What Watch Does Jake Gyllenhaal Wear in Nightcrawler?

Last Updated: August 10, 2020
Written by Andre Wallace

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, the super creepy, yet highly motivated wannabe cameraman in the film 2014 film, Nightcrawler.

Here's a primer in case it's been a while since you've seen it. You get some good teases of the watch Jake wears too:

Jake Gyllenhaal's watch plays an intriguing role throughout the movie. Nightcrawler's opening scene has Jake near a train yard where he is questioned by a security guard. At this point, we have no idea about Lou's narcissistic personality and are waiting for this interaction to get a feeling about this character.

Well, we don't have to wait for long as Jake takes one look at the security guard's watch, and his focus immediately changes as he seizes the opportunity to beat the security guard and steal his watch.

In the next scene, Jake is seen in his car admiring the watch from various angles. The security guard has bigger wrists than Jake, which is very evident from the way the watch dangles around Jake's wrist. It's clearly too big for him, but he continues to wear the watch throughout the movie.

We get persistent shots of the watch throughout the movie. But, given that most of the scenes take place at night, it's quite hard to get a great quality close-up of the watch in question.

The best glimpse of the watch is actually at the start when it's on the wrist of the guard just prior to Jake stealing it. I had to play with the lighting a little to make out the markings a bit better, so apologies for the photo quality.

Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler Watch
Images: Bold Films

Do these images give it away? You can clearly see some distinguishing features in the left image.

Jake Gyllenhaal wears a Breitling Chronomat in Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler Breitling Chronomat
Images: Bold Films

The watch Jake stole from the security guard and wears throughout the film is a Breitling Chronomat. This watch slides all over his wrist throughout the film as it's too big for him and he clearly hasn't got time in his busy 'self-improvement' schedule to visit a jeweler to have some links taken out.

Now, I have to admit this movie infuriated me because of this watch. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie as a whole and I'm a big fan of Breitling's Chronomat. But...

Why didn't Jake pawn the Breitling Chronomat?

Lou Bloom Nightcrawler Breitling Chronomat
Images: Bold Films

It's tempting to just say that Jake not selling the Chronomat was another Hollywood oversight. I would disagree. This watch doesn't seem like just a piece of stage dressing. Some have argued the watch contains very significant meaning.

What puzzles me is this. Right after Jake steals the watch, he takes his other stolen materials like metal fencing and man-hole covers to a manager at a scrap metal company. He wants to sell them but the manager doesn't want to deal with thieves like Jake. The manager eventually gives in and buys Jake's stolen wares.

Later, Jake finances his camcorder and police radio by selling a stolen bike to a pawn shop. Throughout this transaction, Jake uses his best bullshit to sell the fancy racing bike.

It's clear that Jake:

  1. Knows the watch has value. He deliberately and immediately beat up the security guard after seeing it.
  2. Is a very confident seller who knows how to find buyers.

So, my question is this. Why risk stealing a bike in broad daylight when he could have pawned the watch on his wrist for more than he would get with the bike?

Perhaps he liked carrying around the expensive watch as a trophy of his previous criminal activities? Or maybe he just likes to flash it around like his fancy new Dodge Challenger SRT8?

Honestly, I don't know. I spent the entire movie trying to figure it out.

Jake Gyllenhaal Bio Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom

Nighcrawler
"Good people, who reach the top of the mountain didn't just fall there."

Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV

The Breitling Chronomat worn by Jake appears to be the Evolution A13356.

We're big fans of the Breitling Chronomat for its iconic design and its place in history. The first Chronomat was born in Switzerland in 1941. It was the first Breitling with a slide rule bezel - a feature now commonly associated with the Breitling Navitimer. 

This version of the Chronomat, the Evolution or 'Evo' was produced from 2004-2007 and was part of a comeback for Breitling where they spent their time redefining and improving on previous designs.

The Evolution A13356 features a tachymeter and chronograph controlled by two buttons. Also with three sub-dials and a date complication at 3 o'clock. 

The movement is controlled by an in-house Breitling 13 with 42 hours power reserve. 

Jake wore the stainless steel version, but you can also find it in 18kt gold. Breitling's watches have found a resurgence in popularity over recent times with celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld favoring them. 

Now, we don't recommend acquiring your Chronomat by mugging a security guard. But, you can always find an Evo second hand or go with a brand new Breitling Chronomat

Specifications

  • Movement: Automatic (Breitling 13)
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Case size: 43.7mm
  • Band material: Stainless Steel
  • Water resistance: 300m

Features

  • Unidirectional diver's bezel
  • Chronograph
  • 3 sub-dials
  • Date at 3 o'clock
  • Screw locked crown

Pros

  • Sophisticated, but not overly busy dial
  • Genuine dive functionality
  • Flagship Breitling offering is loved by many
  • Won't turn you into a crazed cameraman... 

Cons

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