Luxury watches are typically seen as very closed-doors, esoteric items that are known only to a rich and knowledgeable few. That’s not really true, especially once you consider all the times that a designer watch has appeared on the silver screen. Expensive wristwatches might not exactly stir the same interest as the lead characters, but they’re still celebrities in their own right.
It’s All in the Wrist
Countless contemporary movies are just full of these premium timepieces, and there are even a number of groups that like to keep tabs on all of them. 2008 blockbuster Street Kings, for example, featured star Keanu Reeves wearing a Rolex GMT II quite prominently in the movie poster. Blood Diamond, another big movie from the same year, showed lead Leonardo DiCaprio with a Breitling Chrono Avenger.
- George Clooney spotted with a Luminox watch in Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
- 007 agent James Bond (played by Daniel Craig), who wore an Omega Seamaster to the opening scene of Casino Royale (2006)
- Ben Affleck, who fought crime as the title character in Daredevil (2003) wearing red tights and a Hamilton Linwood Daredevil Automatic
- An Omega Speedster watch worn by Tom Cruise as Chief John Anderton in the futuristic Minority Report (2002)
A Long History
This whole trend of wearing expensive premium timepieces, however, is hardly a new thing in Hollywood. In fact, it’s been a recurring theme in the James Bond movies, one of the oldest establishments of the silver screen. Through the years, exclusive watches have topbilled in movies like
- Dr. No (1962), where James Bond (played by Sean Connery) used a Rolex Submariner to test a Geiger counter
- Goldfinger (1964), where Sean Connery reprised his role wearing the same watch from Dr. No
- The Predator (1987), where Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch wore a Seiko H558-5000
- The Abyss (1989), where Ed Harris wore a Seiko 6309-7049 as Bud Brigman
If you have a free afternoon, try going through your DVD collection and checking through the blockbusters for any watches you didn’t spot before. You never know, your favorite actor might just wear the very same watch that you do.