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The Seiko H558/H601 Sport Divers watch in Film

It's not every day that a watch such as the (Seiko divers watch) is seen in Films made for TV, but it's Grand history of use in films is well established, with such compelling names as (James Bond, 007) and other Box Office hit's such as (Jaws and Apocalypse Now) as well as going back to a well known film called (The Deep). There are many more film credits of use for the Seiko watch brand with too many to list.

Such films have helped to push the Seiko Divers watch brand to worldwide fame, not only to the everyday Seiko watch customer or collectors of Seiko watches that were already familar with it's high quality watch name, but rather also to the general watch wearing sport minded individual as well that generally wasn't familar with the Seiko name or fine quality of watch that they produced in it's various line ups.

This of course, led to many thousands of additional sales beyond Seiko's normal customer base with the seiko (6105 and 6309 Divers watch) helping to set in-stone the quality & reliability of the Seiko Divers watch reputation, as one of the best Dive watches available for adventure & sports minded people all over the world for any activity land sea & air.

The fame of the worldwide admired Body Builder turned actor (Arnold Schwarzenegger) helped propel the Seiko Hybrid H558 to Wis stardom. He sported the Seiko H558-500X (aka Arnie) Dive watch in no less than (5 Box Office Hits) on the big screen, and suddenly this unique Hybrid sport divers watch was in demand by everyone around the globe.





In the Film Commando he wore the real Arnie H558 Hybrid, but in various close-up shots of this watch when he needed to the countdown hours-left till they would harm his little daughter Jenny, they used a made for television movie prop of a double-dial LCD chrono shown below. (Quite subdued & Military looking)



The 5 films posted below show the real seiko H558 hybrid diver on his wrist in atleast the (first 3 films) listed as I mentioned earlier, and the last 2 films namely (Running man & Twins) the watch in question could have been the H558's twin brother called the (H601) Arnie and which one isn't exactly clear, but what is clear is that it's an Arnie.

1. Predator- 1987
2. Raw Deal- 1986
3. Commando- 1985
4. Running Man- 1987
5. Twins- 1988

1. Predator



2. Raw Deal




3. Commando



4. Running Man



5. Twins


He may have worn the watch in a few other films as well, but I've never noticed it positively in any of his other films that I know of. In the Film (Running man) it was only partially used in a couple screen shots & very well could have been the Arnies brother (The H601) as well as appearing in (Twins) making a rather distant appearance, where only glimpses of the watch were seen or noticed by those of us with keen eyes.

I believe that no other watch brand in history has been more associated or well known than "Seiko" for the sports minded person & adventurer, as well as professional diver in my honest opinion. It's also safe to assume that the film industry vastly helped to make this fact known to the world over the years.
The Rolex & Omega brands of the past & current "James Bond 007" films would be the next runner-up in lines since my preferences are swayed. But it's vastly true that Rolex & Omega have been exibited to Exaustingly high degree's in the Film & Movie business, throughout there glorious history from yesterday to today.

Seiko, Rolex & Omega were and still are by far, the largest portions of any watch brand used from the Sports, Digital & Divers class in the James Bond Film series, or any other Screen film in history for that matter as far as I can tell.

I trust you enjoyed this short narrative on the use of Seiko watches in the Film Industry, which is just but a small covering of the Seiko brand in film.

Thanks & Hasta La Vista- :-!
Jim

 

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Excellent write-up Jimmy! :-! I enjoyed reading it very much. I learned a lot from reading. :)

I watched his films so many times and always like them. :) Those Seiko divers look great on him.

He could have been an excellent candidate in a TV commercial. He is about to leave a Seiko AD with his new Arnie on and looks at an SA and says "I'll be back". :-d

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ok... i am going to get a seiko arnie
 

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Saw one put up for sale but it was asking for a bit too much (although I have no idea what would be a good price). It didn't look like it was in good condition too.

I wouldn't mind owning one if it was in decent condition.

I wonder what Arnie wears nowadays.

Thanks for the write up. Enjoyed it. :-!
 

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No problem, whether you like the Arnie or not is totally up to you!

That's okay UpstandingCitizen, one day we'll get you into one of these Arnies! lol

I agree (Arnies) surely are not everyones cup of tea, but they are very tough and sturdy military type sports watches, that just happen to be a shouded diver. They also are one of the most popular all-time Seiko favorites that the "populous" has made or adopted as (ICONIC) then & now.

Let's face it, watches many times are a projected statement of cause & effect that promote a message or story of who the person is that wears that watch or that personify & define them.

We all have different personalities, just as every watch also has it's own unique personality. I agree and can accept your thoughts, and thats okay mate.

The Arnies no doubt are not everyones cup of tea, but they also enjoy a (Huge following) that is all encompassing!

But they do have a very large Parade of fans!...lol- :-!

Cheers,
Jim

(I revised my thoughts for the better)

I'm totally not trying to rain on the parade (seriously, I'm not), but am I the only one who thinks that the Arnie is kind of, well...blah? :think:
 

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Nice post Jimmy;-)

I've been a fan of the Arnie since 1983. It was my daily wearer for almost 25 years:-!

Later bro:-d
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Thanks Hiro,

I fell for the Arnies many years ago, and while they are a great watch and deserve there place as an icon of WISdom, they still continue to make there loyal owners happy all these years later.

Appreciate the reply my friend-
Jimmy
 

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Thanks Adrian & Shannon,

I appreciate the replies guys, and yes the Arnies are a watch that I too have held close for many years now back into the early 1980's, and will continue to be with me till the end.

Thanks again,
Jim
 

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Great post, Jimmy! I am a big fan of the H558 Arnie too. I always wear it when I travel and make use of the dual time feature. IMO, the local time on the digital display is much much easier to read compared to GMT watch.

Considering that it "co-star" in 5 movies, I believe it is because Arnold himself chose to wear it, not because he had to. Another interesting fact is James Cameron, the director of Titanic and Avatar, who directed Arnold in "Terminator" was also spotted wearing a H558.

 

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Thanks & I totally agree about the dual-time feature Nikidasi...

I also think your right that Arnold chose to wear the watch as well as J. Cameron, as shown in the photo you attached.

Thanks & Ive seen that pic in the past, and a few of Arnold wearing the Arnie for years after these films, which show and back up that he not only wore them in the films, but liked them enough to wear them in everyday life.

Best regards mate, :-!
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Re: Hey whether you like the Arnie or not is totally up to you!

It's kind of a common sense realization,
that not everyone likes or cares for the same watches or specific models that others like or dislike, it's (a given) that people are different and have different likes and desires in all things in life which includes watches.

I agree (Arnies) surely are not everyones cup of tea, but they are a very tough and sturdy military type sports watch, that just happen to be a shouded diver. They also are one of the most popular all-time Seiko favorites that the populous has made an iconic model then & now.

FYI, The H558 & H601 Arnies are in the Shrouded Diver family.

Let's face it, watches are many times are a projected statement of cause & effect that promote a message or story of who the person is that wears that watch or that personify & define them.

We all have different personalities, just as every watch also has it's own unique personality.

lol, well enough of my blah,blah,blah...:-!

The Arnies no doubt are not everyones cup of tea, but they also enjoy a huge following.

Cheers,
Jim
For sure, dissenting opinions are to be expected, if not welcomed.

I've just never seen anyone speak of their distaste for the Arnie; a fact that I find odd, as I've seen people on this site even voice their displeasure for the forum darling, the venerable Monster.

It's definitely a case of "to each his own." :-!

Even though I don't get the Arnie at all, that shouldn't detract from the people that love it. After all, what the hell do I know? :-d
 

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I Gotta agree with you there Sir...

I've never seen anyone voice any distaste for the Arnie either, and not that I find that odd but it is unusual considering the amount of forumers on multiple forums over the years. :think:

I guess there must be a reason for that somewhere somehow, and I must admit to you that I appreciate the Arnies but I do have some displeasure of a few of the parts in its construction, one being the plastic molded shroud which have a tendancy to crack or develope a split over the years.

Well have to see if we can get you into a very nice example someday Sir, as I'm sure you would give a good review of your thoughts of the watch!

Sorry if I sounded like a hardcore gungho Arnie fan, but the fact is I am!
It's a watch that I have been attached to since I was in the Military in the 80's until now for 25 years or so, as well as many others. (I just can't help it)

Thanks for your reply & thoughts, and I respect them Garrett.
Cheers-

Jim

For sure, dissenting opinions are to be expected, if not welcomed.

I've just never seen anyone speak of their distaste for the Arnie; a fact that I find odd, as I've seen people on this site even voice their displeasure for the forum darling, the venerable Monster.

It's definitely a case of "to each his own." :-!

Even though I don't get the Arnie at all, that shouldn't detract from the people that love it. After all, what the hell do I know? :-d
 

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Great post!!! This coming from an "Arnie" (watch) fan, and an "Arnie" the man fan!! Although, I liked him much better as an actor in "Shoot em' up" movies than in his current role!!:-s
 
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