Elvis Presley: Why the King Was Gifted His Iconic Tiffany Omega Watch?

by Emily Morgan

Elvis Presley became a worldwide sensation primarily because of his popular music, but fans also recognized him for his out-of-this-world style. From jumpsuits to oversized sunglasses to his perfectly coifed hair, he made sure to always bring originality to his artistry. 

In addition to his capes and rhinestones, he also completed his looks with one of his iconic timepieces. Throughout his life, The King owned several watches, such as his Omega watch.

Known for producing James Bond’s watches, the brand created a watch as timeless as Elvis Presley himself. The watchmakers matched the pale face of the watch alongside a separate, smaller-windowed second hand at the six o’clock position.

Of course, the company had it custom-made by the Swiss watch brand in partnership with the jewelry company Tiffany & Co. The creators featured both companies at the 12 o’clock position on the watch.

In addition to the 18k white gold, the bezel of Elvis’ watch was custom-made with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds. The diamonds encompassed the perimeter of the timepiece. Today, you can see Elvis wearing the piece on many vintage photographs of him both on and off-stage. 

RCA gifted the piece to Elvis as a Christmas gift from the company president at the time. After Elvis sold more than 75 million records worldwide, his record company decided to honor him with the watch. At the time hitting a sales goal like that was totally unheard of.

Elvis Presley Received The Ornate Watch For Hitting A Major Milestone

As if the watch wasn’t blinged out enough, the president decided to have his accomplishment engraved in the watch.

“To Elvis, 75 million records, RCA Victor, 12-25-69.” There’s also an inscription in the watch that added proof that it was 18k gold.

In 2018 the watch was put up for auction, where it sold for a whopping $1,812,500. However, this wasn’t the only extravagant watch Elvis wore. He also owned several Rolexes, one of which has stood out to watch collectors and horologists. 

His Rolex King Midas was a solid gold-plated watch that was unlike anything else on the market at the time. It also lacked any markings on its face, other than the hands themselves and the Rolex branding.

The King was also known to wear a triangular-shaped watch, known as the Hamilton Ventura. He was often spotted wearing it while filming his 1961 movie, Blue Hawaii.

The watch was one of the first-ever Quartz (battery-powered) watches made and later sold at auction for $52,500 in 2012.