‘The Big Short’: Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) & his IWC watch


The Big Short is an American comedy-drama movie released in 2015. Directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), it is about three separate groups of money managers buying so-called credit default swaps to profit off of the mortgage housing crisis of the mid-2000s. In doing so, they bet against the big banks who are greedy and rely on theoretical models of the American economy that create a false sense of security.

Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) shows you how to rock a suit while talking on the phone.
Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) shows you how to rock a suit while talking on the phone in the bathroom.


Jared Vennett is a banker at Deutsche Bank. Over the course of the movie he builds a short position that makes his trading desk more than 1 billion dollars and leaves him with a cut of about 50 million dollars. Jared displays a high amount of persistence when it comes to pushing what he wants to achieve. He makes it transparent to colleagues, he is very self-interested and his deals are solely based on what’s in it for him. Jared’s extroverted personality and the way he carries himself with confidence make him look bold and cool. He’s always dressed in a formal attire. His Hugo Boss style suits are definitely cool, but let’s talk about his watch.

Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling)
Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) most likely wears an IWC Portuguese Chronograph.


Jared’s stainless steel watch has a Chronograph function and you can clearly see the pushers in the above picture.

Jared Vennett's (Ryan Gosling)
Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) wears his Chronograph on a black alligator leather strap. The IWC deployant clasp is clearly visible.
An IWC Portuguese Chronograph with the reference IW371447.

In the Jenga scene, you get a glimpse of the inside side of his wrist. He wears his watch on a black alligator leather strap and you can spot an IWC deployant clasp. IWC has produced quite a few Chronographs over the years. However, if you search the internet for high quality screenshots, you’re able to zoom in on the watch for more details. Jared’s Chronograph has a black dial with silver numerals and you can see a sub-dial at the 12 o’clock position. Also the lugs are narrow and the case looks modern and simple. Therefore, Jared most likely wears a contemporary IWC Portuguese Chronograph with the reference IW371447.


The IWC Portuguese Chronograph is as classy a watch as it gets. Its clean dial and the black alligator strap make it the perfect choice for all lawyers, business people and anyone else with a suit and tie. It’s not the kind of watch that immediately attracts your attention, but it never goes unnoticed on a second look. It’s 40.9 mm in diameter, which makes it average sized. However, Gosling’s wrist is pretty small, so the watch appears a bit bigger than usual, but still fits him perfectly well.

Jared Venett (Ryan Gosling)
Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) wears a digital quartz watch when working out (or talking on the phone) at the gym.

The Portuguese Chronograph isn’t exactly a rugged watch, so you better leave it at home when going to the gym. Jared is aware of that, so it’s no surprise his second watch is some cheap quartz digital watch on a rubber strap that’ll do its job just fine when he’s working out.


You can find more information about the latest generation IWC Portuguese Chronograph on IWC‘s Official Website and read more about the watch on Hodinkee.

Visit Wikipedia for more information about The Big Short and check out the Official Trailer on YouTube.

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  1. Marius said:

    One of the best movies of the decade. Nice pick, too.
    Wonder what brand the gym watch is… maybe Casio? 😉

    November 28, 2016
  2. Nackos said:

    Hello! Not really a question about the watch but i wonder if you could help me find the gym sweatshirt hes wearing in the gym?

    January 18, 2017
    • Paul R. said:

      Hi, thanks for your comment! His shirt is pretty cool, but I’m not sure what kind of sweatshirt it is. Post a comment on THE TAKE, maybe they can help you out https://thetake.com/movie/901/the-big-short

      January 24, 2017

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