Films’ Most Iconic Watches

Films’ Most Iconic Watches

Having covered some famous and culturally significant watches and clocks in history there is one area that has been negelected – watches in film. Movie watches have been known to have a special place in our heart and are popular amongst collectors, as well as starting cultural trends. In this article we go into some of the best in recent history, read on to find out more.

The Casio CA53W Twincept Databank – Back to the Future

In an iconic 80s film about time travel itself, Back to the Future sees Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) transported back in time to arrive in the past and step out of his time travelling DeLorean. The scene is captured in the movie’s poster as Marty, bewildered, inspects his Casio CA53W Twincept Databank calculator watch for the time. The film would mark the watch as a classic and it definitely still has a retro feel. This 8-digit calculator, featuring a 1/100 second stopwatch, autocalendar and alarm is still available today. 

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner – James Bond 

Famously worn by Sean Connery as he portrayed Bond in the franchise’s opening 4 films – Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, and Thunderball, this culturally iconic watch further cemented dive watches and the submariner as one of the world’s most popular watches. Ian Fleming, who wrote the Bond novels, was also a fan of Rolex, writing the watch into the books and wearing one himself.

Omega Seamasters – James Bond

Whilst most of the Bond watches were initially Rolex, Bond does make the transition through Hamilton and Seiko, during the quartz revolution, to Omega in the more recent movies. Most notably worn by Daniel Craig and announced when challenged on his choice of accessories (“Rolex?” “Omega”) in Casino Royale, a number of Omega watches have been worn including an Omega Seamaster Diver 300m ref. 2220.80 and a Seamaster Planet Ocean ref. 2900.50.91.