Following on from the joy of watching live sport from the first time in months with the restarting of from the grand prix to the Epsom Derby, we thought it would be only right to take on the next big event, England vs The West Indies. The three-Test series which started on Wednesday 8th in Southampton sees the underdogs, the West Indians take on the home side England. The Windies have a notoriously strong fast bowling line-up (as you’d expect) but their batsmen have averaged only 23.59 in 19 Tests since their most recent tour of England in 2017. So enough about the cricket, let’s get into this, out of the England team line up, we have spotted 5 watch guys and here are some of their favourites.
First up, arguably the best all-rounder in the world, Ben Stokes, wearing a rose gold Hublot Big Bang. Often confused from a distance with the AP Royal Oak Offshore, this nautically inspired sports watch is easily recognisable by its tripic case construction, with black central case. When Carlo Crocco was considering the birth of Hublot in the late 1970s, he had a very clear vision of how his watch should look. From the porthole-shaped case, to which the brand thanks its French name, to the black dial, it was all in his mind and in 1980, Hublot was officially launched.
Stuart Broad, the now veteran quick bowler was spotted at an NFL match in the UK wearing a painted dial Panerai Luminor. Based on what I can make out, the sub seconds hand has a silver hue on the black painted dial, so I will put my neck out and say this is a Luminor GMT , 44MM PAM01088. A solid choice for a big dude, it combines athleticism with elegance and the brown calf leather strap is a nice touch.
Jos Buttler, the world cup winner and all-round good guy was spotted on his Instagram wearing a Rolex Sea Dweller. The iconic (yup – I said it, sorry not sorry) dive watch has a go anywhere, do anything kinda watch. From actually diving (which less than 1% of owners actually do), to the boardroom, it’s the perfect tool watch.
Next up, Chris Woakes, following in the footsteps of Ben Stokes, he is frequently spotted wearing a Hublot Big Bang. While it isn’t possible to tell the case material, it is worth noting that Hublot have been involved in cricket sponsorship for many years now, and there is a good chance this made its way onto his wrist as part of an endorsements deal. But none the less, it’s a watch that never ceases to create conversation, many love the strong lines and large 44mm case, while others have a vocal, distain. While I am not a fan of the newer models, some of the original quartz, with slimmer profiles are stunning.
And finally, Mark Wood has been spotted a few times rocking a quartz dress watch Daniel Wellington. While I was tempted to leave this off the line up, as we don’t sell Chinese made quartz watches, I felt compelled to share the story of Daniel Welllington. In 2011, Filip Tysander took $24,000 out of his own pocket to start a watch brand in Sweden based on the principle that millennial's tend to prefer simple, preppy dress watches. He is now 31 and his Daniel Wellington is making $180 million annually. Quite incredible. So, there we have it guys, I hope you enjoyed that round up, and all that is left to say is, common’ England!