For a Hollywood star, Keanu Reeves is weirdly bad at having photos taken of him, especially on red carpets. Thankfully, the tasteful piece of wrist candy he wore for the premiere of John Wick: Chapter 4 – which he was more than happy to flash for the cameras – more than makes up for any awkward poses.
John Wick: Chapter 4 actually finished principal photography back in 2021, but it’s taken this long for the film to come out thanks to The Spicy Cough. One advantage of not releasing during COVID is that it actually got a proper, lavish red carpet world premiere – and Keanu, Mr John Wick himself, was all over it.
Donning a very John Wick all-black suit and even throwing what might be the most awkward shakas of all time for the cameras, Keanu was in good spirits. I would be too if I was the star of an ultra-successful action movie franchise… And I had a Rolex Submariner on my wrist.
Keanu is actually a bit of a watch guy, and has been spotted wearing everything from a Corum Bubble GMT to an OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M as well as another iconic Rolex, a GMT-Master II ‘Coke’. But sometimes you can’t beat the classics – and there’s no tool watch more classic than the Rolex Submariner.
Arguably the most iconic watch of all time, the Rolex Submariner is a tough yet luxurious dive watch that, despite very much being a tool watch, is a versatile and luxurious choice no matter what you’re doing – whether it’s fighting off baddies, going for a swim or signing autographs. Keanu’s is a classic black date model with a solid-link Oyster bracelet.
There’s more to this Submariner, though. Back in 2021, we reported how Keanu gifted all the members of the John Wick: Chapter 4 stunt team – a crew affectionately known as the ‘John Wick 5’ – brand-new Submariners engraved with a message of thanks. Presumably, this Submariner is from that same batch he gave his colleagues. Nicely done.
Of course, in the John Wick films, the eponymous hero doesn’t wear a Rolex but rather chooses a Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate as his horological weapon of choice: an understated, dressy piece that complements John Wick’s no-nonsense yet dapper character well.
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John Wick: Chapter 4 is scheduled to be released today (March 23rd) in Australia and on March 24th in the United States. A fifth John Wick film is reportedly in the works – Keanu’s said that he’s happy to keep making John Wick sequels as long as the films are successful, which is nice to hear.
Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane will also reprise their respective roles as John Wick and Winston Scott in the upcoming spin-off film Ballerina, which takes place between the events of John Wick: Chapter 3 and 4 and will star Ana de Armas as ballerina-assassin Rooney Brown. Ballerina is currently in post-production with a release date still TBC.