Tom Brady Celebrates Retirement With Super-Rare IWC Schaffhausen Watch

A little treat.

Tom Brady Celebrates Retirement With Super-Rare IWC Schaffhausen Watch

It’s official: the GOAT is hanging up his cleats, for good this time. It’s a sad day for football fans… But Brady’s not giving up on his watch addiction, with the star wasting no time picking up an incredibly rare piece to celebrate his retirement.

The 45-year-old, who in early 2022 announced his retirement – only to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40 days later – took to social media yesterday to once again announce he’s stepping away from NFL.

“Good morning guys. I’ll get to the point right away… I’m retiring. For good,” the star said in an emotional Instagram video. “I won’t be long-winded: you only get one super-emotional retirement essay, and I used mine last year,” he joked, before thanking his fans.

We reckon retirement’s been on his mind for a while, though. We thought this might be coming after a sad press conference he gave earlier this month sparked fears that he was giving up on the sport. We also reckon his latest watch acquisition was a bit of a hint that he was ready to splurge a bit and enjoy his retirement: a very rare IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Tourbillon Hand Wound Squelette (ref. IW546201).

Brady wearing his new IWC at the Los Angeles premiere screening of 80 for Brady. Images: Getty / Hodinkee

This unusual timepiece is one of the rarest watches IWC has ever made and one of the most ornate. ‘Squelette’ refers to the fact it has a skeletonised movement, while the ‘Tourbillon’ and ‘Hand Wound’ parts of its name should be fairly obvious.

Crafted from 18ct rose gold and mounted on a leather strap produced by famed Italian leather goods brand Santoni., it features a huge tourbillon bridge mounted at 9 o’clock, with the large mainspring visible at 1 o’clock. The skeletonised movement is ornately hand-finished – a real feat, considering how complex the movement is.

Only 25 were ever made, and it was strictly an off-catalogue piece, only offered to IWC’s most valued customers. and retailed back in 2015 for the princely sum of US$100,000. It’s worth much more these days: they rarely make it to market, but you can confidently assume you’d be paying at least double its retail price these days.

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The perks of retirement, we guess.