Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec, Rolex devotee, often will purchase a watch to mark a special occasion. “A watch is still one of those things that makes you feel special and important,” he says. “It’s a bit of a celebration.”
When he was starting out in business, Herjavec admired his boss’ yellow gold Rolex Day-Date President. At dinner one night, he inquired about it and was told it cost $25,000. “The idea that someone could afford a watch worth that kind of money just blew my mind. I said, ‘If I ever make it, that’s the watch I will buy.’ ” And when he sold a software business in 2000 for $30 million, he did. Herjavec now owns about 10 Rolexes and a few other pieces including a few Blancpains. His everyday watch is a Rolex Daytona in white gold with a blue dial.
“It’s very durable and beautiful, and it looks great with a pair of jeans or a suit,” says the car enthusiast, who races Ferraris. While Herjavec (who competed this year on Dancing With the Stars) made his fortune in the tech world, he’s not drawn to electronic watches. “I am a very high-tech guy — I’ve got all the latest tools and apps — but there is something about the mechanism of a mechanical watch that feels very old school and durable to me.”
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