17 Badass Watches (Worn by Real-Life Rebels & Action Heroes)


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Whether fictional or real, badasses tend to have a certain aura surrounding them that triggers your red flags not to mess around with these individuals. Of course, these tough-as-nails personalities tend to look the part as well.

From their mannerism to their attire, there is a certain uniqueness to how these badasses present themselves. Speaking of presentation, what type of timepieces do you think they wear?

In this article, we will be looking at the toughest watches worn by legit badass individuals. You can bet that these watches not only look tough but are also incredibly reliable no matter the situation.

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Best Badass Watches

Navy SEALs – Luminox The Original Navy SEAL 3001

Luminox The Original Navy Seal Mens Watch Black Display (XS.3001.F/Navy Seal Series): 200 Meter Water Resistant + Light Weight Case + Constant Night Visibility
Luminox XS.3001.F

Luminox has already built a solid reputation for its durable and dependable timepieces, so it is not surprising that they also issue the watches for the Navy SEALs.

The Luminox OG Navy SEAL 3001 is nigh indestructible, which it virtually is.

This Luminox timepiece is as well-balanced as can be with its 43mm lightweight yet durable carbon-reinforced polycarbonate case. There is also a unidirectional ratcheting bezel featuring the same material as the case.

The case also features a tempered mineral crystal window for optimum scratch resistance along with a durable polycarbonate build. The dial also features a highly legible design with its bold and luminous white-tone Arabic numeral hour markers.

The Navy SEALs also wear G-Shock watches like the G-Shock DW9052 and DW6900 due to the low-cost yet highly durable and dependable construction of these watches.  

We have also discussed the watches typically associated with Navy SEALs in our previous articles, which you can check out.

Special Op Agents Casio G-Shock GW6900 Tough Solar Sport Watch

Casio G-Shock GW6900-1 Men's Tough Solar Black Resin Sport Watch
Casio G-Shock GW6900-1

Spec Ops are among the most highly trained personnel of the military. These are the ones brought in to handle the trickiest and most dangerous situations. As such, their gear must be able to handle all sorts of extreme environments. It is also preferred if said timepiece also comes with a reasonable price tag.

With those qualities considered, I think we already know the watch brand that fits those criteria to the letter – Casio’s G-Shock series. Specifically, the G-Shock GW6900.

This G-Shock model is as tough as they come and can easily handle hostile environments without breaking a sweat. With its 41mm stainless steel case and signature shock-resistant build, you can bet that the GW6900 will be a reliable companion no matter where you are.

In addition to the multitude of watch functionalities that the GW6900 provides also comes with multi-band atomic timekeeping to ensure high precision in timekeeping. This watch also comes equipped with solar-powered technology, further enhancing its overall reliability.

Tactical watches are also often attributed to the military, and one of the best ones out there is the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar Watch.

Garmin tactix Delta Solar, Solar-Powered Specialized Tactical Watch, Ruggedly Built to Military Standards, Night Vision Compatibility, Black (010-02357-10)
Garmin tactix Delta Solar

The Garmin Tactix Delta is a relatively new model from the famous outdoor smartwatch manufacturer. Expect this current Tactix Delta model to have Garmin’s most advanced feature in tow.

Some of these features that you can expect with the new Tactix Delta are the “Stealth Mode”, which disables wireless functionality and hides the GPS position. There is also another feature called the “Kill Switch”, which is formats your watch and removes all user data.

Additionally, the display screen is compatible with night-vision goggles for pitch-black operations.

You can also check out our article on watches worn by Special Forces to get a more in-depth list and analysis about the subject matter.

Superheroes – Marvel 

Citizen Collectible Watch (Model: AW1615-05W)
Citizen Collectible Marvel Watch (Model: AW1615-05W)

Next up, we have the modern mythological figures – the superheroes. One of the most appealing aspects about superheroes is not just their powers, adventures, or pathos – a massive chunk of the appeal also comes from their iconic costumes.

This unique appeal was not lost in Marvel as the company has a history of partnering up with well-known watchmakers to craft some visually stunning limited-edition timepieces.

You can read our article on Marvel-inspired watches to see all the ultra-cool and badass watches designed for superhero fans.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Panerai Luminor

Panerai Luminor Black Dial Mens Watch PAM00773
Panerai Luminor PAM00773

The Rock is one of the most charismatic badass actors today, and the man certainly has style to boot. As seen in his role as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious film franchise, the ex-professional wrestler turned Hollywood A-list actor has an affinity for Panerai watches.

One of the Panerai Luminor’s main features is its tritium-based luminous technology. This particular design means that this watch does not require an external light source to recharge its glowing capabilities.

The always luminous tritium tubes in the dial also make the Panerai Luminor an excellent addition to any dive watch collection despite lacking a unidirectional bezel.

You can check out our article on The Rock’s watch collection to know more about what timepiece brands the charismatic mountain of a man prefers to wear.

Clint Eastwood – Hamilton Jazzmaster Maestro Small Second Auto Watch

HAMILTON watch Jazzmaster Maestro Small Second H42515135 Men's [regular imported goods]
Hamilton Jazzmaster Maestro Small Second
One of the original badasses of cinema, Clint Eastwood is best known for his iconic spaghetti western films like the Dollars Trilogy of the 60s as well as Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry films.

Clint Eastwood is also one of the most accomplished actors to date as he also dabbles in composing, producing, and directing films. Eastwood has won a total of four Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards throughout his illustrious career.

As for timepieces, Clint Eastwood wears Rolex and Hamilton. We will be looking at his Hamilton Jazzmaster specifically because it is a beloved American brand, even though their headquarters moved to Switzerland.

The Hamilton Jazzmaster collection exudes refinement and rugged charm that captures that bold American attitude to the letter—making it a perfect timepiece for another American icon, Clint Eastwood.

Mission Impossible – Casio G-Shock 

Casio Men's DW290-1V "Classic" Sport Watch
Casio Men’s DW290-1V

This Tom Cruise action film franchise already has six entries with no signs of slowing down. In the first three films, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) generally wore Casio G-Shock watches. Cruise’s character wears more high-end brands like the Tudor Heritage Chronograph when the film franchise hit the latter half of entries.

 

One thing is constant though, all the timepieces worn by the characters in this film series were stylish and tactical. The Casio G-Shock models, for example, are all extremely durable with their shock-resistant build. In contrast, Tudor and Tissot’s timepieces are valued for their excellent precision and refined style.

If you want an in-depth rundown of all the watches worn by Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, as well as other key players in the Mission Impossible film franchise, then check out our article on the topic.

Jason Bourne – TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph Watch

TAG Heuer Men's CT1111.BA0550 Link Chronograph Watch
TAG Heuer Link Chronograph Watch

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Jason Bourne, the main character of the Bourne film franchise, and played perfectly by Matt Damon, is another badass secret agent cut from the same cloth as James Bond. However, Jason Bourne shows the darker and grittier side of the superspy business.

As for watches, Bourne prefers to wear TAG Heuer Link Chronograph and Formula 1 Chronograph watches. Unfortunately, both models appear to have been phased out by TAG Heuer and finding either can be tricky.

The former features a premium-grade stainless-steel build, while the latter comes with a sporty and sleeker aesthetic. You can read more about these watches as well as some interesting facts about the film franchise in our watches worn by Jason Bourne article.

Walter White – Casio Vintage Calculator Watch

Casio Men's Vintage CA53W-1 Calculator Watch
Casio Vintage CA53W-1 Calculator Watch

One of the most outstanding American television series in recent memory, Breaking Bad is a definite must-watch. Starring award-winning actor Bryan Cranston as Walter White. This series features a cast of memorable characters and a gritty, and at times darkly funny, look into the criminal underworld.

We see high school teacher and chemist Walter White wearing a Casio Vintage Calculator Watch during the first season. This multi-functional timepiece perfectly complements White’s initial character traits in the show – detail-oriented, practical, and nerdy.

We get to see White upgrade to a more stylish watch as the series progresses when he begins developing his drug kingpin persona, Heisenberg. You can check out our article on watches worn in Breaking Bad to see what the other fan-favorite characters wore in the series.

James Bond – Rolex Submariner Date Watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116613
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116613

Throughout the legendary film franchises history, we get to see James Bond wear several high-class timepieces befitting of the character’s iconic charm and charisma. The original James Bond, Sean Connery, who epitomized the role and is still the measuring stick, wore Rolex Submariner timepieces.

James Bond wearing a Rolex watch is not exactly surprising given the character’s intelligent, cunning, charming, and at times bold nature. Throughout the film franchise’s nearly six-decade run, we get to see Bond go through several high-end watch brands from Rolex, TAG Heuer, and Omega.

However, one thing is unquestionable: you can expect Bond to have the most sophisticated timepiece in the market to date. That aspect is a given with this suave superspy.

If you wish to learn more about the history of watches in the James Bond films, check out our article on this topic right here.

Daniel Craig – Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 215.30.46.51.01.001
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

The current actor to portray James Bond on the silver screen, Daniel Craig, has undoubtedly made the iconic role into his own. The actor has a substantial collection of premium-grade luxury watches, which includes Omega and Rolex watches.

Omega is pretty much a given as the actor’s turn in the legendary 007 role features Omega watches prominently in the marketing. In regards to Craig’s Omega watches, he prefers to wear an Omega Seamaster watch.

Daniel Craig also has a couple of high-end Rolexes in his collection, such as the vintage Rolex Bond Submariner watch. Back to the Omega Seamaster series, this watch line features the Omega Co-Axial caliber 8600 movements with an analog dial display and a 60-hour power reserve.

Omega watches are always well-known for their highly refined, precise, and slick aesthetic. These qualities are why this watch brand, in my opinion, perfectly fits into the modern James Bond’s character.

Conor McGregor – Jacob & Co Astronomia Baguette

The Notorious One certainly knows how to dress to impress. His larger-than-life persona helped elevate McGregor to the upper echelons of sports athletes and pushed MMA into the mainstream. The UFC owes a lot to the brash and outspoken Irishman regardless of his controversial antics outside the cage.

He recently wore a Jacob & Co Astronomia Baguette during the press event in Abu Dhabi for his rematch with Dustin Poirier, which costs around $1.3 million. Seeing as he is this year’s highest-paid athlete, McGregor wearing a watch worth more than a house is not that surprising.

McGregor also has a couple of other Jacob & Co timepieces, costing considerably above the million-dollar mark. In general, McGregor holds an impressive collection of luxury watches that would make watch enthusiasts green with envy.

What can we say? The Notorious One knows how to enjoy the fruits of his work in the cage. Check out our article on Conor McGregor’s exceptional watch collection to see some of the most mind-bogglingly expensive high-end watches today.

Arnold Schwarzenegger –Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore End of Days Chronograph Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph End of Days Ref. # 25770SN.OO.0001KE.01
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph End of Days

Undeniably the biggest action star of the 80s and 90s, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s watches reflect his reputation as the quintessential movie tough guy. The former “Governator” selects robust watches that include Panerai, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, and even a rare limited-edition U-Boat watch.

We highlighted the Audemars Piguet End of Days for this entry due to its unique qualities. This particular Audemars Piguet watch model is a limited-edition timepiece explicitly designed for Schwarzenegger’s 1999 action-horror film End of Days.

Arnie agreed to feature an Audemar Piguet watch in the movie as long as the watch meets his specifications. Hence, the watchmaker designed this End of Days Chronograph as the actor envisioned it. This is a timepiece created in collaboration with Schwarzenegger, making it even more special.

For a complete discussion on Schwarzenegger’s watches, check out our article here.

Ray Donovan – Omega Seamaster Professional

Omega Seamaster Diver 300 Antimagnetic Black Dial Mens Watch 210.30.42.20.01.001
Omega Seamaster Diver 300

Ray Donovan is the titular character in the American drama crime series of the same name. Liev Schreiber plays him for a total of eight seasons.

The character of Ray Donovan is a gruff “fixer” that specializes in the crime scene clean-up, bribery, threats, and other illegal activities typically involving his clients. During the eight seasons of this award-winning series, we get to see Donovan wear several sleek-looking timepieces.

During the first season, we see him wear an Omega Seamaster 300 Professional timepiece, a personal timepiece of the actor. This Omega dive watch comes with a 300-meter water resistance build making it suitable for most marine-based activities.

Additionally, the Omega Seamaster Professional comes equipped with a caliber 1538 quartz movement with an analog dial display. It also incorporates highly luminous hands and hour markers, further pushing its underwater capabilities.

The character also wore several classy timepieces throughout the series, which we have brought up in our Ray Donovan’s Watches article.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Jacob & Co The Billionaire

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a retired professional boxer who has the perfectly apt nickname of “Money”. Similar to McGregor, Mayweather is one of the most highly paid athletes in sports. Nowhere is this most visible than with his impressive selection of multi-million-dollar timepieces.

One of his most impressive watches is undoubtedly the $18 million Jacob & Co The Billionaire timepiece. Yes, you read that right – Mayweather has a watch that is worth more than a small country. Mind-blowing, I know, but that is just how Mayweather rolls.

Besides that extremely expensive timepiece, Mayweather also has several Jacob & Co timepieces in his collection – along with several Patek Philippe and Hublot watches.

What else can we say, except the man certainly knows how to flaunt his lavish lifestyle. For a more comprehensive list of Floy Mayweather Jr’s astounding collection of luxury watches, click here to read our full article on Money Mayweather’s watches.

Sylvester Stallone – Panerai Luminor 1950 Acciaio “Marina Militare”

Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio"Marina Militare" 47 mm Watch PAM00673
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio”Marina Militare”

If you were to ask who the two most badass actors of the 80s and 90s were, you must always get two specific names: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. These two action star juggernauts are among the most recognizable household names when it comes to action films.

Stallone, best known for his roles as John Rambo and Rocky Balboa, has a vastly different charm from his counterpart, Schwarzenegger. While Arnold mostly portrayed unstoppable badasses on-screen, Stallone landed the more grounded and human roles – he still kicked just as much ass, though.

As for Stallone’s preference for watches, he seems to lean towards Panerai watches. Some of his recent and iconic roles wore a Panerai timepiece. In his 2008 film, Rambo (the 4th entry in the film series), we see John Rambo wearing a Panerai “Marine Militare” timepiece.

Panera watches tend to exude that vintage military watch aesthetics gives them a tough and rugged appeal.

Stallone also sported a great selection of timepieces over the years. We wrote a whole article on the “Italian Stallion’s” watches.

Robert Downey Jr.  – Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch

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Robert Downey Jr. had a rather tumultuous career back in the 90s, but he sure turned it around with his iconic take on the billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, and superhero – Ironman. Nowadays, RDJ is one of the most recognizable stars in Hollywood today, and it can even be stated that he carried the entire MCU film franchise for over a decade.

An interesting observation by many people is that Robert Downey Jr. seems to have just legitimately played himself when he took on the role of Tony Stark. Not a bad thing seeing as Downey seems to be a charismatic badass in real life.

Check our article on Robert Downey Jr’s watch collection, and you can imagine Tony Stark having the same collection. From a slick vintage Baume & Mercier Hampton City to a flashy and modern Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, Robert Downey Jr. has a collection of timepieces that would make any watch enthusiasts’ jaw drop.

Gordon Ramsay Omega Seamaster 007 Limited Edition

Omega Seamaster James Bond 007 Limited Edition Men's Watch 212.30.41.20.01.001
Omega Seamaster James Bond 007 Limited Edition

A name that is highly familiar to food lovers, Gordon Ramsay is a British chef best known for his reality television shows. Not only is Ramsay a highly skilled chef, but he also has a habit of chewing contestants alive and dropping f-bombs. His curse-laden rants are a thing to behold, and while badass and chef rarely appear in the same sentence, you can bet that Gordon Ramsay will be included in that topic arises.

Amazingly, Gordon Ramsay does not just have good taste in food; he also has an impeccable taste for his timepieces. He, like other celebrity chefs wears luxury watches.

Rolex is the main course, but he also throws in some Omega and even Breitling timepieces if the occasion calls for it.

One of his Omega watches is a limited-edition James Bond 007 version that is pretty challenging to find online nowadays. We listed down all the watches that Gordon Ramsay wears, and we have to admit that we are impressed with his collection, which made us give this hotheaded chef a badass stamp of approval.

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