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Most often, a watch is just a watch. But then there are times when you see a watch and go “Hey, isn’t that the watch from that movie?” Yes, cinema does, indeed, play a huge role in today’s society. Some movies we just watch to chill and unwind. But then, there are those that really stick with us. Sometimes, the movies or scenes are so iconic we can’t help but pay attention to all the details.
And for watch lovers, this means taking a closer look at the screen to see what watch our favourite characters are wearing. Well, if you’re particularly curious about the Men in Black watch, we’ve got you covered. No need to pause the film to try and decipher exactly which watch our favourite agents have on. We know what you’re looking for and we’ve got the info you need.
What is Men in Black?
Unless you are one of the few people who have never heard of Men in Black, we assume that you have, at the very least, general knowledge of the franchise. Still, let’s go through a quick rundown. Men in Black is a well-loved film series that began with the first film in 1997. It was followed by two sequels in 2002 and 2012, and a spinoff movie, Men in Black: International, in 2019.
The movie franchise revolves around the Men in Black (MIB), a secret organisation that regulates alien activity on Earth and fights against extraterrestrial threats against humanity. The first three movies starred Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K and Will Smith as Agent J. For the fourth installation, however, the movie takes place in the London chapter of MIB and stars Tessa Thompson as Agent M and Chris Hemsworth as Agent H.
As the name suggests, the Men in Black agents are always seen wearing a crisp black suit as they go about their daily business of apprehending alien criminals and protecting the universe. But an outfit would not be complete without some accessories. For the Men in Black agents, these include a pair of shades and a neuralyzer for wiping out the memories of bystanders, some handy weapons for badass fighting, and of course, a handsome Men in Black watch as the cherry on top.
The Men in Black Watches
The Hamilton Ventura is the official watch for the Men in Black. Since its inclusion in the wardrobe for the first movie in 1997, it’s been a part of every Men in Black film to date. But the Men in Black watch isn’t actually a singular watch. The Hamilton Ventura is an iconic collection from the watch brand, and a few of its models have made their way into the film. Let’s take a look at the different watches that have been worn by the agents through the years.
1. Hamilton Ventura Chrono Quartz
For big fans of the film — or for those who’ve just recently seen it — you might recall a specific scene in Men in Black 2 that took place in a locker at Grand Central Station. A series of clues to uncovering the truth about the Light of Zartha lead both Agent K and Agent J to a mysterious locker. Upon opening, they discover a community of tiny aliens living within the locker. These aliens have grown to worship Agent K as their savior and built a religion around some items he has left for them to safeguard. The items serve as the next set of clues and include Agent K’s wristwatch and an old video store membership card (remember those things?). However, upon retrieving the watch, the alien colony panicked as their sacred monument is no more. Quick on his feet, Agent J starts to remove his own wristwatch to replace Agent K’s. The alien colony rejoices and starts worshipping Agent J as their new god.
This scene is one of the most iconic ones in the entire film series, thanks to the humorous idea of a tiny alien society not only living in a locker in Grand Central Station but also creating a religion off of regular human possessions. It prominently features Agent J’s watch, which is actually the Hamilton Ventura Chrono Quartz. Agent J is again seen with the iconic watch in the third installment, but with not as much screen time as the previous film. Since being featured in the films, the watch has gained popularity among watch enthusiasts.
The Hamilton Ventura Chrono Quartz Specs
It’s no wonder why the team behind Men in Black ended up choosing this futuristic watch. The Hamilton Ventura is known for its distinct triangular case and daring design. This quartz watch has a shield-like stainless steel case with a cool wing-like design on the sides for a contemporary vibe. The watch has a handsome black leather strap with a folding clasp and 50m water-resistance – perfect for everyday use. Its watch crystal is made from sapphire glass which is perhaps the most scratch-resistant among the crystals. In fact, only a few minerals — such as diamond — are able to scratch it.
This Men in Black watch has a pretty unusual design that makes it even more desirable. Its dial is not your typical round or even rectangular shape. The numberless dial takes on a somewhat rounded triangle shape and is in a cool black tone. It has silver dots for the hour markers and a matching set of silver watch hands in a pointed and arrow style. Aside from the hands and indexes, this watch also features three silver sub-dials and a small date window. As this watch is seen along with the iconic MIB black suits, you can surely have it on you for more formal events. However, the watch would still look great dressed down in a more casual everyday look. It’s versatile, comfortable, and quite a stunning accessory.
2. Hamilton Ventura Auto
With the fourth installment of the beloved film series, the audience bids goodbye to Agent K and Agent J. The film introduces a new set of faces to battle out the aliens and save mankind. One of the new additions to the Men in Black is Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth plays the role of Agent H, MIB UK’s top agent who has developed a God complex that has made him disregard his regular duties at the agency.
Despite the absence of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the series continues with one original cast member. That is, of course, the Hamilton Ventura. However, in this case, the Hamilton Ventura looks a bit different. In the film, Hemsworth is seen wearing the Hamilton Ventura Auto. The Ventura Auto shares similar features with the previous Men in Black watch such as the iconic Hamilton Ventura triangular case.
The Hamilton Ventura Auto Specs
The Hamilton Ventura Auto runs on a three-hand automatic movement. It has an amazing power reserve that lasts up to 80 hours on full, and it is adorned with intricate snail and pearled patterns. The watch also has a water-resistance of 50m which is more than enough for regular, everyday use.
The watch has a stainless steel case with a matching silver-tone wing-like design on the sides. This is paired well with a brown calf leather strap with a grained imitation alligator top pattern. Protecting the dial, we have a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The numberless silver dial has a beautiful skeleton design that allows you to have a peek at the watch mechanisms at work. Completing the look, we have some clean silver lines and silver and red watch hands.
3. Hamilton Ventura Quartz
Chris Hemsworth isn’t the only new face in town. Tessa Thompson also joins the Men in Black as rookie Agent M. As a child, Molly learned about the Men in Black’s existence as she witnessed them neuralyzing her parents. Twenty years later, we see her devote her entire life to the search for aliens and the MIB until she finally tracks down the location of the headquarters and walks right in. Impressed by this, the Head of the MIB decides to grant her probationary agent status and sends her off to the agency’s London branch. There, she meets and partners up with Agent H. Molly is given the new name, Agent M, and puts on the iconic Men in Black suit. Of course, the MIB suit would not be complete without a Men in Black watch of her own.
The Hamilton Ventura Quartz Specs
The Hamilton Ventura Quartz is Agent M’s Men in Black watch of choice. As it is a Ventura watch, it shares a similar design to Agent H’s watch. It has that iconic stainless steel case shaped similar to a shield. The watch also sports the same winged design seen on the previous Men in Black watches. This silver-tone case is paired quite well with a handsome black leather strap that dons a cool grained imitation lizard pattern. The handsome pattern really adds a nice layer of texture to the watch’s overall aesthetic.
Matching the black strap, we have a numberless black dial. It has silver-tone indexes and watch hands, the latter in a pointed shape for the hour and minute hands and an arrow style for the second hand. The dial also has this cool pulse-like design displayed across it in silver ink. In terms of protection, the watch has a sturdy mineral crystal and a decent 50m water-resistance.
Best Hamilton Ventura Watches
The Hamilton Ventura is an iconic watch collection that isn’t just known for its role as the official Men in Black watch. When Hamilton had first released the original Hamilton Ventura watch in 1957, it had made watchmaking history. The Ventura became the first electrical, battery-powered watch in the world. And thanks to its unique and unusual design, it soon became a crowd favourite. Since its debut in the late ’50s, the Ventura collection has gained many more watch models under its name including the Men in Black watches. Let’s take a look at the other watches in the collection.
Hamilton Ventura S Quartz
This one is for the ladies out there who love a white and silver combo. The Hamilton Ventura S Quartz has that iconic Ventura case, but for this model, the triangular shape is stretched to the side rather than vertically. It has a stainless steel case with a pretty scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The watch has a lovely white strap in durable rubber. It has a numberless mother of pearl dial with clean and sharp lines. Lastly, the watch has a water-resistance of 50m which is more than enough for regular use.
Hamilton Ventura Open Heart Auto
The Hamilton Ventura Open Heart Auto has that typical Ventura look. But what makes this watch extra special is its open heart design. It has a numberless black dial with complementing silver accents. A portion of the dial is cut out to let you see the mechanisms of the automatic movement at work. Speaking of the movement, this watch’s automatic movement has a generous power reserve of up to 80 hours. It is also water-resistant up to 50 metres. The watch has a stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal, and a handsome black leather strap.
Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Auto
Our last Hamilton Ventura watch pays tribute to the king himself, Elvis Presley. The Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Auto runs on an automatic movement and has a power reserve of 80 hours to commemorate what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday. It has an asymmetric stainless steel case, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a durable black rubber strap. The numberless dial has a pretty cool design that has a mix of lines that add depth and texture. It also has a lovely pop of orange as an accent color. Lastly, this watch also features a small date window at 3 o’clock.
Hamilton’s Role in Cinema
The Hamilton Ventura is known to be the official Men in Black watch. However, this is definitely not Hamilton’s first rodeo when it comes to the big screen. Since 1932, Hamilton has played a huge role in cinema. The watch brand has been supplying the movie industry with many watches that capture the style and essence of the various characters we see on screen. To date, Hamilton has been a part of over 500 major films.
Often, watches in movies are just part of a character’s outfit. But then sometimes, the watch itself gets the spotlight in a scene. The Men in Black watch is iconic for its funny and unusual role in the film. But what made people really fall in love with it is its daring and futuristic design that just fits the whole MIB vibe. Who wouldn’t want to wear a watch that made you feel closer to being a badass agent saving the world from alien invaders? The Men in Black watch definitely has so much to offer when it comes to nostalgia and aesthetics. And the great thing about it is that you can have one on your wrist if you wanted to. It’s cool, accessible, and MIB-approved.
Hamilton has been known for being the go-to Hollywood watch brand. And MIB isn’t the only major movie that features it prominently. Take a look at our feature on the Hamilton watches in the Interstellar movie.
Photo Credits: Movie stills courtesy of IMDB and Columbia Pictures and featured photo courtesy of Hamilton’s Instagram page.