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Dragons Den: Which watches are the Dragon’s investing in?

There are few people who don’t enjoy the moment on Dragons Den when budding entrepreneurs pitch their best business ideas to a bunch of multimillionaires, only to get obliterated and told to go back to the drawing board. 

However for the lucky few who do charm those dragons into parting with their own cash, the viewing is tantalising.

But how exactly do the Dragons past and present spend their hard-earned pounds off screen? Here we take a look at some of the luxury timepieces they have invested in. 

Theo Paphitis

The Cypriot worth £301 million, started out life as a sales assistant at Watches of Switzerland on Bond Street. But did the job give him the gumption to make his fortunes and buy luxury watches of his own?

The owner of Boux Avenue, Ryman and Robert Dyas has been spotted wearing a Rolex TT GMT II with an oyster bracelet as well as a Rolex Daytona on several episodes of the show. 

The Daytona is equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its architecture incorporates fewer components, saving space for an impressive power reserve of 72 hours.

However he has confessed to being a huge fan of the Apple Watch as running several businesses, it allows him to have immediate visibility of anything urgent that may not be able to wait.

Touker Suleyman 

The fashion retail entrepreneur and investor, whose company Low Profile Group purchased UK shirt maker Hawes & Curtis, and fashion label Ghost, is a fan of Patek Philippe.

He owns a stunning 5980 Nautilus in 18kt gold. With the rounded octagonal shape of its bezel, the ingenious porthole construction of its case, and its horizontally embossed dial, the Nautilus has epitomised the elegant sports watch since 1976. Even today it’s still a firm favourite in every metal combination.

An incredibly neat watch with water resistance to 120m, the mechanical self-winding movement is second-to-none.

Touker was unable to film for the first half of the current series of Dragons’ Den due to illness, which means he’s absent for seven episodes of the show with Paphitis standing in.

Duncan Bannatyne

The 70-year-old Glaswegian, most famously known for his self-branded fitness centres, was once discharged from the Royal Navy for throwing his commanding officer overboard and serving army detention.

After a series of crazy jobs including selling ice cream vans, the scot, who served 12 series in the Den, struck gold with his gym venture and is now worth a cool £168 million. 

And having posted revenues for his financial year to the end of December, 2018, of £127.5m – a rise of 8.5% on 2017 – he’s clearly not short of a bob or two for a slick new Hublot Big Bang Gold Ceramic watch. 

Surpassing the robustness of other traditional metals used in watchmaking, ceramic is a scratch-proof material that will not show any signs of wear or ageing.

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