3 amazing watches worn by Jeremy, James and Richard
I'm a watch nerd, what can I tell ya?
Over the years, we've watched Jeremy, James and Richard travel across the globe with different vehicles and while their personal style choices haven't always been spot-on, things change when it comes to their wrists.
Please do take what I'm about to say (and this list) with a pinch of salt.
From what I've seen: James seems to be the most knowledgeable of the three because he's almost always wearing interesting and rare timepieces that come with an interesting story. I remember he once confirmed (in one of his newspaper column) that he still has every single watch he's ever owned except for one which "was stolen".
Jeremy is an Omega man, fair and square. He's repeatedly pointed it out over the years in his newspaper columns and apart from that, he can be seen wearing various Omega watches in most episodes of both Top Gear and The Grand Tour. He occasionally wears IWC and, in a couple of recent films and videos, including one on Drivetribe, he wears what appears to be a white G-Shock GA100.
By keeping an eye on Richard's wrist I've noticed that he's very creative with his wristwatches. He wears anything from TAG Heuer to Omega, from Rolex to Breitling and a Tissot T Touch with an orange strap.
So what I thought I'd do is select three, one each, wristwatches I find particularly interesting, as worn by Jeremy, James or Richard.
Omega Railmaster XXL - Jeremy
The Omega Railmaster XXL is a wondrous watch, unveiled by Omega in the mid 2000s as part of the big Railmaster family created in 1959. It's a big, manual winding (with small seconds at 6 o’clock) chronometer with a 49-mm stainless steel case employing Omega's 2201 caliber. It comes with a black or brown leather strap with déployante clasp.
Jeremy wore it on several occasions including the Romania Special, Top Gear Season 14, Episode 1.
Omega Seamaster Chrono Quartz - James
As the name suggests, the Omega Seamaster Chrono Quartz is a chronograph using quartz technology (batter) and the reason why this watch is so unique is that it is the first digital/analogue chronograph in history.
The Chrono Quartz is made of stainless steel and you can think of it as a horological equivalent of a hybrid car, as the watch movement features both an analogue mechanism and a digital screen powered by a 32 kHz quartz crystal oscillator.
It was launched in 1976 at the Montreal Olympic Games and only 15,000 units have been made. It cost £375 when it was new and despite being relatively rare, it's not as expensive as you might think today, it costs around €2-3,000 on Ebay. Not exactly pocket money, but fundamentally good value when you consider its history, the brand and the technical implications behind this watch.
Tissot T-Touch Expert - Richard
This is an interesting watch and I've chosen it because Hammond has used it on several occasions both on Top Gear and The Grand Tour. He's worn it during the race across St. Petersburg, Burma Special, Africa Special (river Nile) just to name a few.
The T-Touch is the sort of all-purpose, hard-to-kill watch that's never out of place. You can wear it while while running a Triathlon or while drinking champagne at a Gala event. It weighs 89 grams thanks to its titanium case and the use of a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The movement is one of the most interesting features of the watch because the T-Touch is a solar-powered quartz watch and the battery incorporates an accumulator of solar energy.