Brad Pitt didn’t wear a watch to accept his 2020 Oscar, but he wore this in his award-winning performance Brad Pitt didn’t wear a watch to accept his 2020 Oscar, but he wore this in his award-winning performance

Brad Pitt didn’t wear a watch to accept his 2020 Oscar, but he wore this in his award-winning performance

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Editor’s note: Last night, Brad Pitt won the 2020 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Cliff Booth in the Quentin Tarantino thriller Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. While his tailored shirt cuff didn’t reveal his watch during his acceptance speech, if he was wearing one we can be fairly confident it would have been a Breitling, given his membership in the Breitling Cinema Squad. If our dreams could come true, however, it would have been the watch he wore during his award-winning performance as a Hollywood stuntman in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. In case you missed the story around the era-incorrect watch, we’re recapping it right here. 

Last night I went to see the new Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and while plot tension and A-grade acting kept me on the edge of my seat, I was kept guessing by what Brad Pitt’s character was wearing on his wrist. So what was Brad Pitt’s watch?

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Brad Pitt played the character of stunt double Cliff Booth. Image: Columbia Pictures.

As the movie progressed, I could tell it was a gold watch, worn on a bund strap, and it was a chronograph of some kind in a bullhead configuration (with the pushers at the top of the watch). But the brand escaped me. Was it a Seiko? A Lemania? I wasn’t able to confirm, so I rushed from the cinema once the film finished, and found there were a few others who were interested in Brad Pitt’s watch as well. As it turns out, the watch was a Citizen 8110 chronograph, an interesting choice for a watch, not only because of how specific the piece was, but also because it was period incorrect.

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A Citizen Challenge Timer chronograph. Image gregoriades.com

As Worn & Wound reported, the watch worn by Brad didn’t exist in 1969, the year Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is set, and wasn’t released until 1972. A minor oversight by Mr Tarantino but regardless, an inclusion in the film that will no doubt see a price spike in gold bullhead chronographs as people try to get their hands on Cliff Booth’s watch.