Jay-Z brought an important piece of watch history to the Super Bowl

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It’s hard to believe these days, but at some point the Nautilus was just another new watch trying to gain traction with collectors. When the watch was first introduced in 1976, there were no decades-long waiting lists, Tiffany-faced versions, or late-breaking resale markets caught in Nautilus fever. Instead, most collectors shunned the Nautilus because of its size – 42 millimeters, huge by 1970s standards – and it earned the nickname “Jumbo”. So in 1981 Patek introduced a slimmer version known as the reference 3800. This watch came in at 37 millimeters, or what is affectionately referred to today as medium – think of this model as the Audi Q8 of timepieces.

More exciting than the resizing was how Patek used the 3800 to expand the Nautilus universe. The original 3700 version hung its hat on stainless steel: “One of the most expensive watches in the world is made of steel,” an ad said at the time. But Patek started releasing the stripped-down 3800 in yellow gold, platinum, a combination of yellow gold and stainless steel, white gold, and even rose gold. Some of these watches were even set with diamonds, and… see what I’m getting at?

Jay-Z could easily buy a modern watch and leave it to a jeweler. Instead, Hov located a 40-year-old vintage Nautilus, one of the very first models in this now-popular line. That makes Jay a great collector and that’s why this piece is Super Bowl worthy.

Also this week, a watch fit for a quarterback and a Super Bowl winner Another Nautilus with Tiffany dial.

Michael Owens

Patek Philippe Aquanaut by Matt Stafford

Essentials for the Super Bowl championship parade: a cigar, a Bud Light Tall Boy and one of the best sports watches in the world. Launched in 1997, the Aquanaut is something of a little brother to the Nautilus – in the ’90s Patek wanted to offer their younger customers something even sportier and more outlandish. It’s the only Patek with a rubber strap, and it’s just the kind of watch Stafford doesn’t have to worry about spilling Bud Light on.

Andy Lyons

Patek Philippe Nautilus by LeBron James

Although there are very few Nautilus watches with the Tiffany blue dial, we certainly see them in public a lot. Simply put, this is the NFL Arena’s luxury watch box.

Nathaniel S Butler

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak by Ben Simmons

Look who’s back on an NBA bench: it’s the best basketball player promoted at this year’s trade deadline! Simmons has yet to play a game for the Nets, but he’s wasting no time putting the spotlight on Brooklyn. He wore a massive chain and a Rolex Day-Date to the Nets’ comeback win over the Knicks on Wednesday. But it’s the watch he released on Monday that caught our attention. This gold Royal Oak has a distinctive white dial and chronograph. It’s apparently a hit among young NBA stars – Jayson Tatum seems to have the same thing.

Katelyn Mulcahy

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona by Draymond Green

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is one of the hottest watches in the world. Like the Nautilus and the Aquanaut, it is a major player in the luxury sports watch trend that continues to drive collectors mad. But, to borrow a quote from Shania Twain, Draymond Green is not overly impressed. The jack-of-all-trades Golden State Warrior wasn’t content with owning just any garden-variety Daytona – this watch’s dial is made of meteorites. Correct: Real space debris was used in the manufacture of this watch.

Jay-Z brought an important piece of watch history to the Super Bowl

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