The Wolf of Wall Street is an American black comedy movie directed by Martin Scorsese. Released in 2013, it is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Jordan Belfort and takes place in the 1980/90s. In the film, Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) recounts his rise as a stockbroker and trader in NYC and his fall involving the shutdown of his brokerage firm “Stratton Oakmont” which engaged in crime and corruption on Wall Street.
Jordan was raised by two accountants. Coming from a middle-class family, he wants to make money only to support his wife and family at first. Therefore, he becomes a licensed broker working at L.F. Rothschild. On “Black Monday”, he loses his job and goes on to found his own brokerage firm “Stratton Oakmont” with his neighbor Donny Azoff (Jonah Hill). To make his firm better and bigger, he is willing to work more than the average person and seems to support all his employees as long as they fulfill their duty with care. He has a good relationship with his parents and even hires his father to work at “Stratton Oakmont”. But he quickly realizes the more money you make, the more respect you get in the industry. Soon, it’s not about becoming affluent anymore, but about building an empire and doing whatever he wants to, when he wants to without worrying about the outcome. So really the film is not just about his professional career, but more about the exorbitant lifestyle he choses to live in his off-time.
Jordan wears two TAG Heuer 1000 Professional watches. Originally, the 1000 series was meant to be a watch for underwater sports at a fairly low price. The earlier versions all had quartz movements and were predominantly made of stainless steel. Later on, TAG extended the 1000 series with a few new models and by 1984, it consisted of more than 30 models in stainless steel, two-tone, PVD (black, pewter and green), gold-plated as well as an exclusive series in solid gold with diamond bezel.
In the above picture, you can see Belfort’s gold-plated model with black bezel and dial flying through the office.
The second watch we see him wearing is a solid gold model with diamond bezel and white dial.
Wall Street is often associated with greed and excess, so a gold watch is definitely the right choice for Belfort since it fits that image and goes hand in hand with his self-indulgent personality. In the film, DiCaprio’s first model with black dial costs only about 600 dollars and is gold-plated. Most solid gold watches start at about 20000 dollars and the year Belfort was 26, he made 49 million dollars as the CEO of “Stratton Oakmont”, so clearly, he could have afforded one. However, DiCaprio is a brand ambassador of TAG Heuer, so he didn’t really have any other choice but to wear a TAG on camera. This is pure speculation, but maybe the film makers chose to go with the gold-plated 1000 Professional because it looks like a Rolex Submariner Date 18k Yellow Gold which is likely to have been worn by Belfort in real life.
Belfort’s particular models aren’t produced anymore, but check out the ultimate guide to the TAG Heuer 1000 Series Professional and visit the manufacturer’s Official Website for more information about TAG Heuer.