You don’t need to be a super watch geek to love a bit of big watch spotting. There was a time when viewers didn’t consciously pay that much attention to what kind of wristwatch movie characters wore. This often meant that actors wore their personal watches on set, sometimes even when it didn’t suit the movie. Rudolph Valentino refused to take off his beloved Cartier Tank even when he played the title role in The Sheik, a movie set in a time before the wristwatch even existed!
But that’s just history, since the 80’s good product placement has been worth its weight in gold and launched many a fine watch into the glittering hall of movie fame.
Some say it began with Bond… James Bond…. and the Rolex Sub 6538 and has been continued by the likes of Marty McFly in “Back to the Future”, 1980’s Maverick Top Gun did well for the Porsche ORFINA (even though Toms’ own Rolex Sub did make a bit of a sneaky cameo) and TAG Heuer enjoyed a great run in the Jason Bourne trilogy .
Once you start, there are so many timepieces to look for. Check out “the Gold Watch Scene” in Pulp Fiction and IWC Vintage provides a slick double agents watch in the film Collateral. Know one would argue with the Rolex Datejust in the super cool and iconic “Get Carter” or maybe see if you can spot the addition of the Omega Speedmaster to Apollo13 it certainly didn’t do the Omega brand any harm. But our favorite top watch spotting prize has to be the original Rudolph Valentio. Now there was a man who just loved to wear his watch whatever the time in history.
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