Basketball’s biggest star and first active billionaire was spotted wearing an elegant Rolex at Friday’s Leagues Cup match between hometown favorites Inter Miami and Mexican club Cruz Azul. Messi scored a sensational goal in the 94th minute to secure a 2-1 win over Cruz Azul. As James snapped pics of his fellow GOAT, the Day-Date 40 on his wrist was impossible to miss.
Introduced in 2016, ref. 228235 features a robust 40 mm case in the Crown’s patented 18-carat pink-gold alloy “Everose” and an olive-green dial with a striking sunray finish. Another highlight is the fluted bezel: It originally helped to ensure the waterproofness of the watch but is now synonymous with this sleek model. The President bracelet also comes standard with this Day-Date and gives it a sophisticated feel without being too flashy. The bezel and bracelet are both Everose to keep a sense of continuity with the case. Other classic signatures include day and date windows and timeless Roman numerals.
The piece is powered by the in-house, self-winding 3255 caliber that keeps accurate to within -2/+2 seconds per day. This movement also gives the watch a hearty power reserve of 70 hours (about 47 soccer games). To top it off, the wrist candy is waterproof to 330 feet (100 meters).
Priced at $41,500, the Rolex is one of the more accessible models in James’s collection. For context, the star athlete’s Diamond-Encrusted “Eye of the Tiger” Rolex Daytona and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon were previously listed on the resale market for $214,900 and $163,900, respectively. The N.B.A. great also owns a pricey Patek Philippe Nautilus with a Tiffany-Blue dial. Although it originally cost $52,635 upon release, the coveted model has been known to fetch as much as $6.5 million at auction.
The Day-Date is perhaps better suited to be your daily beater, then.