Our theme this week will be . . .

 By: Dr No : March 15th, 2023-16:00

. . . focused on cinema.  We all have favorite films and scenes . . . be prepared to share them along with the watch on your wrist about 36 hours from now.

My all-time favorite scene is the anti-climactic dialog between Jimmy Stewart, Richard Attenborough, and Hardy Kruger . . .

. . . in Flight of the Phoenix.  It gets me every time.


Good choice Art …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : March 15th, 2023-16:15
With The Oscars just announced and everyone loving a good movie, I’m sure we will all enjoy this edition of WristScan. 
All I need to do now is to choose a watch or two !

Flight of the Phoenix is an epic and

 By: edtonkin : March 15th, 2023-17:08
fantastic movie. I recall studying it in college for a look at the shifting of power. Good choice, Art.

Stewart's initial reaction to learning Kruger designs model airplanes . . .

 By: Dr No : March 15th, 2023-17:45
. . . is priceless.  No matter how many times I watch that clip, it renders me in awe of his enormous subdued acting talent.  He could say more with a raised eyebrow than Lawrence Olivier with half a minute of dialog.


Hello dear Art! Nice to have you hosting next weekend.

 By: Subexplorer : March 15th, 2023-23:25
Love your theme! I love cinema and I can’t resist trying to identify the watches worn by the actors/ actresses in films.

The Flight of the Phoenix is a classic!! Yes, I can well remember that scene!! But anyway the German designer could make it fly!!

Interesting to know that a famous and skilled pilot lost his life during the filming while doing some take offs and landings for the camera. The film has a dedication to the pilot at the end.

Look forward to a very interesting and enjoyable edition of WS!!

See you on Friday!!
Cheers! Abel

There's video of the flying stunt . . .

 By: Dr No : March 17th, 2023-15:16
. . . that killed the pilot, Abel.

These days, a studio would hire a computer graphics expert to create this scene.  That's precisely why cinema before CGI was more compelling than it is now.



Oh Artt! You always surprise me! Didn´t know this video existed. Thank you for sharing. Agree with you about cinema yesterday and today. Truly amazing! Cheers, Abel

 By: Subexplorer : March 18th, 2023-13:16

Hello dear Art: great theme you choose. I’m very fond of cinema…

 By: Subexplorer : March 18th, 2023-14:17
… and the films you brought to your opening post and those posted by our friends bring me so many fond memories of nice hours spent in theater seats.

To answer your theme I thought about a four favorite films and related them with watches in my collection. Here they are:

As you know I’m a big fan of James Bond character. And among all great actors playing 007 Sean Connery is my favorite (though I recognize every actor gave the character a personal touch and charm).

Goldfinger is my favorite film of the early Bond era.

The watches:
Not a big crown but the most similar Bond watch I own.

And the Pussy Galore watch:

Another favorite film

My  Williard Seiko

Blow Up

A cult film from the 1960’s. Based on a short tale by argentine writer Julio Cortazar and directed by Michelangelo Antonioni.

Beautiful actress Vanessa Redgrave showed a Submariner with black leather straps on that film:

Redgrave’s Submariner was a rare Explorer dial version.

Here a similar watch from that era I own though with the standard dial of course.

Last but not least the film about Neil Armstrong life in the times of the Moon Landing Saga:

My watch: ref 105.012-65 from 1966/67 similar reference as the one Armstrong was wearing in those years…

Have a nice and relaxed weekend dear Art and all friends here!!

Best! Abel

You've taken film and watch appreciation, normally separate interests, and . . .

 By: Dr No : March 18th, 2023-16:54
. . . fused them together, Abel.  Collecting watches with film affiliations could be the next trend after gloves.


Blow-up is one of a handful of films so subliminally powerful it exerts a hold on the imagination beyond its nominal confines.  When I first saw it about a dozen years ago, I immediately sensed an intentional correlation by the director to JFK's assassination and the Zapruder film.  After reading the Wiki entry for Blow-up, apparently Anthony Quinn made the same observation in a review written for The Guardian in 1966.

My Dinner With Andre is the other film that left me dazed and bemused by its esoteric subliminal messaging.

Thanks for joining us, Abel.  By the way, I've switched from the '62 Seamaster . . .

. . . to an Omega that could've been a stunt double on First Man.

Hello dear Art! You made me laugh so loud when reading your announcement in the Live thread of my misplaced post. Lol!!

 By: Subexplorer : March 19th, 2023-00:09
I finally decided to re post it again after double checking I was in the right thread! Lol!

Thank you so much for your thoughtful and interesting answer to my post above. You are right collecting watches with film affiliations could be the next trend after (blue) gloves!! Lol!

Now, regarding Blow Up, which I viewed in around 1966/67 when it was premiered in my Country and then a couple of more times during the following years, is some kind of a cult film among movie aficionados and a film that has always fascinated me.

Anyway your correlation to JFK assasination and Zapruder film never came to my mind but find it so appropriate and amazing. Interesting to read that Quinn made same observation in that early review. You surely did a deep reading on the meaning of this film. I haven´t viewed My Dinner with Andre but you inspire me to search and view it.

I feel like you that your 321 new version of Ed White model would be the best stunt double on First Man!! That´s a wonderful watch, probably the most important variant among the modern Speedmasters I feel.

Thank you so much for your answer to my post and sharing these interesting thoughts.

Have a nice Sunday my dear friend. A big hug for you Art!!
Best, Abel

Our Favorite Films thread is now closed . . .

 By: Dr No : March 20th, 2023-18:25
. . . and decisions will be posted shortly.