The Unlikely Watch Collector: Keanu Reeves
Today, Watchonista takes a look back at the actor’s most excellent timepieces.
Keanu Reeves is experiencing a renaissance. He will always be beloved for his roles in River’s Edge, My Own Private Idaho, Speed, The Matrix, and, of course, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But his turn in the John Wick series pushed his career back into high gear.
Recently, the action star has also endeared himself through thoughtful actions such as surrendering his seat on the Q train and gifting his stunt crew with Rolexes.
Reeves is the celebrity we need for these times. And with The Matrix Resurrections now in theaters, we thought we’d take a look back at five of his watches that made us say “whoa!”
Speed (1994) – Casio G-SHOCK DW-5600C-1V
We take it for granted now, but when Speed hit the screens in 1994, it ushered in a new era for action movies. Specifically, Speed was one of (if not the) first movies in the gritty action genre with realistic stunts and practical effects that didn’t look choreographed.
Thus, in his role as LAPD officer Jack Traven, Reeves wore an equally groundbreaking and hardwearing timepiece, a basic black Casio G-SHOCK DW5600C-1V.
Constantine (2005) – Oris Modern Classic 7490
Based on Alan Moore’s John Constantine, Hellblazer comic-book series, the 2005 film, Constantine, stars Reeves as the titular supernatural detective-con man-grifter-sorcerer-magician.
As our hero battles the devil, his Oris Modern Classic 7490, with a stainless steel case and guilloche dial, gets many memorable close-ups, notably as Constantine checks the time waiting for Satan to show up (the demon is never on time).
The Lake House (2006) – Rolex Submariner
Reeves’ romance with Rolex goes way back to when he wore a Rolex Submariner in the 2006 time travel drama The Lake House. More recently, the internet became witness to his Submariner love.
In October, a stunt performer who worked on John Wick 4 revealed that Reeves presented his team with customized Rolex Submariners. The recipient posted a pic on Instagram with the caption: “Giving his stuntmen and friends these special engraved Rolex watches was a truly fine gesture indeed!”
On top of being a generous gift, the casebacks of the Submariners were engraved with each recipient’s name, followed by “Thank you, Keanu JW4 2021.”
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) – Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate
Even though John Wick: Chapter 2 was bursting with outrageous fight scenes and stunts, it was impossible not to miss this striking Bucherer complication in stainless steel with a white dial and black alligator strap.
Reeves has an offscreen relationship with Carl F. Bucherer, as well, being spotted sporting a 47mm stainless steel, black dialed Patravi Travel Tech II GMT chronograph in public.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021) – Hamilton PSR MTX
Hamilton has a long history of supplying watches to Hollywood, but this 1,999-piece, limited edition LCD & OLED hybrid display watch is exceptional. As we wrote about last week, the new Hamilton PSR MTX has the same specs as last year’s PSR model, but instead of gold and steel, the case gets an all-black PVD coating. Moreover, in place of a red display, this one lights up in green, recalling the first film’s “digital rain” effect.
At the time of this writing, I haven’t yet seen The Matrix Resurrections, so I can’t say for certain if the PSR MTX is in the film; or if it’s just a very cool movie tie-in.
But even if it doesn’t turn up on Neo’s wrist, you can wear it on yours – it’s available now for $995.
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