#FieldNotes – Watches in Movies – Robert Redford and Seiko’s SKX009

Hello and welcome to another edition of #FieldNotes on Chonomatick. I am Max from the Chronomatick Team and as a movie buff, I would love to share with all of you my love for movies and the watches that appeared in them.

When we talk about films here on Chronomatick, we talk about what watches the actors or actresses are wearing. Sometimes we watch enthusiasts, tend to be more interested in the watches featured in them rather than the actual story. Occasionally, watch companies cleverly feature their watches in films, and we at Chronomatick, are not oblivious to them. Instead, we welcome them!

As a person who loves films,  I could actually name a few of these movies from the top of my head where actors sort of “advertise” (if you will) or endorse these watches. The most famous or should I say, the most obvious one would be the James Bond Series.

Sean Connery had worn the Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 in a number of Bond movies he starred in, including Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Thunderball.

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Sean Connery as James Bond and the Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538

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A closer look at the Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538

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A clearer shot of the Ref. 6538

In 2006’s Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig, the film had a scene where Eva Green asks him whether the watch he was wearing was a Rolex, and Craig smoothly answered, “Omega”, which was referring to the Omega Seamaster 300M Co-Axial .

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Daniel Craig and the Omega Seamaster 300M Co-Axial

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A better view of the Omega Seamaster 300M Co-Axial

In Transporter 2, Jason Statham checks the time with his Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight before he kicks some bad-guy ass.

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The Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight worn by Jason Statham.

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A better view of the Pam.

Finally, in a more recent film Interstellar (2014), Matthew McConaughey wore the Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day-Date in a scene where he hugs his character’s daughter before leaving on a space mission. I could go on and on.

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The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day-Date can be seen in this scene in the film, Interstellar (2014).

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A close-up shot of the Hamilton Pilot Khaki Day-Date.

The infamous Rolex Paul Newman Daytona Ref. 6239 was worn by the late Paul Newman himself and was priced at $75,000 at a public auction in Chirstie’s, New York. To some watch collectors, it is their holy grail to own one of these.

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The Rolex Paul Newman Daytona Ref. 6239

But today, we are going to talk about the late Paul Newman’s long time friend, Robert Redford and the Seiko SKX009 he wore in “All is Lost (2013)”. Newman and Redford starred in a number of movies side-by-side during their acting careers. I’ve been fortunate enough to catch them in The Sting (1976) and one of my all-time favourites, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). If you haven’t watched any of these films, please do so! It is one of those must-watch movies in your lifetime.

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Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting (1973).

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A more recent photo of the late Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

Coming back to Redford and “All is Lost (2013)”. This film is an interesting and a lesser known one. Redford is the only cast member in this film and very few words were spoken by him in this film.

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A scene of the film where he attempts to remove the cargo that punch a hole in his yacht.

The film talks about a lone voyager at sea. His yacht collided with a cargo container causing water to flow into the yacht. Redford’s character manages to fix it. His vital tools for communication and navigation were destroyed.

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It is interesting to see how he braves his way through to find his way home. I also find it interesting where he managed to make seawater into drinking water through evaporation. Do give this movie a watch if you have the chance, I highly recommend it!

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A wrist shot of my Seiko SKX009 “Pepsi”

This film did not come to my attention until I actually did some extensive research about the SKX009 online, and stumbled upon an article explaining Redford wearing it. The SKX009 was worn with a blue Nato strap, and had plenty of on-screen time. The watch was shown to be a tough one where it braced through the storm alongside Redford. It is my intention to get this film out there to our readers and to make known that the SKX009 was worn by Redford, which makes me proud to own one. Who knows, one day it could be a valuable or collectible piece in the future.

Hope you enjoyed the read! 🙂

Max,

CHRMTK.

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