Watches that Made History in Hollywood Movies

Watches have always been an alluring aspect of Hollywood films, captivating viewers with their ability to both complement a character's look and reflect the era and storyline of the movie. As a result, the watch has become a crucial character in its own right, with each timepiece style lending a unique depth to the stories being told onscreen. From the dependable toughness of a G-Shock to the timeless elegance of a Rolex, watches have been integral in helping to define characters and narratives. Join us as we delve into the history behind 4 iconic pieces and why they remain so memorable today.

Movies like Mission: Impossible, Apollo 13, American Psycho, and Back To The Future have all immortalised iconic watches in Hollywood, with the Casio G-Shock, Omega Speedmaster, Rolex Datejust, and Casio CA53W Twincept Databank all having left their mark in cinema history. These watches are more than just props, they are a testament to the art of storytelling and the critical importance of detail in filmmaking.

Mission: Impossible II

The second instalment of the acclaimed Mission: Impossible franchise features Tom Cruise wearing the iconic Casio G-Shock. This watch is known for its rugged durability and resistance to shock, making it a perfect choice for an action film. The G-Shock worn in the film is the DW-6900, which features a black and orange colourway and a digital display.

 Mission: Impossible II Tom Cruise wearing the iconic Casio G-Shock
First image: scened obtained from the film. Second image: from Casio


Apollo 13

The 1995 American historical drama film directed by Ron Howard chronicled the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970. Tom Hanks, who portrays astronaut Jim Lovell, wears the iconic Omega Speedmaster, nicknamed the “Moonwatch” for being the first watch worn on the moon, making it a fitting choice for a film about a lunar mission. The specific model featured in the film is the ST105.012, boasting a timeless black dial and stainless steel case.

 Apollo 13 Omega Speedmaster, nicknamed the “Moonwatch”
First image: scened obtained from the film. Second image: from Omega


American Psycho

One of the most iconic American psychological thriller films, based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel of the same name, features an iconic watch - the Rolex Datejust. Worn by Christian Bale, who plays the character of Patrick Bateman, the watch's timeless elegance and refined style perfectly capture the essence of the character. The Datejust worn in the film is the reference 1601, boasting a steel case and a silver dial.

 American Psycho Rolex Datejust worn by Christian Bale
First image: scened obtained from the film. Second image: from Rolex


Back To The Future

Robert Zemeckis' 1985 American science fiction classic tells the story of a teenager who travels through time to the 1950s. One of the most iconic watches in this film is the Casio CA53W Twincept Databank, worn by Michael J. Fox, who plays the lead Marty McFly. It is a digital watch with a calculator function and has a distinctive orange colourway, making it a fitting choice for a time-travelling teenager.

 Back To The Future Casio CA53W Twincept Databank worn by Michael J. Fox
First image: scened obtained from the film. Second image: from Casio

Wrapping up, these classic watches featured in films have been integral to the cinematic experience. Just as they made history, their conservation will be key to their preservation. Here at Rapport, you will find handcrafted and stylish boxes and winders to protect your watches in top condition for years to come.