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Paris police solve the case of Rafael Nadal’s missing $376,000 watch

Jun 13, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal  pose Getty Images

Too bad — I was planning on walking up to Rafael Nadal repeatedly and asking him “Do you have the time?” Just to see the sad expression when he looks at his wrist. But Paris police now say they’ve recovered the tennis star’s missing timepiece — it was reported stolen from his hotel room while he was playing (and winning) the French Open.

Police say they’ve found the 300,000 euro ($376,000) watch stolen from the Paris hotel room of Rafael Nadal, and that a barman has been arrested in connection with the theft.

Luxury watchmaker Richard Mille had lent the Spanish tennis champion the watch. It vanished sometime late Monday to early Tuesday.

A police source – speaking on condition of anonymity, citing policy – said Wednesday that the pricey timepiece was found Tuesday night along a railway track in the southern Paris suburb of Evry.

Nice work, Det. Poirot! (And yes, I know he’s Belgian).

But why was the watch found along a railway track? And how did that lead to the suspect, a 39-year-old barman who worked at the luxury hotel. What is a barman, anyway? Who leaves a $376,000 watch in their hotel room? (That’s what hotel safes are for). Who found the watch? Are there such things as watch-sniffing dogs? For $376,000, a watch had better not just show me the time — it should also predict the future and get HBO. I am reconsidering plans to loan Nadal my stamp collection.

  1. bbk1000 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Some part of me, as wrong as it is (and I understand it’s wrong), says if you own a $376,000 watch you deserve to have it stolen…

  2. letafan4ever - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    He doesn’t own it!!

    • bbk1000 - Jun 14, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      I understand that, it was on loan…..wasn’t talking about him specifically, just anyone in general…

  3. 1historian - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Agreed. There is just something about a watch that costs $376,000 that is obscene. $3,760 is ok, $37,600 is WAAY over the top, $376,000 is just obscene.

    Maybe a pre-war Martin or a Lloyd Loar F-5 or something like that, but a watch?


    • bbk1000 - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:01 PM