Generous: John Wall spent $600,000 on Rolexes for his Washington Wizards teammates
Most settle for a tie or novelty mug in the office Secret Santa.
But NBA star John Wall went all out this year when picking Christmas gifts for his colleagues, gifting each of his 15 teammates a $40,000 Rolex.
Washington Wizards star Wall, 27, surprised them with the gifts at a team breakfast on Saturday morning.
He filmed their stunned reactions as they opened the boxes.
In total, it will have cost him at least $600,000.
The 15 Presidents Day-Date watches were acquired by Govberg Jewelers in Philadelphia.
Client Advisor Joshua Thanos told DailyMail.com on Sunday how Wall picked each one individually, selecting between yellow gold, rose gold and white gold dependent on the player.
All of the timepieces were engraved with the recipient’s initials on the back.
Point Guard Tomáš Satoranský was among the stunned Washington Wizards players who received a $40,000 Rolex from John Wall on Saturday
‘He is a great, great guy,’ Thanos said, revealing that Wall first contacted him a month ago to arrange the gift.
It was not an easy process – Rolex’s strict exclusivity and distribution policies make bulk-buying more difficult than one would think.
‘There was a bunch of hoops to jump through, they’re very strict on distribution,’ Thanos said.
Once the large transaction was approved, they were boxed up and presented to the players at their breakfast.
‘They couldn’t believe it. I talked to one of them who’d been playing for 10 years and he said he had never heard of anyone giving such a generous gift.
Mike Scott was just as incredulous as he unwrapped his President Day-Date timepiece
Jason Smith holds his Rolex up in disbelief (left) while Marcin Gotart (right) looks at his. Some of the men received yellow gold watches while others got white gold or rose gold versions
Joshua Thanos from Govberg Watches (above) was on hand to tighten the time pieces for the players. He planned the gesture with Wall (who did not appear in the video) for a month
‘Some of them own Rolexes, the ones who have been playing for longer, but some of the younger ones don’t and for a lot of them, this costs more than the cars they were driving,’ Thanos added.
Wall has been playing for the team since 2010. In June this year, he signed an extension which gives him another $200million.
Thanos said Wall gave no particular explanation for the gift, but that he just ‘wanted to show them some love’.
‘He’s a very, very giving guy,’ he added.
Wall, 27, signed a $200million extension with the team in June. He has been playing for the Wizards since 2010