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Talking Watches With David Robinson

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A fixture of both the San Antonio Spurs and 90’s professional basketball, David Robinson, aka “The Admiral,” is one of the most dominant centers to have ever played the game. Standing 7-foot-1, Robinson’s 14-year NBA career was spent entirely with the Spurs and during that time he won the MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year, was a scoring champion, rebounding leader, block Leader, and a ten-time NBA All-Star – along with being instrumental in the Spurs winning two NBA Championships. From his start in the Navy to an incredible career with the Spurs and his continued charitable endeavours, David Robinson has always had a fascination with watches. Starting with a watch that was gifted to him for winning the Hawaiian Classic, Robinson has amassed an impressive collection of pieces that connect directly to his life as a professional basketball player. It’s an eclectic mix that reflects Robinson’s considerable stature, how he spends his free time with his family, and his overarching love of watches and watchmaking. Let’s dig in.
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big black man
Rene Lizarraga (2 days ago)
Classy, well-spoken man
Joshua Palmer (6 days ago)
my all time favorite NBA player! he collects watches, i collect his cards haha have over 500 of them!
lonewolfanddog (6 days ago)
Who else remembers him from the box of Raisin Bran you ate in the morning as a kid?
Bespn_ _ (7 days ago)
Dope watch collection....classy collection
Joshua Briggs (9 days ago)
David Robinson- what an articulate man on and off the court!
justmikey (9 days ago)
the interviewer looks like shia la
Tong Zou (9 days ago)
Love The Admiral. One of the top 10 greatest centers of all time and you wouldn’t know it by the way he talks here. Also not a pretentious watch collector at all. Great role model.
Jovan Stepic (10 days ago)
I like this David Robinson guy! Great basketball player
Gabriel De Santis (11 days ago)
Love this man's energy. Really an example of a person.
Sirjean5 (12 days ago)
Good guy and nice watch collection , though watch collectors/Purists may argue that Hublot especially the older big bang has a basic movement and is not a real collectors choice but I tend to disagree as it's something different and fun but yes we can agree doesn't have as much history and as well respected as Patek phillipe or Rolex ....
fodolo craigo (12 days ago)
he's one of my favorites. class.
victor rosario (12 days ago)
Nice to see Chris Algieri with David Robinson.
Ted dibiasi-JLC-Sinn (13 days ago)
FP Journe all the way!
Jeff Stryker (13 days ago)
David Robinson was my favourite player, he is why I go for the Spurs.
Janik Ash (13 days ago)
I love it, he seems genuinely treasured the watch that Tim gave it to him. Best bromance in nba history.
ABP. (13 days ago)
Finally a celebrity who really knows about and loves watches. Not a Rolex/PP investigator, not a bling-bling show-offer, not a RM-trend-follower. He got his own preference, taste and philosophy about watches. I am very impressed that he casually and normally wear each piece instead of hiding them inside his safe and polishing them everyday, as some other collectors do - I feel he just treats the watches in the very proper way
Youngone1534 Young (15 days ago)
In a world full of chaos and everyone doing things for followers & likes, this is a breath of fresh air.
Kam Barsy (15 days ago)
Serious watch collection
ithinkican79 (17 days ago)
That was dope
Kyle Ortiz (17 days ago)
Sports cards, sports history, Black Americana, antique advertisement signs are some of the things I Love to collect. Oh the lack of words available to describe the joy of being in the company of a collection proudly built over time. The Admiral <3
Paul Robert (18 days ago)
Class
Roxic12 (18 days ago)
They don’t make class act Youtube videos like this anymore. Nice video
cody barnett (18 days ago)
Absolute legend! Dude is a class act, always has been. What a great episode! I wonder if Tim Duncan is a watch guy? 🤔
Simon Trieu (19 days ago)
What a classy guy.
Brandon Bockman (21 days ago)
Finally a lover of Ulysse Nardin!!! Such a great company with insane history
[USDMX] (23 days ago)
What a legend. Classy, manly, and sophisticated. A fantastic influence for all young Americans.
mfkato (25 days ago)
Great guy!
Carl S (27 days ago)
As usual,another great episode with a genuine person...Thanks
Aron Sze (28 days ago)
his smile is addictive
Will (28 days ago)
Great guy with a great collection.
rafael lizola (28 days ago)
Respect for the admiral, one of my favorite players next to Sir Charles, for me, the golden era of the NBA, oh, and one of my favorite shoes to.
TheMan (1 month ago)
Definitely a clear example of what it means when they say "you cant buy class". this man has classic watches. doesn't need no buss down rolex or AP messed up with senseless diamonds
Jeremy Nelson (1 month ago)
Great episode. Found Mr Robinson so entertaining, fun, and humble. I didn’t want it to end!
Taco Jesus (1 month ago)
Very solid showing, respect
Tan Man (1 month ago)
Love David Robinson.
Steve M (1 month ago)
“Space”
Nick C (1 month ago)
Omg! Hodinkee let someone show a Panerai....
CiscoRock (1 month ago)
class act....
inkmypapers (1 month ago)
i find hodinkee routine of asking people to introduce themselves a little rude. I mean some of these people are celebrities and you ask them to introduce themselves? how do you even start introducing yourself if you are David robinson. Hodinkee should do the introduction in the future
Tim Okito (1 month ago)
Every time you see a black guy on this show, he has to be an entertainer. Not there is anything wrong with that but it’s just kinda odd.
Exotic Wine Travel (2 months ago)
As a former basketball player, my favorite episodes are this one and the JJ Reddick episode. I have great respect for the Admiral and he has a pretty tasteful collection, love that FP Journe. Funny, he never struck me as a watch guy.
Jaime G. (2 months ago)
Quality watches ..no doubt , but this is very tiny collection.
Talk about aging well.
suraj punjabi (2 months ago)
I cant believe he actually laughed at the fact that his son did nt take care of the rolex he gave em when he went to college. He is seriously the mvp of not taking things seriously.
G Rhn (2 months ago)
What a precious human David is. Thank you for sharing David.
Rich West (2 months ago)
This is a gentleman with a degree of panache.
H E R N A N D E Z (2 months ago)
today nba needs another David Robinson class act player and person
Art Vandelay (2 months ago)
The way he speaks is just so engaging
Ed (2 months ago)
Robinson is all class. Thanks for posting this!
Dontsleep (2 months ago)
We need another John Mayer episode!
MrGingerdin (2 months ago)
A really cool guy, and a horrible watch taste
Shawn Enz (2 months ago)
What a great interview! David is a great man and I've always admired him growing up. My first chalk-line jacket was the admiral himself. Great watch collection too!
J Lo (2 months ago)
I have never liked San Antonio spurs. But David Robinson is one of my favorite players.
Will Smith (2 months ago)
Despite the watches not reflecting my personal taste, this is definitely one of my favorite episodes. Robinson truly seems like a great guy.
Caesarillion Aurelius (2 months ago)
Wow, this opens a whole new chapter for me. 5 dials=1 watch!! I still can't even read the things. I forgot to count the hands too as some dials had more than one. I'll be looking for more in depth on all this. Thanks to all.
Mario Sandoval (2 months ago)
I can honestly say that this episode was very uplifting. You can tell Robinson is a genuine nice person all around and it radiates off him.
john-carlos ynostroza (2 months ago)
This was cool, he's a real watch guy! And he was amazing on the court. Mellow dude.
totalsubmition (2 months ago)
Who's the fucking miserable kid interviewing him?
dipro001 (2 months ago)
Excellent honest energy for watches from the guest. The presenter looks like he is interviewing his worst rival from high-school.
Optidorf (2 months ago)
Really fun video. His enthousiasm for watches is quite infectious :-) He seems like a really great man starting such a school to support the local community.
bh617 (2 months ago)
Wow an FPJ! Exquisite taste!
Underdog (2 months ago)
tasteful collection, genuine guy
BeyondWrittenWords (2 months ago)
2:40 start
Stan Yiu (2 months ago)
What a classy man! With an equally classy collection.
classic kool (2 months ago)
What a great guy! .. David Robinson is an American treasure!!
Cian Reyes (2 months ago)
David Robinson, a true gentlemen on and off the court.
Cliff Chan (2 months ago)
David Robinson and Tim Duncan are two of the classiest basketball legends.
reggie furlow (2 months ago)
A real good guy
G H (2 months ago)
You should do one with Putin!
Tim Mosso's Sunglasses (2 months ago)
Nice line-up.
SB SB (2 months ago)
Nice collection
Shahzad Zafar (2 months ago)
What a tasteful collection
Jochen Wuttke (2 months ago)
This guy is something else. Finally someone no talking watches who actually can talk watches and you can see the appreciation for the watches, not the bling factor. Easily goes in the all-time top 3 talking watches episodes just because he's so likeable and genuine.
Musa (2 months ago)
super unique and tasteful collection. rather small, but personal and unique. No submariner, nautilus, paul newman daytona, or speedmaster here. The best Talking Watches episode yet.
Eric Johnson (2 months ago)
I love the diversity of his collection. It’s clear that he buys what he likes and doesn’t seem to care about status and stigmas.
Charles Rees (2 months ago)
Does anyone know what sunglasses James has on at the beginning? Thanks
Bill Jones (2 months ago)
Awesome stuff here! What a great guy!
Flash445 (2 months ago)
Growing up a Houston Rockets fan I always respected the class and passion that David Robinson carried himself with. He's definitely someone I cheered for whenever he wasn't playing the Rockets and seems to be a good role model for young men the world over.
13limb (2 months ago)
Please try and record a talking watches with David Beckham!!
YoungVagabond (2 months ago)
such a class act
Dwight Baum (2 months ago)
Got to love David Robinson. The guy exudes class and the fact that he is a watch collector makes him that much cooler.
Francis Fernandes (3 months ago)
Wow an FP Journe in platinum just a whole new level of respect, what an awesome guy
Daniel D'Esposito (3 months ago)
A real first class collection of a person with an open mind leading to interesting choices. James Stacey.... great interview, am happy you're on the Hodinkee team, I still remember your totally cool 2017 Baselworld vlog series, simple effective journalism & great music.
Jamie Searle (3 months ago)
He could not be more likable. Diving with a perpetual calendar is so awesome!
VuittonPrince (3 months ago)
Such an elegant guy with a great collection
Youtube Channel (3 months ago)
David Robinson Spurs era was before my time but he like such a nice genuine person.
Ryan Chandler (3 months ago)
The Admiral! One of my mom's favorite players
Seba Duarte (3 months ago)
Now THAT´S a true watch collector/lover, someone that truly use them everyday, and have lots of experiences with them to tell.
S Johnson (3 months ago)
Of course the Navy Vet has to like Ulysses Nardin
Jimmy the Saint (3 months ago)
What a nice guy!
Gary Abrahams (3 months ago)
I love the detailed story behind each of his pieces. His taste is true. He is a seasoned enthusiast. I appreciation and enthusiasm for horology far outweighs his collection. Sincere philanthropist, great basket baller, Great Man.
A P (3 months ago)
I found this episode and the watches, boring; the same way I found Robinson's style of play boring.
. Bidot (3 months ago)
Good guy Robison, Nice Watches
Matt Blair (3 months ago)
What an amazing Guy, so easy going and down to earth despite his career and worth.
mathieuj (3 months ago)
Is the Journe a manual wound watch or how does it work without the rotor?
innerpurpose (3 months ago)
Nice interview, you guys are so rocking... The filming is top notch.
jlim200 (3 months ago)
Now THATS a watch collection :)
Slowpo 1981 (3 months ago)
What a weak watch collection.
Rich Alvarez (3 months ago)
I dig your channel. Subbed.

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