The Blind Side is an American sports drama movie released in 2009. Directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), it is about Quinton Aaron starring as Michael Oher, a football player who now plays for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. The film depicts his upbringing in the inner city housing projects in Memphis, Tennessee and his adoption by Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw) and his wife Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock).
Sean Tuohy is a sports commentator and successful restaurateur who owns over 85 fast food franchises. Sean and Leigh Anne live in one of the nicest neighborhoods of Memphis. Their beautifully furnished house is to be seen in contrast to the poor accommodation Michael grew up in. It reflects their high social status, but when Sean says “I’m working even when I’m not working”, he represents the family’s values and beliefs in that the house doesn’t pay for itself and you’ve got to work hard and at the same time stay grounded to afford it. Since Sean’s a business person, it is save to assume he is dressed in a more formal way at work. But almost all the scenes he is in take place at home or on the football field, so he mostly wears casual clothes. His polo shirts are definitely cool, but let’s take a look at his wristwatch.
Sean wears a Rolex Submariner with a date window at the three o’clock position. It looks modern, but doesn’t have a maxi dial and the “supercase”, so there’s no doubt he wears a reference 16610. The Submariner is a sports watch, so the film’s football theme and Sean’s watch go hand in hand. It’s the type of watch that’s designed for all occasions and he wears it throughout the entire movie. It’s definitely his most worn watch, if not the only one he owns. Sean is obviously a big football fan and spends a lot of time sitting on the bleachers watching his sons’ games no matter the weather, so it’s a good thing his watch is water-resistant up to a depth of 300m and can withstand nearly every type of environment.
The Submariner is “a classic among wristwatches” and produced by a manufacturer with one of the world’s most valuable brands. Rolex constantly evolves their collection rather than changing it. That means all future generations Submariner will have the same design characteristics that have made it so popular. GQ recently published an article about how the Submariner doesn’t get any compliments, because men immediately recognize the design of the watch. It’s been around for such a long time that it represents a uniform and according to the author that’s what they like. The film’s story mainly revolves around Leigh Anne and her efforts to help Michael, so Sean plays more of a supporting role. Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Leigh Anne, so clearly she is the star and it’s perfectly fine Sean doesn’t wear something like a solid gold Audemars Piguet, but a more common watch that doesn’t attract too much attention.