So, you’re checking out a new addition to your watch collection and the model comes in both titanium and stainless steel. Or the model is more high end and only comes in titanium, and you’re wondering whether it’s worth the 20% price increase compared to the non-titanium model? Valid questions that I’ve also pondered, so here’s my thoughts on titanium vs stainless steel.
Spoiler alert for high end watches- it’s complicated when it comes to material used in expensive watches. This is especially true when patents and specialized coatings are used by the manufacturer.
I recommend basing your purchase on aesthetics rather than quality of material as there aren’t many general rules that will apply in all circumstances.
The pros and cons of each titanium vs stainless steel are summarised below:
HIGHER CORROSION RESISTANCE
DOESN'T IRRITATE SKIN
Great for larger watches
SCRATCHES MORE VISIBLE
LOWER CORROSION RESISTANCE
CAN IRRITATE SKIN
larger watches can be heavy
SCRATCHES LESS VISIBLE
Do you like a heavy or a light watch? To many that is the deciding factor on whether to fork out extra for a titanium watch. One of the key benefits of titanium as a material is that it has a high strength-to-weight ratio. This means that a titanium watch can be lighter than it’s stainless steel cousin, but remain very strong.
If considering a smaller watch (ie less than 41mm), the light weight and feel of titanium can be a turn-off as it can make the watch “feel cheap”. If this is you, then stick to stainless steel. There is little to be gained from the extra price.
If you’re more comfortable wearing a lighter watch, or considering purchasing a larger watch (say 42mm or more), than titanium may very well be what you’re after.
There is a healthy debate around whether titanium does actually scratch more. If comparing the main type of stainless steel used in watches; 316L, to the most common titanium used in watches; Grade 5 (or Ti-6Al-4V), then titanium is indeed harder and should therefore scratch less.
But, the downside of titanium is that when scratches do occur, the oxidation properties of titanium kick in and form a new layer, making the scratch appear a different color to the rest of the material and therefore scratches are more visible. The good news is that these small scratches can generally be buffed out.
Titanium’s superb corrosion resistance properties make it a clear winner on this front. This is especially true if you’re thinking about getting a quality dive watch or even if you plan to wear it during activities where you’re likely to sweat.
Stainless steel watches can react to the skin if you have a nickel allergy. Titanium has no nickel and therefore won’t irritate the skin the same way. Titanium is often used in medical devices partly because the body doesn’t react to it. If you know you have sensitive skin, then a titanium model may be a great investment.
Titanium is more expensive to produce as it requires a lot of energy during manufacturing using the Kroll Process and is much more difficult to work with than stainless steel. One of the main issues with producing products out of titanium is the tools used to machine it have a short lifespan before needing to be replaced.
So whilst titanium may be a superior material in many regards, it’s not scarcity like gold or diamonds that influences price the most. The difference mostly comes from the increase in cost required to produce the alloy and machine the watch case (or bracelet).
Shallow as it may be, unless you have a real need for titanium, then it really just comes down to good old fashioned aesthetics. Do you prefer the dulled grey look of titanium or the shiny classic metallic look of stainless steel? It really doesn’t need to be more complicated than this for most people. If you like the look of titanium and are happy to pay a little more because it’s worth it to you, then by all means go grab a titanium watch and add it to your collection.
We’ve singled out the Citizen Eco-drive because we like this watch and it has both titanium and stainless steel variants. Note, the titanium version has a blue ion coating, which makes the titanium pop a little more and reduces the dullish look that can be associated with titanium. This is indicative of many different treatments that manufacturers apply, making it very difficult to compare apples with apples based on raw material quality alone.
Citizen Eco Drive
Citizen Eco Drive
We remember seeing Denzel Washington wearing a Suunto Core Ultimate Black in the first installment of The Equalizer. But there has been some heated controversy over whether the watch he wears in the second movie is actually the same model.In the Equalizer 2, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall (Denzel) comes back to deliver the vigilante justice expected. This time, however, McCall’s past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer — his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who’ll stop at nothing to destroy him.
We get to see him using his stopwatch to check how long to complete his kills as he does in the original. Upon closer inspection, it does indeed look like the same trusty watch he used in the first movie – the Suunto Core Ultimate Black. However, the stopwatch feature of Denzel’s watch looks different from the original Suunto. Here is a nice video that explains the differences between the original version and the one shown in the movie.
The watch itself is made to keep pace with a very energetic lifestyle. It features an array of gadgets perfect for those of us that are in the military, are super active, or have secret aspirations to stop assassins… The built in compass, depth measurement, altimeter & barometer will all come in handy during your (and my) next secret mission. The sleek black design camouflages well with most surroundings (other colors are also available). We certainly think it’s one of the better digital watches available today. So, despite the controversies over whether the stopwatch feature does actually belong to the Suunto Core or whether it’s digitally enhanced, we still think the Suunto Core Ultimate Black is a great option to consider for your next athletic watch. Vigilant justice is optional!!
Elvis Presly (@elvis) was a much loved American singer and actor. The “King of Rock and Roll” has been credited by Rolling Stone as ‘single-handedly changed the course of music and culture in the mid-1950s’ . His voice, presence, dancing, clothing and sleek good looks allowed him to reach heights no artist had before him.
Given his impeccable style, it’s not surprising that Elvis held a strong appreciation for watches, boasting an impressive collection, and often using watches as a vehicle for appreciation. There are numerous witness accounts of him giving away watches as presents.
Whilst not an exhaustive list, the below gives you a good overview of the types of watches Elvis adored.
This watch made headlines in 2018 when it sold at auction for $1.8 Milliion – a record for an Omega watch. The watch was a gift to Elvis from his record company, RCA Records, for selling 75 million records. The story goes that Elvis swapped this watch to the seller’s uncle after the uncle expressed admiration for the King’s Tiffany Omega. Elvis, being the generous soul he was, offered to swap it for the uncle’s diamond studded Hamilton.
The watch is an 18K white gold Omega with 44 round cut diamonds on the bezel, Tiffany & Co stamped on the dial, 33mm case and is powered by a manual caliber 510 movement. Engraved on the back is “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60.”
It was not out of pure chivalry that Elvis swapped his Tiffany Omega for a Hamilton. He was really quite fond of the asymmetrical design. Most notably wearing a Hamilton Ventura in the 1961 film, Blue Hawaii. Elvis reportedly owned several Hamilton’s and even gave some away as presents.
Hamilton watches have a polarizing history – you either love the design, or you don’t. The early success of the Ventura has been largely attributed to it being the first battery powered watch that the public was able to afford and the futuristic design by Richard Arbib. Hamilton re-released the Ventura in 2017 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the initial 1957 release. The new Classic Ventura features a case with dimensions 32.3mm x 50.3mm, quartz movement and a leather strap. Given the relative affordability of the Hamilton Ventura, this watch is within reach for most Elvis fans.Check out the Hamilton Ventura on Amazon
Elvis was clearly an Omega fan, with the Omega Constellation also featuring prominently during the years he served for the US Army. He was stationed in Germany with friend, and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Charlie Hodge from 1958 to 1960. Charlie often praised and commented Presley on the watch, leading to Presley eventually giving the watch to Charlie as a present. The watch was auctioned in 2012, fetching $52,500.The watch itself is an Omega Constellation with a black face, “sniper” dial with gold dauphine hands, and gold capping showing the date at 3 o’clock with raised indices and a stainless steel caseback. Movement is controlled by a Cal. 504 manual winding chronometer.
Whilst the King’s Omega Constellation probably won’t be coming up for auction again anytime soon, Omega still makes the Constellation if you share similar tastes to Elvis and want to own one yourself.
Elvis was a true watch aficionado with tastes ranging through all price points. On the more exclusive end was his collection of Rolex’s, including the Rolex Submariner “Big Crown” worn in the 1962 movie Girls, Girls, Girls. There’s numerous scenes in the movie where he proudly sports the Rolex Submariner 6538 “Big Crown”, as shown in the image above. Coincidentally, this watch became famous for being the watch that Sean Connery wore in the first Bond film, Dr No, which also came out in 1962. It’s fitting that such a revered pop icon chose to wear a watch that would also go on to become an icon in its own right.
As the nickname suggests, the watch features an over sized winding crown without any crown guards. Controlled by Rolex’s Calibre 1030 movement, the early Submariner’s dial focuses on simplicity, as they don’t have day or date functions as these only came in later models (1960 onwards).We aren’t sure what happened to Elvis’s Submariner. Given how popular the “Big Crown” is with watch collectors anyway, adding certified Elvis ownership would certainly have this watch fetching big money at auctions – perhaps even rivaling the $1.8M of the Tiffany Omega. If you want your own Girls, Girls, Girls watch, you can always invest in a modern Rolex Submariner, or for something more affordable, a Casio MDV106-1A is a solid, practical option.
The very popular and talented actor Kit Harington has displayed his style by wearing Jaeger LeCoultre Automatic Stainless Steel Men’s Watch Q1338421.
Christopher Catesby Harington, famously known to the world as Kit Harington, is an English actor from London. Kit graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London in 2008. His career had a fantabulous beginning through the smash hit television series, Game of Thrones in 2011. His name may be Kit Harington, but almost everyone knows him as Jon Snow, the role that he portrays in the show.
Jon Snow is a fictional character with a powerful story line. Game of Thrones continues to receive near universal appreciation and highly positive reviews because of its thrilling, entertaining and tense plot line.
One of my favorite Jon Snow scenes is below – this “King of the North” speech drives shivers up my spine and almost makes me want to to pick up a sword and join the Night’s Watch myself!
Ever since its premiered, GOT has had a successful run with each of its seasons providing unique and captivating story twists. Kit Harington has received many accolades for his performance in the series. The show has also helped him to earn critical acclaim and a massive fan base across the world. He is the proud recipient of the Gold Derby TV awards for Best Drama Supporting Actor for his performance in Game of Thrones. He became one of the highest paid actors in a television series in 2017. He has also featured in several films – you can find more about Kit Harington at IMDB.
Looks aside, this watch packs a strong feature set to provide serious performance. It is water resistant up to 50 meters, and very light weight at just 1.1 lbs. The Swiss made watch flaunts a 43-hour power reserve. It is stylish and sleek with a case diameter of 41mm, case thickness of 7.5 mm and bandwidth of 18 mm. The watch has an automatic movement and ialso contains a deployment buckle.
Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Automatic Stainless Steel Mens Watch Q1338421 comes with an ultra sleek design combined with an aesthetically pleasing appearance that captures the attention of admirers. It’s authentically elegant, with high-quality alligator patterned leather for the strap, silver sunray dial, fixed stainless steel bezel, and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal make the watch worth considering even if you’re not the Prince of Dragonstone.
So you’ve decided to buy a luxury watch (or maybe even just a really nice watch, like an Omega). You’ve immediately got a problem. That problem is that the watch market is absolutely flooded with counterfeits. When you’re spending pocket change on a cheap timepiece, getting burned by a fake Timex isn’t such a big deal. When you’re instead spending several large denominations on a classy, pricey watch, you’re going to feel a deep ache in your wallet when you end up with a cheaply made clone.
So how do you buy a nice watch, something that’s going to set you back by more money than you’re comfortable just throwing away, without getting ripped off? Is the guy at the pawn shop giving you a deal that’s too good to be true? Is there any reason to believe that street vendor is offering the genuine article? Obviously, common sense plays a part, but there are a few general ideas to keep in mind when you’re evaluating a prospective purchase. While following these tips by no means guarantees that you’ll go home with a quality Rolex or Omega, they at least increase your odds of passing up an obvious scam.
It’s difficult to know how heavy a good watch should feel if you’ve never handled one. By comparison, though, a well-made, high-end watch will be heavy compared not just to less expensive watches, but particularly compared to copies of the same timepiece. Counterfeits are cheaply made of cheap materials. What those cheap materials have in common is that they weigh less. When comparing a copy to the genuine article, a real timepiece will be heavy. It will feel solid. A cheaply made counterfeit will break in normal use (and sometimes even when sitting unused). Counterfeits will often feel flimsy and light.
Again, it’s difficult to know what the watch should be made of if you’ve never seen or handled the genuine article. Don’t buy a Rolex from a guy on the sidewalk if you’ve never looked at or felt the real thing. How difficult is it, after all, to stop by your jeweler and handle some examples of the watch you’re interested in buying? Armed with a good feel for how such a watch is made, examine your prospective purchase and see how it is built. Is it stainless steel or gold where it should be? Are plastics and lesser metals substituted to produce a cheaper overall product?
Little details like engravings are one of the hardest things to get right because they require extremely fine attention to nuance. Counterfeits typically will omit those details, or get them wrong outright. Sometimes this is because the watch has been produced quickly and cheaply. Other times it is because the counterfeiter lacks the precision equipment used by the genuine manufacturer. Examine your prospective purchase with an eye for these small touches. Are the proper brand engravings in the right places? Do they look clean and sharp? A well made watch will not just exhibit good fit and finish; it will also have engravings that are properly executed and exactly positioned.
Not all watches produce sound, obviously, but a mechanical or self-winding watch definitely will. You should be able to hear these mechanisms. The sound of the watch should be clear, distinct, and regular. The expression, “like clockwork” exists for a reason. If your watch sounds irregular, if the sound of the movement is not crisp and clear, there’s a problem. A cheap counterfeit may sound weak or muffled. Some counterfeits produce no sound at all because they contain a powered quartz movement, rather than the self-winding or mechanical movement expected.
Does your watch come with documentation? Real high-end watches come with paperwork. These include, but are not necessarily limited to, certificates of authenticity. Now anyone can produce a document that proclaims a watch authentic, but examine the document carefully. Does the paperwork contain a serial number? Does that serial number match the one on your watch? Does the paperwork itself appear to have been printed professionally? Cheaply photocopied documentation, sometimes reproduced from the genuine article, will be included with fakes.
The issue of pricing is complicated. Genuine high-end watches are genuinely expensive, but pricing is also a method of establishing value from a marketing perspective. It may be possible to secure a high-end watch for less than the retail price you’d pay at, say, a jewelry store. This is not, in itself, an indication you are buying a fake. If the price is too low, however — if the deal simply is too good to be true — there are only two explanations. One is that the watch is genuine, but stolen. The other and far more common reason is that the watch is fake and cost nothing near the asking price to produce. You aren’t going to buy a $10,000 Rolex for $300 bucks unless the watch is fake — or unless it’s hotter than the deal.
On real watches, space is at a premium. Everything has a purpose. There is no room on a high-end watch for pushers that do nothing. Counterfeit watches may have features that are purely cosmetic — features the manufacturer of the fake was too cheap, or too poorly skilled, to reproduce. In those cases the counterfeiter simply crafts something that looks right but does nothing. This is a clear indication that the watch you’re examining is not real.
We mentioned Bolex and Rolox before. Typographical error are sometimes deliberate and sometimes “honest” mistakes. Broken spellings are not at all uncommon among counterfeiters, who often don’t understand the language they are reproducing. (Deliberately creating a lookalike watch with an almost-but-not-quite name is one way to work around laws against counterfeiting. You aren’t counterfeiting Omegas if your company’s brand is Trimega, after all, but you’re hoping someone will be fooled nonetheless.) Unintended typos are a dead giveaway. It’s doubtful that the nice folks at Patek Philippe will misspell their company’s name.
A high-end watch will be manufactured to stand the test of time. They will be well-made and durable. This extends to the logos included on the watch. Are they simply glued on? Or are they pressed into the watch with an eye for quality? How accurately are the logos pressed or stamped? They will never be crooked. If the logo on your watch is muddy, held on with adhesive, crooked, or otherwise detracts from the quality of the watch, the timepiece is counterfeit.
Sapphire is used as a watch crystal because it is strong and beautiful. It is the second strongest jewel on the Mohs mineral hardness scale (after diamond, it is ranked “9,” tying with rubies). Prized for its aesthetics as well as its durability, a fine watch typically has a sapphire crystal rather than one made of Plexiglas or ordinary glass (in watch parlance, “mineral glass”). Some crystals are synthetic sapphire (the result of using high temperatures to crystalize aluminum oxide). Others are composites, such as mineral glass with synthetic sapphire coating. Mineral glass and synthetic sapphires aren’t tinted. Real sapphire crystals have a very specific tint to them.
Complications are any feature on the watch that does not include the time. This includes things like the date window as well as any of the other fancy features a watch might include, such moon phase and so on. When shopping for a name-brand, high-end watch, familiarize yourself with the complications offered. Does your prospective purchase have all of the correct complications in the correct locations? The Rolex Datejust, for example, has exactly one complication at the 3 o’clock. A seller trying to pass off a counterfeit might not know that. The copy might have other complications that should not be on the watch, or the watch might be lacking the complication it is supposed to have.
The band is often overlooked by shoppers who are focused on the watch itself. A counterfeit might be close to perfect, cosmetically, until you examine the band. That inspection might point to something very much amiss. Take a look at the band compared to what the genuine manufacturer offers. Is the logo correct? Is the name right? Are these in the right places? Does anything look “off” or otherwise cheap? A well-made counterfeit might almost pass muster until the counterfeiter “cheaps out” on the band, assuming that any band that looks vaguely correct is good enough.
This is an important factor because the serial number traces back to the manufacturer. Do all of the serial numbers, inside and out, match? Do they match the certificate of authenticity? Even if all these numbers match each other, are the numbers plausibly interpretable as serial numbers for that specific manufacturer? How are the serial numbers placed on the watch? Genuine Rolexes have serial numbers that are engraved, not acid-etched, as acid-etching is much cheaper. Does the seller offer more than one of the same watch? Check to make sure the serial numbers on each watch are not identical. Counterfeiters frequently don’t bother to vary the numbers from watch to watch, producing instead identical copies.
A fine watchmaker would never release a watch that has fingerprints inside the casing or on the engine. A counterfeiter is much less meticulous. If you see evidence of fingerprints inside the watch, this means the watch is either counterfeit or has been tampered with. Either way, you don’t want to risk paying premium watch prices for something that exhibits this level of disregard for the product.
Check the winding crown. Is it functional? Is it in the right place? If it should have a logo, does it? If the answer to any of these questions is no, you are probably dealing with a counterfeit. Especially if the watch has a simple quartz movement instead of the mechanical mechanism it is supposed to have, the winding crown won’t function as it is supposed to.
This may be the best indicator of a possible counterfeit, regardless of the condition of the watch itself. High-end watches typically will be offered by legitimate, reputable sellers who can afford the cost of buying and selling premium timepieces. Where, exactly, are you buying your watch? The fellow at the flea market probably isn’t offering a genuine Audemars Piguet, even if the price is on par with what you would expect to pay. (We’ve already discussed the fact that an astonishingly low price probably points to a fake.) Sketchy Internet sellers, especially those already known for purveying fakes, should be avoided at all costs, and not just because you can’t handle the watch ahead of time. The pictures they show you could be of a perfectly genuine watch, for which a fake is substituted when your order ships.
You don’t need to buy an expensive watch. There are plenty of perfectly serviceable watches at lower prices. Once you have experienced a quality, name-brand watch, however, you will have trouble turning back. Premium watches are compelling in a way that few personal accessories are. They are constant companions, worn on your wrist and awaiting your gaze throughout the day and into the night. A watch is probably the accessory you will use most once you don it. This makes it unique among the pantheon of gadgets and gear that human beings choose to carry with them.
In modern society, each of us has a smartphone in our pockets. It can be argued that wristwatches are an affectation, unnecessary to modern life. But what is personal style if not affected? There is a joy, a genuine enjoyment, that can be taken in a quality timepiece. The feel of a high-end watch, the fit and finish, the pleasure it gives when one reads its face… these are abstract benefits, yes. To the discerning watch owner, however, they are also undeniable. For those who wear watches, choosing finally to buy a high-end timepiece is the inevitable — and inevitably correct — choice.
Not only does a police officer’s watch need to be durable and waterproof, it needs to be comfortable and very easy to read, quickly.
After consulting with some friends of mine who are cops, one watch in particular kept coming up as a particular favorite. Enter Luminox’s Navy Seal Colormark 3050 Series.
When the United States’ Department of The Navy was looking for a new watch to outfit their special warfighters, they turned to Luminox to create a watch that was durable, comfortable, light weight, and – most importantly – able to be read easily in any condition, including under water and in low light.
Luminox answered the call with their Navy Seal Colormark 3050 Series, a watch famous for using tritium inserts, instead of phosphorescent inserts. The difference being tritium is a radioactive isotope that slowly decays over time.
As the tritium decays, it releases electrons that interact with the phosphorus coating of the inserts, exciting them on a molecular level and causing a bright luminescence.
This enables the watch to be easily read in a number of circumstances including under water and in total darkness. And the luminescence of the watch is not predicated on it “charging” in the sunlight, absorbing natural radiation to re-release, because it has its own radiation source.
The watch also has other features that a police officer may find useful, such as an easy to spot date display at the 3 o’clock position and large Arabic numerals for easy reading, and a unidirectional rotating bezel.
The Luminox Navy Seal Colormark has a protected winding crown and runs on a quartz movement – so it does require a battery to operate the engine of the watch.
It is waterproof to 200 meters (660 feet, 20 BAR) so it is safe for swimming and diving despite the screw-on case back (which is sealed with durable gaskets. The case of the watch is a unique carbon compound that is 44mm in diameter, making it both light and durable.
The watch’s strap is a thick silicone rubber – comfortable strap for the wearer that can also stand up to some abuse. The crystal is a tough mineral compound to strike a balance between durability and affordability.
Not a big fan of the Luminox Navy Seal Colormark? We’ve included 4 other options in our article Best Watches for Law Enforcement Officers.
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 $5,197.01, this watch is not for everyone. But it is worth every penny for those that do buy it.
TAG Heuer Link Chronograph in The Bourne Quadrilogy.Jason Bourne (Played by Matt Damon) wears a
Jason Bourne is the main protagonist in a series of novels written originally by Robert Ludlum, and then continued on Eric Van Lustbader on the event of Mr. Ludlum’s death.
In 2002 the first of the Jason Bourne novels – The Bourne Identity – was adapted to a featured film bearing the same name and staring Matt Damon as the titular anti-hero Jason Bourne. Bourne is the pseudonym of secret Treadstone agent David Webb, who suffers from a bout of amnesia and must work quickly to piece his life together.
After falling off the grid and losing his memory, Agent Webb loses contact with the CIA and his handler in the Treadstone program. They – incorrectly – assume that he has betrayed his country and send men after him. Webb himself thinks he is his cover identity – Jason Bourne – and doesn’t understand why people are after him.
Once he learns of his real identity and the massive overreach of the Treadstone program and the CIA, Bourne spends the rest of the series attempting to dismantle the agency, who in turn tries to destroy him.
Starting in that film and moving through the original trilogy (The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, & Ultimatum) and the latest fifth installment (Jason Bourne), Damon is seen wearing the same TAG Heuer Link Chronograph. Whilst Tag have never publicly endorsed or acknowledged the model used, it is believed the exact model worn by Bourne is the Tag Heuer Link CT1111.BA0550, which was only in production for a couple of years (circa 2001) and is regularly hunted down by watch collectors and Bourne fans alike, making this model of the Link difficult to find.
The TAG Heuer Link Chronograph is a clean, professional watch put out by the TAG Heuer company that looks to stack up against watches like the Omega Seamaster. The Link Chronograph features a 42mm stainless steel case and stainless band with a uniquely molded link, giving the watch a signature look.
The entire watch is stainless steel silver with a black face and silver lettering. The TAG Heuer logo is located at the twelve o’clock position. As the name states, it is a chronograph watch with chronograph functions. The chronographic complications include a twelve hour, sixty second, and 1/10th of a second hands located at the 10 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 2 o’clock positions, respectively.
The watch also features an easy to read date complication between the 4 and 5 positions. All of the hour markers are silver ticks with luminescent dots above them, and smaller luminescent ticks that serve as minute markers. The bezel is unidirectional with a luminescent dot at the top position.
The Link Chronograph has a sapphire crystal that is glare and scratch resistant for easy reading and runs on a swiss quartz engine – so it will require a battery, but won’t lose time like an automatic watch.
The TAG Heuer Link Chronograph that Jason Bourne wears is rated water resistance at a depth of 20 BAR/200Meters – or 660 feet. It is rated for recreational scuba use and should be just fine to take swimming.
All in all, the TAG Heuer Link Chronograph is an impressive watch fit for use by impressive individuals such as Jason Bourne – and you! And coming in at $2,485.00 it is about a third of the price you’d pay for a Bond watch!
The below scene of Jason escaping the embassy in the Bourne Identity is one of the best scenes to checkout the Tag Link in action!
The films center around retired assassin John Wick – who just wants to be left alone after his wife dies, but keeps getting drawn back into the seedy underworld of assassins. The films take places within 4 days of each other, according to the writers and directors, and really tell one long story.
After Wick’s wife dies, he is given a puppy to keep him company. Between that and his car, he has enough to at least keep him occupied. That is, until some thugs steal his car and kill his dog. Wick goes on a rampage destroying a Russian mob boss and his entire family in revenge. In Chapter 2, word of John’s rampage gets around and causes some folks to come knocking, forcing him to pick up his guns again and shoot his way back to retirement.
In the movies, Wick is seen wearing a $8,695.00 . Carl F. Bucherer is a Swiss watch maker that is based in Lucerne and was founded in 1888. The Manero AutoDate is a beautiful brushed 18 karat rose gold watch with a 42mm case and a sapphire crystal.
This luxurious watch features the Carl F. Bucherer logo at the 12 o’clock position, and a date complication at the 3 o’clock position. The hands and indices are all made out of rose gold, with the hands having the distinction of being luminescent. The watch also features luminescent dot markers at each of the hour indices.
Because the watch features a self winding automatic engine (CFB 1950 caliber movement), the second hand sweeps the face instead of ticking. The watch is able to carry a reserve power of 38 hours, and is water resistant to 3 atmospheres (about 30 meters, or 100 feet).
The crystal sapphire is scratch resistant and comes with an anti-reflective coating on both sides to help cut out the glare during day use, making the watch easy and comfortable to read.
The strap is brown alligator leather with a rose gold pin and buckle. This beautiful watch is classy, stylish, and perfect for any assassin looking to leave an impression. This watch can be purchased on Amazon for $8,695.00 , and shipped directly to you, so you don’t need to go on a murderous rampage just to get one!
We know the dog scene is heartbreaking, so we loved seeing the dog get his revenge in the parody “Dog Wick” shown below. Go doggo!
Ernest Hemingway wore a Rolex Oyster Perpetual.
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 (or “Oystersteel”) 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.
Hemingway admired the Rolex Oyster Perpetual so much that it found its way into his novel Across the River and Into the Trees when he compared the watch to the human heart:
“Do you think it breaks for me? If so, I would come and simply be with you and care for you.”
“It’s just a muscle,” the Colonel said. “Only it is the main muscle. It works as perfectly as a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The trouble is you cannot send it to the Rolex representative when it goes wrong. When it stops, you just do not know the time. You’re dead.”
Here Hemingway is equating the accuracy of an Oyster Perpetual to the human heart. But in the case of a Rolex, it can be fixed if it needs to be repaired. This was not a product placement, Hemingway had a genuine fondness for Rolexes and wasn’t afraid to show it.
The Oyster Perpetual is Rolex’s entry level model. Its classic design doesn’t come with features such as date or day and comes exclusively in stainless steel. This is a great watch if you’re thinking of entering into the world of Rolex.
The modern day 36mm Oyster has the following specs:
Ernest Hemingway has also been spotted wearing a Rolex Bubbleback. The Bubbleback was the pre-cursor to the Oyster Perpetual, and was one of the first automatic watches available when it launched in 1933. Getting its name from its distinctive protruding “bubbleback” case, Rolex decided to house the large auto-rotor movement in a larger case rather than increase the watch’s overall size.
Hemingway’s Bubbleback probably dates from the late 1940’s.
While he was most commonly seen wearing his Rolexes, he 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.