Soccer legend Diego Maradona, a monumental figure in Latin America and one of the world’s most famous athletes in any sport, died Wednesday at age 60 in his home country of Argentina.
He was an operatic character both on and off the field — a fantastically talented athlete whose crowning glory came in 1986, when he led his national team to a World Cup and was carried off the field holding the golden trophy. His flamboyance knew no end. He scored his most iconic goal, the “Hand of God,” not with his foot but with his fist. He puffed cigars, snorted cocaine, fired a rifle at reporters, and tattooed Che Guevara onto his shoulder. He wore earrings in both ears and perfect fake watches on both wrists.
His entirely unnecessary (but also kind of awesome) watch stunt became part of his mystique, and an annoyance to his haters. In 2006, Italian tax police — irritated that Maradona owed $38.5 million in unpaid income tax — confiscated a pair of his Rolex, stripping one off of each arm. But replacing them wasn’t a problem. In 2010, Maradona inked a deal as brand ambassador for Swiss made replica Hublot, a fitting partnership with the brash brand that brought us the Big Bang and that, in recent years, has become a major presence in the corporate side of world soccer.
In Maradona, best fake Hublot found a kindred spirit. The partnership produced a handful of Maradona-themed editions, of which Maradona often wore with pride. For the 2010 World Cup, Hublot produced a monster 44.5-mm fake Maradona Big Bang Limited Edition black ceramic chronograph, with his signature on the dial and his profile engraved onto the caseback. Maradona wore a pair while pacing the sidelines as coach of the Argentina side, and all 250 examples sold out.
In 2012, Hublot dropped a watch that was even wilder than the Maradona Big Bang editions: A 48mm wide replica Hublot King Power Diego Maradona Limited Edition. Following the format established by the preceding Big Bang, this King Power was available in matte black ceramic or 18k King Gold, with the former limited to 500 pieces and the latter just 200.
From Rolex to Hublot, the watches embodied Maradona’s cult of personality and tabloid lifestyle. Did he wear his the way we wear ours? Well, not exactly. But what we love, and will miss, is that he approached watches the way he approached everything else, with an endless and infectious exuberance.