The Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick
In order to look at the possible Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick, it is important to understand the unique Rolex History as the original aviator’s timepiece maker. First, when we think of Rolex, we immediately think of the Rolex Daytona – the iconic racecar driver’s timepiece. Then, we may consider the Submariner – the leading diving timepiece. And then, some people might even think about the Yachtmaster – Regatta Sailor’s timepiece. Or the Explorer – the timepiece for climbers. However, pilot’s timepieces, are an after-thought for Rolex aficionados.
Three and a Half Rolex Pilot Watches
One of the biggest reasons, Rolex may not be as well known for its pilot watches is the fact that there are 3 distinct watches that fit the billing. Rolex designated the Sky-Dweller as its pilot’s timepiece. Rolex aptly assigned the “Dweller” title to the name. However, the GMT-Master II could easily be considered a pilot’s watch. Then, there is the Air-King.
However, if you go back to 1953, you might even loop in the original Rolex Turn-O-Graph Thunderbird as the first official Rolex aviator’s timepiece. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration Squadron made this their official timepiece. Rolex discontinued the Thunderbird in 2011.
Which Rolex is Maverick’s Top Gun?
Almost 30 years ago Top Gun made Tom Cruse a household name. Everyone learned the names of Goose, Iceman, and Maverick. The plot follows a hotshot pilot Maverick and his good-natured navigator Goose into Top Gun training school. The film is set in warm southern California. Fueled by sun, sand and the on-set chemistry of Maverick and Charlie played by Kelly McGillis, Top Gun quickly soared to the top.
Similarly, the new Top Gun Maverick, set to come out in Summer 2020, follows Tom Cruise’s character and his new on-screen romance with Jennifer Connelly.
Maverick is older. He could be a 2 star general by now. Instead, he is still a captain. He is still a great pilot and he feels most comfortable in the air. He is is the only pilot that has shot down 3 enemies. We know there will be a new conflict? Russia? China? Or something new? While, we know there must be a wrinkle. Perhaps Goose’s son comes to Top Gun. Perhaps Iceman challenges Maverick again?
Most noteworthy, we see Connelly on the back of Maverick’s motorcycle. Therefore, we know there will be a love interest for Maverick. She is a single mother and owner of the local bar. However, it seems like the ghosts of Goose and Maverick’s father may still be with him. Certainly their memories will prevent him from being truly committed to anything but his aircraft. The rush of speed quiets the memories of the past.
This is Maverick’s Time
The word maverick refers to something that blazes new trails. They are the first to achieve. In this vein, we feel that Maverick might be most likely to wear a vintage Rolex GMT-Master I. Perhaps he would remember that his dad – a successful pilot. Perhaps it is a gift from Viper – a friend of his dad’s and mentor to Maverick.
First, I think that the above GMT Master is less flashy than the standard Pepsi dial GMT. The black band from Rubber B would compliment the black dial and bezel while providing comfort when playing volleyball on the beach.
Secondly, the second timezone would allow Maverick to keep track of time and two time zones even when on an air craft carrier which was always on the move. The large luminescent hour markers provide tremendous visibility even at 45,000 feet above sea level. I am not sure if Maverick would opt for the older reference 6542, but more likely the reference 1675 which was introduced in 1959 and continued through 1980. Maverick would respect the longevity of a timepiece like this, similar to his own longevity in his role as fighter ace.