On Time: Glenn Beck, the Conservative Firebrand, Has a Soft Spot for Watches

Q. What was your first big watch purchase?

A. When I was doing music radio back in Baltimore in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the watch that drove me was a standard Rolex Presidential, because I was into status at the time. That was my first real signing bonus.

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Several watches from Mr. Beck’s collection. “One of the things I like about watches is the integrity,” he said.

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Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York Times

What did that purchase mean to you, given that you were struggling with drugs and alcohol at the time?

The Rolex didn’t make me happy, so it had to be a car. And I bought a Mercedes, and that didn’t make me happy. I lost my job in Baltimore, and I…

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