Eric Wind, of Wind Vintage also points to a client of his, Fred Savage, who was seeking his advice on what watches to wear in The Wonder Years reboot. Of course, Wind was more than happy to pitch a few options for each of the actors involved.
Wind loans these out at no charge, with a personal disdain for fake watches in film and TV, and goes out of his way to offer watches to producers. A lot of prop masters prefer to have fake watches on set for insurance, maintenance and general convenience.
“Prop masters are not watch people, they want to work with what’s easy, and don’t care about watches”, says Wind. He further adds that “actors are very hesitant to wear their personal watches on set, so fake watches are often an easier route.” In Wind’s experience, the actors that care enough about having a legitimate watch are wary of damaging or losing their personal pieces on set. Luckily for eagle-eyed cinema fans, dealers like Eric Wind sometimes fill in the gap.