Robert Redford's watch assortment complemented his type each on and off-screen
In the course of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, American cinema was dominated by three preposterously good-looking and trendy males: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Robert Redford, all of who wore metal Rolex watches each on display and off.
Newman helped give delivery to the legend of the Rolex Daytona, whereas McQueen, whose private watch was a metal Rolex Submariner, is probably most related to the TAG Heuer Monaco 1133 from the race film Le Mans. Much less well-known, maybe, is Robert Redford’s enduring love for the Rolex Submariner ref 1680 within the so-called “Purple Sub” iteration, during which the “Submariner” script on the dial of the watch is in crimson quite than white.
The “Purple Sub” is a type of uncommon aesthetic deviations that sends collectors wild and with the assistance of the web you can also disappear right into a unending wormhole of nerdery in regards to the varied iterations of Submariner. However we received’t do this right here, thank goodness.
The rugged, reliable and, sure, good-looking fantastic thing about a Rolex Submariner appears so completely suited to Redford’s on-screen and IRL character in order to be a match made in Hollywood heaven. Alongside a pair of aviators, blue denims, a peacoat with the collar popped, the chrome steel Rolex Submariner (crimson or in any other case) is a key part of the rugged Hollywood type of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies that Redford so splendidly embodies.
It's onerous to think about, however as soon as upon a time A-list Hollywood actors would put on their very own watches in movies. The “Purple Sub” will be seen in three Redford motion pictures: firstly, in 1972’s political comedy The Candidate and likewise in 1979’s The Electrical Horseman. However it was his flip because the investigative journalist who uncovered the Watergate Scandal, Bob Woodward, in 1976s All The President’s Males that the “Purple Sub” legend actually takes maintain. Fairly how a hard-up journalist can afford a Rolex in all probability deserves its personal investigation, till you uncover that it was really Redford’s personal private watch purchased along with his personal cash and never, as had been beforehand thought, Woodward’s.
The opposite Redford watch second is available in 1975’s Three Days Of The Condor, during which he performs a CIA operative caught up in an assassination try. In it he wears a Doxa Shark Hunter connected to a thick black bund strap. Alongside that thick mop of luxuriant blond hair, floppy collars and lapels, each the watch and chunky strap embodies the “shagadelic” type of the Nineteen Seventies completely.
The watch was referenced in 2019’s As soon as Upon A Time… In Hollywood when Brad Pitt’s character additionally wears a chunky sports activities timepiece connected to a bund strap. Once more, the watch and strap have been each stated to belong to Redford and are yet one more instance of his fearless sense of fashion that helped to outline the last decade.
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