We all know that elite sports stars earn an eye-watering amount of money each year, which allows them to enjoy luxurious and expensive goods. One of the most common things that athletes invest money in is watches. There are many high-end expensive watches that can cost north of a quarter of a million dollars. This doesn’t include custom diamonds which significantly increases the value of the watch.
This means that buying an expensive watch shouldn’t be a problem for athletes like LeBron James with a net worth of more than $500 million.
With that said, let’s drop down to the list of expensive watches worn by some of the industry’s elite sports stars.
Floyd Mayweather – Boxing
Floyd is known for his love for money, in fact, his nickname is “money”. He has been retired for a couple of years, after deciding to return to the boxing ring for an exhibition fight against the social media star Logan Paul.
He said that he was promised from $50 to $100 million for an exhibition fight, which is a good day’s work for him.
His net worth is estimated to be around $500 million, which makes him one of the richest athletes in the world. With that said, he can spend a lot of money on luxury goods like expensive watches.
A couple of years ago he bought one of the most expensive watches in the world called “The Billionaire Watch” that had an $18 million price tag. He purchased the watch from Jacob & Co. in collaboration with Flavio Briatore. The watch is one of a kind in the world and it is covered with diamonds, which explains the huge price tag.
Rafael Nadal – Tennis
Rafael Nadal currently holds third place in the ranking for the best men tennis player in the world, after dominating the charts for a couple of years. He is a professional tennis player that earned a lot of money throughout his career, and he doesn’t mean to stop.
The days are gone where athletic wear meant only sweatpants and comfortable trainers. Nadal also wears an expensive watch while he is playing professionally.
If you love watching tennis, then you’ve probably already noticed the orange bright-looking Richard Mille watch that costs around $725,000.
But how he manages to play with such a big watch on his hand?
Well, the watch was specifically designed to withstand strong impacts and the force from his powerful swings. The watch is also designed to be lightweight thanks to the revolutionary tech of ultralight Quartz TPT. Rafael Nadal is a brand ambassador for Mille, which explains why he wars the watch while he is playing.
LeBron James – Basketball
When you search for “who are the best small forwards of all time?” there is one name that pops up in the top 3 immediately. And that is LeBron James.
LeBron James is also known for his flamboyant lifestyle and spending money on huge expensive houses, cars, and watches. He has a large watch collection like luxury timepieces such as Rolex Day-Date II, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph which is only limited to 600 pieces.
But another watch caught our eye in his collection. He owns an Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary which is limited to only 50 pieces.
This year, he decided to upgrade his collection with a new unique watch that emerged from the cooperation between Audemars Piguet and Marvel Studios which led to the Black Panther watch. This is a watch that only has 250 copies in existence and it takes more than 30 hours of hand-engraving and hand-painting to get to the remarkable Marvel character.
The company decided to help low-income communities through education from the income they generate with the Marvel Series watch, which explains why LeBron James was very interested in this watch.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Black Panther was sold for $5.2 million which is why it is on our most expensive watch list.
Paul Pogba – Soccer
Paul Pogba is a midfielder playing in Manchester United and has a very successful career behind his back. His yearly salary is around $33 million and his net worth is estimated to be north of $125 million.
This means that he can afford expensive things like Richard Mille 30 Automatic White Rush watch that costs close to $200,000.
This is a limited edition skeleton-style design which is very lightweight. Since soccer is a sport with a lot of close contact between players, they don’t allow athletes to play with any kind of jewelry. If there were different rules, he would definitely have worn the watch while playing.