Our Fave Star Wars Characters & Watches We Wish They Wore
Join us on our flight of fancy to the Star Wars universe, as we dress up the wrists of some of the best-loved characters from the series
Every year the first week of May offers us the opportunity to remember one of the greatest sci-fi universes ever dreamed up - Star Wars. On the fourth day of the fifth month, “May The Fourth Be With You” recalls the blessing from one Jedi to another and this year we’re going to have a little fun with the idea, imagining the ideal watches for each of the main characters within the Star Wars universe. We’ve taken some creative license with these picks, so bear with us as we journey through a galaxy far, far away…
Luke Skywalker: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Split-Second Monopusher Chronograph with Salmon dial
This might sound like an unusual timepiece for a Jedi raised on the desert planet of Tatooine, but just as Luke Skywalker represents a pinnacle in the Star Wars universe, so too does this Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Split-Second Monopusher Chronograph (with a tasty salmon dial) represent a summit in the world of watch collecting.
Perfectly balanced and the result of decades of perpetual calendar chronograph development from Patek Philippe, the reference 5372P is one of the finest modern watches in existence. A dream piece for any serious collector, the combination of both a platinum case and warmly toned salmon dial make it an instant contemporary classic and is powered by the technically brilliant calibre CHR 27-525 PS Q that offers a study in high watchmaking.
Darth Vader: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon
Delivering a darkly powerful presence on the wrist is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon, making it a perfect fit for the red lightsaber-wielding Darth Vader. Just as Darth Vader can trace his roots to a relatively conventional upbringing, the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon comes from a legacy of traditional watchmaking, but like Vader, enjoys an aesthetic that is so futuristic it bares little resemblance to the classic tourbillons of generations past.
Powered by the cutting-edge manually wound calibre 2913, this titanium concept watch features a brushed black ceramic bezel and remarkably comfortable rubber strap, while the visual depth of the dial is created thanks to the feature of both an oscillating tourbillon and GMT indicator. Extremely desirable, but not one for those with ultra-conservative tastes, this watch represents a darker, more unflinching element within the Audemars Piguet DNA.
Han Solo: Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial
Classic, robust and ready for an adventure, both Han Solo and the quintessential travelers watch in the Rolex Explorer II with a white dial are made for journeying to uncharted shores (or planets). A little more expressive than its black-dial sibling, the white dial serves as a blank canvas for both the orange GMT hand and the stories of its owner as they venture to lands where no maps(or star charts) can serve as a guide.
Boasting a bulletproof 42mm brushed oystersteel case and matching bracelet, it’s a true go-anywhere, do-anything kind of watch and for the everyday adventurer, could easily serve as a one-watch collection. Powered by the ultra-reliable calibre 3285 with a long-lasting 70 hours of power reserve, its 100m of water resistance means you’ll never need to take it off.
Princess Leia: Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold White Dial
Princess Leia is kind, dependable and more than a little rebellious and just like her husband Han Solo, a Rolex is an ideal fit for the everyday reliability she shows her friends and family. Specifically, a classic yellow-gold Day-Date is an ideal reflection of the poise and power she possesses within the Star Wars universe, with this example featuring a clean white dial.
Measuring a universally wearable 36mm in diameter and arriving on the legendary three-link “President” bracelet, there’s a good reason so many of the world’s most influential people have selected a Day-Date as their daily companion. Powered by the venerable calibre 3155 with 48 hours of power reserve, just as you’d never wish Leia to leave your side, you won’t want to take this off your wrist.
R2D2: De Bethune DB28 Digitale
There are no prizes for guessing why we picked the avant-garde De Bethune DB28 Digitale to represent the one and only R2D2. While he doesn’t have arms to wear the remarkable independently created timepiece, the combination of its guillochéd opaline dial with glossy blue highlights is an uncanny match for the dependable co-pilot robot of Luke Skywalker.
Constructed with 45mm of titanium (an appropriate aerospace material for a droid capable of handling the merciless conditions of outer space), the case is polished to a fine finish and features futuristic-looking skeletonised lugs. While the scrolling minutes and jump hour time display reminds somewhat of a fighter control panel, the wonderfully symmetrical calibre DB2144 that’s visible through the caseback actually looks like a spacecraft.
C3PO: MB&F HM9 "Flow" Ti Road Edition
Another of the world’s most famous robot characters, C3PO shares many of the same unconventional proportions and exposed mechanics of the MB&F HM9 "Flow" Ti Road Edition. Boldly designed and thoroughly dynamic, the twin independent balance wheels are reminiscent of C3PO’s large unblinking eyes and are sure to grab as much attention as if you walked into a room with a gold droid in tow.
With an unmissable size of 57mm and constructed from titanium, this remarkable Max Busser creation is powered by the manually wound HM9 calibre with 45 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
Mandalorian: Girard Perregaux “Casquette”
While the Mandalorian we know from the recent popular TV series never made it into any of the Star Wars films, his compatriot was a key character in the form of Boba Fett. Both feature the unmistakable Mandalorian armor, the narrowly slitted helmet of which is closely linked to the hugely successful Girard Perregaux “Casquette” rerelease from 2022.
A trailblazing design when it was first launched by the brand in the 1970s, the 42mm ceramic and titanium watch features a red-on-black LED time display powered by the quartz calibre GP03980-1474.
Yoda: Urwerk UR-103.09 White Gold
I’ll admit it - this one doesn’t much look like Yoda, but then again, there’s not much that looks like Yoda. What the white gold Urwerk UR-103.09 does have in common with the large-eared Jedi legend is its whimsical way of communicating the information it records, with the time told via a set of revolving satellite hour discs.
You can’t truly listen to what Yoda is saying if you aren’t giving him your full attention and this fascinating Urwerk demands the same curiosity, measuring 50mm and powered by the impressive calibre 3.03. Complete with pale green highlights, the force is strong with this one.
Chewbacca: Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo 47mm
If Chewbacca was a watch it would be a large one, and this Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 draws a close parallel thanks to its hulking 47mm diameter and warmly toned bronze case that reminds of the Wookiee warrior’s fur. With a military green dial and oversized crown guard, it’s a watch that just like Chewbacca, reveals its personality over time.
Powered by the automatic winding P.9000 with a reliable 72 hours of power reserve, the only thing it’s missing is Chewbacca’s iconic voice.
Queen Amidala: Artisans de Genève “The Sea Shepherd Challenge”
While Queen Amidala is best remembered as the fearless leader of her Outer Rim Territories homeworld, an unforgettable part of her character was the strikingly beautiful Naboo Royal Starship that served as her spacecraft. Sleek and chromed to a mirror polish, the figure it cut as it sliced through the galaxy can’t help but be recalled when looking at this customized Artisans de Genève “The Sea Shepherd Challenge”.
Featuring a 40mm stainless steel case, this stunning timepiece boasts an aventurine glass bezel insert and dial, the latter of which has an aperture that exposes two hand-engraved moons set on a Grand Feu enamel disc. Not one for the Rolex purists, but certainly for any collector with an eye for detail and a respect for craftsmanship, it also features a bespoke sapphire crystal caseback showing off the custom calibre 3135 movement inside (complete with an aventurine inlaid rotor).