Watches of the cinematic universe and films have a long, intertwined history. Whether it is there for practical or aesthetic reasons, timepieces have been a main fixture in costumes as it helps portray personalities, behaviours and characters.
Today, we picked out some watches of the cinematic universe that will be worth every one of your penny should you consider swiping your credit card for them.
Daniel Craig, James Bond — Omega Seamaster
It is no secret that James Bond trots the globe in a pair of Tom Ford suit to rid the world of shadow organisations. His rides are fancy as well — Aston Martins of all builds and vintages.
Another pillar of his spy uniform is his trusty Omega Seamaster watch issued by Q. Various editions have been worn over the years but they all fit his profession as Lindy Hemming, the Oscar-winning costume designer, puts it “I was convinced that Commander Bond, a naval man, a diver and a discreet gentleman of the world would wear the Seamaster with the blue dial.”
Though No Time To Die has been delayed, Bond’s timepiece (as well as the movie theme song) has been revealed (and take note that there are a lot of watches of the cinematic universe). The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition celebrates 25 years of James Bond wearing Omega.
It is presented in a grey titanium case with tropical brown accents — a refreshing colour combination for rugged-looking watches. With its 300m water-resistance and robust Master Chronometer Co-Axial calibre 8806, the watch is able to withstand a range of activities without fear of damaging the watch.
Lee Min-ho, The King: Eternal Monarch — Longines
Not only does time-travelling Korean emperor Lee Gon have a gorgeous wardrobe in The King: Eternal Monarch, he has a selection of timepieces to suit his various outfits and activities. Whether he is spotted at a dinner or strolling in the park, Lee Gon as portrayed by Lee Min-ho, manages to get it spot on.
The Longines Conquest V.H.P. as seen here is Longines’ take on a high-end quartz timepiece. The calibre L288 guarantees a whopping accuracy of ± 5 seconds per year, which earns the watch its V.H.P. (Very High Precision) title.
The movement also boasts a perpetual calendar which relieves the emperor of date changing hassles. The Conquest V.H.P. errs towards the sporty side but with the right choice of dial colour, it can be one of the watches of the cinematic universe that can be worn for real life.
Matt Damon, Ford vs Ferrari — TAG Heuer Carrera
Carroll Shelby, one of the great American automotive designers and race drivers (he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Grand Prix of Endurance) is played by Matt Damon in Ford vs Ferrari.
The timepiece worn by Shelby in the film reflects the narrative of the movie — speed and motor racing. Set in 1963 to 1969, it was the period TAG Heuer released its iconic Carrera racing chronograph that is seen on Damon’s wrist.
The Heuer Carrera ref. 7753 SN, iconic for its clean and legible dial layout and dual-register dial can be seen in more than one scene — co-actor Christian Bale wore the Heuer Autavia ref. 2446 T.
Together these two watches represent some of the best racing chronographs produced and cements their position as one of the most iconic watches of the cinematic universe.
Getting your hands on those vintage references can be difficult, given their scarcity and price, but that should not stop you from looking for one given its value’s potential to appreciate.
Jason Statham, The Expendables 3 — Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio PAM389
British accented and knife-wielding Lee Christmas, played by Jason Statham is second-in-command to The Expendables team.
Apart from the deadly arsenal of weapons he has access to, he has one of the fiercest watches of the cinematic universe to match — a Panerai.
Fans would know that the Panerai influence stems from Sylvester Stallone who professes his love for the brand. One of Panerai’s successes is down to Stallone discovering the watch and wearing the watch during the early days of the brand.
The Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio PAM389 as seen on Christmas measures a whopping 47mm across but the heft is brought down with a titanium case.
It is anti-magnetic as well (as the name suggests) with soft iron cages within the watch to form a protective shield against magnetic waves.
The ceramic bezel completes the puzzle for a virtually indestructible timepiece.
Ryan Reynolds, 6 Underground — Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale
One, as Ryan Reynolds’ character is known in 6 Underground, is a ghost who operates in secrecy in hopes to change the world for a better future.
The ex-billionaire and philanthropist has outfitted his team with swanky tech and gadgets as they bid to overthrow a maniac dictator.
One’s choice of watch while carrying out his mission is a Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale. The titanium watch features various shades of grey that melds well with the stealth and tactical nature of the missions and team.
A power reserve indicator at nine o’clock is a nifty feature to ensure the watch is running full at all times.