What kind of watch does Barack Obama Wear?

Last Updated: July 16, 2016
Written by Elise Tigner

Barack Obama wears a black Jorg Gray Chronograph 6500

Barack Obama served as the 44th president of the United States of America, and was the first African American president the country has elected.

The Jorg Gray 6500

Obama has worn the Jorg Gray since 2007, when it was gifted to him by three of his Secret Service staff. In honor of his historic achievement, Jorg Gray created a special, one of a kind edition of the 6500 with buffalo leather straps and a commemorative back-plate for the president to wear.

Unless you have access to the Secret Service shop (wouldn’t that be awesome), the closest you can get is the Men’s JG6500 Analog, which is an exact replica of the president’s watch, down to the leather and stitching, but without any of the secret service notations. The following image shows the difference on the dials between the two models:

Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV

The Jorg Gray 6500 is an aviator style chronograph watch made famous by Barack Obama. 

The watch is powered by a Japanese Miyota chronograph quartz movement.

Featuring 3 sub-dials, but only one sub dial is related to the chronograph function. This is the sub dial at 9 o'clock which counts minutes. The sub dial at 3 o'clock is for 24 hour time and the 6 o'clock sub dial is for seconds. 

Most aviator watches opt for large numerals for the hour markers, but Jorg Gray has flipped this by having smaller numbers and large markers. The hours are still very readable on the black dial.

Low light viewing is aided by lume on the hour markers and hands. 

The stainless steel case and distressed leather strap go well together. It's a classic combination that allows the watch to be worn for many occasions - whether you're hosting foreign dignitaries at the White House or some buddies in your backyard. 



  • Movement: Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size:  41mm
  • Case thickness: 14.1mm
  • Band width: 22mm
  • Band material: Leather
  • Water resistance: 100m / 330 feet


  • Chronograph (ie stopwatch)
  • 3 sub dials
  • Luminous hands and dials


  • One of the most affordable watches worn by a president during office
  • Classic aviator style can be dressed up or down
  • Also worn by Secret Service agents
  • Perfect gift for Obama fans or Democrats


  • Quartz movement – Jorg Gray do make similar automatic models, but at approx twice the price
  • Not a household brand – this might be important to some people

Other Watches Worn By President Barack Obama

Most pictures of Barack Obama since he took office show him wearing the JG6500 Analog. Although this isn’t the only type of watch the President has been seen wearing:

  • President Obama has worn a Highgear Enduro Compass
  • President Obama used to wear a TAG Heuer 1500 Series

We've also featured the Fitbit he wore on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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