Fidel Castro Rolex Watch Collection: Why Does He Wear Two Watches?

Fidel Castro Rolex Watch Collection. Let us continue blogging about the Cuban leader and his Rolex watches, shall we? What Rolex watch is he wearing in the photo below?

According to, it is a Rolex Datejust on a President bracelet which is, apparently, kinda unheard of.

Here’s the question: Did he ask the Rolex people to make a special one of him? Or maybe a watch expert customized it for him? Or maybe the Swiss watchmaker committed a rare mistake during production and ended up creating a rare but maybe flawed and definitely more valuable watch?

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Now, ain’t the next picture below pretty interesting? Say what you will about Castro but he looks cool with his cigar. We also love his impish smile as it reminds us of an uncle who’s always ready to play a prank on his nephews and nieces. In case you are wondering, the Cuban leader is wearing a Rolex Submariner.

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The third item in the Fidel Castro Rolex watch collection is this Rolex GMT Master II. You sure can’t lead a revolution without a good watch to tell you when to act, when not to act, and things like that. Hehe.

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Fidel rocking his Rolex GMT Master.

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Divers Watches for Men: Fidel Castro Rolex Submariner (published: 21 July 2010). What comes to mind when you have Cuban leader Fidel Castro wearing a Rolex Submariner Watch? For us, its longevity, longevity, longevity and outlasting their rivals. Everyone knows that a Rolex watch will outlive its rivals but no on give Fidel the Rebel a chance. So we gotta give credit to the guy for outlasting several American presidents who wanted him ousted from power. He told them to suck it and outlasted them all.

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Fidel Castro Wearing Two Rolex Watches. Here’s another vintage pic of Mr. Castro wearing his Rolex Submariner and a Rolex Datejust. Why is he wearing two watches in the next photo below?

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Well, we don’t really know why he wears two watches but the book The Secret of Fidel Castro by Servando Gonzalez has this to say about the matter:

Evidence of Castro’s SanterĂ­a connections abound. When he was in the Sierra Maestra mountains Castro used to wear two watches. The fact has been recorded in multiple photographs of Castro at the time. To reporters who asked him the reasons for his unusual behavior, he answered that it was just to have a spare watch, just in case the other got broken. Other sources, however, claim that the real reason is that Fidel is an initiated olocha, and one of the “wristwatches” was in fact a device to conceal his resguardo (protection), an initiation bracelet which adepts must wear at all times.

Is there truth to the above claim? Or could Castro’s two watches be explained by a more mundane and practical reason — that he simply also want to know the time in Moscow so he knows when to get in touch with his Russian pals?

2020 Update: We should have updated this four years ago but it’s better late than never. The Cuban leader and revolutionary passed away last 25 November 2016 in Havana, Cuba when he was 90 years old.

Fidel Castro Rolex Watch Collection published  21 July 2010. Last updated: July 26, 2020 at 7:21 am.