Ever wonder what the original man in black wears to tell when it's time to swing by the canteen for a helping of penne ala 'arrabiata? I found the answer Dave Prowse's wrist this weekend at Star Wars Fan Days II in Plano, TX: the incredibly-sweet timepiece you see above.
Prowse, the actor who manned the suit and emoted as Vader in all three original Star Wars movies, said that this beautiful over-sized chrono diver originates from TW Steel, a UK watchmaker. TW Steel's motto ("big in oversized watches") is no joke; even though it looks smaller on Prowse's ex-body-builder wrist, the zirconia-encrusted TW9 model he's wearing is a whopping 50mm in diameter.
Prowse was kind enough to let a fellow watch-geek snap a photo of his wrist while he signed autographs for fans and mentioned that he's a spokesperson for TW Steel. Wikipedia indicates that since 2007 he's managed the alt-rock group Losing Sun in Cardiff, South Wales -- a group that's also sponsored by TW Steel. Hopefully TW Steel realizes what a great job he's doing presenting the watch: I want one!
It seems those of us in the US are stuck with various Amazon and eBay dealers. The best deal I could find on the TW9 is around $450, though I'm going to keep looking. Think TW Steel could use an American spokesperson? (Hint, hint.)