Authenticity and Adventure: The Story behind Indiana Jones' Timepiece
Indiana Jones has been a cultural icon since the first film in the franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark, was released in 1981. The adventurous archaeologist played by Harrison Ford has captured the hearts of audiences for decades with his daring exploits and quick wit. One of the many iconic parts of Indiana Jones' look is his trusty timepiece, and the brand behind the watch has recently shared some insights into how they worked to ensure authenticity in the film.
The brand in question is not specifically named, but it is clear that they were dedicated to creating a watch that truly fit the time period and character of Indiana Jones. They worked with Ben Wilkinson from the props team on the film to ensure that the watches tied in perfectly with the costumes designed by Joanna Johnston.
Johnston is a renowned costume designer, having been nominated for the Academy Award five times and winning once for her work on Lincoln. For Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth film in the series, Johnston had to create looks that were true to the era of the 1950s while also capturing the adventurous spirit of the franchise. This meant incorporating a lot of leather and khaki, as well as iconic accessories like fedoras and Indy's trusty whip.