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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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John 3:36 (2 days ago)
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Mario M (2 days ago)
Black people!! David is an exemple for you and your kids, gentlemen, good at school respectful everything a good man as to be..
August (2 days ago)
What a great guy.
BestFenerbahceFan (3 days ago)
The Second Best Center of all time behind Wilt Chamberlain
David Hernandez (4 days ago)
One of the greatest spur of all time
Alex the Lego guy (12 days ago)
David is such a class act! Nice taste too!
John Manuel (12 days ago)
David, the world needs more people like you. You’re genuine, you’re humble even with immense talent and accomplishments, and you’re giving. Plus, you have one hell of a great taste in watches and it’s nice to see them being used and loved. Great episode!
Eltargrimm (14 days ago)
"But at the end of the day, if you don't use it, it's not gonna do you a whole lotta good"
Eltargrimm (14 days ago)
You are pure class, good sir. I have always been a big fan of yours, and you just gave me one more reason to be one!
Matt Domingo (21 days ago)
is that some powder donut sugar on David’s upper lip?
dragon7590 (25 days ago)
Excellent episode! I always love seeing when someones watch collection is a distinct reflection or their style or taste instead of what's just popular or most expensive. Being born and raised in San Antonio I have nothing but admiration for the Admiral.
Bruce W. (27 days ago)
I was reluctant to click on this one, I was completely wrong. Fantastic
Jarred Brunt (1 month ago)
What a great man
Liang Zhao (1 month ago)
David Robinson seems to be a really decent guy
Ever Avila (1 month ago)
I admire the Admiral even more now. This man knows and I mean knows watches. Top watch collector, one of the best collections I have ever seen.
pfeiffdog0811 (1 month ago)
This man is the reason this life long Chicago resident is a Spurs fan.
floflorian (1 month ago)
Finally a collection without 10 Patek Phillipe models which all look the same... At least this guy bought watches to wear them and enjoy them.
Marcus Silkisberg (1 month ago)
Please do Ed Sheeran.
nfltrrr qwsa (1 month ago)
0:33 all these people also grew up in poor neighbourhoods
AF Math & Engineering (1 month ago)
Seems like a great guy. Great collection too.
Thunder Bee (1 month ago)
I met David at an airport on my way to SA and another time I got to sit a couple of seats away from him in a game. I grew up a laker fan and always cheered against the spurs. However, after meeting him I should have been a spurs fan just because of hin. He is a wonderful person and very polite. Just a wonderful human being. If you ever read this, thank you for the pic Mr. Robinson you are a wonderful person.
Amanda tompkins (1 month ago)
Damn he has a nice resume !
Alex K. (1 month ago)
Franck Muller, Ulysse Nardin, FP Journe. It's so refreshing to see a watch guy admiring brands outside the usual suspects (Rolex, Patek Philippe, AP).
apollo air (1 month ago)
David Robinson is such a awesome dude. I wish more guys with his character played in the nba today
smoko (1 month ago)
Why do chronograph shots always pull away right before the minutes counter jumps? Is this some Hodinkee joke to frustrate us all?
Pulsonar (2 months ago)
That is an exquisite watch collection, and totally bling free! His, passion, knowledge and candour is off the chart, a sports star who seems to know the value of everything, and the price of nothing, a rare find.
David H (2 months ago)
God fearing Military service World champion Community serving CLASS ACT Leader #DaveforPrez🇺🇸
Chrypto (2 months ago)
What a cool guy
Raymond's Rice Cookers (2 months ago)
big black man
Rene Lizarraga (2 months ago)
Classy, well-spoken man
Joshua Palmer (2 months ago)
my all time favorite NBA player! he collects watches, i collect his cards haha have over 500 of them!
lonewolfanddog (2 months ago)
Who else remembers him from the box of Raisin Bran you ate in the morning as a kid?
Bespn _ (2 months ago)
Dope watch collection....classy collection
Joshua Briggs (2 months ago)
David Robinson- what an articulate man on and off the court!
justmikey (2 months ago)
the interviewer looks like shia la
Tong Zou (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
I like this David Robinson guy! Great basketball player
Gabriel De Santis (2 months ago)
Love this man's energy. Really an example of a person.
Sirjean5 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
he's one of my favorites. class.
victor rosario (2 months ago)
Nice to see Chris Algieri with David Robinson.
Ted dibiasi-JLC-Sinn (2 months ago)
FP Journe all the way!
Jeff Stryker (2 months ago)
David Robinson was my favourite player, he is why I go for the Spurs.
Janik Ash (2 months ago)
I love it, he seems genuinely treasured the watch that Tim gave it to him. Best bromance in nba history.
ABP. (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
In a world full of chaos and everyone doing things for followers & likes, this is a breath of fresh air.
Kam Barsy (2 months ago)
Serious watch collection
ithinkican79 (2 months ago)
That was dope
Kyle Ortiz (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Class
Roxic12 (2 months ago)
They don’t make class act Youtube videos like this anymore. Nice video
cody barnett (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
What a classy guy.
Brandon Bockman (2 months ago)
Finally a lover of Ulysse Nardin!!! Such a great company with insane history
[USDMX] (2 months ago)
What a legend. Classy, manly, and sophisticated. A fantastic influence for all young Americans.
mfkato (3 months ago)
Great guy!
Carl S (3 months ago)
As usual,another great episode with a genuine person...Thanks
Aron Sze (3 months ago)
his smile is addictive
Will (3 months ago)
Great guy with a great collection.
rafael lizola (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Great episode. Found Mr Robinson so entertaining, fun, and humble. I didn’t want it to end!
Taco Jesus (3 months ago)
Very solid showing, respect
Steve - (3 months ago)
“Space”
Nick C (3 months ago)
Omg! Hodinkee let someone show a Panerai....
CiscoRock (4 months ago)
class act....
inkmypapers (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 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. (4 months ago)
Quality watches ..no doubt , but this is very tiny collection.
Talk about aging well.
suraj punjabi (4 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 (4 months ago)
What a precious human David is. Thank you for sharing David.
Rich West (4 months ago)
This is a gentleman with a degree of panache.
H E R N A N D E Z (4 months ago)
today nba needs another David Robinson class act player and person
Art Vandelay (4 months ago)
The way he speaks is just so engaging
Ed (4 months ago)
Robinson is all class. Thanks for posting this!
Dontsleep (4 months ago)
We need another John Mayer episode!
MrGingerdin (4 months ago)
A really cool guy, and a horrible watch taste
Shawn Enz (4 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 (4 months ago)
I have never liked San Antonio spurs. But David Robinson is one of my favorite players.
Will Smith (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
This was cool, he's a real watch guy! And he was amazing on the court. Mellow dude.
totalsubmition (4 months ago)
Who's the fucking miserable kid interviewing him?
dipro001 (4 months ago)
Excellent honest energy for watches from the guest. The presenter looks like he is interviewing his worst rival from high-school.
Optidorf (4 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 (4 months ago)
Wow an FPJ! Exquisite taste!
Underdog (4 months ago)
tasteful collection, genuine guy
BeyondWrittenWords (4 months ago)
2:40 start
Stan Yiu (4 months ago)
What a classy man! With an equally classy collection.
classic kool (4 months ago)
What a great guy! .. David Robinson is an American treasure!!
Cian Reyes (5 months ago)
David Robinson, a true gentlemen on and off the court.
Cliff Chan (5 months ago)
David Robinson and Tim Duncan are two of the classiest basketball legends.
reggie furlow (5 months ago)
A real good guy
G H (5 months ago)
You should do one with Putin!
Tim Mosso's Sunglasses (5 months ago)
Nice line-up.
SB SB (5 months ago)
Nice collection
Shahzad Zafar (5 months ago)
What a tasteful collection

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