The Watches Of The NBA

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While the first thing some basketball players are likely to reach for is a sweatband when they’re looking to put something on their wrist, true ballers reach for a luxury timepiece. Here are 7 awesome wrist watches worn by some of the most famous NBA players, proving that horology is far from a dirty word out on the court.

 
 

LeBron James’ Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition

A favourite among ballers, Audemars Piguet produces the Royal Oak Offshore steel luxury sport watch, with a distinctive, industrial case style plated with 18-karat rose gold. James—an Audemars brand ambassador since 2011—had 14 small diamonds embedded in the top pusher. The self-winding movement is made up of 365 components, visible through a glare-proofed sapphire crystal caseback engraved with LeBron’s signature. Finally, a grey crocodile strap complements the cool colouring of the watch’s anthracite galvanization.
 

Carmelo Anthony’s Ernst Benz ChronoJewel Roman 47mm Automatic

Although many NBA players claim to be watch collectors, the most passionate of connoisseurs among them is easily Carmelo Anthony. Anthony has a certain passion for Ernst Benz watches, and wears a sizeable, 47mm ChronoJewel complete with roman numerals. This particular chronograph sports 3.5 carats of diamonds inlaid along its 18-karat gold bezel, as well as a gold buckle linking the crocodile leather strap. The extravagance of the diamonds is offset by a single complication showing the day and date at the three o’clock.
 

Steve Nash’s Gucci Timepieces I-Gucci Sport Watch

The kind folks over at Gucci presented Steve Nash and two of his charity soccer match teammates this digital number from their timepiece design arm. The I-Gucci watch has more in common with a fitness tracker, with several chronograph functions including a countdown timer, tachymeter, pedometer and (of all things) a timer suited specifically for regatta boat races. A perforated rubber strap holds the 49mm. Swiss-made timepiece capable of digital and analogical function—plus, it’s waterproof, meaning you can actually play in it without worrying about sweat ruining it.
 
 

Kobe Bryant’s Hublot King Power Black Mamba Chronograph
Kobe Bryant was first presented with a $250,000 Nubeo watch back in 2009, but he’s now the Hublot team ambassador for the Miami Heat. Following his recent resigning to the team, he has earned a new take on his own signature timepiece from the company’s King Power line. Presented in an 18-karat gold and platinum alloy, it features subtle Lakers colouring and a black ceramic bezel with red gold indexes. Oh, and that’s not the time: that’s Kobe’s number 24 at the six o’clock—expect this watch to drop in the near future.

 
 

Dwayne Wade’s Diamond Igal Haimov
Like Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade also has his own King Power series watch, aptly named “D-Wade.” However, his larger-than-life style matches well with another timepiece he is known to wear—a custom, diamond-studded Igal Haimov creation. If the designer’s distinctive, pentagon-shaped bezel lined with diamonds looks like something more at home on a rapper’s arm, you’re right: other patrons of his include T-Pain, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Nelly and more.

 
 

Ronny Turiaf’s Concord C1 Heart2Heart
Concord linked up with Ronny Turiaf back when he was with the Golden State Warriors to produce this limited edition, custom C1 chronograph for his Heart2Heart foundation—the one he formed following an open-heart surgery he underwent. Red accents at the first three indexes and the rotating seconds disk stand out from the woven, matte black face. The tonal alligator strap also sports some red stitching, leaving everything else tonal black-on-black, with exception to a transparent, sapphire crystal caseback.

 
 

Shaq’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Steel Limited Edition
If you thought LeBron James was the first to sport Audemars Piguet, think again. Shaq’s bold 48mm case sports a cooler colour scheme than James’, opting for steel rather than gold plating on the bezel. It also goes for a simpler, all-back look for the face, highlighted minimalistically with reversed numerals at the two and three o’clock, creating an homage to Shaq’s jersey number, 32. 

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Guest at 14 Jul 2015

This article is written by someone with no understanding of watches at all that awful looking Ernst Benz is not a chonograph watch Audermars piguest don't make watches that have gold plated bezels, so shaq's decision to go for steel over gold plati

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