At Baselworld 2017 in March, watch heavyweights Breitling and Tudor made the surprise announcement that they had entered into a cooperative agreement in which they would share watch movements. The following month, the two brands were shown to have something further in common when David Beckham was unveiled as Tudor’s new brand ambassador. The footballer-turned-philanthropist and global style icon was previously affiliated with Breitling, fronting campaigns from 2012-2016. The footballer-turned-philanthropist and global style icon was previously affiliated with Breitling, fronting campaigns from 2012-2016.
Tudor, a sibling brand of Rolex, handpicked Beckham for the new Born to Dare campaign, which highlights the fearless pioneers and daring adventurers that define the prestigious Swiss brand, launched by Hans Wilsdorf in 1926. To celebrate this campaign, and Beckham’s impeccable style, we bring you our guide to David Beckham-approved watches to wear now.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph Watch
Tudor’s elegant Black Bay Chronograph timepiece is worn by Beckham in the aforementioned Born to Dare campaign. This is the first chronograph powered by the Manufacture Calibre MT5813, a modified, unique interpretation of the Breitling B01 movement. This is is paired with vintage dive watch details for a handsome hybrid, recognisable by Black Bay’s signature snowflake hands.
Alongside the Black Bay Chronograph, the campaign features the former footballer wearing the Black Bay S&G, which reworks the iconic Heritage Black Bay divers' watch in exquisite steel and gold.
£3,430, Watches of Switzerland, 155 Regent Street, Mayfair W1B 4AD
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Both David and Victoria Beckham have an enviable portfolio of privately owned Rolex watches and have long been advocates of the luxury Swiss watchmaker. Beckham stepped out at Wimbledon this year wearing a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in stainless steel. The cult chronograph was first introduced in 1963 and designed with racing drivers in mind. Today, it remains a bestselling Rolex icon, lauded for its precision, durability and sleek, polished aesthetic.
Rolex sponsors Wimbledon and is a sibling brand to Tudor, making it a deft choice of accessory for Beckham to choose for the prestigious tennis tournament.
£9,100, Rolex by The Watch Gallery, One Hyde Park, 100 Knightsbridge London, SW1X 7LJ
Make like Beckham in Breitling, the Swiss watchmaker best-known for its precision-made chronometers. In 2012, Beckham was introuced as a Breitling ambassador as the face of the Transocean Chronograph, billed as the ultimate traveller’s watch. Today, the prestigious, first-class companion remains as a hallmark of long-haul travel, thanks to a patented universal time function that allows permanent readings of all 24 timezones. The user-friendly, high performance timepiece is available with black, bronze and silver dials, matched with stainless steel or leather straps.
£9,130 Breitling, 130 New Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 2TA
Patek Philippe Celestial Platinum Ref. 6102P-001
David Beckham has been photographed wearing the exquisite Patek Philippe Celestial watch, recognisable by its intricate astronomical display. The exceptional timepiece showcases a sky chart, phases and orbit of the moon, matched with a platinum case and handstitched alligator strap.
Approx £200,000, Patek Philippe, 16 New Bond St, London W1S 3SU