Donald Francis Draper is a fictional character featured in AMC’s television series Mad Men. This character is portrayed by Jon Hamm. Don Draper is the director of a Manhattan advertising firm called Sterling Cooper.
This character was inspired by Draper Daniels, a creative director at Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago in the 50s. Draper Daniels created the Marlboro campaign.
As Don Draper makes strides in his career, so do his watches evolve. Don might be a mysterious man, but his watches sure do make a statement. Here are the vintage watches he wears through the seasons.
Jaeger LeCoultre Mens Master Memovox Watch Q1418430
In the first season, Don is appears in a Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox watch which features a white dial, a black outer ring, and a round steel case. This tuxedo style was popular in the 60s. It was one of the classic watches of the time. This watch was released after the war boom period. It targeted international businessmen always on the move but it later became popular with businessmen like Don Draper.
Originally, this watch was wound by hand before being automatic. This watch was later introduced in 2012.
This modern model features a silver dial, an anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire, a 40 millimeter case diameter, a stainless steel bezel, a 50 meters water resistant depth, a deployant clasp, a stainless steel case, and a display window.
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Jaeger LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface Q3782520
In the second season of Mad Men, Don wears a Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Reverso classique watch. This watch was introduced in 1931 as a polo watch. British officers who played polo often suffered broken glass of their watches. Therefore, this Reverso watch was made to solve this problem. This was done by flipping over the rectangular glass. The watch featured a yellow gold case, a brown leather strap, and a square face. Don wears this watch in seasons 2, 3, and 4.
This modern square-shaped Grande Reverso watch features a rose gold case, a tang-buckle clasp, a silver front dial, a black back dial, a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, a 30 meters water resistant depth, manual winding movement, a black leather strap with alligator pattern, and a 45 hour power reserve.
In season 4, Don also wears a classic Rolex Explorer with a black dial and a stainless steel oyster bracelet. However, there has been debate on the historical accuracy of this model. This model was not easy to find in the US and especially so for a businessman like Don Draper. The watch also has sapphire crystals which were not available until the 70s. All the same, this is a classic timepiece.
This modern model features a round stainless steel case, a black dial, an oysterlock clasp, a stainless steel band, a stainless steel bezel, a smooth bezel function, a 39 millimeters case diameter, an automatic movement, and a 100 meters water resistant depth. Other features include a monobloc middle case, a screw-down case back and winding crown, and a stop-second for precise time setting.
Omega De Ville Prestige Silver Dial Black Leather Men’s Watch
On the fifth season of Mad Men, Don appears in an Omega Seamaster De Ville which features a black dial, a 34 millimeters case diameter, a black strap, and a date display. The Seamaster was a popular watch in the 60s.
At the time setting of this season, Omega was doing really well. The Omega Seamaster became popular among well-to-do American men who loved yachting and diving. The De Ville was one of the best automatic watches released during the time.
This modern model features a round stainless steel case, a silver dial, a tang-buckle clasp, a leather band, a fixed stainless steel bezel, a date display, a 39.5 millimeters case diameter, an automatic movement, and a 30 meters water resistant depth.