Sir Lewis Hamilton has sold a watch worn at a charity golf event ahead of the Miami Grand Prix weekend as well as a pair of used racing boots, and they came to a total of $55,000 at auction.
Hamilton joined NFL legend Tom Brady for a charity golf match in Florida before the race weekend to raise funds to support underprivileged young people in the area, and they donned different watches from the IWC Top Gun Range that would later be auctioned off.
Hamilton wore a timepiece with a perpetual calendar and a moon phase indicator and the IWC, according to robbreport.com, only made 150 of the model he had on.
He added in the pair of boots that he wore at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this year, which he signed, and they came to $55,000 in total for charity.
Brady’s watch was a little more simplistic in its design, featuring the orthodox time-and-date format with an indicator at 3 o’clock.
He sold a set of golf clubs along with it, and raised $30,000 as a result.
The charity event took place in collaboration with Laureus Sports for Good, an initiative that works with local communities to support people facing social challenges, and uses the uniting power of sport to do so.
They are working with Dibia DREAM, a charity that uses recreational education to help less fortunate young people in Miami.
Away from the golf course, Brady is starring in a film titled “80 for Brady” that covers his illustrious career, and Hamilton was asked who he would choose to portray him.
“No idea, people keep asking me that,” he told Sky Sports with a smile.
“There are so many amazing, talented individuals out there.”
It was put to the Briton that he and Brady had similar paths into their respective sports. Brady jumped into the New England Patriots in 2000 before winning the Super Bowl in 2001, while the seven-time champion joined McLaren in 2007 before winning the title a year after his arrival.
The 37-year-old affirms that it is easy to pay attention solely to the success, and not appreciate the years of hard work it takes to get there.
“I think people turn on the TV and see us do what we do but perhaps don’t always get the insight of what it takes to be there and be underneath that spotlight but there’s a great journey in the background and a lot of struggles both mentally and physically,” he said.
Hamilton placed an emphasis on the struggles of “trying to manage your time, with family, in life, and trying to be the best you can be every day.”