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The Top 10 Most Iconic Watches in Movies

The Top 10 Most Iconic Watches in Movies Movies make a lot of things famous, including wrist watches.

Posted by Drew Hamley

The Top 10 Most Iconic Watches in Movies

The Top 10 Most Iconic Watches in Movies

Movies make a lot of things famous, including wrist watches. Check out this list of the top 10 most iconic watches in movies. Some of them just might surprise you.

If it's true that movie stars can evolve, and are not so much born, then their watches are in good company. And, some of the best-made watches in the world attain movie stardom by design.

Early James Bonds are never on flat feet or without a Rolex Submariner. And, Marty McFly is still cool sporting his Casio.

Ron Howard stuck to a 60's icon when he chose the Omega Speedmaster Professional for Apollo 13. Not to mention it also had NASA's approval at that time.

Alec Baldwin's character in Glengarry, Glen Ross had to share a scene with a 14K gold Rolex Bracelet watch.

Vintage hunk Steve McQueen turned down Hueur's offer to accessorize his Lemans film. But, the Tag-Heuer Monaco got the part anyway and became an instant best-seller.

So, it's evident that these watch's close-ups are much more than incidental. They become as famous as their human counterpart stars and enjoy the legacy of the films they adorn.

Here are our picks for the top ten iconic watches in movies.


Not surprising, the master of watchmaking, Rolex, enjoys lasting starring roles. And, it's not product placement in every case. Directors also choose Rolex for artistic reasons to give dimension to the character.

1. Marlon Brando in Apocolypse, Now

This iconic role of a god-like Colonel run amuck gave Mr. Brando a come-back status in the late 1970's. And, the Rolex GMT-Master was his crown.

2. Paul Newman in The Color of Money

"Fast Eddie Felson" may be an old hustler, but his watch is not. The Rolex Datejust he wears shows us greatness isn't skin deep.

3. Bill Paxton in Titanic

The leader of the Titanic expedition in the film wears a stunning Rolex Submariner in Gold. Like the Bond movies which highlight this model many times, those who seek adventure better not be late.

Director James Cameron is an avid Rolex wearer, too.

4. Christian Bale in American Psycho

The Huey Lewis fanatic and the serial killer was also an investment banker by day. And, he looks damn good when not dripping with blood.

The Rolex Datejust in steel and gold accouterments his taste and style. But, only in broad daylight. On its part, Rolex would not allow Bale to wear it during the film's violent scenes.


5. Martin Sheen in Apocolypse, Now

As Captain Ben Willard, Sheen's iconic Seiko 6105 is the choice for those working in the trenches each day.

The classic style is perfect for special ops or any captain of their soul, for that matter.

6. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator

The infamous action movie hero wore the Seiko H558 Quartz Diver in more than the Predator movies.

The cool watch was also a star in The Running Man and Commando. It is worth a second look in real life, as this Seiko's price has doubled since then.

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7. Matt Damon as Jason Bourne

As we know, Jason is no cookie-cutter hero. There is no big ego here. So the Tag Heuer Link Chronograph is ideal.

He can keep in the drawer with his Bic pen, and no one will know which is the murder weapon.

8. Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street

The extravagance of the snortin' 80's is raw in every scene of this acclaimed film.

And, the real-life stockbroker behind the story wore that decade's most famous watch. The Tag Heuer 1000 Exclusive. In solid gold, of course.


9. Daniel Craig as James Bond

The Omega Seamaster has quite a Hollywood history. It has shown its finest in prior Bond films, too. Pierce Brosnan wore an Omega in Tomorrow Never Dies.

But, Daniel Craig has brought our favorite spy and his watch back to the red carpet again. The Seamaster Professional and Seamaster Planet Ocean time every second of Bond action.


10. Christopher Walken in Pulp Fiction

This is one of the most famous watch scenes of all time. Walken's Vietnam POW character holds a watch as if to hypnotize us. And, it works.

Though Walken offers up some of his ideas on the watch's origin, it remains a mystery. Some say it's a Lancet Field Watch from WWI.

Whatever the model, it's the way in which it made it to the U.S. that both intrigues and repels us.

A Few Honorable Mentions

Jaeger-LeCoultre Swiss watches are the star in the Batman Franchise. Both Val Kilmer and Christian Bale sport the classic style, ideal for this hero flick.

And, the Reverso Grande Taille model the actors wear has a moving stainless steel back. The back can flip over the face of the watch for protection.

Goodness knows they need it.

The Seiko M516 Voice Note Watch appears in the original Ghostbusters. Characters Ray, Egon, and Peter (Bill Murray) use it as part of their gear.

They must record EVP's (ghost speak) with their watches, and this Seiko has a recording feature. Perfect for 1980's geeks, very few were ever in production.

It is a rare find today for collectors.

The Best of Watches in Movies

The reasons to admire watches in movies may vary from one fan to the next. Some love vintage pieces, and some like the stars who wear them. Or, both!

But, they can agree that owning a beautiful watch is a lasting tribute to the pride of artistry.

These unique pieces offer craftsmanship to last a lifetime. Like the movies in which they star.

We offer a wide variety of pre-owned pieces which bear the mark of greatness. Start shopping today!