Expert Breaks Down the Unique Details of Michael Jordan’s Watch Collection

Published 02/22/2021, 9:26 PM EST
CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 7: Former player Michael Jordan of the North Carolina Tar Heels is honored during a halftime ceremony during a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2007 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)


Michael Jordan leads a royal life, and this is no secret. It almost seems like it was his birthright to become a multiple-time NBA Champion and then lead an ultra-rich life. The ones who follow his watch collections know exactly what is being discussed here.

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The former Chicago Bulls star has many pricey possessions, but the watches on his wrists top them all. At least, this is what watch expert Nico Leonard believes. 

Nico is a self-confessed novice when it comes to basketball knowledge, but he naturally knows about Michael Jordan. He said, “MJ, what a f–ing legend. Me not knowing anything about basketball but still knowing the name Michael Jordan.”

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Here’s what Nico had to say about the MJ-owned watches and the uniqueness each of them carries.

Michael Jordan and his A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Perpetual: (1999) 

Nico started off by claiming, “I don’t think there’s another watch collector with such a diverse watch collection.” He then pointed towards a full platinum watch with a matching platinum bracelet, a 1999 edition that MJ owns.

18 Jan 1999: Michael Jordan at his retirement press conference at the United Center in Chicago, Illinios. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport

Interestingly, it was the first edition of Datograph that had an in-house built chronograph module. Nico revealed how “Michael Jordan wore this before AL&S really became mainstream.”

The masterpiece that Jordan owns is neither manufactured nor sold or resold anywhere today. So one can only guess that the price range might fall around $150-200K.

Michael Jordan and the unique Roger Dubuis Pirelli 

Roger Dubuis Pirelli is still very young and started operations in 1995, exactly when MJ started the search for his Bulls’ career’s second three-peat. The company makes only 2K-3K watches a year, and everything becomes a limited edition.

MJ owns the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Skeleton that has a market cost of $750,00. Why Pirelli? That’s because their watch straps are made up of F1 racing-car tires.

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Audemars Piguet Millenary Pianoforte

This very renowned brand makes Pianoforte watch out of gold, and they have only 500 pieces of it. The watch has a piano design on the dial, but Nico admits that isn’t a very appealing piece of art.

The watch still costs $45,000 and Nico said, “I don’t like it on anyone except Michael Jordan, he pulls it off!” 

Hornets owner Michael Jordan is on stage during the unveiling of the 2019 NBA All-Star game logo and city, during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18, 2018. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde

The minimalist dials define this beauty. Also, a pro-tip suggests that one can pick these from pre-market at half the price.

Jordan owns a Grande Second limited edition. It has an ‘8’ on the dial and there are just 88 pieces of this watch available, a number arguably inspired by an important Chinese figure. The watch costs $25,000 and is right up MJ’s alley.

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IWC 502-706 Big Pilot

A Patrick Philippe invention, this is a classic watch that evokes a feeling of nostalgia through its antique design. The dial has an “A” inscribed on it as a tribute to Antoine Saint Exupery, a popular French writer, and a part of the revenue generated from its sales goes to a foundation. The 18-carat rose-gold time and date-telling machinery cost $35,000 in the market.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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