When President Barack Obama received a Jorg Gray 6500 Chronograph watch for his birthday a few years ago, it quickly became the most popular and sought-after watch of his early presidency. Given as a gift for his 46th birthday by the Secret Service, the case back is sealed with the Secret Service logo. President Obama has been seen wearing the Jorg Gray on many occasions, whether conducting state business or just relaxing with his family. For a previously obscure brand of corporate gift watches, this endorsement by the president had launched Jorg Gray into a major watch brand. The company has even released a commemorative edition line of 6500 Chronographs stamped with “The 44th President of the United States Barack H. Obama January 20th 2009” on the case back. For $325 the average Joe can own a commemorative edition of the president’s watch, surely an irresistible addition to any watch collector’s compilation.
The 6500 Chronograph is styled after vintage aviation/pilot watches, as can be seen by the contrasting black and white colors on the hands, hour markers, and other features. The case is measured at 41mm with a 14.1mm thickness. The case and bezel are stainless steel, while the dial face is black against the luminant-coated white hour markers and hands. The 12 o’clock marker is a triangle, that of a typical pilot’s watch. The watch lens is made from a scratch-resistance high impact mineral crystal and the piece is water resistant to 100 meters. An interesting aspect of the mineral crystal is the style in which it is slightly domed, which allows for a mild lens affect. The lens is also coated with an anti-reflective agent the sometimes makes light reflect blue off the crystal; this ensures the dial always remains clear and crisp.
The chronograph for the Jorg Gray 6500 is a high precision Japanese Mioyota chronograph quartz movement. Manufactured by Citizen Watch Co. in Japan, the chronograph is quick to use and measures in one-second increments. Both the pushers and the crown are designed for maximum comfort and ease of use. The crown itself has the letters “JG” for the Jorg Gray logo embossed on it. There are three sub-dials on the piece; the left sub-dial tracks minutes, the low center sub-dial tracks seconds, and the right dial is a 24-hour clock that has been designed for international travel. Lastly, the date window rests at an angle in between the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock markers.
It is also interesting to note that each piece of this series comes with a serial number, a rarity to find in watches of this price range that have been largely produced. Aside from being the Commander in Chief’s watch, this is another nice touch that will encourage collectors. The Jorg Gray 6500 is also designed for comfort; the case is meant to sit well on the wrist and the sides are done in a sleek satin finish. The black strap is Italian buffalo leather that features a distressed look and has contrast stitching, which is popular among the aviation style watches. The buckle is in stainless steel and includes the Jorg Gray logo in laser etching.
Written by Amani Liggett