What kind of watch does Jason Bourne wear?

Last Updated: March 22, 2017
Written by Elise Tigner

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) wears a TAG Heuer Link Chronograph in The Bourne Quadrilogy.

Jason Bourne is the main protagonist in a series of novels written originally by Robert Ludlum, and then continued on Eric Van Lustbader on the event of Mr. Ludlum’s death.

The Bourne Series

In 2002 the first of the Jason Bourne novels – The Bourne Identity – was adapted to a featured film bearing the same name and starring Matt Damon as the titular anti-hero Jason Bourne. Bourne is the pseudonym of secret Treadstone agent David Webb, who suffers from a bout of amnesia and must work quickly to piece his life together.

After falling off the grid and losing his memory, Agent Webb loses contact with the CIA and his handler in the Treadstone program. They – incorrectly – assume that he has betrayed his country and send men after him. Webb himself thinks he is his cover identity – Jason Bourne – and doesn’t understand why people are after him.

Once he learns of his real identity and the massive overreach of the Treadstone program and the CIA, Bourne spends the rest of the series attempting to dismantle the agency, who in turn tries to destroy him.

Jason Bourne Tag Heuer Link Chronograph
Jason Bourne wearing the Tag Heuer Link Chronograph

The below scene of Jason escaping the embassy in the Bourne Identity is one of the best scenes to check out the Tag Link in action!

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Moving through the original trilogy (The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, & Ultimatum) and the latest fifth installment (Jason Bourne), Damon is seen wearing the same TAG Heuer Link Chronograph.

Whilst Tag have never publicly endorsed or acknowledged the model used, it is believed the exact model worn by Bourne is the Tag Heuer Link CT1111.BA0550, which was only in production for a couple of years (circa 2001) and is regularly hunted down by watch collectors and Bourne fans alike, making this model of the Link difficult to find.

The TAG Heuer Link Chronograph is a clean, professional watch put out by the TAG Heuer company that looks to stack up against watches like the Omega Seamaster. The Link Chronograph features a 41mm brushed stainless steel case and stainless band with a uniquely molded "Y" link, giving the watch a signature look.

The entire watch is stainless steel silver with a black face and silver lettering. The TAG Heuer logo is located at the twelve o’clock position. As the name states, it is a chronograph watch with chronograph functions. The chronographic complications include a twelve hour, sixty second, and 1/10th of a second hands located at the 10 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 2 o’clock positions, respectively.

The watch also features an easy to read date complication between the 4 and 5 positions. All of the hour markers are silver ticks with luminescent dots above them, and smaller luminescent ticks that serve as minute markers. The bezel is unidirectional with a luminescent dot at the top position.

The Link Chronograph has a sapphire crystal that is glare and scratch resistant for easy reading and runs on a swiss quartz engine – so it will require a battery, but won’t lose time like an automatic watch.

The TAG Heuer Link Chronograph is rated water resistance at a depth of 20 BAR/200Meters – or 660 feet. It is rated for recreational scuba use and should be just fine to take swimming.

All in all, the TAG Heuer Link Chronograph is an impressive watch fit for use by impressive individuals such as Jason Bourne – and you! And as an added bonus, it will cost you about a third of the price you'd pay for a Bond watch. 

Specifications

  • Movement: Swiss quartz
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Brushed stainless steel
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel 'Y' links
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)

Features

  • Chronograph (12 hour, 60 seconds, 1/10th of a second)
  • Brushed stainless steel on the case and bracelet
  • Unidirectional bezel

Pros

  • Affordable end of luxury
  • Suitable as an all-rounder
  • Date is easy to read

Cons

  • Quartz may put some buyers off

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