, Business Insider previously reported. Cook assumed the position of CEO in 2011; prior to that, he was the chief operating officer under the company’s late cofounder, Steve Jobs.

Apple’s stock climbed 2% in October, finally pushing the company’s market value past the coveted $US1 trillion threshold.


Apple Watch — $US399

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Cook is rarely seen without his Apple Watch. You can purchase one on Apple’s website. They retail starting at $US399.


Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T

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Randall Stephenson is the chairman, CEO, and president of AT&T, the world’s largest telecommunications company.

Stephenson has been the firm’s CEO since 2007, but was rumoured to have been considering stepping down in September.


TAG Heuer Kirium CL111A — $US2,850

Tag Heuer

A pre-owned version of the older watch Stephenson has been seen sporting goes for around $US480 on eBay. More recent, similar Tag Heuer timepieces retail for $US2,850.


Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

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Satya Nadella was named the CEO of Microsoft in 2014. Nadella has been with Microsoft for about 25 years. Before being appointed CEO, he served as vice president of the computer maker’s Cloud and Enterprise Group.


Breitling Colt Automatic — $US3,620

Breitling

The Crown & Calibre team believes Nadella is wearing a Breitling Colt Automatic in the previous photo. It currently retails for $US3,620.


John Watson, former CEO of Chevron

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John Watson was the CEO and chairman of the board of Chevron Corp. until January 2018.

He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and joined Chevron in 1980, serving as its CFO from 2001 to 2005 and vice chairman of the board from 2009 to 2010.


Breitling Aerospace E79362 — $US4,375

Breitling

While this model is only available pre-owned through secondary markets, a similar option retails for $US4,375.


Dieter Zetsche, former CEO of Daimler

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Dieter Zetsche was the chairman of the board of directors of Daimler AG, the multinational automotive corporation, and head of Mercedes-Benz cars. After 13 years at the helm, he stepped down in May.


Chopard Mille Miglia GMT Chronograph 16/8992-3001 — $US5,260

Chopard

A similar model to the watch Zetsche has been seen wearing retails for $US5,260.


Jeffrey Immelt, former CEO of General Electric

Jeffrey Immelt served as the CEO of industrial giant General Electric for more than 16 years. He was frequently recognised for his success as a CEO, being named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s.

He stepped down in 2017 and joined venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a venture partner.


Breitling Chronospace M78365 — $US6,110

Breitling

The experts at Crown & Calibre identified a watch Immelt has been seen wearing as a Breitling Chronospace. A similar model retails for $US6,110.


Tony Aquila, former CEO of Solera Holdings

Tony Aquila is the CEO of Solera Holdings, a Texas firm that produces risk-management and asset-protection software. He founded the company in 2005 but was replaced in the chief executive position in May.


Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean — $US6,550

Omega

Aquila has been pictured wearing an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean. The watch retails for $US6,550.


Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber

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Dara Khosrowshahi, the current chief executive of ride-hailing giant Uber. He took over the company in 2017 after its board decided to oust founder Travis Kalanick. Formerly, Khosrowshahi was the CEO of Expedia, the travel company.


Chopard Mille Miglia 16/8997 – $US6,800

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Khosrowshahi sports the Chopard Mille Miglia 16/8997. A similar model retails for $US6,800.


John Hammergren, former CEO of McKesson

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John Hammergren was elected CEO of McKesson Corp. in 2001. McKesson is a leading provider of healthcare services, distributing pharmaceuticals, and providing information-technology solutions to improve healthcare. He retired in April.


Rolex Submariner 116610 — $US8,550

Rolex

A similar model to Hammergren’s retails for $US8,550.


Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

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Jeff Bezos is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Amazon.com. Bezos snagged the title of wealthiest person in the world at the end of 2017.

In November, Bezos was bumped back down to the world’s second-richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. However, Forbes’ calculations are different, meaning the current ranking of the world’s billionaires is unclear.

Bloomberg estimates Bezos’ net worth to be $US109 billion and Forbes estimates it to be $US109.5 billion.


Ulysse Nardin Dual Time 233-88-7 — $US12,900

Crown & Calibre

Bezos has several watches in his collection and is frequently photographed wearing a Ulysse Nardin Dual Time. His precise model is older, but a similar watch retails for $US12,900.


Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup

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Michael Corbat is CEO of Citigroup, one of the world’s largest banks, a post he has held since 2012. Corbat has been at Citi since he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics in 1983.


Jaeger LeCoultre Master Perpetual Calendar Q149242A — $US19,600

Crown & Calibre

The watch Corbat is often photographed wearing is a Jaeger LeCoultre Master Perpetual Calendar. A similar model retails for $US19,600


Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota

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Akio Toyoda is the president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest automaker, a post which he has held since 2009. Before that, he was appointed to the board of directors in 2000 and promoted to executive vice president in 2005.


Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119G — $US22,680

Patek Philippe

Toyoda has been photographed numerous times wearing what the team at Crown & Calibre expect to be a Patek Philippe Calatrava. A similar watch retails for $US22,680.


Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

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Jeff Weiner has been the CEO of LinkedIn since 2009. The company was bought by Microsoft for $US26.2 billion in 2016, and Weiner played a crucial role in the acquisition. In addition to wearing the most expensive watch on the list, Weiner is also the youngest CEO on it, at 49.


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak – $US28,000

Audemars PiguetThe 1977 edition of the Royal Oak in Yellow Gold.

Weiner’s watch, a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, retails for an undisclosed price. A pre-owned version of the Royal Oak on Crown & Calibre is currently listed for $US28,000.

Catherine Rice contributed reporting.

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