Crazy, Stupid, Love is an American romantic comedy movie released in 2011. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, it is about middle-aged Cal Weaver (Steve Carell), whose wife has cheated on him with a co-worker and now wants a divorce. After moving out, he spends his free evenings lamenting about his miserable life alone at a local bar. That is until he meets Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a handsome lothario who helps him rediscover his manhood and get his wife back.
Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) is a ladies man. His entire life has turned into a quest to meet as many women as possible at the bar and take them home later on. Every aspect of his lifestyle contributes to improving the odds of getting lucky. He’s mostly alone and doesn’t have a real job, either. But living on the money he inherited from his father who was successful in business, he can afford a big futuristic house atop the Hollywood hills and drives a Mercedes SLR McLaren. He only goes to the best restaurants, cafés and has excellent taste. Usually, actors sport about 10 different costumes in a film, but Jacob has 36 costume changes. Ranging from Albert Hammond, Jr suits to Versace shoes, it’s all about making him look edgy and cool.
Throughout the film you can see Jacob wearing two different watches from Rolex.
His first one is a yellow gold Rolex Bubbleback reference 3372 on a brown leather strap. The Bubbleback has been produced in the 1930s/40s, which makes it an interesting vintage watch. It houses a rather thick perpetual self-winding movement, but is only 32mm in diameter. Gosling’s wrist is pretty small, so the watch fits him perfectly fine.
Jacob’s second watch is a Rolex Submariner reference 16610 with a black bezel and dial. He prefers the 16610 to his 3372 when going out. Yes it’s a tool watch and meant to be taken to the bottom of the ocean instead of a bar or club. But since Rolex has a world-class marketing team, Jacob reminds us a Submariner “works pretty well at any level“. Also the 16610 is more modern and more robust than his delicate 3372 who’s survived decades. So the Sub is much easier to replace if he loses it on the dance floor.
Jacob could have easily gone with 36 different watches for 36 different outfits. So it’s pretty cool, he has his collection narrowed down to only two timeless watches by a classic brand like Rolex and is aware of the fact a good watch isn’t some exchangeable accessory you throw away after having worn it a couple of times. Who knows, he might have even got the Bubbleback from his father.
Jacob’s particular watches aren’t produced anymore, but you can find more information on Rolex’s Official Website about the latest generation Submariner. Go to Chrono24 to find out if his Bubbleback is currently for sale.