I was watching TV the other night and randomly turned on Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 film Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. The movie takes place in Los Angeles and features a group of surfers who use masks of former Presidents to disguise themselves while robbing various banks.
I had seen the film a bunch of times before, but never since becoming a watch addict. Perhaps that is why this time around I could not believe what Patrick Swayze was rocking on his wrist before the surfers’ first bank robbery. Right after the ex-presidents put their masks on and right before they enter the bank, Patrick Swayze looks down at his watch and yells, “The little hand says it’s time to rock and roll!”
Swayze’s watch that the camera focuses on is a quartz Breitling Navitimer known as the Breitling Pluton. I had no idea that this watch was ever made! It was definitely before my time. Watching Breitling release a Navitimer model with an exhibition caseback that displays the brand’s first ever in-house chronograph movement can easily make us forget about the previous Navitimer models that were released before it.
The Pluton was first introduced by Breitling in 1980 and was one of the first quartz chronographs the brand ever made. The model was designed for military pilots and had a digital display at 6 o’clock. In 1986, the steel version of the Pluton was upgraded and referred to as the “New Pluton.”
The New Pluton was made with a variety of bezel options. The ex-presidents’ ring leader in Point Break was rocking a Pluton with a bezel featuring a 60-minute countdown timer. The watch was operated by the Japanese Miyota Y652 movement and its functions included two timezones, a split-seconds chronograph, the date and an alarm. Pretty cool, huh?