9 Famous Movie Watches: Timeless Timepieces on the Big Screen

Watches hold a unique position in the world of cinema, often serving as powerful symbols or essential plot devices. They transcend mere accessories, cementing themselves as icons in their own right.

Their allure lies in their blend of form and function, adding an extra layer to the characters wearing them. Whether it’s their ruggedness in action movies or elegant sophistication in a corporate drama, they reflect their wearers’ personas.

The famous movie watches post below explores some of the most iconic watches on the silver screen, highlighting their features, investment potential, and more so you can appreciate their significance further.

1. TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph (Le Mans) – Stainless Steel, Blue Dial Ref. 1133

TAG Heuer Monaco ref. 1133B

  • Retail Price: S$50,000+
  • Private Market Price: S$25,450
  • Pre-Owned Price: S$22,867

They include a square-shaped case, square-shaped subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock positions, a date window at 6 o’clock, a crown on the right side of the case, and chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock.

  • Production Year: 1969
  • Case Size: 39mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Blue, with luminous hands, a red central seconds hand, and red index hour markers with luminous dots
    • Bracelet: Black perforated leather strap
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, stainless steel
  • Function: Chronograph, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber 11 movement

Its association with legendary actor Steve McQueen makes this first watch a must-have among most watch collectors. Additionally, it has appreciated in value over time due to its limited availability and iconic status. For example, its price has increased by over 50 percent since its production.

About

This TAG Heuer Monaco Chrono is a timepiece that gained fame through its association with the 1970 movie Le Mans. Worn by ‘King of Cool’ Steve McQueen when he portrayed racer Michael Delaney in the movie, it adequately fits the position with its rugged design, chronograph function, and automatic movement.


2. Omega Seamaster 300m (GoldenEye) – Stainless Steel, Blue Dial Ref. 2541.80.00

Omega Seamaster 300m ref. 2541.80.00

  • Retail Price: S$2,300
  • Private Market Price: S$3,072
  • Pre-Owned Price: S$3,150

Note: These are prices for the typical Omega Seamaster 300m. Not the one in the movie.

The original watch from the film featured a detonator, laser, and a compass. However, the typical watch features a striking blue dial with wave patterns, a unidirectional rotating bezel, a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock, a domed anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a date window at 3 o’clock.

  • Production Year: 1993
  • Case Size: 41mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Blue, with horizontal wave patterns, luminous skeletonized steel-tone arrow-shaped hands and round/rectangle hour markers
    • Bracelet: Stainless steel, with a foldover clasp with a diver extension
    • Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable, stainless steel, with a blue aluminum insert with 60-minute graduations and a luminous pip at the start point
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Quartz Caliber Omega 1538 movement

According to WatchCharts, its average market price increased from S$2,968 on June 12, 2023, to S$3,072 on June 10, 2024.

Additionally, The Omega Seamaster GoldenEye is renowned for its association with James Bond movies, particularly the 1995 movie “GoldenEye.” This link to pop culture significantly boosts its desirability and collectible status.

Finally, limited edition Omega watches and special edition James Bond watches, such as the GoldenEye, tend to appreciate over time, especially if they are well-maintained. The unique association with James Bond adds a layer of exclusivity and desirability, potentially increasing its value in the secondary market.

About

This Omega Seamaster 300M quartz model gained immense popularity when it appeared on British actor Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond’s wrist during his adventures in Russia when he teamed up with computer programmer Natalya Simonava to retrieve an electromagnetic satellite weapon from villain Alec Trevelyan. Its robust design and handy features proved efficient to the British superspy.


3. Rolex Datejust (American Psycho) – Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold, Champagne Dial Ref. 16013

Rolex-Datejust-36-Champagne-Dial-Ref.-16013

  • Retail Price: S$6,200
  • Private Market Price: S$6,832
  • Pre-Owned Price: S$7,250

The main ones are a date window at 3 o’clock with a Cyclops magnifier lens above it, a two-tone Jubilee bracelet, a fluted yellow gold bezel, an anti-reflective acrylic crystal above the dial, and a yellow gold crown.

  • Production Year: 1977-1988
  • Case Size: 36mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Champagne, with luminous yellow gold hands and index hour markers
    • Bracelet: Two-tone Jubilee, with a folding clasp
    • Bezel: Fluted, fixed, yellow gold
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber 3035 movement with 27 jewels, a 48-hour power reserve, and a 28,800vph frequency

It’s a discontinued piece, making this gold watch desirable among most Rolex watch fans. Additionally, its price has increased by at least 20% between 2021 and May 2024.

Moreover, Rolex watches, particularly iconic models like the Datejust, tend to appreciate in value over time. The combination of watch brand reputation, limited availability, and cultural significance can contribute to a positive return on investment.

About

This Datejust ref. 16013 timepiece adequately fitted into wealthy banker Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale)’s luxurious and opulent lifestyle with its elegant design, precious materials, gentle curves, and unique bracelet. Its slender profile allowed it to slide effortlessly beneath Bateman’s cuffs.


4. Rolex GMT-Master (Apocalypse Now) – Stainless Steel, Black Dial Ref. 1675

Rolex GMT-Master Apocalypse Now ref. 1675

  • Retail Price: S$6,500
  • Private Market Price:S$20,197
  • Pre-Owned Price: S$25,100

Note: These are prices for the typical GMT-Master ref. 1675. Not the one in the movie.

This watch features a case without a ‘Pepsi’ bezel, a hand-scratched ‘M.Brando’ engraving on the caseback, a black rubber strap, a domed crystal over the case, and an extra red 24-hour hand with a luminous arrowhead tip.

  • Production Year: 1972
  • Case Size: 39mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Black, Mark IV, with Mercedes-style hands, a lollipop-style seconds hand, an extra red 24-hour hand, and round/triangle/rectangle hour markers with beige lume
    • Bracelet: Black rubber strap
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, stainless steel
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds, GMT
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber 1570 movement with 26 jewels, a 48-hour power reserve, and a 19,800vph frequency

According to WatchCharts, the ordinary ref. 1675’s average market price increased from S$21,629 on June 12, 2023, to S$21,898 on March 16, 2024. 

As for the famous movie watch, it’s in high demand among most watch collectors for the unique touches Brando added to it and its connection to him. 

Limited production runs and the specific features of this “Apocalypse Now” model make it a rare find. Watches with unique backstories and limited availability often appreciate in value over time, making them desirable collector’s items.

About

This GMT-Master is a notable luxury watch in the cult classic Apocalypse Now. Famed actor Marlon Brando wore this robust stainless steel watch while portraying delusional renegade Colonel Walter E. Kurtz. He removed the bi-colored ‘Pepsi’ bezel himself, stating it was too “pretty” for the movie. The watch sold for a whopping S$2,642,256 at a 2019 Phillip’s auction.


5. Hamilton Khaki Field Murph (Interstellar) – Stainless Steel, Black Dial Ref. H70405730

Hamilton Khaki ref. H70405730

  • Retail Price: S$1,312
  • Private Market Price: S$916
  • Pre-Owned Price: S$961

They include Arabic numeral hour markers, cathedral-style hands, a minute track with Arabic numerals every five minutes around the dial’s outer rim, a see-through caseback, and a black leather strap.

  • Production Year: 2022
  • Case Size: 38mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Black, with cathedral-style hands with beige vintage-style Super-LumiNova® lume and Arabic numeral hour markers
    • Bracelet: Black cow leather strap with stitchings on the sides and a stainless steel pin buckle
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, stainless steel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic Hamilton Caliber H10 movement with 25 jewels, an 80-hour power reserve, and a 21,600vph frequency

Its price has increased by roughly 15 percent between 2022 and May 2024. 

Plus, limited edition Hamilton watches and those with significant cultural ties often appreciate in value over time. The Khaki Murph’s connection to “Interstellar” and its limited availability can make it a valuable asset for collectors.

About

This Hamilton Khaki Field Murph is a replica of the watch that gained prominent recognition due to its significant appearance in the iconic movie Interstellar. It was named after Jessica Chastain’s Murphy ‘Murph’ Cooper, who wore it as she helped her father, Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), locate NASA’s new headquarters facility.


6. Breitling Chrono Avenger (Blood Diamond)Titanium, Black Dial Ref. E13360

Breitling Chrono Avenger ref. E13360

  • Retail Price: S$5,100
  • Private Market Price: S$3,226
  • Pre-Owned Price: S$2,910

Note: These are prices for the typical Breitling Chrono Avenger ref. E13360. Not the one in the movie.

The main ones are a titanium case, a black dial with a blue-tinted crystal, a brown calf leather strap, a unidirectional rotatable bezel, Arabic numeral hour markers, and chrono subdials at 6,9 and 12 o’clock.

  • Production Year: 2001-2007
  • Case Size: 44mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Black, with luminous sword-shaped hands and Arabic numeral hour markers
    • Bracelet: Brown alligator strap with stitchings at the sides and a tang buckle clasp
    • Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable, titanium, with 60-minute graduations
  • Function: Chronograph, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic Breitling Caliber 13 movement with a 42-hour power reserve

It retains its value well and even appreciates in value with time. Moreover, its discontinuation status and connection to a (mostly) well-received movie increases its appeal among serious watch collectors and enthusiasts.

About

This Breitling Chrono Avenger timepiece featured prominently in the movie Blood Diamond, around Leonardo DiCaprio’s Danny Archer’s wrist as he navigated around Sierra Leone’s harsh jungles with Solomon Vandy (Djimon Honsou) in search of a priceless pink diamond. It showcases a robust titanium case, hinting at its endurance in an adrenalin-pumping environment.


7. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition (End of Days) – Stainless Steel PVD Coated, Black Dial Ref. 25770SN.00.0009KE.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ref. 25770SN.00.0009KE.01

  • Retail Price: S$49,917
  • Private Market Price: S$25,435
  • Pre-Owned Price: S$36,050

Its main features are a stainless steel case with a PVD coating, a black dial with a ‘petite tapisserie’ pattern, an octagonal bezel with hexagonal titanium screws, yellow sword-shaped hands and Arabic numeral hour markers, and a date window at 3 o’clock with a circular lens above it.

  • Production Year: 1999
  • Case Size: 42mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Black, with a ‘petite tapisserie’ pattern and luminous yellow sword-shaped hands and Arabic numeral hour markers
    • Bracelet: Black velcro strap
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, octagonal, stainless steel with PVD coating, and hexagonal titanium screws
  • Function: Chronograph, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Tachymeter
  • Mechanism: Automatic movement

According to WatchCharts, its average market price rose from S$25,381 on June 12, 2023, to S$25,435 on June 10, 2024.

About

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “End of Days” is a limited edition luxury timepiece (to 500 pieces) that came as a partnership between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Audemars Piguet. Schwarzenegger’s character, ex-cop and bodyguard Jericho Cane, wore it as he and his partner strived to save a woman who Satan chose as his bride (Robin Tunney’s Christine York) and the world from Satan (Gabriel Byrne). The watch gave off a fresh and new vibe, being part of the collection modeled after AP’s Royal Oak and meant to appeal to a younger audience with its bigger, bolder, sportier, and more masculine design- qualities that Cane possessed in the (meh) thriller movie.


8. Panerai Luminor Marina (Daylight) – Stainless Steel, Black Dial Ref. PAM5218-201/A

Panerai Luminor Marina ref. PAM5218-201_A

  • Retail Price: S$42,079
  • Private Market Price: S$28,273
  • Pre-Owned Price: S$35,233

They include a black sandwich-style dial with cutout Arabic numeral and index hour markers, a crown-protecting bridge device, a cushion-shaped case, a sapphire crystal above the dial, and a brown leather strap.

  • Production Year: 1996
  • Case Size: 44mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Black, sandwich-style, with luminous hands and cutout Arabic/index hour markers
    • Bracelet: Brown leather strap with stitchings at the sides
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, stainless steel
  • Function: Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic movement

As per WatchCharts, its average market price increased from S$26,455 on June 12, 2023, to S$28,723 on June 10, 2024.

About

The Panerai Luminor Marina ref. PAM5218-201/A is an iconic wristwatch known for its remarkable appearance in the 1996 thriller Daylight, starring Sylvester Stallone. Its marine roots, robust design, and well-lit dial came in handy as Stallone’s character, Chief Kit Latura, wears it while saving hostages trapped in a collapsed, flooding tunnel after a deadly explosion.

It sold for between S$54,156 and S$108,312 at a December 2020 Phillips auction.


9. Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph (Top Gun) – Stainless Steel PVD Coated, Black Dial Ref. 7750

Porsche Design Orfina ref. 7750

  • Retail Price: S$2,302
  • Private Market Price: S$3,140
  • Pre-Owned Price: S$4,384

Note: These are prices for the typical Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph ref. 7750. Not the official watch in the movie.

Its main features are large day and date display windows at 3 o’clock, a black dial that’s reminiscent of the Porsche 911 sports car’s dashboard, a stainless steel case with a PVD coating, a tachymeter scale around the dial’s flange, and a mineral crystal over the dial.

  • Production Year: 1972
  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Materials
    • Dial: Black, with luminous black hands and index hour markers
    • Bracelet: Stainless steel PVD coated, with a deployant buckle
    • Bezel: Fixed, smooth, stainless steel with a PVD coating
  • Function: Chronograph, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Tachymeter
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber Valjoux 7750 movement

It’s a sought-after piece among many watch enthusiasts and collectors for its connection with Tom Cruise and the iconic action movie. Additionally, its price has increased over the years since its production, and it can fetch a hefty profit if sold in good condition.

About

The Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph played a notable role in the Top Gun movie franchise as it was worn by the main character, Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, portrayed by Tom Cruise as he trains to be the top naval pilot in the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School.

It helped establish his character as a stylish, confident, and high-performance pilot. Additionally, it symbolized his blend of sophistication and practicality with its sleek and functional design and contributed to the cool, rebellious, and elite image he embodied.


Summary

The following table highlights the most famous watches above, plus their key features, retail, private market, and pre-owned prices:

Model

Key Features

Retail Price

Private Market Price

Pre-Owned Price

TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph ref. 1133B

  • Square-shaped case
  • Square-shaped subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock positions
  • Date window at 6 o’clock

S$50,000+

S$25,450

S$22,867

Omega Seamaster 300m ref. 2541.80.00

  • Striking blue dial with wave patterns
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Helium escape valve at 10 o’clock

S$2,300

S$3,072

S$3,150

Rolex Datejust ref. 16013

  • Date window at 3 o’clock with a Cyclops magnifier lens above it
  • Two-tone Jubilee bracelet
  • Fluted yellow gold bezel

S$6,200

S$6,832

S$7,250

Rolex GMT-Master ref. 1675

  • A case without a ‘Pepsi’ bezel
  • Hand-scratched ‘M.Brando’ engraving on the caseback
  • Black rubber strap

S$6,500

S$20,197

S$25,100

Hamilton Khaki Field Murph ref. H70405730

  • Arabic numeral hour markers
  • Cathedral-style hands
  • Minute track with Arabic numerals every five minutes around the dial’s outer rim

S$1,312

S$916

S$961

Breitling Chrono Avenger ref. E13360

  • Titanium case
  • Black dial with a blue-tinted crystal
  • Brown calf leather strap

S$5,100

S$3,226

S$2,910

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition ref. 25770SN.00.0009KE.01

  • Stainless steel case with a PVD coating
  • Black dial with a ‘petite tapisserie’ pattern
  • Octagonal bezel with hexagonal titanium screws

S$49,917

S$25,435

S$36,050

Panerai Luminor Marina ref. PAM5218-201/A

  • Black sandwich-style dial with cutout Arabic numeral and index hour markers
  • Crown-protecting bridge device
  • Cushion-shaped case

S$42,079

S$28,273

S$35,233

Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph ref. 7750

  • Large day and date display windows at 3 o’clock
  • Black dial that’s reminiscent of the Porsche 911 sports car’s dashboard
  • Tachymeter scale around the dial’s flange

S$2,302

S$3,140

S$4,384

Final Word

Throughout the history of cinema, the numerous movie watches above and more have captured the audience’s imagination. Each favorite watch offers a glimpse into its time, contributing to the movie’s aesthetic and the character’s persona.

Key Takeaways

  • Famous watches like Omega Speedmaster Professional, Tag Heuer Carrera, and Hamilton Khaki Murph hold a unique position in cinema, often serving as powerful symbols or essential plot devices.
  • Famous watches in movies are not only a worthwhile investment for their significant role in iconic movies like the Dark Knight Trilogy but for their ability to retain and even appreciate in value with time, depending on their condition and demand.
  • The choice of watch can enhance movie moments and character development. For example, Tom Cruise’s Maverick in Top Gun wears a Porsche Design Chronograph, reflecting his edgy and sophisticated persona.

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