Bradley Cooper's Watch in Aloha

Last Updated: January 5, 2019
Written by Andre Wallace

Bradley Cooper wears an IWC Big Pilot IW500901 in the movie Aloha

Bradley Cooper plays Brian Gilcrest, a military pilot contractor that needs to return to Hawaii to oversee the traditional blessing of a pedestrian gate. This gate is important to billionaire Carson Welch’s (Bill Murray) plans to construct a space centre nearby.

On arrival in Hawaii, Brian finds his ex-girlfriend Tracy (Rachel McAdams) married with two kids. One of which he later finds out is actually his daughter.

Emma Stone plays Captain Allison Ng, a young spritely “quarter Hawaiian” love interest that shares the same fascination with space and exploration as Brian did as a youngster. Brian would eventually turn his affections from Tracy to Allison.

Whilst generally considered a box-office flop (generating $26 million at a cost of $52 million), I really enjoyed seeing Bradley Cooper wear a watch he clearly admires, in a plot line that makes complete sense for him do do so (ie a pilot wearing a pilot watch).

Bradley Cooper's IWC Big Pilot

Bradley Cooper - IWC Big Pilot (Emma Stone)
Bradley Cooper's IWC Big Pilot in Aloha

Cooper wears the statement watch throughout the movie. There's actually few scenes where he doesn't wear it. This wasn't some prop decision, this is most likely Cooper's personal watch as he is a long-time fan of IWC.

He's been spotted wearing the exact same watch multiple times, including to the tennis with Gerrard Butler and to the movie premier of the Guardians of the Galaxy (both below):

Bradley Cooper - IWC Big Pilot - Off screen

In 2018, IWC decided to cement their relationship with Cooper by making him an official brand ambassador saying:

“With his pursuit of quality and creativity, he is a perfect match for IWC”

Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV

The IWC Big Pilot is an impressive watch that incorporates vintage 1930’s design into a practical, well designed iconic timepiece.

If you like larger watches and have a good sized budget to spend, this is definitely worth adding to your shortlist.

Specifications

  • Case size: 46mm
  • Case thickness: 16mm
  • Movement: IWC in-house calibre 5111
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Band material: Calf leather (Santoni)
  • Band width: 20mm
  • Water resistance: 60m / 200 feet

Features

  • Date display at 6 o’clock and day at 3 o’clock
  • 7 day power reserve
  • Case is protected against magnetic fields
  • Large, easy to read numerals on the face

Pros

  • At 46mm, this watch WILL make a statement
  • Iconic design stays true to original 1930’s model
  • Whopping 7 day power reserve
  • Luminous hands super easy to read on large black dial

Cons

  • Not very affordable
  • This is a BIG watch – will take some getting used to if you haven’t worn a 46mm watch before

Citizen Eco-Drive Avion – Cheaper Alternative to the IWC Big Pilot

Want to pull off a similar look to the IWC Big Pilot, but don’t have that sort of cash handy? Then, the Citizen Eco-Drive Avion is a great choice.

Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV

Featuring a slightly smaller size of 45mm and also in stainless steel, the Citizen Eco-Drive Avion might be the sensible introduction to big watches you need before investing in something more expensive.

Specifications

  • Case size: 45mm
  • Case thickness: 13.5mm
  • Movement: Japanese quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Band material: Calf leather
  • Band width: 23mm
  • Water resistance: 100m / 330 feet

Features

  • Chronograph with 1/5th second and 12/24 hour time.
  • Date display between 4 & 5 o’clock.
  • Solar powered battery

Pros

  • Solar powered – no need to change batteries. Ever.
  • Much more affordable than the IWC Big Pilot
  • Vintage design inspired by 1950’s
  • Large 45mm size is still a big statement

Cons

  • Dial readability is good, but is more crowded than the IWC Big Pilot
  • Quartz movement, not automatic like the IWC

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