|Wonder Woman Movie 2017. *Photo: DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel & Unusual Films|
|World War I soldiers. The one in front has a wristwatch. Photo: Wikipedia|
|Chris Pine as Steve Trevor is not wearing the watch here, which would be over his sleeve. Photo: DC Entertainment*|
|A World War I style wristwatch. Photo: Wikipedia|
Even earlier pocket-watch-to-wristwatch conversions were literally pocket watches with the crown still at the 12:00 position that were mated to a leather strap. I believe that is the type that the character Steve Trevor had. Steve claimed that his watch was an old pocket watch that his father had given him. Presumably it would have been an American brand like Waltham who made millions of watches. Steve's character was a bit of a super hero himself having lived at least 3 careers as a pilot, soldier and spy in the span of America's short involvement in the war.
|A wonderful pocket watch conversion into a wristwatch made by MK Leathers. Photo: http://mkleathers.pl|
Unfortunately for the Watch Hunter, Steve's pocket watch was on the screen so fast that I could not tell the brand or other details. For all I know, it could simply be a movie prop devised without any real-world company on the dial. It looks like we will have to wait until Wonder Woman is released on Blu-Ray so that I can examine the watch in more detail. Until then, comments about this film are made from my memory... so please take them with a grain of salt.
|Steve Trevor's watch can barely be seen here, and no positive identification can be made. Photo: DC Entertainment*|
|Morons! This is a DC film!|
My wife heard me say "NOOOO!!! OH MY GOD!!!" and asked me what was wrong. I am sure that she thought I had put my hand on a half-chewed piece of gum under the seat... or maybe I was being attacked by bed bugs.
I just muttered.... "IT TICKED!...the seconds hand on Steve's watch TICKED!" This earned me a strange look as if to say "Yeah so... watches tick. What's your problem?"
The problem was that the animators had unknowningly committed horological treason. Any good watch collector knows that the only watches that TICK are quartz watches†, and those were invented by Seiko in 1969, which is at least 52 years later than the movie's timeframe. Only mechanical watches existed during World War I so the ticking hand was clearly a mistake.
When I say "TICK", I mean that the seconds hand on a quartz watch jumps directly from one second marker to the next. The seconds hand on a mechanical watch sweeps smoothly in a continuous motion, or at least appears this way (there are actually many little jumps per seconds that looks like smooth motion to the human eye). In film terms, the quartz watch would be like a film shot at a jerky1-frame-a-second and a mechanical watch would be the equivalent of 5-frames-per-second making the appearance of a much smoother movie.
Another possible issue is that watches of that era favored a small seconds sub-dial as seen on the Illinois pocket watch below. This is different than a seconds hand that is on the same register as the hours and minutes. The ticking watch in the credits had a central seconds hand so now I am really curious what Steve's prop looks like throughout the movie... I don't recall seeing a sub-dial. I really should have paid closer attention.
|An American made Illinois pocket watch|
Did this ticking watch ruin the movie for me? Don't be ridiculous.... I barely noticed the watch when Gal Gadot was on screen. However, I will have to make a note to see if the movie prop watch ticked the seconds like a quartz watch or displayed them with a mechanical sweeping hand. If Steve's watch ticks... I would be tempted to say "Don't you know this is supposed to be a mechanical watch not a quartz watch, morons!" except this time the "morons" would NOT be silent. ha ha.
†Horological nerds know that a watch complication exists called a "dead beat seconds" but that is usually reserved for big ticket watches, not Steve's watch. Ironically, the effect of this complication is to mimic the look at a quartz watch. Nobody ever said watch collectors are logical... Read more about that on Watch & Wound.