6 Iconic Watches Worn In Films
1/6 Dr No (1962): Rolex Submariner Ref 6538
Sean Connery wore several watches as 007, but when the Bond actor starred in 1962's Dr No, he secured himself a place in watchmaking history with the Rolex Submariner Ref 6538. Christie’s sold a Ref 6538 featuring a rare Explorer dial for an eye-watering US$1,068,500 in 2018, making it the most expensive Submariner ever sold at auction.
2/6 Le Mans (1971): Tag Heuer Monaco
One of the highlights of a December 2020 watch auction in New York was a Tag Heuer Monaco watch worn by actor Steve McQueen during the filming of Le Mans, the iconic 1971 racing film. Haig Alltounian, McQueen’s personal mechanic, treasured the timepiece for nearly 50 years after McQueen gave it to him on the last day of filming. Introduced in 1969 and becoming famous for its square-shaped waterproof case, the Monaco is one of the world’s first self-winding chronograph wristwatches.
3/6 Apollo 13 (1995): Omega Speedmaster
Based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, the Omega Speedmaster was an apparent choice for the movie Apollo 13 (1995). The watch actually helped save the lives of astronauts in real life by navigating them safely after their ship’s oxygen tank exploded about 200,000 miles from Earth. More recently, the watchmaker unveiled the Silver Snoopy Award 50th Anniversary version of the watch, commemorating NASA's presentation of the Silver Snoopy Award to Omega in 1970, following the crew’s safe return home.
4/6 Dark Knight Trilogy (2008-2012): Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
Being the first Bruce Wayne to wear the luxury Reverso timepiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre, Christian Bale’s wrist definitely excited watch nerds in the 2005 film Batman Begins with a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille. On Dark Knight Rises (2012), Jaeger-LeCoultre made a reprisal appearance with the limited edition Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931.
5/6 Transformers (2017): The Last Knight: Breitling Cockpit B50 Night Mission
In Transformers: The Last Knight, there's an action-packed scene where Mark Wahlberg almost gets thrown out of Bumblebee as the Autobot shoots up London. He screams while holding on for dear life and is clearly strapped with Breitling’s Cockpit B50 Night Mission. The chronograph features flyback functions and a split time along with a second time zone, two alarms, a perpetual calendar, a countdown timer with alarm and a lap function.
6/6 Tenet (2020): Hamilton Khaki Navy Belowzero Tenet Special Edition
Director Christopher Nolan and watchmaker Hamilton joined forces in Nolan’s latest film, Tenet. The watch which appeared in the film is a special edition of Hamilton’s standard model—the Hamilton Khaki Navy Belowzero Tenet Special Edition. Available with either a blue or red seconds arrow, the watch is limited to 888 pieces for each colour variant and is presented in special packaging designed by Tenet’s production designer.
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