The Greatest Watches in Movies (Part Two)

In our previous blog, we looked at three seriously cool watches as worn in the movies. After all, watches can make easy visual cues as to a character, and they look divine on the big screen too. Today we’ll continue this, starting with…

Le Mans

Steve McQueen is, without a doubt, one of the coolest stars to ever grace cinema. That grin, that swagger, that daredevil attitude made McQueen one of the most iconic actors in movie history. As if to prove his daredevilry, McQueen took the lead in the 1971 action film Le Mans. The film, which features footage from the actual Le Mans race, stars ol’ Steve as Porsche driver Michael Delaney who has a bitter rivalry with Ferrari’s team driver. The movie is basically an excuse to show race cars going seriously fast. But it does also show off McQueen’s beautiful and instantly recognisable square-cased Heuer Monaco – which was also the world’s first automatic chronograph.

 

Glengarry Glen Ross

Based on a play by David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross is a dialogue-heavy drama about four failing real estate salesmen ordered to ABC – Always. Be. Closing. That advice is given to them by super-sinister super-salesman Blake, played by Alec Baldwin. He’s on screen for a total of seven minutes, but that didn’t stop him winning an Oscar for one of the best remembered monologues ever out to screen. At one point Baldwin flashes his watch, telling Ed Harris that it’s worth more than Harris’s car. The watch? A gorgeous gold Rolex Day-Date.

 

Aliens

When you think of watches in films, your first thought probably isn’t a sci-fi action flick directed by James Cameron. But if you’ve ever really studied the film, you’ll notice that Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, wears a pretty nifty and futuristic-looking timepiece. On closer inspection, you’ll notice it’s a Seiko Speedtimer 7A28-7000. The watch itself was designed by car designer Giorgio Giugiaro, and features an asymmetrical design. Perfect for checking you’re not late for lunch when battling outer space hell-hounds.

 

We love spotting our favourite watches in films. After all, our passion is watches – whichever movie they’re in, whoever stars in them. Here at Martins of Glasgow we specialise in Rolex, Omega and Tag Heuer watch repairs, so if you’re looking for a company that takes care over watch repairs, we can help. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0141 946 6333 or email us at martin@martinsjewellers.co.uk.