Watches are one of the most worn accessories among men and women. Not only do they serve the purpose of telling the time, they are also used as a fashion accessory. Over the years, some watches have become famous simply by association. An example of this is famous actors who have appeared in iconic films wearing the latest Rolex or Omega Seamaster. In this article we are going to go back through time and take a look at some of the most famous men and their equally famous watches.
A watch that was made famous by an iconic actor is the Tag Heuer Monaco. Steve McQueen was filmed wearing this watch during the film ‘Le Mans’. The Monaco still has an almost identical design today, with an innovative square case, and a sporty appearance. If it is good enough for the ‘King of Cool’, it is good enough for us!
One of Rolex’s most prestigious and iconic watches is the Daytona. The Daytona was first launched in 1963. Not only functional but stylish too, it seems only right to be worn by a screen icon such as Paul Newman. Apparently, Paul would wear a Daytona every day between 1972, right up until his death in 2008.
John F Kennedy
The Cartier Tank deserves to be on the list of iconic watches. In the above picture, you will see John F Kennedy wearing the ‘Louis Cartier’, which was inspired by the Renault Tanks in WW1. This particular watch has a beautiful 18k gold case and a brown alligator strap.
We speak about the first man on the moon, but what about the first watch? The Speedmaster Professional was worn by Buzz Aldrin in 1969 on his mission to the moon. It will always be associated with Aldrin and his massive achievement. The Speedmaster is a classic design and is a favourite with collectors.
The ‘King of Rock’ was seen wearing an Omega within his time in the army. Typically, the Omega has a stainless-steel casebook and a decagonal crown. Elvis Presley’s Omega featured a Cal. 504 manual chronometer and was presented in a stylish pink gold-capped stainless-steel case.
Dr Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King has been referred to by Rolex as a ‘hero’ of their time. King was a civil rights campaigner and wore a yellow gold Rolex Datejust alongside a Jubilee bracelet, which was one of three supplied by the company.
The Italian industrialist and playboy legend Gianna Agnelli was known for wearing his watches on the outside of his shirt sleeve to save time. However, you can’t blame him for wanting to show off his Omega PloProf. The PloProf took roughly four years to test and become available on the market.
Winston Churchill was the British Prime Minister who oversaw WW2. He was seen wearing the 100,000th chronometer by Rolex. Hans Wilsdorf gifted the 18ct gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust to Churchill in 1947. It featured a fluted bezel and white dial. Churchill gratefully accepted the certified Rolex from Wilsdorf and wore it often.
More than one actor who played the role of James Bond wore famous watches. The Omega Seamaster was introduced in 1948 and was one of the first dive watches before they became increasingly popular during the ’50s.
Sean Connery deserves more than just a mention on the list of famous actors who wore the Rolex Submariner. During the first James Bond film, Dr No, Sean Connery can be seen wearing the Submariner minus a date display, whilst hunting the infamous Dr.
Some people believe that the Submariner could also be found in the Scottish actor’s personal possessions.