Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian born actor, writer, body builder, and politician. He is most famous for his roles in the Terminator series, in which he played the titular Terminator, a machine sent back in time to kill the leader of a human uprising.
Arnold is known around the world for achieving his goal of being the greatest body builder in history. While this may seem to be a subjective title, Arnold definitely has some achievements here to his credit: He still holds the record for being the youngest person to ever win the Mr. Olympia title – first achieving the title in 1970 at the age of 23. He won Mr. Olympia another 5 times in a row after that, and then again in 1980 when his entry was a last minute surprise with only two months of training for the event.
Added to his already impressive resume, Schwarzenegger ran for – and won – the governor’s race in California, officially making him an accomplished politician. He was the chief executive of the state of California for 8 years.
Arnold is a watch fanatic and avid watch collector. His favorite seems to be his Panerai Luminor, which is frequently photographed wearing. The Panerai Luminor features a stainless steel case with a black croco-embossed genuine leather strap.
The watch itself is 44 millimeters in diameter and 15.5 millimeters thick. The case back is stainless steel and features the engraved Panerai logo to certify authenticity.
The face of the watch is marked with Arabic numerals. The dial is black which helps the luminescent hands and hour ticks to stand out during low light use. The Luminor features two complications: The date at the 3 o’clock position, and a second counting sub-dial at the 9 o’clock position.
The crystal is sapphire with a specialized coating to cut down on glare. Being sapphire, the face is also scratch resistant. A unique feature of Panerai watches, the crown itself is protected by a unique lever. This makes the watch easy to identify and adds a certain elegance to it.
The watch runs on an automatic C.O.S.C. tested engine developed by Panerai and is water resistant to 30 BAR, or 300 Meters / 1,000 Feet. The Luminor is suitable for swimming, snorkeling, and amateur diving. Coming in at a price of $5,260.00, this watch is not for everyone. But it is worth every penny for those that do buy it.
When it comes to Ernest Hemingway, the average person will only see him as the writer of, “The Old Man and The Sea”. However, he was an incredibly complex person that traveled all around the world, went to parties, was an amateur boxer, and an alcohol connoisseur.
As is true with many artists and honest story tellers, Hemingway was a bit of a tortured soul. So many of his writings are incredibly interesting because they tell the stories that reflect the complicated and difficult nature of being human. He was a heavy drinker and lived a life of chaos much of the time. As he is also known for tragically ending his own life, it is easy to see that there were not many stable things in his life.There were two things that were very consistent for Ernest Hemingway. The first was waking up and writing. He was known to write every morning as soon as he could. The other thing that was incredibly steady was his Rolex Oyster Perpetual. This was the watch that he wore almost every day. It was a classy steel watch that was the steady timekeeper for the man with a life that was all over the place. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a beautiful steel watch with a stainless-steel band. However, Hemingway’s Rolex Oyster that he was often pictured with is from the 1950s and is 18 carat gold and has a leather band.
While this was the most common watch that Hemingway wore, he was also had several interesting pocket watches. This seems even more incredibly fitting for Hemingway, the cigar smoking, rum sipping, bull fighter. Nothing says, “intellectual writer”, like the Hamilton pocket watch that he was given by Ava Gardner for his 55th birthday. Obviously, there is no need to constantly check the time if you are in the depths of writing for the first half of the day and chasing experiences in the evening. That is why a classy old pocket watch would be perfect.
There are so many different things about Hemingway that you could dissect and try to understand. The complications are what made his work great, but also lead to his unfortunate end and his misery. One thing that he could count on was his steady Rolex Oyster Perpetual, but even that could not calm the tides for this old man and his internal sea.
Through it all, this amazing feat was accomplished while wearing the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th stainless steel watch. As you can imagine, it takes an incredible watch to be able to accompany a man on such an incredible mission, so why was this the watch for Baumgartner.
Considering that Baumgartner was launching himself from a space capsule that was inside a helium balloon, from an altitude of 39, 045 meters, and at a temperature of -62 degrees Celsius, the watch had to be durable. The Zenith watch had to be able to endure extreme conditions to be the right one.
The Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th is a beautiful watch, but might not be affordable for some. It’s usually priced at $6,795.00, for a very good reason. It obviously brings all of the classic features that you need in a watch, such as easy readability, a date window, a durable and comfortable band, and a secure stainless steel buckle. The big difference with this watch comes in with its sapphire crystal protection on the front side that makes it incredibly durable and in addition, looks beautiful.
The stainless steel case makes this watch able to endure intense conditions, like the ones Baumgartner faced while falling at a rate of over 360 mph. What makes this watch so striking, is that after this freefall, it was working absolutely perfectly once it arrived on the ground. A watch that can endure that amount of drastic change in pressure, temperature, acceleration, and altitude, is absolutely incredible.
With a case thickness of 10 or 14 mm, this solid case backed watch is prepared to take on the most extreme of adventures without sacrificing on style. As with any high-end watch, the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th is water resistant up to 100 meters, which makes it great for adventurers that are headed into the water as well.
With scratch resistant sapphire on the face to protect it, there is really nothing more you can ask for from a watch, but this one provides a power reserve of 50 hours as well. If you are looking for a high-end watch that can provide dependability in intense and extreme conditions, this is most certainly one of the best, and most historic options available.
Conor McGregor is an Irish-born professional mixed martial artist who is well known for fighting in the UFC. McGregor is one of only two people in UFC history to win a contest at both the featherweight and welterweight levels. McGregor is a very impressive individual who has carved out a great deal of success for himself at only 28 years old. One thing, in fact, that he is known for is his extensive watch collection. One of the watches he can be seen frequently wearing is the Rolex Sky Dweller.
The Sky Dweller is a beautiful watch put out by Rolex featuring their Oyster Perpetual movement. One of the key selling points of the watch is it’s simplicity. It features several complications, including a date display and a monthly calendar, and has several functions including 24 hour time and a second time zone setting – functions which can by found by adjusting the bezel. However, as beautiful as the Sky Dweller is, it is a $40,000 watch. This puts the watch out of the price range of the average person. Luckily there are plenty of great alternatives!If you’re looking for a watch that achieves the look and feel of the Sky Dweller without the enormous price tag, then we recommend the Citizen Eco Drive Stainless. The watch by Citizen is a Stainless Steel case with a mineral composite crystal and Japanese Quartz movement. While it is a battery powered watch, the battery should last for quite a while and very easily changed.
The best part about the citizen? It comes in at a very reasonable $105.00, making it an affordable alternative to the Sky Dweller. And while there definitely is a notable difference between the two watches, if you’re looking for a quality and affordable watch that captures the feel of the Sky Dweller, this Citizen Eco-Drive won’t let you down.
Omega Seamaster. In the video below he details his “Every Day Carry” items and lists the Omega Seamaster as “one of the most beautiful watches ever made”, and makes mention that it’s James Bond’s watch in Casino Royale.Adam Savage wears an
The Seamaster is a gorgeous and long-running watch by Omega. It’s not an inexpensive watch, but is very affordable for the luxury you get. You can check them out on amazon here, if you’d like to see this model of the Seamaster reviewed, you can check out our run down here.
Chris Kyle wore the Casio G-Shock Military Series. Chris Kyle was a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper with SEAL Group 3. He served 4 tours overseas for the United States and is currently the deadliest sniper in American history with at least 150 kills to his name. Kyle was known in the region as “The Devil of Ramadi”, and known to his comrades in the U.S. armed forces as “The Legend”.
Kyle, and friend Chad Littlefield, were murdered by a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD on February 2nd, 2013. His autobiography, American Sniper, was adapted by Clint Eastwood into a biopic starring Bradley Cooper.
The watches these days are digital in their complications, but analog in their time display. Casio claims the battery life is 2 years, and some even come equipped with Tough Solar chargers to automatically recharge.
G-Shock watches all include automatic atomic clock synchronization, and most will now automatically adjust to whatever timezone you’re located in using radio waves and local sources. The “G” in G-Shock stands for ‘Gravitational’ – the watch was designed in the early 80s to be able to withstand mechanical shock and heavy vibration.
The best part about the G-Shock is that it is incredibly affordable. Brand new 2017 models can be had for around $100, but if you go back a few years you can get a durable, feature rich modern watch for less than Check on Amazon .
Around 2011, several rappers, including Eminem, started wearing the watch and vaulted it into the mainstream consciousness. As such, you can find them in your mall or local jeweler. You can also find some at a pawn shop.
Ellen Degeneres wears a Rolex Daytona. Ellen Degeneres is an American actress, comedian, and television star who gained notoriety for her sitcom Ellen. She was the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television.
Ellen Degeneres was born in Louisiana in 1958. She got her start in local comedy clubs as a stand up comedian before going on to get small movie and television roles. She saw major success with her sitcom Ellen, where she became the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian role on television. There was some controversy with her coming out in 1997, but over the last 20 years she has been celebrated as a hero in the LGBT community. Forbes has Ellen listed as the 51st most powerful female celebrity in the world.
This video of Ellen doing Nicki Minaj’s Ananconda is one of her most popular (and one of my favorites) clips of all time. Watch Ellen’s video now and just try not be infected by her laugh and enthusiasm.
Bubba Watson wears the Richard Mille RM055. Richard Mille is a brand of swiss made luxury watches founded by French businessman Richard Mille (go figure) in 1999 in conjunction with Audemars Piguet.
Gerry “Bubba” Watson is an American Professional golfer and one of the few left handed golfers on the PGA Tour. Watson was raised in Florida where he played golf on his high school team. In 2003 he turned professional and got a spot on the National Tour, and then in 2005 he qualified for the PGA Tour.
The RM055 is a luxury sports watch designed by Richard Mille for Bubba Watson. The watch case is rubberized titanium and features a rubber strap. It is skeletonized, which always makes watches hard to read for me, but that may be your thing. The watch has a scratch and glare resistant Sapphire Crystal and is water resistant to 30 meters. It is an automatic self-winding watch.
John Glenn wore a TAG Heuer Stopwatch 2915A in space. The watch that Glenn wore was made as a stopwatch so that he could record specific intervals of time while in the Friendship 7. The watch itself was manufactured by TAG Heuer to be a stop watch and was the first Swiss Made watch in space. There were no special modifications needed for the watch to function properly in space, though Glenn did have a special elastic band fitted to the watch so it could be worn outside of his space suit.
The original Heuer Reference 2915A is no longer in production as such, but TAG Heuer has released a similar model in the Carrera. The Carrera is a 41.5mm stainless steel watch with an anti-reflective sapphire face. It is rated as waterproofed up to 100m (330 feet). This makes the watch a practical choice for a day at the pool or beach, but unsuitable for diving. If you’re looking to sport a watch with the same spirit and character that John Glenn took into space, you’ll want to pick up the TAG Heuer Carrera.
Grant Cardone also wears the Panerai Luminor Submersible. Panerai is a luxury Swiss watchmaker founded in 1860 in Florence, Italy. “Swiss Made“, in terms of watches, doesn’t necessarily refer to the country of origin, but rather the engine of the watch and it’s movement type. Watches that use Swiss movement techniques can be considered ‘Swiss Made‘. The Luminor Submersible series is a beautiful mechanical, automatic movement watch with a polished steel casing and a brushed steel bezel. The face of the watch has Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 with luminescent dots at 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11. The 3 mark has an automatic changing date display, and the 9 mark has the second hand. The Luminor Submersible comes with a removable black rubber strap, adding to the sporty appeal of the timepiece, and a sapphire crystal face that allows the watch to withstand a pressure of 30 bars – effectively waterproofing the watch to about 300 meters.
No box is complete without two or three Panerai.