When a watch becomes a character: from Indiana Jones to Barbie’s friend

This summer, two unique Rolex watches were auctioned in New York, not only because of their model – a one-off Daytona Zenith (Ref. 16520) and a Daytona Classico (Ref. 116519) – but also because of their connection to the world of cinema. Personal objects of Paul Newman, a great watch and motorsport enthusiast. The first was a celebration of his victory at the Grand Prix Tecate of the Champ Car World Series, the second was a gift from his wife Joanne Woodward, and so on The case back is engraved with the message: “Drive very slowly. Joanne. The connection between cinema and watchmaking is undisputed. This applies to the passion of many actors and actresses who collect rare and unique pieces, but also to the way in which, from Hollywood to Cinecittà, watches become protagonists of unforgettable scenes or an integral part of a character’s look, an inseparable symbol the definition of identity and character.

At the age of 81, Harrison Ford is back in the role of Indy in the fifth and final adventure of the ruthless archaeologist in search of ancient finds: Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny. Here, in addition to the dial of the title, fans immediately recognized the watch on the legendary hero’s wrist: a Hamilton American Classic Boulton Quartz with a brown bracelet and brass case. A model with a quartz movement and a value of around 775 euros.

Let’s come to the second blockbuster of summer 2023, Tyler Rake 2. Number 1 was the highest viewership on Netflix, number 2 aimed to repeat its success with the same ingredients: a dangerous mission, a mercenary special operations expert and relentless twists. Well, with 88 million viewing hours in the first three days of availability, it became the most-watched Netflix film of 2023, ensuring that the first film also returned to the trend and brought it back into the top 10. Carried in the first episode the protagonist a Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400-3. In his life outside of the set, Chris “Thor” Hemsworth is known for a watch collection that includes a Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton and a Rolex Day Date Platinum, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic Chronograph, as well as several TAG Heuer models, their ambassadors he has been for over five years.

Chris Hemsworth wears the Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400-3 in a scene from Tyler Rake. ©Netflix

The third film of the summer and a record-breaking box office hit – it has grossed more than a billion US dollars worldwide – is Barbie, directed and written by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Goslin. Here it is interesting to observe the pulse of the male protagonist, the eternal friend Ken, who for a few moments becomes the boss of Barbieland, rebelling against the pink power. In his moment of maximum masculine exuberance, he wears not just one, but three watches: all Tag Heuer,

Ryan Goslin in Barbie. © Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

For all fans, there is an Instagram account where they can look out for more curiosities: @watchesinfilms.

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