Barack Obama’s Other (Sports) Watch

The ActiveWatcher can’t resist the urge to comment on our U.S. President.  Don’t worry – we’re not turning The ActiveWatcher into a politics blog.  Rather, consistent with The ActiveWatcher’s unrelenting fanaticism with sports and active watches, we’re about to engage in a point-counterpoint about Mr. Barack Obama’s…..drum roll please…sports watch.  Yes, I know that was obvious to you, so save your breathe.

Much have been written by horologists (to the non-geeks out there, that’s the nerd term for those, like the ActiveWatcher, who have a passion for timekeeping devices) about Mr. President’s Tag-Heuer (not bad for a former community activist) and his more recent uber-limited edition U.S. Secret Service watch manufactured by Jorg Gray (it’s not that expensive; it reportedly costs about $300 in the Secret Service Store, wherever that’s located).

But the Head of Watch Style is cool enough to use…another drum roll please…wait for it…a sports watch during his off time.  You may have noticed it, like The ActiveWatcher did, during recent Presidential press briefings in Louisiana regarding the BP oil spill.  Take a look a look at the photos below.

For all those who are now snoring, behold the classic horologist riddle: Which sports watch is Mr. President wearing?  As expert as the ActiveWatcher is, we just haven’t been able to get close enough to the President to answer the question.  And unbelievably, our calls to the White Press Secretary have yet to be returned.  We’re crossing our fingers.

A meticulous forensic investigation (i.e., by simply looking at the images below), the ActiveWatcher has concluded that the sports watch the President has been wearing is an early version of the Nike Oregon.  (It is not a Timex as some has reported.)  Exhibit A: the round, silver bezel.  Exhibit B: the extension of the round bezel out of one corner of the watch face is a unique characteristic of some of the older versions of the Oregon.  Just compare the watch above with the Nike Oregon below.

But The ActiveWatcher isn’t too ashamed to admit that it hasn’t been able to find an identical match.  So it welcomes the ActiveWatches community to add its two cents.  Anyone that identifies the correct watch, and provides substantial evidence, will receive a generous watch discount from ActiveWatches.  Just e-mail your findings to

The ActiveWatcher


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