Want Rafa's new on-court watch? That'll be $675K thanks

Eurosport | Tramlines, Yahoo!7 February 18, 2013, 4:28 pm

Rafa Nadal's new watch (www.richardmille.com)


Remember back in 2010 when Rafael Nadal started sporting a watch on court and everyone wondered what it was? And then we found out the Richard Mille watch was worth $510,000, and we all gulped about as loud as you can possibly gulp when hearing that a watch someone is wearing to play sports in is worth more than what a lot of people will make in their lifetime.

Well, Nadal's wrist just got a little more expensive. Richard Mille came out with a new timepiece for the tennis player to sport on court, and it will ring in at a whopping $675,000. Seriously.

The initial watch was model RM027, which weighed just 20 grams. The new model - entitled the RM27-01 - has dropped a gram of fat and somehow that makes it over $165,000 more expensive.

This is from the Forbes report on the new watch ...

Part of the point of the Richard Mille Rafael Nadal watch is to prove that the piece can survive the torture. A new system in the 2013 watch makes it even less prone to damage. Richard Mille rates the watch to work in situations of up to 5000 Gs of force. A new system of suspension cables holds the watch in the case without being traditionally mounted with screws. This helps to further protect the delicate movement against shock and other tennis related trauma. This is probably the first watch of its kind to ever have such a mounting, and it is beautiful too. It goes without saying that the simple act of constructing this movement requires a great deal of finesse.

This is a pretty crazy price tag for a watch, but Nadal isn't the only athlete to get the support of Richard Mille. Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, has been sporting a $510,000 watch by the same brand since 2011 on and off the golf course.

Richard Mille plans to make just 50 of the new Nadal pieces and the number you see above is how much you'll have to pay to tell time like a Grand Slam champion.

Or you could go the local pound shop and get a watch which will tell the time just as effectively. Up to you really.

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  1. FIGJAM03:56am Tuesday 19th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I think Nadal would trade the watch for healthier knees.

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  2. saturnsshadow03:19am Tuesday 19th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    $675K for a watch that has no discernible way of telling the time? I don't think so. I'm happy with my $169 watch from Fossil that I can easily tell the time with and looks a whole lot more like a watch than that.

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  3. Andrew01:38am Tuesday 19th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Ridiculous...what a wanker

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  4. Fairsky12:31am Tuesday 19th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    It's like having a $10,000 mobile phone. There are people who want these things. Having an income of $80,000 a year wont get you the finer things in life, but it will get you the sensible things in life. One question........I have worked my guts out for all my life to be able to afford a decent bottle of wine, what does a tennis player, golf player, soccerwog player do to deserve all this money. (A) It's because knobs pay big money to go and watch them make thier big pay packets. Rafa might be very good at what he does, but so am I....but nobody cares :-(

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  5. sharon10:46pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Don't know why the company still gives him these watches...he lost one of the previous model and no doubt he will lose this one as well! Also it is disgraceful that all he has done since returning to the circuit is whine, whine and whine some more...

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  6. nguyen09:24pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Is it BULLET proof ?

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  7. Viktor08:45pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I'd buy one if I could actually read the time on it.

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  8. steven07:35pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Want his watch? Errr...no thanks, I don't like it at all.

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  9. michael07:28pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    This was totally worth doing a story on.

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  10. John says07:08pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Look at the thing - you have to screw your eyes up to be able see what time it is!

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