The watches featured in the movies are not just beautiful accessories; they relate to the script and add depth to the characters. In the old days, clocks presented in movies often became random icons - the right clock was tied to the right wrist. Later, hours in the movies became the placement of well-placed products orchestrated by the studio. But no matter how they got there, some of the luxury watches that have decorated the wrists of Hollywood’s biggest actors have become stars on their own.
The silver screen is the best billboard in the world. Not only do you have the visual aspect, but you also have time to explain a product, associate it with the desired movie star, and even (in some cases) give it a special character that the audience will forever associate with the watch. A lot can be said about a character through their choice (or anti-choice) of watches. During the cinema era, many characters have sported watches and models that have experienced unprecedented success or longevity as a result. Wise product placement can make a lot of money but affect our cultural background more emotionally in a realistic and tangible way.
What we especially want about luxury watches on the silver screen is the fear they inspire. Fiery collectors want to go back in time and see these beautiful (now vintage) pieces. Often, these watches even inspired an entire generation to deal with the gathering. So here we have summarized some of the most iconic movies watches you may have missed.
American Psycho (2000) -Rolex Datejust Two-Tone
- Movie: American Psycho
- Actor: Christian Bale
- Characters: Patrick Bateman
- Movie Date: 2000
- Watch: Rolex Datejust
American Psycho protagonist Patrick Bateman has become an impossible icon of pop culture. Despite being a psychotic killer, Christian Bale's character is stylish and chic. So it is not surprising that moviegoers paid special attention to his watch, a two-tone reference 36 mm Rolex Datejust 16013 with a Jubilee bracelet and tapestry pads in the movie.
The story unfolds in New York during the 1980s when two-color watches, wrought from stainless steel and gold, were hugely popular. Since its release in 2000, American Psycho has become a real cult classic. So much so that the Rolex watch worn by Bateman today is known as the "American Psycho Rolex" from many collectors.
Apollo 13 (1995) - Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
- Movie: Apollo 13
- Actor: Tom Hanks
- Character: Jim Lovell
- Movie Date: 1995
- Watch: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
Okay, that was a clear choice, but still, not one to be forgotten! In the Apollo 13 movie, Tom Hanks wears an Omega Speedmaster - the official NASA-certified space flight watch. When Apollo 13 went into space, this is the hour the astronauts actually kept, including NASA's Gemini 4 mission and the historic landing on the Moon.
Omega Speedmaster is easily one of the most famous and iconic watches in the world. Seeing him on the silver screen simply strengthens his status - especially because it was in the hands of Tom Hanks during this famous Hollywood movie.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) — Rolex Day-Date “President”
– Movie: Glengarry Glen Ross
– Actor: Alec Baldwin
– Character: Blake
– Movie Date: 1992
– Watch: Rolex Day-Date President
"Do you see this watch? Do you see this watch?… That watch costs more than your car. I earned $ 970,000 last year. How much did you make? Look, buddy, this is me. And you are nothing."
This watch only made one appearance in the famous Glengarry Glen Ross movie. And we are still talking about it nowadays. Alec Baldwin, who plays an outsider executive "from downtown", gives these cutting words and sparks this famous Rolex Day-Date yellow gold and he immediately enters film history. This watch was already famous to be worn by world leaders, celebrities, and celebrities - the movie plug was really just a boost for this iconic Rolex gold watch.
Money Monster (2016) — Omega Speedmaster Professional 18k Gold
– Movie: Money Monster
– Actor: George Clooney
– Character: Lee Gates
– Movie Date: 2016
– Watch: Omega Speedmaster Professional 18k Gold
This is a good dirt movie with an even better luxury watch hidden in the debonair's wrist. Clooney. George Clooney plays the tough role of Lee Gates with aplomb, but the wordless performance of his strong yellow gold Omega Speedmaster Professional is truly sensational.
The Money Monster premise is scary. An unhappy investor rages and skips a game show while being broadcast live on TV. The host of the show? None other than George Clooney. His character, Lee Gates, is taken hostage along with his glamorous ticker. To find out his (and his) fate, you will have to watch the movie.
Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) — Rolex Datejust 36
– Movie: Wolf of Wall Street
– Actor: Matthew McConaughey
– Character: Mark Hanna
– Movie Date: 2013
– Watch: Rolex Datejust
Matthew McConaughey plays the troubled Mark Hanna in this 2013 classic. A genius of its kind, its methods and practices are… unusual, to say the least. These people featured in the film were very wolves in many senses of the word. You had to be a little wild to survive in that dog-eating environment.
The Rolex Datejust is an impeccable symbol of power, but can also be doubled as a disguise for the rest of the world for characters like Mark Hanna. A luxury watch and a smart suit can go a long way toward gaining someone’s trust. One of the smartest investments he has ever made…
Lucy In The Sky (2019) — Omega Speedmaster X-33
– Movie: Lucy in the Sky
– Actor: Natalie Portman
– Character: Lucy Cola
– Movie Date: 2019
– Watch: Omega Speedmaster X33
We are completing this list with a real curve. Few people doubt Natalie Portman’s ability to play any role, but her performance as astronaut Lucy Cola is really something. The Oscar winner shines in the role, as does the unusual-yet authentic Omega Speedmaster X-33 in titanium that he calls home.
The film is a truly compelling exploration of an astronaut's mental state, as he has done and seen far more than many simple mortals can ever comprehend. Perhaps this explains its somewhat bizarre choice, although this unusual analog / digital quartz hybrid watch is the model worn by astronauts due to the high degree of functionality it offers. While it is far less well known than the Speedmaster Moonwatch, the X-33 appearance in the film is very accurate and only leads to the realization of this film to be seen.