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The 10 Most Iconic Watches in Movie History

What would James Bond be without his watch?
The 10 Most Iconic Watches in Movie History
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What would James Bond be without his watch?

From product placements to calculated character elements, there's no denying that timepieces have played important roles in film through the years. And, as watch lovers, it's always exciting to see what's on the top-billed actor's wrist. But, seriously, what would James Bond be without his watch?

To further prove our point, we've put together a list of the most iconic timepieces to ever grace the silver screen. From Marty McFly's Casio in Back To The Future to Patrick Bateman's Rolex in American Psycho, here are the classic timepieces that became as iconic as the movies they were featured in.

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Rolex Submariner 6538 in Dr. No

James Bond's Rolex Submariner has been called the ultimate movie watch. After all, it's a perfectly cool watch for the super sleuth. According to movie legend, Dr. No had a tight budget and producer Cubby Broccoli reportedly gave Connery the watch off his own wrist.

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Casio CA53W Twincept Databank in Back To The Future

Along with his self-lacing Nike sneakers, Marty McFly's Casio has become an iconic component of Back To The Future. The Casio CA53W Twincept Databank itself is an enduring symbol of the '80s. Equipped with a calendar, alarm, stopwatch, and calculator, it's a cool watch whether you're into movies or watches... or both.

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Rolex Datejust in American Psycho

As an '80s business executive, the Rolex Datejust was the only fitting watch for Patrick Bateman. Understandably, however, Rolex didn't find Bateman's materialistic obsession in line with their values. The company allegedly worked to get the Rolex name out of the film. A book line which says "Don't touch the Rolex" was changed to "Don't touch the watch" in the film.

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Omega Speedmaster Professional in Apollo 13

The Omega Speedmaster's ties to space go back way before Apollo 13. As the only mechanical watch certified for spaceflight by NASA, it just had to be part of the space flick. Now, the Speedmaster has made an impact in both cinema and space travel.

 

Tag Heuer Monaco in Le Mans

The Tag Heuer Monaco almost didn't make it to Le Mans. The story goes that when Steven McQueen was asked to choose a watch, he initially picked an Omega Speedmaster Professional. He backtracked, however, when a member of the props team told him he was wearing a driving suit bearing the logo of Tag Heuer. The actor, who wasn't particularly into commercial endorsements, decided to wear Tag Heuer instead to avoid being thought of paid by Omega.

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Panerai Luminor in Daylight

Sylvester Stallone, a true Panerai fan, was shopping in Rome when he first spotted the Luminor. He bought the timepiece and decided to wear it in his movie Daylight. The rest, as they say, is history. And, it seems Stallone is pretty loyal to his brands. He most recently wore Panerai again on different The Expendables films.

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Rolex GMT Master 1675 in Apocalypse Now

The Rolex GMT-Master 1675 was famously worn by Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now. The watch, part of Brando's personal collection, was seen as not a fit for the movie as it was too new. To make it look even more rugged, the actor popped off the bezel and wore it that way throughout filming. In 2019, the same timepiece sold for $1.95 million (approximately P94.5 million) on auction.

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Seiko 7A28-7000 in Aliens

Initially designed with easy access buttons for driving, the Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000 fit Aliens perfectly thanks to its futuristic style. It also fit Sigourney Weaver's ass-kicking character like a glove. The good news is it's still pretty affordable, especially since Seiko reissued the timepiece in 2015.

 

WWI Lancet Trench Watch in Pulp Fiction

The jury's still out whether the timepiece from Pulp Fiction's Gold Watch scene is a prop watch or a Lancet WWI trench watch, but it remains a notable piece in one of the greatest movie moments in history.

 

Alsta Nautoscaph in Jaws

Worn by Richard Dreyfuss in the movie Jaws, the Alsta Nautoscaph II is a dive watch that fits his character's wealthy upbringing. The timepiece was unknown for a few decades after the movie's release, but it was found out to be an Alsta—a company that shuttered during the Quartz Crisis.

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*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.phMinor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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