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. Just remember, Mr Bond, if you ever want a loan against your watches, we do offer a premium service with no hidden fees.

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.

Geek Chic

When movie makers want to get all scientific, they head straight to Japan. Although these watches may not get you £500 – £20k in 1 hour from upmarket pawnbrokers, Suttons and Robertsons, they define a moment in time. 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. Not an investment opportunity but still on sale today, 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.

It’s All About The Money

Some films are all about the money, with big rollers and their lifestyles playing an integral part in the storyline. The right watch on the right wrist can tell you everything that you need to know 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, while flashing the Rolex Day-Date President. He’s not wrong. You can borrow against Rolex watches and secure a fast Rolex loan for up to £2m from pawnbrokers.

In the Wolf of Wall Street, Matthew McConaughey plays Mark Hanna, legendary Wall Street Broker and uses a sleek suit, the Rolex Datejust and a few moments on-screen to share 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 and accountability.

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 and certified by NASA. Worn by the actual Apollo 13 astronauts and on the moon landing expedition itself, the Omega Speedmaster is one of the world’s most famous and iconic watches. While 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 and this was the same watch that featured in Steve McQueen’s racing film, Le Mans. Unusually square-shaped, its strong cobalt blue face and red hands are effortlessly iconic and so very in keeping with such an actor and a world-famous race.

At Suttons and Robertsons, we offer competitive rates on luxury watches, especially Rolex, Omega and Patek Philippe. With same day payment, if you have a luxury watch that you would like to secure a loan against – including any Rolexes that may have starred in movies – then call us for our best rates.