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Post by koimaster » July 5th 2021, 10:14pm

Why is it that people desire timepieces solely for the reason that some notable figure here or there owned the same in the past? This is something I don’t understand, I’m more interested in events than people when it comes to watch history or history in general. I do agree, however, that there is something insightful about understanding what someone might choose as a timepiece. And in that lens, I certainly understand what the allure of the stories behind famous figures' watches may be.

Personally, I find the early days of Hollywood to be fascinating, like something out of a dystopian world. It’s almost as if with all the death and devastation that is often linked with the first half of the 20th century, we still managed to have a good time, or at least it seemed so in one corner of California.

The early days of Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s were one thing, but by the time the 1950s rolled around the movie business had changed immensely. This is where James Dean comes in. Dean was born in 1931 in Marion, Indiana. In his youth he moved back and forth between Indiana and California before going to UCLA to study theatre. His first major role was in 1951, in an Easter special that contrasted the experiences of soldiers in the Korean War to those of Jesus’ followers before his crucifixion, called Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration. After some more minor roles Dean moved to New York City where he starred in Broadway productions before getting a role in East of Eden in 1955. That same year Dean also starred in Rebel Without a Cause, the movie that made him the symbol of a generation, and Giant. Unfortunately, however, he died in a car accident that same year – and was the first person to receive an Academy Award posthumously.

Despite the bitter end, there were a few watches along the way worth mentioning. First, there was what is believed to be a Westclox Wrist Ben, that he is pictured wearing on the set of Rebel Without a Cause.

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