Rafael Nadal's $375K watch recovered

Wednesday June 13th, 2012

Rafael Nadal watch Rafael Nadal's loaner watch was swiped from his bedstand, but has since been recovered by police. (Getty Images)

You know what's a total buzzkill? Waking up the morning after you've just won your seventh Roland Garros title only to find your $375,000 limited edition watch has been stolen by someone on the hotel staff. We've all been there, right?

After a long night of well-deserved celebration, he climbed into bed and took off his $375,000 Richard Mille RM027 Tourbillon watch, placed it on his nightstand, and drifted off to sleep. When he woke up in the morning it was gone. On one hand, if you're in possession of a $375,000 watch, you're pretty much begging for it to be stolen. Or at least for someone to attempt to steal it. On the other hand, who would try and steal from Rafa? That's just mean.

After reporting the watch missing and filing a complaint with the local police in Paris, the cops were able to quickly track down the thief and recover the watch. The thief turned out to be a hotel barman, who used his access key to break into Nadal's room and abscond with the watch. Speaking from the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, where he's scheduled to play this week, Nadal had nothing but nice things to say about the French police. "They did fantastic work. They found the watch. So, I’m very happy for that."

What's unclear from reports is whether the thief broke in while Nadal was asleep. If so... that's really messed up and quite scary, actually. In the meantime, Richard Mille might want to consider installing a GPS tracker in Rafa's watches. This already the second incident of Nadal losing track of his limited edition watch, which is on loan to him from the watchmaker. Nadal signed the deal with Richard Mille before the 2010 French Open, and three months later the watch -- then valued at $525,000 (thanks for nothing, weak Euro!) -- was reportedly stolen from his locker in Toronto.

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