Thursday, August 4, 2011

What kind of watch appears in American Movies?

Since I got my first watch from my father 40 years ago, I started to notice on all types of watches around me.When I earned my first salary I bought the first Omega hand wind De Ville with HKD$1080. The watch is still around, kept by one good friend as I gave him for some reasons 25 years ago, The first Rolex I have ever saw was dated back in 1976 where there is Yik Cheong, and Yik Sang in Sun Po Kwong who sold pre-owned goods such as used Watch, Diamond, Suit, trousers, Blanket and Transistor Radio.
I always went there to see what good watches were look like. The name Rolex and Omega was very popular at that time, and I started to observe what the common popularity of watch then.The people liked Rolex Date just stainless steel, gold watch like Day Date is limited to very rich people. At that time a Gold Rolex might take your 3 years salary, One Newspaper reporter was earning HKD$220 a month, whereas a Gold Rolex is about HKD$5,600.00 as this was a Luxury Rolex. That was how I was amazed as I could see a lot of watch in two neighboring Shops. Since then I started to look at people on their watches to tell this gentleman’s background. And the only entertainment a beside watch window shopping after school was movie, I watched most of the Western, mainly American Movies. James bond was one of my all-time favourite. And I have noticed their watch… mostly I was amazed by the beautiful shinny bezel of Rolex Submariner, I had no idea what is the function and how did we used on the numbered bezel. This is a list of what watch have been found, revealed in the Movies.
When James Bond progressed from novel to film his watch could now be seen. In Dr.No, Sean Connery is clearly seen wearing a Rolex Submariner. This watch is described in Dowling & Hess' book. Rolex Reference No. 6538 or 6508 is now known as the James Bond Submariner. Bond's arch enemies also wear interesting timepieces. Three worth mentioning are Donald "Red" Grant, Goldfinger and Scaramanga.
Listed below are the watches seen in the James Bond movies.
Dr. No (1962) - A Rolex Submariner.
From Russia With Love (1963) - A Rolex Submariner.
Goldfinger (1964) – A Rolex Submariner
Thunderball (1965) - Rolex Submariner, Breitling Top Time, and a Breitling Navitimer which is the watch of Domino's brother.
O.H.M.S.S. (1969) - Rolex Submariner with steel bracelet. George Lazenby takes off his Submariner, places it on top of a photo-copier and then peruses a Playboy magazine.
Live And Let Die (1973) - Pulsar Time Computer Quartz LED & Rolex Submariner,
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) - Rolex Submariner.
The Spy Who Love Me (1977) - Seiko LCD Digital.
Moonraker (1979) - Seiko LCD Digital which doubles as a bomb.
For Your Eyes Only (1981) - Seiko Quartz Analog/Digital Alarm Chronograph.
Octopussy (1983) - Seiko Sports 100 & Seiko TV watch with LCD screen.
Golden Eye (1996) - Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer with a laser worn by Pierce Brosnan.
2004 Kill Bill 2, Uma Thurman worn a Fake Rolex Daytona
That came with Date and Day! Strange that the movie producer should have money enough for Uma to wear a Genuine Rolex.
2003 Terminator III, Arnold Schwarzenegger worn a AP Royal Oak T2 limited Production
L.A. Confidential (1997) - Spacey wears a Bulova while Guy Pearce wears a Rolex Oyster
Men In Black (1997) - Hamilton Ventura (re-issues).
Seven Years In Tibet (1997) - A Gold Omega worn by Brad Pitt. Read the fabulous story by James Dowling on how he was asked to supply watches for this film.

Broken Arrow (1996) - Breitling Aerospace worn by John Travolta.
License To Kill (1989) - Rolex Submariner
Daylight (1996) - A Luminor Panerai worn on the right wrist of Stallone. Film credits TAG Heuer, Seiko, Casio and Bulova watches.
Eraser (1996) - Luminor Panerai Marina is seen in the opening titles. Its crown is locked into place. This watch is worn by Schwarzenegger.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) - Rolex Daytona pawned by Nicholas Cage. "$500 for a Ô93 Rolex Daytona? - I'll do it!"
Die Hard 3 With A Vengeance (1995) - Breitling Chronomat Longitude worn by Willis.
Apollo 13 (1995) - Omega Speedmaster Professionals.
Pulp Fiction (1994) - An old gold Rolex given to a little boy by Christopher Walken and worn by Bruce Willis.
In The Line Of Fire (1993) - A steel & gold Rolex Date just worn by Clint Eastwood.
Falling Down (1993) - An extreme close-up of Michael Douglas' watch, a Lorus.
Marked For Death (1991) - Rolex Day-Date worn by Steven Seagall for the first part of the movie. He then wears a TAG Heuer stainless steel chronograph.
Die Hard 2 (1990) - Willis wears a TAG Heuer.
Hard To Kill (1990) - A gold or stainless steel and gold Rolex GMT II worn by Steven Seagall.
Goodfellas (1990) - One of the gold watches that Ray Liotta wears on his right wrist is a Rolex Day-Date.
License To Kill (1989) - Rolex Submariner
Die Hard (1988) - Rolex Date Just two tone worn by the actress who plays Bruce Willis' wife.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) - Michael Caine wears a Rolex Day-Date.
Midnight Run (1988) - Unknown watch constantly checked by DeNiro to see if it's still working, he finally gives the watch away at the end of the movie.
Burglar (1987) - Rolex Day-Date which Whoopie Goldberg likes to steal.
Big Shots, The (1987) - A Rolex Submariner. This watch becomes the central focus of the plot in the first half of the movie. The watch is given to a young teenager after his father dies. It is stolen from him and with the help of a street-wise kid, they try to get the watch back.
Shindler's List (1994) - Rolex Prince worn by Liam Neesom.
Stargate (1994) - Breitling Sirius worn by Kurt Russell.
Speed (1993) - The "cheesy" watch is a gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual, while Dennis Hopper wears a Rolex GMT II.
Shattered (1991) - Breitling Chronomat worn by Tom Berenger.
Thelma And Louise (1991) - Susan Sarandon gives her watch (Cartier/Seiko?) to an old man.
Short Circuit 2 (1988) - Fake Rolexes sold by Michael McKean on the street.
They Live (1988) - Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetuals worn by the aliens.
Wall Street (1987) - Charlie Sheen starts off wearing a Lorus and progresses to a Cartier(?).
People (1986) - Rolex Day-Date worn by Danny DeVito.
Top Secret! (1984) - A hugely over-sized Rolex Oyster Chronometer showing the time 7.22. It is supposed to be a close-up of wristwatch but in fact it's a wall clock on a person's wrist.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) - Rolex Submariner worn by Nigel Tuffnel played by Christopher Guest.
Cobra (1986) - TAG Heuer worn by Sylvester Stallone.
A View To A Kill (1985) – Seiko
Never Say Never Again (1983) - An unknown watch given to Sean Connery by Q Branch which contains a laser beam.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) - A Piaget which Steve Martin uses as part payment
for a motel room. Martin: "I have $17 and a helluva watch". Candy: "I have $2 and a Casio".’
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) - Patek Philippe.
Right Stuff, The (1983) - Omega Speedmaster.
Deer Hunter (1978) - Rolex GMT worn by DeNiro.
Ransom a.k.a. Maniac (1977) - Incorrectly stated as an Omega Flightmaster by May 1995 British Edition of Esquire. It is in fact an Omega Speedmaster Mk.II which is worn by the four hi-jackers and becomes an important part of the movie.
Rocky (1976) that Rocky (Sylvester Stallone ) chose Rolex Solid Gold Date Just with Diamond bezel for his wife, and a Solid gold GMT master for himself.
Marathon Man (1976) - Rolex Submariner with gold crown given as a present to Dustin Hoffman. He then trades it for a taxi fare and some change. I guess it wasn't safe.
Jaws (1975) - A Rolex Submariner and an unknown diving watch (Omega?) worn by Richard Dreyfuss.
Harry In Your Pocket (1974) - A $1400 Rolex Day-Date worn by James Coburn's protegé.
Le Mans (1971) - A Heuer Monaco worn on the right wrist of Steve McQueen.
North Sea Hijack (1975) - Roger Moore wears a Rolex Submariner and a Seiko Quartz Professional Diver. Anthony Perkins wears an Omega Speedmaster(?).
Party, The (1969) - Peter Sellers wears an unknown underwater watch in a movie set based in 1878 India. The director cuts the action and reminds Sellers' character of the faux-pas. I suppose this is a parody on Ben Hur where Charlton Heston is supposedly seen wearing a wristwatch during the chariot race.
Easy Rider (1969) - Unknown watch thrown away by Peter Fonda at the start of the film.
Fathom (1967) - Breitling Co Pilot worn by Raquel Welch.
Red Line 7000 (1965) - Stainless Steel Rolex Daytona can be clearly seen worn by the owner of James Caan's racing team
King Rat (1965) - Omega traded by George Segal.
Guns Of Navarone, The (1961) - Two close-ups of a Gruen Precision worn by Gregroy Peck.
Seven Days In May (1964) - A close-up of a Bulova Accutron Astronaut worn by Kirk Douglas.
Above Us The Waves (1956) - Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso which John Mills wears.
Rear Window (1954) - A close-up of James Stewart's stainless steel Tissot.
Lifeboat (1943) - Patek Phillipe. When it's suggested that her watch is slow, Tallulah Bankhead retorts, "Slow? That's a Phillipe Patek!".
Son Of The Sheik (1926) - Rudolph Valentino wears a Cartier Tank.
Sheik, The (1921) - Rudolph Valentino wears a Cartier Tank.
From The statistics, it seems Rolex appeared most in the American Movies. Submariner is James Bond’s favourite watch. So as I say, Rolex is durable, accurate and Beautiful, that wins the heart of the most of the people in USA.
So I think Rolex is a great watch for you, me and the US Movie Stars!
Hollywood Snob

Ref. An article from Edward Heliosz.

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