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    Timex vs Seiko as an indication of wealth in an 80's flick

    The scene below is from The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). Saw it recently and thought the way Michelle Pfeiffer's character juxtaposes the two brands was kind of fun. I wonder if anyone at my workplace notices when I switch what's strapped to my wrist...

    Anyway, the watches are mentioned in the last line; the rest is just here for context:

    50 INT. MOONLIGHT LOUNGE - BACKSTAGE - NIGHT

    Jack, wearing a Santa hat, sits on a busing cart backstage,
    smoking. Frank and Susie, in the midst of a discussion,
    are also wearing Santa hats.

    SUSIE
    Look, all I’m telling you is what Bernadette over
    the Hilton said. The nights we play, she’s drawing
    three times the tips because the Chivas is jumping
    out of the bottle and the room’s pearls instead of
    polyester.

    FRANK
    I don’t understand. You’re saying we should...

    SUSIE
    Ask for a percentage of the bar.

    FRANK
    Mel Torme doesn’t get a percentage of the bar.

    SUSIE
    Maybe he never asked.

    HOUSE MANAGER
    (passing by)
    Five minutes, Baker.

    FRANK
    (to Jack)
    You hearing this?

    JACK
    How much you say she’s drawing?

    SUSIE
    Let’s put it this way. Two months ago she’s
    wearing a Timex. Now she’s got a Seiko strapped
    to her wrist. And it sure as hell wasn’t the Hilton
    that put it there.

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    Re: Timex vs Seiko as an indication of wealth in an 80's flick

    In the early 80's when quartz technology was new Seiko was a highly respected brand above Timex but I don't think Seiko was ever an indicator of any real wealth.
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    Re: Timex vs Seiko as an indication of wealth in an 80's flick

    Quote Originally Posted by obomomomo View Post
    In the early 80's when quartz technology was new Seiko was a highly respected brand above Timex but I don't think Seiko was ever an indicator of any real wealth.
    Yeah, I've never gotten that impression either. Thought it was kinda funny that the character looked at it that way, though.

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    I frequently change watches, and I’ve never had a coworker notice. In fact, none of my coworkers wear watches.
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    Re: Timex vs Seiko as an indication of wealth in an 80's flick

    As an european: is Timex is an actual brand and not a movie joke, really??
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    Re: Timex vs Seiko as an indication of wealth in an 80's flick

    Maybe she flubbed her line and was supposed to say “grand seiko?”

    Or maybe the writers lost a bunch of money on timex stock thinking this whole quartz/digital watch craze was never going to get traction?

    Or maybe the writers didn’t know a good watch from a bad one?

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    Re: Timex vs Seiko as an indication of wealth in an 80's flick

    Ah, the 80's.......

    Not sure if that was a good or bad thing....
    "Either he's dead or my watch has stopped"
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    Re: Timex vs Seiko as an indication of wealth in an 80's flick

    Seiko was a step-up brand in those days—better than Casio and better than the old pin-pallet cheapie makers like Timex.

    The class brand for quartz ladies watches at that time was Ebel, and above that, Cartier. In 1989 when that movie came out, Ebel probably enjoyed the most name recognition it ever had before or since.

    But it’s not the “character” speaking. It’s the screenwriter, who is looking for words the target audience won’t have to have explained.

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    Re: Timex vs Seiko as an indication of wealth in an 80's flick

    One of my favorite movies and a "fabulous' soundtrack. I knew that was the line you were talking about as soon as I saw the thread title.

    I think that saying Rolex instead of Seiko, would have just been out of place. These were working class characters scratching out a living on the road. A Rolex would not have been a feasible purchase.
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    Re: Timex vs Seiko as an indication of wealth in an 80's flick

    Quote Originally Posted by Austin1983 View Post
    I frequently change watches, and I’ve never had a coworker notice. In fact, none of my coworkers wear watches.
    Sounds like you need to add a "notice me!" watch to the collection ;)

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