Nick Gould recently saw a post on the official 007 Instagram account introducing a new deck of Top Trumps cards featuring gadgets from Q Branch for the next James Bond film ‘No Time to Die’ and of course spotted the secret gadget in the famous spy’s special edition Omega Seamaster. Spoiler alert!
About Nick Gould
Nick Gould is an Australian watch nut who loves nothing better than to spot watches on the wrists of celebrities.
Are there special vintage watch dial variations named after notable women in a vein similar to that of the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona? Nick Gould was wondering just that and researched. Finding a photo of Vanessa Redgrave wearing a Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 with “Explorer” dial in 1966, he ruefully opines that this rare model would sound so much cooler as the Rolex “Vanessa Redgrave” Submariner rather than what collectors call it now: Rolex Reference 5513 Submariner with Explorer dial.
As the resident Quill & Pad watch spotter, Nick Gould spends hours on random searches looking for interesting horological finds. Most of the time he finds nothing, but occasionally he discovers nuggets of gold. Here are four of his favorite wrist spots for 2020.
In 1954, famed photographer Yousuf Karsh took a portrait of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in which he is wearing a late 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre Reference 2722 triple calendar with moon phase and gorgeous teardrop lugs. Where is that watch today? Expert spotter Nick Gould may just have unearthed its whereabouts.
In the 1968 film ‘The Thomas Crown Affair,’ Steve McQueen played the title character, a millionaire businessman and avid sportsman involved in a cat-and-mouse game with an insurance claims investigator played by Faye Dunaway. McQueen chose two of his personal watches to wear in the film: an elegant Cartier Tank Cintrée and a Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox. But when Nick Gould looked further into this, he discovered that contrary to popular opinion McQueen also surprisingly owned a Tank.
The first spinoff film from The Fast and the Furious franchise, ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw,’ was released on August 2, 2019. It features two great characters from the previous films: Luke Hobbs played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham. Both Johnson and Statham are known to be watch lovers and frequently wear their own timepieces in movies. Here Nick Gould identifies what’s on their wrists in the film.
In 1952, after a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants, the teenage king of Iraq, Faisal II, met the Dodgers’ second baseman, Jackie Robinson. In a photo taken of the young royal while chatting with the baseball legend, Nick Gould noticed a watch peeking out from underneath his sleeve. In plain sight was a hint of the dial, the case including crown, and one of the two chronograph pushers. It was a previously undiscovered Patek Philippe Reference 1518!
Like a proper gentleman, Hollywood legend Clark Gable paired wristwatches to go with his outfits both on and off screen. Gable had a gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference 6011 and also wore a Patek Philippe Reference 1526 Perpetual Calendar, prominently seen in ‘Soldier of Fortune’ as Nick Gould highlights here.
As the resident Quill & Pad wristwatch spotter, Nick Gould spends many hours on random searches looking for interesting horological finds. Generally he ends up finding nothing, but occasionally he finds nuggets of gold. And 2019 was quite a fruitful year for him in terms of unearthing some interesting Wrist Watching stories, which he shares here.
Nick Gould spotted American actor Mark Wahlberg wearing an early-delivery Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Root Beer,’ once again putting his penchant for precious metal watches on display.