Prawit seen with another pricey watch
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has been caught wearing another luxury watch, his 11th, worth more than half a million baht, according to a Facebook post.
The wristwatch, a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona edition, is worth 554,000 baht, says the CSI LA post, which also gave details of 10 other luxury watches allegedly worn by Gen Prawit in the past.
The Facebook page posted a picture of Gen Prawit wearing the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, which it said was taken from Matichon newspaper published on Jan 16 this year.
The picture accompanied a news article on migrant workers.
The 10 other costly watches, worn by Gen Prawit and mentioned in previous Facebook posts, were three Richard Mille, three Rolex, three Patek Philippe and one Audemars Piguet.
The most expensive on the list were the Richard Mille watches with a price range of between three to four million baht each.
Two of the Patek Philippe cost between 1.5 million baht and 3.1 million baht apiece.
Apart from the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Gen Prawit has been pictured sporting three Rolex watches, the prices of which vary from 800,000 baht to 2.4 million baht each, according to the CSI LA Facebook.
None of the watches is believed to have been included among the assets declared by Gen Prawit to the National Counter-Corruption Commission (NACC).
Meanwhile, Gen Prawit has declined to say whether he has furnished the details of his luxury watch collection and other extravagant items he was seen wearing to the NACC.
Gen Prawit, who attended a Defence Council meeting Wednesday, declined to say whether he has written to the NACC and explained the watches and other trappings.
When the controversy blew up, the deputy premier said he would clarify matters to the NACC in writing. He became embroiled in 'l'affaire Mille' after he was pictured wearing a Richard Mille watch during a group photo session of cabinet ministers at the Government House on Dec 4.
It is unclear whether he has done so despite public pressure that the military regime be held to account by the same transparency standards it insists from everyone else. One of the watches he was seen wearing was a Richard Mille of the RM 30 series valued around 4 million baht.
On Dec 24, Mana Nimitmongkol, secretary-general of the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand, said Gen Prawit's case would show whether Thailand is serious about fighting corruption.
The 11 watches, caught by CSI LA as being worn by Gen Prawit are:
1. Richard Mille RM 029 with prices starting from 2.5 million baht
2 Richard Mille RM 30 priced at least 2.8 million baht
3 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ice Blue Dial Platinum worth about 1.8 million baht
4 Patek Philippe 5960/1A worth some 1.5 million baht
5 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Automatic Blue Dial estimated at 800,000 baht
6 Rolex 116655BKSRS worth about 700,000 baht
7 Patek Phillippe 3970 with prices starting at 2.5 million baht
8 Patek Phillippe 5960P worth at least 1.9 million baht
9 Rolex Pro Hunter Deepsea Green worth about 800,000 baht
10 Richard Mille RM010 priced from 2.4 million baht
11 Rolex Rolex Cosmograph Daytona worth about 554,000 baht