Watch-Spotting: Lost in Translation

It’s hard to believe that Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation was released some ten years ago. This horophile recently sat down to watch the film for a second time, and found that it hasn’t lost an iota of the charm that it had, when it first premiered in 2003. In fact, this editor can now better relate to the film but the real reason you’re reading about this film now is because an iconic watch has been spotted on one of the lead’s wrists.

Director Sofia Coppola only wanted Bill Murray for the male lead role.

Director Sofia Coppola only wanted Bill Murray for the male lead role.

Lost in Translation features Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson playing Bob Harris and Charlotte respectively. Both characters are going through challenging times, with Murray’s Harris dealing with a dwindling career, a midlife crisis, and a stale marriage, opposite to Johansson’s Charlotte, a newlywed who’s frequent abandonment by her photographer husband has her questioning her life. The two meet in the beautiful Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel (where they are both staying), and form a platonic relationship which develops against the backdrop of several adventures in Tokyo.

A scene close to the end of the movie frame’s Harris whispering something inaudible into Charlotte’s ear, and it’s here that we noticed that Murray’s character is wearing a Rolex. More specifically, it’s a Datejust with a black-dial, fluted bezel and a jubilee band. The watch is visible on Harris’ wrist earlier in the film but this scene gives the best view of the piece by far. The picture below shows the watch fairly clearly and the interesting thing is that the crown appears to be pulled out. We reckon this might be a goof on the part of the film’s crew but we were pleased to find that we were still discovering things about this charming film.

Much like we'll never really know what Harris said to Charlotte, we'll never know why the crown is pulled out in this shot.

Much like we’ll never really know what Harris said to Charlotte, we’ll never know why the crown is pulled out in this shot.

If you haven’t seen Lost in Translation yet, we highly recommend that you go out and rent or buy it, particularly if you’re in your thirties, and you’ve traveled and ‘lived’ a little. The first time this editor saw it was when he was in his 20s, and there were definitely elements that were missed.

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