Watching The Silver Screen – How Watches Work in the Movies

While the world awaits the eventual release of the new Bond movie, Another Time To Die, there’s plenty of speculation as to what we can expect when it does hit the big screen. What will Bond drive this time? What death-defying stunts will make us gasp? What will be gracing his wrist? Bond has worked his way through luxury watches and cars with wild abandon. Get the look of Mr Bond by shopping pre-owned luxury watches at S&R London Jewellers. 

But Bond’s watches – like the Rolex Submariner, worn by Sean Connery in 'Dr No', Timothy Dalton’s TAG Heuer Professional Night-Dive in 'The Living Daylights' or 'Skyfall’s' Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean sported by Daniel Craig – make up a very small part of the luxury watches’ big screen time. Film makers understand that they can tell the audience what they need to about characters, just by what they pop on their wrist!

What are the most famous watches in movies?

When movie makers want to get all scientific, they head straight to Japan. Worn by Sigourney Weaver in 'Aliens', the Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000 was made in collaboration with famous automotive designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro. 

'Back To The Future’s' Marty McFly was the proud owner of the Casio CA53W Twincept Databank, the digital calculator watch. Although this is not an investment opportunity, it is still on sale today, and this Casio is the perfect addition to any 1980’s party costume!

A collector’s item for sentimental value only, the Seiko M516 Voice Note as worn by all the 'Ghostbusters' could record audio, which was essential for catching spooks.

Luxury watches in the film industry

Some films are all about the luxury, with big rollers their lifestyles playing an integral part in the storyline. The right watch on the wrist of a movie character can tell you everything that you need to know about their lifestyle in an instant!

In 'Glengarry Glen Ross', Alec Baldwin set his stall out, claiming that his watch ‘cost more than your car’ in a classic line, whilst flashing the Rolex Day-Date President. He’s not wrong! 

In the 'Wolf of Wall Street', Matthew McConaughey plays Mark Hanna, a legendary Wall Street Broker who uses a sleek suit. Although the Rolex Datejust has only a few moments on-screen, it shares his unconventional money practices with Jordan Belfort, helping Belfort to understand that appearances are everything.

Reliable, Respected, Reputable

With roles where people really need to count on things to work as they should, filmmakers again turn to brands that are all about solid dependability accountability, showcasing a reliable, respected and reputable characteristic.

'Apollo 13’s' Jim Lovell, played by Tom Hanks, wore the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. Predictable perhaps but, more importantly, historically correct. The Omega Speedmaster was the official watch of US space travel certified by NASA. Worn by the actual Apollo 13 astronauts on the moon landing expedition itself, the Omega Speedmaster is one of the world’s most famous iconic watches. Whilst it may be tricky to find an Omega from this time, Omega makes a modern version of this watch, including a commemorative Apollo 13 edition.

Before Tag met Heuer, Swiss watchmakers Heuer had created the first automatic chronograph this was the same watch that featured in Steve McQueen’s racing film, 'Le Mans'. Unusually square-shaped, its strong cobalt blue face red hands are effortlessly iconic, so very in keeping with such an actor and a world-famous race!

Pre-owned luxury watches at Suttons & Robertsons London Jewellers

It can be hard to find these designer, luxury, vintage and antique watch models in today's market, as they are very rare or have been discontinued by the brand. Here at S&R London Jewellers, we have a great selection of pre-owned watch models for men and women for you to choose from. We are renowned for our collection of pre-owned luxury watches from world leading brands such as RolexTUDORTAG HeuerGucciBvlgariBreitlingCartier and more. Discover pre-owned timepieces for men and women online at S&R Jewellers, or visit our London Store.

We also stock pre-owned vintage, luxury and designer jewellery from Vera Wang, Cartier, Gucci, Tiffany, DeBeers, and Boodles, which you can browse online and in-store.

If you can't quite find the pre-owned watch model or jewellery piece that you are looking for, then get in touch with a member of our team. We will be happy to help you out and guide you in the right direction!

October 05, 2021