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Celebrities Wearing IWC Watches

More often than not, celebrities are spoiled for choice when choosing a luxury watch for their wrist so it’s particularly noteworthy to see so many opt for an IWC watch.  From Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Bradley Cooper, Ben Stiller to even fellow Brits like Sacha Baron Cohen and Ed Sheeran, celebrities from all industries are relishing in the sophistication of IWC watches.


For us, it’s no surprise that IWC watches are so popular with celebrities. For over 150 years, IWC Schaffhausen has remained one of the world’s leading luxury watch brands with a prowess for combining immaculate precision with a breathtaking design flair. Their IWC Portugieser and IWC Pilots collections in particular reign supreme with elegant case designs, unique complications, and rare limited editions.



Interestingly, while other luxury watch brands like Rolex and Audemars Piguet are largely known for creating bespoke one-of-a-kind timepieces for their celebrity clients, IWC Schaffhausen rarely have a need to do this since so many celebs enjoy their “standard” collections. These collections are just as accessible to red carpet-walkers as they are to the everyday public and if that doesn’t speak to the quality and innovation of IWC watches, we don’t know what does!


Before we dive into which celebrities are wearing IWC watches, it’s worth noting that many of the IWC watch releases mentioned below are available to order on the Jura Watches website. With that in mind, if you’d like to match your wrist wear to your favourite movie actor or sports star, you can shop all the new IWC watch arrivals on our website here or by getting in touch with the Jura Watches team on 01335 453453 or at


John Malkovich wears the IWC Big Pilots 5002 ‘Original’



Of Mice and Men and Dangerous Liaisons star, John Malkovich, has been a fan of IWC watches for many years, noted here as he wears the IWC Big Pilots IW500201 watch, the brand’s first Big Pilot nicknamed the ‘5002’. Its design takes many cues from the original 55mm B-urh with a large 46mm stainless steel case, highly legible black dial and comfortable brown buffalo leather strap.




Quentin Tarantino wears the IWC Big Pilots IW500401



American film director, Quentin Tarantino can be seen here wearing the IWC Big Pilots IW500401 watch, another stunning pilot’s instrument inspired by the brand’s aviation history. It features a classic 46mm stainless steel case, a smooth black dial with luminous markings and the 51110 automatic winding movement. Unfortunately, reference IW500401 is no longer on the market, however for an almost exact modern interpretation, check out the IWC Big Pilots IW501001.




Bradley Cooper wears the IWC Big Pilot IW500401 



Just like Quentin Tarantino, American film actor Bradley Cooper loves the IWC Big Pilot IW500401 and has been spotted wearing it both on and off screen. While some may argue the star is a little bias because of his status as an IWC brand ambassador, there’s no denying he has a genuine appreciation for the brand. Just pop his name into a search engine and you’ll soon see that in almost every red carpet image or paparazzi shot, his wrist is dedicated entirely to the IW500401 model.




Jason Bateman wears the IWC Portugieser IW500703



Actor Jason Bateman recently collected his award for Outstanding Actor in TV Drama Series (Ozark) wearing the IWC Portugieser IW500703. Perfectly paired with his classic black suit, the timeless design of the IWC Portugieser Automatic has become one of the brand’s most popular designs for its balanced dial, ergonomically optimized strap horns and remarkable IWC-manufactured 52010-calibre which delivers an impressive 7-day power reserve.




Ben Stiller wears the IWC Big Pilots IW500401



Another American film star in love with the IWC Big Pilots IW500401 watch, Ben Stiller has been seen wearing this aviation timepiece for many years on the red carpet and during his day to day life. The sophisticated black dial, dashboard inspired numerals and the remarkable power reserve indicator provide an  unbeatable performance, all delivered in a 46mm polished stainless steel case. Sadly, as we have already mentioned, reference IW500401 is no longer on the market, but for an almost exact interpretation, check out the new IWC Big Pilots IW501001.




Sacha Baron Cohen wears the IWC Portugieser IW371610



To match the elegance of his velvet suit jacket and black bow tie, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen has been spotted sporting the stunning IWC Portugieser Chronograph IW371610 watch on the red carpet. There’s no IWC quite as sophisticated as this one with its breathtaking 41mm case engineered from 18 carat 5N yellow gold and handsome slate-coloured dial decorated with matching golden hands and appliques. To complete its aesthetic, the sporty-elegant chronograph is paired with a black alligator leather strap and matching gold pin buckle.




Mario Ballotelli wears the IWC Big Pilot IW500417



Nicknamed the ‘Andrea Concato’, this stunning IWC Big Pilot IW500417 watch was a limited edition of only 30 pieces and in luck, football legend Mario Ballotelli received one of these rare IWC watches. Its stunning rose gold case was paired with a smooth white dial, black and red accents and the 5111 automatic winding movement. Sadly, this limited editiono has now completely sold out but you can still shop a huge range of IWC limited editions at the link below.




Michael Jordan wears the IWC Big Pilots IW500202



Another stunning IWC limited edition, the IWC IW500202 was nicknamed the ‘Platinum Blue’ or the ‘Jordan’ for its exceptional platinum and blue aesthetic and for its status as one of Michael Jordan’s favourite pieces of wrist wear. The pilots watch was even the former professional basketball player’s timepieces of choice when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 from President Barack Obama. The limited edition of 500 pieces has now sold out, but you can find a similar looking IWC Big Pilots watch here.




Ed Sheeran wears the IWC Big Pilot IW500901



While performing at London’s Wembley Stadium, popstar Ed Sheeran was spotted wearing another of IWC’s Big Pilot models, the IW500901. This stunning aviation inspired piece is still available on the market today and for obvious reasons remains one of the brand’s best-selling models. It’s 46mm stainless steel case sits comfortably on the wrist and is paired with the IWC-manufactured 5111 movement with a 168 power reserve, sapphire crystal glass, a black dial and a matching black leather strap.




John Krasinski wears the IWC Portugieser IW371606



For his last few red carpet appearances, The U.S Office and A Quiet Place star John Krasinski has chosen to pair his stylish suit with the IWC Portugieser Chronograph IW371606. This stunning dress watch measures to 41mm in size, perfect for any wrist, and features a classic stainless steel case, a handsome blue sunray dial and a choice of a black leather or blue leather strap. The texture of the guilloche sub dials add a subtle touch of contrast and provides small seconds and 30 minutes counter powered by the IWC manufactured 69355 calibre automatic movement.




Dwayne Johnson wears the IWC Spitfire IW503601



Last but certainly not least on our list of celebrities wearing IWC watches is the legend, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The world’s highest paid movie star could choose any watch he wanted, and yet he chooses IWC. The IWC Spitfire Perpetual IW503601 model is absolutely breathtaking with a unique bronze case, olive green dial and brown calfskin leather strap. With the help of a Pellaton winding system and two barrels, the IWC-manufactured 52615 calibre builds up a power reserve of seven days while the double moon display shows the moon correctly for both the northern and southern hemispheres.



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