A Brad Pitt watch on a Cliff Booth budget
Inspired by the Citizen Bull Head 8110, as worn by Cliff Booth/Brad Pitt in Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'
I'm not the biggest fan out there but I quite liked Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It's the usual Tarantino, with bloodbaths, glamour, foot fetish, fist fights, a well scripted story and, as it turns out, an interesting timepiece.
One of the most compelling characters in the film, the impossibly cool stuntman Cliff Booth, portrayed by Brad Pitt, also happens to be wearing one of the lesser known models produced by Japanese watch manufacturer Citizen: the 8110 Bull Head, a stylish automatic chronograph coming with a 38 mm gold case with matching dial, paired with a 1970-esque Bund strap and, as you'd expect, the price has pretty much doubled overnight when the movie was released.
This being a Citizen, the price will never realistically become unattainable, but the problem is this is now a coveted watch and, more to the point, this specific reference, with this spec, is rare, which means that if you're willing to pay the price, you'd still have to find one in good condition which is not easy. If you can't find the original model, Citizen capitalized on the success of the movie and unveiled a modern take on the classic Bull Head style with an all-titanium chronograph, with a sapphire crystal and Citizen's patented Eco-Drive (solar-powered) movement. Or you can do what I did and get something else entirely.
Detroit Mint, a watch manufacturer based in Walled Lake, Michigan, created a homage version of this watch, with the same bull head case (polished, a brushed version is also available) and the same Bund-style strap. I was fortunate to get one in for review and... I've done a video review. Oh boy.
I'm not sure I know what I'm doing so feel free to let me know what you think in the comments (please be nice) but I plan to do more video reviews in the future, and of course I hope I'll get better.
Moans and complains, pros and cos? Well, this is a quartz chronograph, not an automatic. There are a lot of different opinions about this. Automatic watches have more appeal but, pound for pound at least, they tend to be less accurate. The watch is beautifully constructed, it doesn't necessarily look like it's coming straight from the 1970s but it certainly has a vintage quality to it that I can appreciate. The Bund strap is a bit chunky, but then again I have thin wrists so maybe that's part of the reason why I wear it on the regular leather strap.
They call it a 'bull head' because that's the umbrella term used for a chronograph watch with the crown at the 12 o'clock and the chronograph pushers on top of the case, located at the 1 o'clock and 11 o'clock.
The Detroit Mint Mach costs $225 (£170), which makes it a lot cheaper than both the original Bull Head and the modern iteration. Some people grow fond of the traditional watch shape with the crown at the 3 and tend to scoff whenever they see a watch that deviates from what is perceived a standard configuration. On the other hand, some people grow tired of it and are always looking for new ideas and shapes. Your choice.