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The Seiko Arnie (H558) worn by the Man himself in 5 blockbuster films!

The Seiko H558-5000 & H558-5009 Sport Divers watch in Film



It's not every day that a watch such as the (Seiko divers watch) is seen in Films made for TV, but it's Grand history of use in films is well established, with such compelling names as (James Bond, 007) and other Box Office hit's such as (Jaws and Apocalypse Now) as well as going back to a well known film called (The Deep). There are many more film credits of use for the Seiko watch brand with too many to list.

Such films have helped to push the Seiko Divers watch brand to worldwide fame, not only to the everyday Seiko watch customer or collectors of Seiko watches that were already familar with it's high quality watch name, but rather also to the general watch wearing sport minded individual as well that generally wasn't familar with the Seiko name or fine quality of watch that they produced in it's various line ups.

This of course, led to many thousands of additional sales beyond Seiko's normal customer base with the seiko (6105 and 6309 Divers watch) helping to set in-stone the quality & reliability of the Seiko Divers watch reputation, as one of the best Dive watches available for adventure & sports minded people all over the world for any activity land sea & air.



The fame of the worldwide admired Body Builder turned actor (Arnold Schwarzenegger) helped propel the Seiko Hybrid H558 to Wis stardom. He sported the Seiko H558-500X (aka Arnie) Models SPW005 & SPW001 Dive watch in no less than (5 Box Office Hits) on the big screen, and suddenly this unique Hybrid sport divers watch was in demand by everyone around the globe.




While not seen in these films, the Orange dialed H558-500A is another well beloved and rare model of the Arnie shown below.




The Seiko H601 shown below is also mentioned as the Arnie or brother to the H558, and while I subscribe to that thought it must be noted that the true Arnie is the Seiko H558 shown above. This model is nearly identicle except for the location of the LCD display, which is located at the lower portion of the dial, and many admire this model as a fantastic looking Arnie which I agree with and actually prefer, for the simple reason of viewability.




The watch is without doubt, a sport divers watch capable of many useful features not comonly seen in any other watch of the day let alone today, and has a truly unique appearance and wrist presence, while being extreamly relatively light in weight considering the Stainless steel & composit plastic polymer case make up.

Watch dimensions:

Case Diameter 46mm
Case Thickness 12mm
Lug Width: 22mm

Watch features include:

Primary digital time setting
Day/Date Calendar
Seconary digital time setting
Analog time setting
Audible (Submersible) Alarm
Hourly time & signal function
Digital display illuminating light
Stopwatch
Rotating bezel
Surface Ascent/Speed indicator



In the Film Commando he wore the real Arnie H558 Hybrid, but in various close-up shots of this watch when he needed to the countdown hours-left till they would harm his little daughter Jenny, they used a made for television movie prop of a double-dial LCD chrono shown below. (Quite subdued & Military looking)





The 5 films posted below show the real seiko H558 hybrid diver on his wrist in atleast the (first 3 films) listed as I mentioned earlier, and the last 2 films namely (Running man & Twins) the watch in question could have been the H558's twin brother called the (H601) Arnie and which one isn't exactly clear, but what is clear is that it's an Arnie.

1. Predator
2. Raw Deal
3. Commando
4. Running Man
5. Twins


1. Predator



2. Raw Deal



3. Commando



4. Running Man



5. Twins



He may have worn the watch in a few other films as well, but I've never noticed it positively in any of his other films that I know of. In the Film (Running man) it was only partially used in a couple screen shots & very well could have been the Arnies brother (The H601) as well as appearing in (Twins) making a rather distant appearance, where only glimpses of the watch were seen or noticed by those of us with keen eyes.




I believe that no other watch brand in history has been more associated or well known than "Seiko" for the sports minded person & adventurer, as well as professional diver in my honest opinion. It's also safe to assume that the film industry vastly helped to make this fact known to the world over the years.
The Rolex & Omega brands of the past & current "James Bond 007" films would be the next runner-up in lines since my preferences are swayed. But it's vastly true that Rolex & Omega have been exibited to Exaustingly high degree's in the Film & Movie business, throughout there glorious history from yesterday to today.


Seiko, Rolex & Omega were and still are by far, the largest portions of any watch brand used from the Sports, Digital & Divers class in the James Bond Film series, or any other Screen film in history for that matter as far as I can tell.



I trust you enjoyed this short narrative on the use of Seiko watches in the Film Industry, which is just but a small covering of the Seiko brand in film.


Thanks & Hasta La Vista-
Jim
 

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A beautiful thread, PJ, thanks a bunch! :thumbup1:

I'm a happy owner of a Seiko diver, and think a collector should have at least one of these classic watches.

But when I think of Arnie, I also think of Panerai and Vasheron Constantin. I think as governor he has been rocking the VC until some aid got to him and told him it was not good PR. I think a couple years ago he made a change to something far less expensive. Maybe I don't have my facts straight, but I think he has changed out to something like a Timex Triathlon or something 'of the people.'

You know, politics BS..... :glare:
 

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I guess I'm a WTF Veteran now!...The funny thing is, this is post #501 & I'm wearing

a old Vintage Levis 501 denim shirt right now!

Now that's unusual to have something work out like that...lol

I've enjoyed WTF forums a bunch, it's a great forum with a very fine membership of fello Hobbiest- :thumbup:

Thanks,
Jim


Hey Jim, that was your 500th post!
 

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Thanks Enzo...I enjoy the Arnies and talking about Vintage Seiko divers amongst Swiss

divers as well.

Yes Arnie loves his premium Swiss high-grade watches too, and I added those brands I think in the thread somewhere, maybe it was in the middle sub sentances somewhere.

Thanks and I appreciate your reply & interest very much- :thumbup:
Jim




A beautiful thread, PJ, thanks a bunch! :thumbup1:

I'm a happy owner of a Seiko diver, and think a collector should have at least one of these classic watches.

But when I think of Arnie, I also think of Panerai and Vasheron Constantin. I think as governor he has been rocking the VC until some aid got to him and told him it was not good PR. I think a couple years ago he made a change to something far less expensive. Maybe I don't have my facts straight, but I think he has changed out to something like a Timex Triathlon or something 'of the people.'

You know, politics BS..... :glare:
 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger & The Seiko H558/H601 Arnies in Film
of the Seiko Divers watch reputation, as one of the best Dive watches available for adventure & sports minded people all over the world for any activity land sea & air.
Don't let Doxa lover Clive Cussler or his action hero Dirk Pitt hear you say that!:laugh:
 

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lol, thanks CometHunter...

Hey CometHunter,
Thanks for the reply.....lol, I'm a Doxa fan & prior owner of a vintage Sub300 Poseidon model. Dirk and his Orange Sub have always wanted an Orange Arnie I think! haha

Cheers & Hasta La Vista-
Jim




Don't let Doxa lover Clive Cussler or his action hero Dirk Pitt hear you say that!:laugh:
 

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Hey CometHunter...The Doxa's & Clive Cussler are great, but here's Seiko's Orange

Arnie of which was my mine, sold about 2 yrs ago, the H558-500A.

Yep, The Doxa brand has a rich history and I have adore the Doxa Sub T-300 for many years, even had a Yellow dialed Poseidon logo example when I was in the Service back in the early 80's. I've seen the older sub models and the company emerge back into the watch business with the revived sub models & the Orange dials and designs are awesome to say the least.

But Seiko had Orange at there heart as well in various models, one of which I was struck with was the Orange Arnie H558-500A...

Watch Analog watch Light Clock Watch accessory



I wanted to come back to this thread to reply to the Clive Cussler mention & located my old watch photo on another forum post recently. Hope you enjoy! :thumbup1:

Jim




Don't let Doxa lover Clive Cussler or his action hero Dirk Pitt hear you say that!:laugh:
 
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