Editor’s note:*In the pantheon of great watch performances on screen, Tom Hardy’s Omega in Dunkirk is up there. When I first saw the movie at an IMAX theatre in Melbourne, I was that idiot taking shots of the screen when it appeared. I had to*know the story of the model – was it a vintage watch sourced by Nolan? Was it a fictional approximation? Being professional watch geeks we had the time and inclination – and the all-important contacts – to find out. It’s perfect Sunday*reading for watch lovers, and once again gets to the heart of why watches are so addictive – the story of the watch is the story of humanity.* It’s not unusual for a watch to play a starring role in a movie. Often it’s the prop*that shows a countdown in a race against time, or it’s a sentimental object, or an indicator of personal style. *In the rather stupendous Christopher Nolan mega-production that is Dunkirk (I’m still a little woozy on my feet a*day after watching it on an IMAX screen), it’s very much the former. Without giving too much away, Tom Hardy’s character, a Spitfire pilot in the Royal Air Force, must use his…

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