Arnold Schwarzenegger has been talking about creating his own line of watches for some time. He got very close in 2015, with a partnership with the Magnum Group, but has so far yet to deliver.
Schwarzenegger's early movie triumphs of the mid 1980's are mostly associated with his Seiko H558-5000. But, nowadays he's most often seen wearing his Panerai Luminor and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian born actor, writer, bodybuilder, 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 bodybuilder 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 around $5K, this watch is not for everyone. But it is worth every penny for those that do buy it.
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Arnie's Seiko Diver was certainly his favorite watch when he break out as an action star in the mid 1980's. He wore it in numerous classics such as Commando, Predator and Running Man.
The dual analog-digital diver has a 45 mm face (or 49mm including the crown). Arnie has confessed he can't wear watches less than 45mm as they just look too small on him.
But, unless you've spent most of your life in the gym like Arnie, then chances are a 45mm is on the bigger side for your wrists. So, make sure you're comfortable with the size before purchasing an Arnie Seiko.
You can find a pre-owned Seiko Arnie Diver H558-5000 on Ebay, or you can opt for a new re-release, the Seiko Prospex Solar SNJ025.
The modern Arnie Seiko diver pays a very respectful tribute to the original with its large size, Ana-Digi display, bold black uni-directional bezel and polished lugs.
They've actually increased the diameter from 45mm to 47.9mm and thickness has also increased a little. The other main differences are:
- The inclusion of a 24 hour ring instead of a depth meter inside the bezel. This is more practical so it's a positive change.
- Solar-powered quartz instead of battery operated quartz. Clearly the same solar technology wasn't around during the mid 1980's.
- Some markings have changed from yellow/orange to red/orange. The newer text is more legible.
A nice feature of the new Arnie is the 6-month power reserve. Meaning it can sit in your drawer away from the light for up to 6 months without issue.
Overall, the Arnie Seiko SNJ025 is a faithful re-release of an iconic diver that is treasured by many. With this on your wrist, you'll always be able to 'get to the chopper!' on time.