Joe Exotic is the main character of the wildly popular, cringe worthy Netflix series "Tiger King".
Spoiler alert - do not continue reading if you aren't comfortable with spoilers. You've been warned.
The watch worn by Joe Exotic throughout the serious played a significant role in the 4th episode. But, before we get there, let's take a minute to bask in Joe's song, "I saw a Tiger". You get several good glimpses of the watch too:
If you've just stumbled across this article and have no idea who the Tiger King is, well, I'm sorry you just had to watch that music video.
Now, let's get you up to speed with the trailer for the Netflix series:
If you're like me, you binged Tiger King in 24 hours and now left wondering what the hell is happening with all the big cats in the US and how did it get that way?
Anyway, let's get to the watch worn by Joe.
In response to "that bitch Carole" demanding Joe's watch as part of the $1M settlement, Joe decided to strap it to a tree with explosives and blow the watch up. I have to admit this was one of my favorite parts of the series. It just seemed so senseless, but perfectly in tune with Joe's personality.
Joe appears to have owned a watch that payed homage to a Chanel J12.
It's a little difficult to read the exact brand, but given the Chanel J12 in ceramic costs around $5K, I find it unlikely that Joe would be willing to blow it up.
Joe's reckless, but surely he'd sell a $5K watch rather than blow it up? I mean, $5K is the amount he allegedly paid for the hit on Carole and is also the amount he sells tiger cubs for.
So, it's very unlikely it's a Chanel J12 original, but what is it?
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Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher, turned master crystal meth maker in the wildly popular 5 season AMC series Breaking Bad. Played by Bryan Cranston, Walter turns to drug manufacturing once he learns he has cancer and needs the money to pay for treatment and to provide for his struggling family.
Full of resentment for previous failures such as selling his share in a company he helped found for a measly $5,000 and finding it hard to get ahead and live the American dream, Walter’s morality can be questioned when he starts to make decisions based on pure greed long after he’s successfully fulfilled his original, relatively modest financial goals.
The shift towards the darker side throughout the seasons is part of the reason this series has proven to be so gripping, winning critical acclaim and numerous Emmy awards.
The Casio CA53W makes an early appearance, featuring prominently in the second episode of the first season in a car scene with Jesse Pinkman (see image above). This is perhaps the exact type of watch you’d expect from a no-frills chemistry teacher that values practicality above all else.
The Casio CA53W is a bit of a cult classic, but given Walter’s straight-forward approach to life at the beginning of the series, it’s pretty clear he wears this watch mainly as a practical tool.
Walter is given a Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph as a gift for his 51st birthday by Jesse during the 4th episode in season 5. Jesse hands the watch to Walter whilst he is in a car, complete with the gift box. Walter later uses the watch as a symbol of trust during a one-sided conversation with a despondent Skyler:
“I want to show you something. See that watch. It was a birthday present. The person who gave me this present wanted me dead too. Not that long ago, he pointed a gun right between my eyes right here and he threatened to kill me. He changed his mind about me Skyler, and so will you.”
The last scene of the episode features Walter taking off the watch and leaving it on the bedside table as he undresses and goes to bed. The scene exits with an extreme close up of one of the dials showing the seconds ticking with a distinct ticking sound. It’s all rather ominous, with the watch playing a key role the sense that time is running out for something…
The Tag Heuer Monaco is a very iconic watch, with this particular model bearing a close resemblance with the watch worn by actor and racer Steve McQueen in the 1971 film La Mans.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a popular US sitcom that spices up the regular “cop-show” format with easy watching humor led by Andy Sandberg’s character Jake Peralta. Jake’s good, but often naive intentions land him and his precinct in difficult, and humorous, situations. The show has received praise (and awards) for the way they blend current social issues into the story line, such as the Captain Holt’s sexuality.
Terry Crews plays Terry Jeffords, a Detective Sergeant with a hard-ass appearance, but has recently become well acquainted with his softer side after being taken off field duty following the birth of his twin daughters. Terry has an annoying habit of referring to himself in the third person, but this gentle giant makes up for it with his leadership and support of his team through thick and thin.Terry wears a Luminox Navy Seal Colormark throughout the series. Given his bulky, muscular stature, and need to be ready for whatever life as a cop throws at him, the Luminox Navy Seal is a solid choice. With Swiss quartz movement, this watch features a black dial, black unidirectional bezel with white contrasting bezel markers, white hour markers and date displayed at 3 o’clock. The 200m water resistance is rather expected given the “Navy Seal” model, and whilst I can’t recall an episode where Terry needs to hunt any criminals underwater, he can if duty calls!
I need to eat 10,000 calories a day to maintain muscle mass!
Terry Jeffords, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Check out some of Terry’s finer moments in the mashup below:
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.
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