Click At Your Own Risk! Our Top Five Watches For The Silver Screen's Most Infamous Slashers
These watches complete our favorite slashers better than blood on a jumpsuit.
Product placement is all the rage these days in movies and television – like that Starbucks cup in Game of Thrones. And even the watch world has gotten in on the action, supplying casts with pieces in exchange for screentime.
However, there are entire genres of films where I’m afraid this arrangement will never be possible. Slasher films are one such genre as no brand rep wants to clean fake blood off the watches upon their return.
So we got to wondering, what watches would the world’s most famous fictional killers wear? After all, you can’t find unsuspecting teens (who are somehow all hot by the way) at the wrong place at the wrong time if you don’t know what time it is.
Keep Freddy Krueger in your thoughts. He’s the slasher with a repulsive face and even more repulsive fedora. As horror fans know, Freddy only exists in the dreams of his victims, so we’re pairing him with a similarly mysterious timepiece.
The Omega Speedmaster 'Dark Side of the Moon' is the oft-forgotten version of the Speedy. Coming in all black, the Dark Side of the Moon features nearly all ceramic components, from the case to the dial, buckle, crown, and chronograph pushers.
Ceramic is famously heat-resistant, so it’ll be the perfect timepiece for getting chased into the boiler room by a mob of Molotov cocktail-wielding parents.
In many ways, Jason Voorhees is the ultimate slasher - emotionless, virtually indestructible, and full of mommy issues. His only weakness is his lack of water-resistance, a poor quality for a resident of Camp Crystal Lake. As such, we think the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical would make a perfect companion.
It’s similarly durable, easy to read through a mask, and water-resistant up to 50m. Plus, the filming location for 1980’s Friday the 13th is only a two-hour drive from the original Hamilton manufacture in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” is not something you’ll ever hear Michael Myers say. First, because he’s notoriously a man of few words, and second, because he’s a killer with a can-do attitude who won’t let naysayers like Jamie Lee Curtis hold him back.
As such, Michael deserves a LeCoultre Futurematic. Produced in the 1950s by the American arm of Jaeger-LeCoultre (a story that deserves its own article), the Futurematic was the world’s first crownless automatic. It’s actually impossible to hand-wind this watch. The innovative movement is designed to keep approximately 25% of its power reserve at all times so that it starts right up with the first motions of your wrist, perfect for our guy Mike.
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic, Psycho, was a source of inspiration for nearly every other movie on this list. In fact, the film is even included in the Library of Congress for its artistic execution and cultural impact. The film features one character after another checking into the Bates Motel but not checking out - where’s TripAdvisor when you need it?
Each unlucky guest falls victim to the troubled mama’s boy, Norman Bates. For Norman, we’re choosing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red, perfect for a man in touch with his feminine side.
It’s a beautiful pink gold watch set with diamonds and rubies that pairs oh so well with a dress and wig. It’s waterproof to 50m, so no need to worry if he cuts through the shower curtain. And best of all, it’s what Mother would want.
“What’s your favorite scary movie?” For any child of the 90s, it was undoubtedly Scream, which spawned a franchise of followups.
The killer referred to as Ghostface - sadly, no relation to Ghostface Killa of Wu-Tang Clan fame - was known for his warped expression, warped voice, and warped sense of humor. As such, we’re gifting him with an equally warped timepiece, the Cartier Crash.
(Masthead image is an original illustration by Ray Frenden, an Austin based artist)
(Photography by Liam O’Donnell)