Tony Stark’s Horological Endgame:
The Watches of the Invincible Iron Man
Article By: Logan Hannen
WATCH101 | Apr 23, 2019
Well, watchfam, the week is finally upon us – this coming Thursday night, the first hordes of comic fans and filmgoers alike will finally be able to feast their eyes on the culmination of 11 years of Marvel films with the release of Avengers: Endgame. To celebrate my ever expanding nerdiness, this week we’re going to take a look at a selection of the watches worn by Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in some of his film appearances.
Urwerk UR-110 RG in Spider-Man: Homecoming
Robert Downey Jr. w/ the Urwerk UR-110 RG at the Premier of Spider-Man: Homecoming
Source: Monochrome Watches
In advance of production beginning on Spider-Man: Homecoming, one of Downey Jr’s most recent outings as the character, the studio reached out to high end independent Urwerk to discuss having him wear one of their pieces in the film. At first, it’s reported that the brand actually turned down the offer to be showcased in the film until the offer was extended again, this time by Downey Jr. himself. When it became clear that the desire to have a Urwerk feature in the film was an organic desire to work with the brand from the man who’d be wearing the watch, they decided to accept.
The watch is a 47mm watch from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock, though both the word “diameter” and the idea of actually having traditional dial positions both fail to adequately describe the funk here. The UR 110 features a twist on the so-called “wandering hours” complication, in which the time being represented on the dial moves, here in a circular motion, and is displayed on smaller discs, rather than as a part of one distinct dial. Its case is made of black coated titanium, with a solid, 18k rose gold bezel (chosen to match the colors of Iron Man, obviously). It’s a particularly mature brand to see featured in a franchise that typically hypes up Tony Stark’s billionaire status in far less subtle ways, and made even more satisfying for watch geeks considering the fact that Downey Jr. chose it himself.
Tony and His BVLGARI Retrograde Day-Date Moonphase in Iron Man
Tony with his BVLGARI Diagono Chronograph (top) and Diagono Retrograde Day-Date Moonphase in Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr.’s first appearance as Tony Stark featured arguably a more interesting choice of watch brand than even Urwerk – BVLGARI. BVLGARI isn’t exactly the kind of brand most people think of when they think of billionaire watches, and certainly not someone as deeply science and mechanics driven as Tony Stark, but it’s important to remember that, when we first meet him, his entire shtick is very much about looking the part on the surface and living a very surface-level kind of satisfaction. While BVLGARI by no means represents this, what the brand does represent, at least with the Diagono line, is a collection of watches for whom design comes first. In that way, they serve to mirror Tony’s obsession with constantly looking the part.
One of the pieces he wears in the film is from that collection. At an early point in the film, he can be seen wearing what looks like a Hublot Big Bang Chronograph of some variation, but because of a lack of closeups, it’s only the bezel that gives it away. However, the BVLGARI Diagono Retrograde Day-Date Moonphase he is gifted and wears during the latter portion of the film is very prominently displayed in its associated gift box. His model appears to be steel in the screenshot above, but is very clearly rose gold in subsequent shots, so it’s likely just a lighting issue. The watch comes in a 42mm rose gold case with a brown crocodile strap, and features the aforementioned complications of a retrograde seconds indicator, a day-date display, and a moonphase.
RDJ’s Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX III Tourbillon GMT
Robert Downey Jr. Showcasing his JLC AMVOX III Tourbillon GMT worn in Iron Man 2
For his second outing as Tony Stark, RDJ upgraded his wrist wear to a slightly more on-brand, well, brand, in the form of Jaeger-LeCoultre. The watch he chose, though, is far more in keeping with Tony Stark’s actual personality than any of the Hublots or BVLGARIs he wore previously. It’s a complicated piece, featuring not only a tourbillon but also a GMT complication (ideal for a globetrotter like Mr. Stark), and comes in a 44mm black ceramic case, not exactly the norm for a tourbillon.
Of course, the inherently brittle nature of ceramic doesn’t make it an ideal case material for the rough and tumble lifestyle that Tony leads when donning his Iron Man suit, but knowing how well protected he (generally) is while wearing it, I don’t suspect it’s in nearly as much danger of shattering as one might expect.
Alright geeks, that does it for this look into the watches of one Mr. Tony Stark. We hope this has helped get you a bit more hyped up for Avengers: Endgame and, as always, keep it classy, watchfam. (And for crying out loud, #DontSpoilTheEndgame).
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