An important addition to every man’s wardrobe is a classic timepiece. Picking the right watch is a lot more than a choice between digital or analogue, metal strap or leather. Movies have been known depict some of the best timepieces ever produced, some even reaching iconic status because of their celluloid presence.
Here, we’ve picked out some of the most memorable watches as seen on screen.
Tag Heuer: Steve McQueen in Le Mans
The ‘King of Cool’ Steve Mcqueen, picked a blue-faced Heuer Monaco (Before the company became Tag Heuer) for his high-profile role in Le Mans. The watch was launched only a year before being placed in the movie and has remained a favourite with watch enthusiasts since. Post-filming, the watch was auctioned for a cool $799,500.
Jaeger-LeCoultre: Val Kilmer and Christian Bale in Batman
The iconic Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre was first seen in the batman movies by Val Kilmer returning on the wrist of Christian Bale in the Dark Knight trilogy. Christian Bale wore the Reverso Grande Taille in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight but for the last installment of the franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, the watchmakers created a special edition of the Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to 1931 with a Batman symbol on its iconic steel back feature.
Breitling: Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamond
A very cleverly placed Breitling Chrono-Avenger is seen on the wrist of Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie Blood Diamond. This piece is characterised by a black dial and a brown calf leather strap and solid titanium 44mm case. The watch is also shockproof and water-resistant to 300 metres.
IWC: Tom Cruise in Collateral
An IWC Vintage Ingenieur Automatic IW3233 is seen on Tom Cruise’s wrist in the movie Collateral. Costing $7000, this IWC classic is the watch of choice for Vincent, the super slick hitman donning a sharp grey suit.
Tag Heuer: Matt Damon in the Bourne Series
Worn by Matt Damon throughout the first installment of the Bourne series, the Tag Heuer Link Chronograph is visible as Jason Bourne wears this watch throughout the film and it can be spotted in several scenes with the best shot is right when the safe deposit box is dumped out.
Jaeger-LeCoultre: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson in Fast and the Furious 6
For a high-impact, high octane movie like Fast and the Furious 6, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph was an ideal pick. An ‘extreme’ watch, it was seen on the wrists of all three male protagonists throughout the movie.