watches worn in movies

Whenever we see movies we love, we never give much thought to how well the character designs have been done. From make-up to dresses and accessories, the wardrobe of a character can say a lot about their personality. Mostly for men, wrist watches are a huge deal. They play an important role in shaping the character’s persona. Some of the most iconic movie characters, from Steve McQueen’s robust Monaco to James Bond’s sleek Omega to Tom Cruise‘s Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph, these iconic movie watches have been a statement piece for many watch collectors out there. 

The appeal of luxury watches showcased on big screens is their ability to evoke a sense of wonder. Watch collectors find joy in revisiting the past and admiring these exquisite and iconic timepieces. There are countless fine watches worn in movies. However, in this article, we have gathered a selection of the most iconic movie watches that may have escaped your attention. 

Top 20 Most Famous Watches Worn in Movies

1. Rolex Submariner ref 6538 in Dr. No (1962)

Rolex Submariner ref 6538 Worn Dr. No (1962)

The first watch on this list has to be a James Bond watch. James Bond movies are mostly known for their beautiful cars and other accessories, especially watches. Perhaps the most iconic watches were worn in James Bond movies. Most James Bond watches are associated with Omega watches. However, In the original James Bond novels authored by Ian Fleming, the character was consistently depicted wearing a “sturdy Rolex Oyster”. In order to pay tribute to this specific aspect, the filmmakers decided to feature a Rolex Submariner in the inaugural James Bond film, “Dr. No,” in 1962. Sean Connery, who portrayed the first-ever James Bond, sported the Rolex Submariner reference 6538. Over time, this particular model gained recognition within the watch community as the James Bond Submariner.

In the James Bond movies, James Bond is a secret agent who is trying to save the world and catch the bad guys in style. The Rolex Submariner serves as an ideal accessory, adapting flawlessly from sandy beaches to sophisticated evening dinners with gorgeous ladies. Unlike the other James Bond watches, this particular watch does not possess any extraordinary features or abilities; nonetheless, it maintains a significant position as the original Bond watch. Sean Connery, who starred as James Bond, wore this watch throughout his initial four movies in the franchise.

  • Released year: 1958
  • Case size: 37 mm
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM 
  • Strap: Steel 
  • Price: 567,000 USD appx. 

2. Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph in Top Gun (1986)

Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph Worn Top Gun (1986)

In 1972, Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph debuted as the inaugural PVD watch ever released. After fourteen years, this innovative black timepiece gained significant prominence when it appeared in the movie Top Gun, which was screened in 1986. The movie showcased the Valjoux 7750-powered model, capturing its exquisite details in numerous close-up shots. The application of black PVD coating bestowed the watch with an alluring stealthy appearance, while its durability and reliability made it a preferred choice among pilots of that era.

The protagonist, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, portrayed by Tom Cruise, prominently utilized the wristwatch to accurately measure the duration of his takeoffs, landings, and various manoeuvres, emulating the practices of genuine pilots. In the remake of the film Top Gun: Maverick, released in 2022, Tom Cruise continued to wear the same timepiece. Furthermore, this particular model found its way onto the wrists of Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer and Martin Shaw in The Professionals.

  • Released year: 1980
  • Case size: 41 mm
  • Water resistance: 3 ATM
  • Strap: Steel
  • Price: $8,125 appx. 

3. TAG Heuer Monaco in Le Mans (1971)

TAG Heuer Monaco Worn Le Mans (1971)

In the 1971 film Le Mans, the renowned racer and actor Steve McQueen deliberately selected a timepiece for professional racer Michael Delaney. Among the array of watches offered by the brand, McQueen opted for the TAG Heuer Monaco. During that time, the company was still referred to as Jeuer, and the specific model showcased in the movie was the reference 1133B. McQueen’s choice to don this watch had a significant impact, propelling its popularity within the community of watch enthusiasts. It’s one of the iconic watches worn in movies. 

In the movie, the main lead sported a timepiece with a square case, a blue dial, and dual chronograph dials. This watch, which was provided by one of the racer’s sponsors, not only contributed to the character’s genuine portrayal but also played a significant role in a memorable scene set in Monaco. In this particular scene, McQueen’s character is seen behind the wheel of a Porsche 917K, participating in the intense 24 hours of Le Mans race. The prominently featured watch on his wrist adds an extra layer of tension to the scene.

  • Released year: 1969
  • Case size: 39 mm
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM 
  • Strap: Leather 
  • Price: 9950 USD appx in the secondary market. 

 4. Omega Seamaster 300M in GoldenEye (1995)

Omega Seamaster 300M Worn GoldenEye (1995)

If you are a James Bond fan, you know about the Omega Seamaster 300M watch he wore in the movie Golden Eye in 1995. Tucked discreetly beneath his sleeve, this marked Bond’s transition from wearing Rolex to Omega timepieces. Pierce Brosnan, in the film, showcased an Omega Seamaster 300m Professional (ref 2541.80) powered by quartz. This iconic watch has gained global recognition for its distinct scalloped bezel, captivating blue wave pattern dial, and elegant skeleton hands.

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M played a significant role in the film’s narrative. It came with a range of spy functions, such as a laser, compass, and detonator. Bond utilized these features to aid him in accomplishing his mission and overcoming the antagonist, Alec Trevelyan. Omega dive watches, including the Seamaster, have continued appearing in subsequent Bond films, including the latest installment, No Time to Die, featuring Daniel Craig. However, this particular model holds a unique significance as the watch that initiated the enduring association between Omega and James Bond.

  • Released year: 1993
  • Case size: 36 mm 
  • Water resistance: 30 ATM 
  • Strap: Steel 
  • Price: USD 4,000 to USD 26,000 

5. Rolex Datejust ref 16013 in American Psycho (2000)

Rolex Datejust ref 16013 Worn American Psycho (2000)

In 2000, the classic thriller film American Psycho made a huge impact on those who go to Wall Street. The movie revolves around the character of Patrick Bateman, portrayed by Christian Bale, a driven and ambitious individual working on Wall Street. However, Bateman’s actions take a dark turn as he inflicts unimaginable harm upon others. As a successful investment banker with significant wealth, Christian Bale’s character owns a Rolex Datejust two-tone watch to convey both his social standing and his longing for complete acceptance within the elite circles of society.

Despite his repulsive persona, the wristwatch he wore in the movie, specifically the Rolex Datejust ref 16013, got a following and swiftly captivated young working individuals during that era. Although the novel that served as the movie’s inspiration, referenced American Psycho Rolex date just a total of 26 times, the brand deliberately distanced itself from any association with the film, understandably so.

  • Released year: 1980
  • Case size: 36 mm
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM 
  • Strap: Gold /Steel
  • Price: 6899 USD appx. 

6. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch in Apollo 13 (1995)

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Worn Apollo 13 (1995)

The Omega Speedmaster Professional, often referred to as the “MoonWatch,” is the inaugural timepiece to grace the lunar surface. The Omega Speedmaster Professional adorned the wrists of astronauts during the momentous 1969 moon landing. It is virtually impossible to envision any silver screen portrayal of the Apollo missions without featuring the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch.

The film Apollo 13 recalls the events of a mishap during the mission that resulted in issues with oxygen and water supplies aboard the spacecraft named Columbia, among the many obstacles encountered by the crew, one particularly crucial task involved accurately timing a fuel burn. Jim Lovell, portrayed by Tom Hanks, wears the Omega Speedmaster chronograph provided to him by NASA to accomplish this feat. The presence of the Omega Speedmaster in Tom Hanks’ wrist in Apollo 13 not only reached a wider audience but also contributed an exceptional level of authenticity to the character.

  • Released year: 1957
  • Case size: 42 mm
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM 
  • Strap: Steel 
  • Price: 5,350 USD 

7. Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso – Dark Knight Trilogy

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso worn Dark Knight Trilogy

In The Dark Knight, Christian Bale wears a Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso watch. Not many people can play the role of the dark knight. Apart from his vast wealth and power, Batman has some pretty strong super friends. While he lacks superhuman abilities like Superman and Wonder Woman, Bruce Wayne compensates with his remarkable timepiece. In Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008), Christian Bale’s Dark Knight Trilogy features the elegant Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Grande Taille wristwatch. However, in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Bruce Wayne opts for a different model from Jaeger-Lecoultre, namely the Grand Date version of the Reverso.

Introduced in 1931, the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso timepiece offers a unique feature allowing it to be worn with the dial facing either up or down. Its initial purpose was to cater to the needs of polo players, who required a watch capable of withstanding potential shocks and hazards.

  • Released year: 1932
  • Case size: 42 mm 
  • Water resistance: 3 ATM 
  • Strap: Leather 
  • Price: 40,500 USD appx 

8. Hamilton Ventura in Men In Black (1997)

Hamilton Ventura Worn Men In Black (1997)

The Hamilton Ventura watch case is the perfect choice for a movie portraying covert agents fighting extraterrestrial beings. Since its initial introduction in 1997, the Hamilton Ventura has proudly served as the official timepiece for the Men in Black series.”

In the movie, various models of watches are prominently featured, but it is the Chrono Quartz that plays a significant role in the first film. In one scene, the two main agents, K and J (portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, respectively), attempt to discover the secrets of a mysterious locker. During their investigation, they come across a community of miniature aliens who have built their religion and the entire world around two objects given to them by Agent K – a watch and an old video store card. The wristwatch serves as a clue within the movie’s plot and prompts Agent J to selflessly offer his watch, a Hamilton Ventura, to alleviate the anguish felt by the alien colony upon losing their sacred artifact.

  • Released year: 1957
  • Case size: 36.5 mm
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM 
  • Strap: Black Leather Strap 
  • Price: 920 USD appx 

9. TAG Heuer 1000 in Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

TAG Heuer 1000 Worn Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

In the biographical black comedy “Wolf of Wall Street,” Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who amasses a fortune through deceptive practices targeting his clients. This true-life drama is a cautionary tale about the consequences of unbridled greed and materialism. The choice to adorn the film’s protagonist with luxury watches becomes significant following the narrative. In one memorable scene, DiCaprio’s character flings a watch into a crowd, proclaiming its worth to be $40,000. Although the timepiece appears to be a yellow gold Rolex GMT-Master, DiCaprio wore a TAG Heuer Professional 1000. Fun fact, he’s also the brand ambassador of TAG Heuer.

  • Released year: 1986-1992
  • Case size: 42 mm
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM 
  • Strap: steel 
  • Price: 3,300 to 4,400 USD

10. Casio CA53W Twincept Databank in Back to the Future (1985)

Casio CA53W Twincept Databank Worn Back to the Future (1985)

Marty McFly’s Casio CA53W has become one of the most recognizable digital watches featured in the film. This timepiece includes an 8-digit calculator, calendar, stopwatch, and alarm, demonstrating Casio’s innovative design. The CA53W’s distinct futuristic appearance has gained widespread recognition, reflecting the brand’s dedication to pushing boundaries. Furthermore, Casio watches are known for their durability, and the CA53W is no exception, solidifying its reputation as a dependable timepiece. The watch is ideal for time-traveling into the past and meeting with your parents. Casio G-Shock watches can still be found in many military-themed films today. 

  • Released year: 1983
  • Case size: 43 mm
  • Water resistance: Waterproof 
  • Strap: Nylon 
  • Price: 29 USD

11. Casio G-Shock in Mission Impossible Series

Casio G-Shock Worn Mission Impossible Series

In the movie Mission: Impossible II (2000), the secret agent Ethan Hunt portrayed by Tom Cruise, was wearing a Casio G-Shock DW6900-1V. Among many Mission Impossible movies, the Casio G-Shock had the most significant presence. This watch from the Casio series appeared in Mission Impossibles I, II, and III, serving as Ethan Hunt’s preferred undercover timepiece. The role of a senior field agent entails demanding responsibilities such as apprehending criminals, dismantling crime syndicates, navigating treacherous environments, and, most importantly, ensuring survival. The watch is resistant to shock and water and has a countdown timer, stopwatch, and auto-calendar. The watch is currently available on Amazon. 

  • Released year: 1983
  • Water resistance: 20 ATM 
  • Case size: 34 mm
  • Strap: Rubber 
  • Price: 54 USD 

12. Seiko M516-4009 Voice Note in Ghostbusters (1984)

Seiko M516-4009 Voice Note Worn Ghostbusters (1984)

The Seiko Voice Note was first introduced to the big screen when it made an appearance in the classic Ghostbuster movie. One of the most futuristic watches featured in movie history, released back in 1983, the Seiko M516-4009 Voice Note is certainly one of a kind watch. Renowned for its groundbreaking features, the Voice Note stood out as one of the most innovative watches available at the time. Its defining characteristic, as suggested by its name, was the ability to capture and store audio recordings of the wearer’s voice. This remarkable timepiece adorned the wrists of three Ghostbusters: Dr. Peter, Egon, and Ray. When witnessed in action, the Voice Note demonstrated its impressive capability to detect Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP).

  • Released year: 1983
  • Case size: 36 mm
  • Water resistance: N/A
  • Strap: Stainless Steel 
  • Price: 827 USD 

13. Rolex GMT Master 1675 in Apocalypse Now (1979)

Rolex GMT Master 1675 Worn Apocalypse Now (1979)

During the filming of Apocalypse Now, Marlon Brando was told to remove his own Rolex GMT Master ref. 1675 because it was deemed too pristine and unsuitable for the character he was playing, Colonel Kurtz. Colonel Kurtz is a renegade Special Forces officer. Nonetheless, Brando was adamant about wearing the exact watch but removed its bezel, opting to wear it “bare” throughout the shoot. The watch was presumed lost over time. However, its reappearance made the watch more popular when it was auctioned off in 2019. 

  • Released year: 1959
  • Case size: 40 mm
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM 
  • Strap: Yellow Gold / Crocodile Skin 
  • Price: 46,250 USD 

14. Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000 in Aliens (1986)

Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000 Worn Aliens (1986)

The Seiko Giugiaro model 7A28-7000 has gained significant recognition, making it the most renowned in the series. Its fame can be attributed, in part, to its prominent appearance in James Cameron’s highly acclaimed cult classic film, Aliens (1986). If you notice carefully, you can spot Ellen Ripley wearing the watch in multiple scenes throughout the movie. While the watch’s functionality is straightforward, its distinctive design and elusive nature make it an excellent choice for collectors and enthusiasts looking to enhance their collections.

  • Released year: 1983
  • Case size: 40 mm
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM
  • Strap: Steel 
  • Price: 1299 USD 

15. Alsta Nautoscaph in Jaws (1975)

Alsta Nautoscaph Worn Jaws (1975)

Alstater, a watch company that discontinued in the late 1970s, has relaunched itself after over 40 years with a new name, Alsta. This revival comes after the brand gained recognition for its appearance in the cult classic shark-themed film, Jaws (1975). In the movie, actor Richard Dreyfuss, portraying marine biologist Matt Hopper, sported the Alsta Nautoscaph timepiece.

  • Released year: 1970
  • Case size: 38 mm
  • Water resistance: 100 ATM
  • Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Price: 1049 USD 

16. TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic in Inception (2010)

TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Worn Inception (2010)

In 2010, Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated movie, Inception, was released. And given Leonardo DiCaprio’s role as a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer, it’s hardly surprising to find him wearing a TAG Heuer timepiece in one of his films. Specifically, DiCaprio is seen wearing the Tag Heuer Carrera Automatic model. The watch makes its debut in one of the movie’s early scenes and continues to appear as DiCaprio’s character navigates through various extreme environments. These moments serve as a testament to the Carrera’s resilience in diverse climates and altitudes. Additionally, in his portrayal of Jordan Belfort in Wolf of Wall Street (2013), DiCaprio also showcased a TAG Heuer Series 1000 on his wrist.

  • Released year: N/A
  • Case size: 44 mm
  • Water resistance: 100 ATM 
  • Strap: Steel 
  • Price: 18,450 USD

17. Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual in Dr. Strange Series

Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Worn Dr. Strange Series

If you possess the power to control time and happen to be a superhero, it only seems fitting to wear a remarkable timepiece to match the persona of a superhero. Among Marvel’s adored characters, Dr. Strange stands out the most. Opting for the Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual, Stephen Strange showcases his discerning taste in watches. This exquisite timepiece not only exhibits superior craftsmanship but also complements Dr. Strange’s attire flawlessly. It serves as a true reflection of his character and further highlights Benedict Cumberbatch’s genuine appreciation and endorsement of the Jaeger-Lecoultre brand. He has been spotted wearing this exact watch in all his MCU movie scenes, and is the closest thing to heart for the character. 

  • Released year: N/A
  • Case size: 39 mm
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM 
  • Strap: Alligator Leather 
  • Price: 28,500 USD 

18. Gold Rolex Day-Date in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Gold Rolex Day-Date Worn Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

The possession of a gold Rolex has evolved into a symbol of success for many people. As Alec Baldwin’s character emphasizes in the classic film Glengarry Glen Ross, acquiring such a timepiece necessitates a consistent commitment to closing deals. Baldwin proudly displays his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date to Ed Harris, asserting its superior value compared to Harris’ car.

  • Released year: 1957
  • Case size: 40 mm
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM
  • Strap: yellow gold
  • Price: 14,000 USD to 60,200 USD appx 

19. Breguet Tradition Fusee Tourbillon 7047PT in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Breguet Tradition Fusee Tourbillon 7047PT Worn Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

The Breguet Tradition watch is one of the most expensive timepieces seen in films on this list. It makes a notable appearance in the 2016 film “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Ben Affleck’s character, Bruce Wayne, sought a watch that reflected his opulent and esteemed lifestyle as the CEO of Wayne Industries. Bruce discovered the ideal timepiece for himself by using his detective skills and access to various sources of information. The Breguet Tradition watch cost $190,000, and was seen on Ben Affleck’s wrist during several visits to the Batcave throughout the film. Alfred, Bruce’s trusted butler, also ventured into the world of luxury watches, purchasing the Breitling Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon Limited Edition. Both watches are equally beautiful and stylish.

  • Released year: 2005
  • Case size: 41 mm
  • Water resistance: 30 ATM 
  • Strap: alligator leather 
  • Price: 190,000 USD appx 

20. World War I Lancet Trench Watch in Pulp Fiction (1994)

World War I Lancet Trench Watch Worn Pulp Fiction (1994)

The iconic scene known as the “Gold Watch” in Pulp Fiction is undeniably a standout moment in movie history. Amidst all the exhilarating scenes, it distinguishes itself through its unexpected dark humor and the mesmerizing monologue delivered by Christopher Walken. The presence of the gold WWI Lancet trench watch is just as unforgettable as the cleverly chosen hiding place it occupies. This same watch acts as a main catalyst, driving the characters into a risky journey back to Bruce Willis’s former apartment.

  • Released year: N/A
  • Case size: 36 mm
  • Water resistance: N/A
  • Strap: Leather 
  • Price: 502 USD 

Conclusion 

There have been so many iconic watches featured in movies. Technically it’s impossible to list all the watches worn on the silver screen. From famous watch brands like Rolex, Omega, and Casio to simpler watches, movies are truly a great platform for watch marketing. Watches in movies become popular, and actors who’ve been wearing those watches become the watch face. 

That’s it for this article. Tell us if we missed any of your favorite movie watches. And for more watch collection articles, check out the other articles below. 

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