5 Luxury Automatic Mechanical Watches That Made History in Hollywood Action Films

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5 Luxury Automatic Mechanical Watches That Made History in Hollywood Action Films

Dr. No (1962): Sean Connery, Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538

Sean Connery Dr. No

Sean Connery wearing Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 in Dr. No Photo: Danjaq/EON/UA/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

Sean Connery introduced James Bond into the Hollywood film cannon when he appeared in the first installment of the iconic series in 1962’s Dr. No. Connery wore a Rolex Submariner ref. 6538 on the big screen while tracking down the mysterious Dr. No bent on destroying the U.S. space program. The ref. 6538, which was first produced sometime around 1953, would go on accompanying Connery as Bond on his missions in films such as From Russia with LoveGoldfinger, and Thunderball.

Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 James Bond

Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 worn in Dr. No Photo: Courtesy of Rolex

The films ultimately solidified the Rolex Submariner ref. 6538 as an icon in its own right, especially in watch-collecting circles. An example of the particular model sold for $1,068,500 at Christie’s on June 13, 2018; it is the most expensive Rolex Submariner ever sold to date.

Top Gun (1986): Tom Cruise, Porsche Design Orfina 7176s

Val Kilmer Tom Cruise Top Gun

Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise wearing Porsche Design Orfina 7176s in Top Gun Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All rights reserved

Arguably one of the greatest flight films of all time, Top Gun firmly solidified Tom Cruise as one of the biggest film stars of his generation. Most people assume that Cruise wore an IWC to complete his training missions as the hotshot fighter-pilot-in-training, Maverick, because the Swiss watchmaker has issued several Top Gun–branded timepieces over the years, but it was actually a Porsche Design Orfina 7176s. Made by watch manufacturer Orfina for Porsche design in the ’80s, the timepiece featured a self-winding Lemania caliber 5100 and came in PVD-coated stainless steel with a day/date indicator, chronograph registers at 12 o’clock, six o’clock, and nine o’clock, and a tachyometer scale. A rerelease of the timepiece was issued in late 2010.

Porsche Design Orfina 7176s Top Gun

Porsche Design Orfina 7176s worn in Top Gun Photo: Courtesy of Porsche Design

Fun fact: A sequel titled Top Gun: Maverick is slated for release in 2020 with Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprising their roles as Maverick and Iceman, respectively. Maverick’s 2020 timepiece is currently still classified information, but Porsche Design would be wise to get in on the action again.

Apollo 13 (1995): Tom Hanks, Omega Speedmaster

Tom Hanks in Apollo 13

Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 Photo: Universal/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

Tom Hanks appropriately wore an Omega Speedmaster while re-creating astronaut Jim Lovell’s ill-fated journey aboard Apollo 13, when an oxygen-tank leak caused the crew to abort their lunar mission and return to Earth in a harrowing near-death experience. The Omega Speedmaster was the timepiece of choice by NASA for astronauts venturing into the new space frontier thanks to its ability to withstand intense sunlight, cold, and g-force shock. While it is most famous for having adorned the wrists and space suits of astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins for Apollo 11’s first lunar landing on July 20, 1969, it proved lifesaving for Apollo 13.

It was astronaut Jack Swigert’s Omega Speedmaster that saved the lives of everyone aboard Apollo 13. Once the spaceship lost power, the astronauts were only able to burn the engine for 14 seconds at a time to make navigational trajectory adjustments to return safely to Earth before turning it off. Lovell and his fellow astronauts used Swigert’s Omega Speedmaster chronograph to measure the short intervals of time. Houston, problem solved.

Omega Seamaster Snoopy watch

Snoopy Edition of the Omega Seamaster from Apollo 13 Photo: Courtesy of Omega

In 1970, Omega was awarded NASA’s Silver Snoopy Award—one of the greatest honors the space program can bestow on employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety and mission success—for safely bringing the astronauts of Apollo 13 back to Earth. In 2015, Omega unveiled a Snoopy edition of the Omega Speedmaster, featuring a rendering of the famous Peanuts character on a dial counter and on the caseback, to commemorate its historic role for the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission.

Omega Seamaster Snoopy watch

Snoopy Edition of the Omega Seamaster from Apollo 13 Photo: Courtesy of Omega

Blood Diamond (2006): Leonardo DiCaprio, Breitling Chrono Avenger

Leonardo DiCaprio Blood Diamond

Leonardo DiCaprio wearing Breitling Chrono Avenger in Blood Diamond Photo: Courtesy

Starring as Danny Archer, a gunrunner-turned-diamond-smuggler during the Sierra Leone Civil War, Leonardo DiCaprio sported a 44 mm titanium Breitling Chrono Avenger with a brown leather strap and black dial. DiCaprio is typically associated with Tag Heuer, for which he was a longtime brand ambassador, but the heavy-duty Breitling looked at home amidst all of the action in Blood Diamond. The Chrono Avenger accompanied Archer as he braved the conflict zones of the Sierra Leone to fight warlords and his former boss Colonel Coetzee, who was on the hunt for an elusive pink diamond that Archer is ordered to deliver.

Breitling Chrono Avenger worn Blood Diamond

Breitling Chrono Avenger worn in Blood Diamond Photo: Courtesy of Breitling

Casino Royale (2006): Daniel Craig Omega Seamaster Professional

Daniel Craig Casino Royale watch

Daniel Craig wearing Omega Seamaster in Casino Royale Photo: Susie Allnutt. CASINO ROYALE © 2006 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Pierce Brosnan first wore an Omega Seamaster with a blue dial as James Bond in 1995’s GoldenEye, thanks to Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming. Modern-day James Bond Daniel Craig followed suit, but he wore not one but two Omega Seamasters—the Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial and a Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial—in his 2006 debut as the big screen’s most famous spy in Casino Royale. In one scene, when Bond encounters Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), she sizes him up, taking careful note of his watch. “MI6 looks for maladjusted young men that give little thought to sacrificing others in order to protect Queen and country . . . you know, former SAS types with easy smiles and expensive watches. Rolex?” she asks him, eyeing his automatic mechanical watch. “Omega,” replies Bond.

In 2008’s Quantum Solace, Craig wore a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Omega Co-Axial with a classic black dial and bezel, and in 2012’s Skyfall, 007 relied on a Planet Ocean 600M and an Aqua Terra, both powered by Omega co-axial calibers.

Omega Seamaster Skyfall

Omega Seamaster worn in Skyfall Photo: Courtesy of Omega

In Craig’s most recent turn as James Bond in 2015’s Spectre, he again wears a Seamaster as he takes on global crime boss Blofeld (Christopher Waltz). A limited-edition 300 Spectre watch ($7,500) with a rare lollipop seconds hand worn on a handsome black-and-gray NATO strap and the Omega Aqua Terra 150m with a blue dial accompanied Bond on his latest MI6 mission.

Omega Seamaster Spectre watch

Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre Limited Edition Photo: Courtesy of Omega

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