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Here’s How to Get Your Hands on John Wick’s Watch

Some movie characters wear iconic costumes that make them identifiable at a glance, while others wear accessories so subtle that viewers might have to rewatch the movie to notice them or appreciate how they impact storytelling. One of these accessories is timepieces. Watches are commonly used on the silver screen. In fact, some of the greatest timepieces have made cameos in James Bond, Apollo 13, Apocalypse Now, and other blockbuster hits.

One of the most iconic examples in recent years is the watch worn in the John Wick film series: the Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate.

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The good news is, John Wick is back—bigger, bolder, and badder than ever, in John Wick: Chapter 4. In the newest installment he’s out for revenge against the members of the High Table that want him dead, with an arsenal of new, custom weapons and a high-tech ballistic suit, but on his wrist is that same, trusted timepiece from Carl F. Bucherer.

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John Wick’s watch

The Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate is as classy and fashion-forward as Keanu Reeves, the actor playing the part of John Wick. This timeless model was inspired by classic dress watches of the 1960s, which is the same decade that produced the character’s 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. At just 8.75mm thick, the Manero AutoDate is thin, making it not only perfect for action-packed scenes but also black-tie events.

At a glance, this three-hand model displays the time and date. The display is housed in a stainless steel case with a diameter of 38 millimeters. The mechanism can be admired through its transparent sapphire caseback. Additionally, it has an elegant white dial featuring index hour markers and silver-tone luminescent hands. It is finished with a black alligator leather strap.

What makes this luxury watch action-ready—and very suitable for a legendary assassin like John Wick—is its reliable automatic caliber and scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Furthermore, it is powered by the CFB 1965 caliber automatic movement, is water resistant up to 30 meters and boasts a 42-hour power reserve.

Although the Carl F. Bucherer Manero is visible in the entire movie, it’s creatively incorporated into the storyline, never feeling like heavy-handed product placement or forced advertisement. For instance, John Wick subtly checks the time during fight scenes. Though the timepiece can be seen, John Wick wears it on the inside of his wrist. According to Chad Stahelski, the movie’s co-director, the character wears it that way to protect it during action-packed scenes, which is similar to how soldiers wear their watches when out in combat.

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Carl F. Bucherer: About the brand

Swiss businessman Carl Friedrich Bucherer founded the brand in 1888. Known for minimalist watches, the company takes pride in being one of the few remaining Swiss watch manufacturers still owned by its founding family. Combining timelessness and cutting-edge technology to showcase fine watchmaking expertise, Carl F. Bucherer watches stand the test of time.

Carl F. Bucherer may be seen as a relatively new player in the film industry but there’s no denying that the luxury watch brand’s partnership with John Wick is considered one of the most successful movie collaborations to date. John Wick: Chapter 4 is on track to be a monster hit—in just the first week it’s grossed nearly $100 million, with a score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. A fifth chapter in the John Wick saga has already been announced. For Carl F. Bucherer, this should be a successful partnership for years to come.

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Looking to get your very own John Wick watch? Check out our luxury watch store to browse our extensive selection of Carl F. Bucherer timepieces.

About The Author: Tom Roth


Born in Washington state, Tom developed an interest in photography during college at University of San Diego. There, he got started in music journalism, interviewing artists and taking photos at concerts. A life-long tinkerer and collector, it wasn’t long before Tom became fascinated with fountain pens and watches.

Those interests collided in November 2020 when Tom started at Feldmar Watch Company where he lives out every watch geek’s dream: photographing and writing about timepieces. When he’s not tinkering with his watch collection, Tom can be found traveling, biting his nails while watching PNW sports teams, and taking flying lessons.

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