Customs officials confiscated two luxury watches worth Rs 5 crore from cricketer Hardik Pandya on his arrival after the Indian cricket team returned to the country after a disappointing performance at the T20 World Cup which was held in the United Arab Emirates, according to media reports.
According to ABP Live, the Indian cricket team returned home late last night after being knocked out of the ICC tournament following ignominious losses to Pakistan and New Zealand on the league stage. However, after arriving at the airport, customs officials found Hardik Pandya in possession of two luxury watches worth Rs 5 crore. The cricketer did not have invoices for the watches, nor did he declare these watches as customs items. As a result, customs officials confiscated his watches.
Hardik Pandya’s fascination with luxury watches
Earlier in August, a month before the second stop of IPL 2021, Hardik took to Instagram to post a series of photos of himself in a foreign location in a Rolls Royce. The cricketer was seen wearing a tank top with a hat and sunglasses. The cricketer is used to sharing photos of his lavish lifestyle, but what caught the attention of his supporters was one of the images he shared. It was a Patek Phillippe Nautilus Platinum 5711, a luxury watch that costs over Rs 5 crore.
According to GQ India, the watch features 32 baguette-cut emeralds and is entirely forged from platinum. The 5711 has emeralds serving as time indicators and gets an automatic self-winding movement. While 5711 is a rare range, this particular emerald model is even rarer. Pandya joins the celebrity club as actor-comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Drake who own the super-expensive watch.
However, this wasn’t the first time the all-rounder has flaunted his love for luxury watches. In 2019, when he was injured and had surgery, Pandya shared a picture of himself on a hospital bed with a shiny watch. One of the social media users claimed the watch was a gold Patek Philippe Nautilus watch.
Patek Philippe Nautilus in gold most likely. https://t.co/IZpWw2KyJn
– Sidin Whataycute (@sidin) October 5, 2019
Reports claimed the model was the self-winding Rose Gold Nautilus (in an 18k rose gold case) with a part number 5980 / 1R and caliber CH 28-520 C.