The best NBA players are among the highest-paid athletes in sports. And LeBron James is one of the wealthiest players in the league. Not only is his annual salary in the tens of millions, but he makes even more from endorsements and business ventures. With a huge net worth, James can afford to buy the best. One of his favorite collectibles is luxury watches. And the crown jewel of his timepiece collection is worth over $370,000.
How much money has LeBron James made in the NBA?
According to Spotrac, in 2018, James signed a four-year contract with the Lakers worth $153.5 million. This offseason he signed an extension giving him an additional $85.66 million over two years. Once it kicks in for the 2021-22 season, James will average nearly $43 million. This is roughly a 10% increase from the $39.2 million he’s going to make this season.
And that’s just from the Lakers and doesn’t include any income James makes from his other business ventures and endorsements. When you add it all up, Celebrity Net Worth estimates he makes about $100 million annually and has a net worth of $500 million, making him one of the world’s richest athletes.
LeBron James’ luxury watch collection
James has an extensive collection of luxury timepieces, which GQ and #Legend have written about. The former even called him a “Hall of Fame watch collector.” James’ pieces come from a variety of high-end manufacturers and many have unique features. Here are just some of the pieces James owns.
Richard Mille RM 11-03
The Richard Mille RM 11-03 is the crown jewel of James’ watch collection. The watch is powered by a titanium-based movement and has a skeletonized dial with an oversized month and date display with a flyback chronograph. The watch is priced at HK$2.89 million, which converts to just shy of $373,000 in American money.
Patek Philippe 6102R Celestial
The Patek Philippe 6102R Celestial, as the name suggests, has a rotating chart of heavenly bodies on its dial which shows the moon’s orbit and the apparent movement of the stars. The sky depicted on the watch is what you would actually see if you looked up at the sky in Geneva, Switzerland. This timepiece is just a bit cheaper than the RM 11-03, priced at HK$2.16 million or about $278,000.
Rolex Day-Date II
The previous two watches are flashy, modern-style designs but James also has an affinity for classic timepieces, such as his Rolex Day-Date II. The watch has a relatively straightforward dial, with Roman numeral hour markers and day and date indicators. This watch is a relative bargain compared to the others, priced at HK$320,000, or almost $43,000 in American dollars.
James’ own watch design
James not only collects watches, but he also designs them — at least one for Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet, for which he is a brand ambassador. CNBC describes the watch, the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, as having an 18-karat pink gold case with “black ceramic and diamond set push pieces, and a hand-stitched gray crocodile strap.”
It is a limited edition of 600 and features James’ signature in blue on the sapphire crystal on the back of the timepiece. Combine the celebrity factor of James having designed the watch with the limited nature of its release, and it adds up to a hefty $51,500 price tag, with used versions of the coveted timepiece going for even more at online auction sites.