Cover President-elect Joe Biden has been photographed wearing numerous wrist watches (Photo: Getty Images)

The president-elect is rarely seen without a timepiece tucked behind his sleeve

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Donald Trump and Joe Biden spent an estimated US$1.3 billion to reserve their seat in the Oval Office, but that doesn’t include the timepieces that have been spotted on both their wrists.

A real estate heavy hitter, Trump has been photographed numerous times wearing watches from the likes of Rolex and Patek Philippe––mostly in all-yellow gold and with a dusting of diamonds. But Biden has also proven himself to be a pretty dedicated watch collector over the years.

The president-elect has been spotted countless times with numerous Omega Seamasters. A stainless-steel model was strapped to his wrist and photographed by White House paparazzi back when he served with then-President Barack Obama. At about US$5,200, Biden’s Seamaster isn’t as bank-busting as Trump's preferred wrist candy, but it’s among the most expensive in the president-elect's collection.

It seems Biden has at least three examples of the Omega Seamaster, which was popularised by Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in their James Bond films: one with a black dial and bezel; one with a white dial and gold bezel; and one with a blue dial and blue bezel.

Biden has also been pictured with his very own Moonwatch––the Omega Speedmaster––on the cover of InStyle magazine in 2017.

In September, during a train ride to Pittsburgh, he wore a two-tone stainless steel and yellow gold quartz Seiko 7T32-6M90 Chronograph. And more recently, he was filmed with a Vulcain Cricket.

An obscure choice, even for the most knowledgeable of collectors, the Vulcain Cricket is a watch that's enjoyed a long history with the White House. President Harry S Truman (1884-1972) was the first president to own one. Earlier this month, during a weekly address, Biden looked as though he was wearing the brand's 50s Presidents’ Automatic Steel.