Bill Gates' collection of modest watches

By Minh Hieu   March 7, 2024 | 05:14 am PT
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has the seventh highest net worth in the world, yet he has always been seen wearing cheap watches.
Bill Gates' collection of modest watches

Despite having a net worth of $126.8 billion, his taste in watches is not limited to the prestigious Rolex or Patek Phillipe that many billionaires prefer.

Instead, Bill Gates has a modest collection of watches, most of them simple in style and low in value, according to Celebs Watch Spotter. Photo from Bill Gates' Instagram

Bill Gates' collection of modest watches

The American billionaire is usually spotted wearing the Casio Duro MDV106-1AV 200M Analog Watch.

This model is currently listed at US$69.9 on Casio’s website.

It came out in 2013 and is well-liked for its simplistic design and durability that are present in most Casio watches. Photo courtesy of World Time Watch

Bill Gates' collection of modest watches

Bill Gates was also seen wearing the Casio MRW-200H-1B2VDF.

This Casio model also boasts a minimalistic design and a date display right at the three o’clock mark.

The watch is listed on the brand’s Amazon store at $25.33. Photo courtesy of Casio

Bill Gates' collection of modest watches

His collection also includes another watch from the same brand, the Casio W214H-1AV Illuminator Sports Digital Chrono Watch.

Valued at only $24, this is the cheapest watch in Gates’ collection.

Unlike the other two Casio models, this one is a digital watch equipped with LED light and several features including countdown timer, stopwatch and time format switch. Photo courtesy of Casio

Bill Gates' collection of modest watches

Aside from his Casio, Gates was also seen wearing the Microsoft SPOT smartwatch.

This product, as its name suggested, was developed by his company and manufactured by famous watch brands, like Fossil, Suunto, Tissot and Swatch. Photo courtesy of Microsoft

Released in 2004, 11 years before the Apple Watch, the SPOT could display weather, stock prices, sports scores, and AOL instant messages.

The watch was later discontinued and Celebs Watch Spotter values it at $200.

Bill Gates' collection of modest watches

This Tag Heuer Professional 2000 is, or was, the most expensive watch in Gates’ collection. Photo from Instagram

He wore it to a conference in the Philippines where he asked a watch enthusiast among the attendees to guess the timepiece’s price, the South China Morning Post reported.

The attendee suggested it to be at $600 while it was actually around $1,400.

Gates gave the watch to the attendee as a gift nonetheless.

Watches aside, the billionaire is currently garnering great attention during his holiday to Da Nang after attending a pre-wedding party of Asia's richest billionaire Mukesh Ambani's son in India.

He arrived in Vietnam on Monday morning and is staying at a 5-star resort in Da Nang’s Son Tra District.

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