Today marks the release of Confess, Fletch both in theaters and digitally, for your home-viewing pleasure. It’s also something of a special film for this author as I had a chance to work behind-the-scenes with the film’s prop master, Catherine Miller (whom you might remember from our features on Uncut Gems and Severance) in choosing the perfect replica watches that appears on Fletch’s wrist.
As you might expect, the process of making a movie is not a short one. It was about a year-and-a-half ago that our conversations began about picking a watch for this character. The only direction I received is that they wanted a steel 1:1 fake Rolex sports watch, and vintage would be preferable. My gears began turning, and I immediately thought of the two most iconic watches possible: The super clone Rolex Daytona and the Submariner. And so we sent along two watches for the prop and costume fittings.
The first was a steel AAA replica Rolex Daytona ref. 6262 from 1970 with a silver dial on a jubilee bracelet, and the other a copy Rolex Submariner Ref. 1680 from 1978 with patinated markers. Word came back fast that the Sub was the choice.
For a few months, as the movie was in the throes of production, I tried to find little nuggets online – to see the perfect replica Rolex I helped choose in action. Hamm had something of a viral moment when he was captured during a filming break with the dog of a passerby on the streets of Boston. Not one to normally be taken by a canine headline, I clicked in for the watch and there it was.
Soon after, I learned that Hamm was so taken with the luxury fake Rolex Submariner that he’d wear it whether or not the cameras were rolling. Eventually, filming wrapped and the watch made it back to me. Now, it wasn’t my personal copy watch or anything, but I must say it was neat to see it again and feel how it had changed, spiritually speaking. When I sent it off it was but a normal Rolex Submariner 1680 replica for sale. But when I got it back it had a certain star quality to it.
I’ve officially watched the film and was delighted to see that the Swiss made fake Rolex gets some serious screen time – and it looks great on Fletch. Confess, Fletch finds the character caught up in a confusing plot. He’s fallen in love with an Italian Count’s daughter in Rome before traveling to Boston to catch the unsavory characters who’ve stolen the Count’s impressive collection of paintings. Oh, and he’s also accused of murder.
Like any good pulpy mystery, this one is full of twists and misdirections. It’s also jarring to see Hamm fill in for Chase – he even wears a Los Angeles Lakers hat as an homage to the way Chase wore a purple Lakers jersey in the original film. But Chase’s Fletch didn’t wear a cheap fake Rolex Submariner, and Hamm’s does (so he gets extra points). And Mad Men fans will be happy to see that Hamm and John Slattery (who played Roger Sterling on the hit AMC show) are also reunited in this one.
The high quality replica Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 is a very important watch in Rolex history. It was the first reference to debut a Submariner with a date complication beneath the cyclops magnifier. And part of the appeal of the watch for the Fletch character is the connection of the top super clone Rolex Submariner Date with a certain other actor portraying a journalist on-screen. You might recall that Robert Redford wore his personal Red Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 replica for sale in All the President’s Men (1976). Well, Fletch plays a former investigative journalist turned full-time freelancer in this film. I think a Red Sub would have been a touch too on-the-nose. But this Rolex Submariner 1680 fake for sale works for Hamm’s Fletch. It’s a bit vintage, like the franchise itself, and yet timelessly able to work within a modern movie like this one.