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Across Space and Time: Ryan Reynolds and the Omega Speedmaster in the Adam Project

It seems NASA Pilots aren’t the only explorers wearing the Speedmaster these days: it’s time travelers, too. 

If you haven’t caught The Adam Project yet, we’re giving you a spoiler-free rundown. Basically, it’s a sci-fi blockbuster from Netflix that lets Ryan Reynolds do what he does best: play an off-the-rails character that somehow gets entrusted with something really important. This time, it’s the fate of the world on the line, and he has to travel across time to save it.

Reynolds plays the titular Adam, who comes from the not-so-distant future of 2050. It’s an era where time travel has been constantly abused by corporate villain Maya Sorian (played by Catherine Keener) for her own benefit, creating a dystopian society. 

Walker Scobell as Young Adam and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam.
Photo: Doane Gregory/Netflix

Initially, Adam sets out on a time-traveling mission to 2018 to look for his missing wife (played by Zoe Saldana.) However, an accident leads him to crash land in 2022, where he meets his younger self (played by Walker Scobell). 

Over the next few scenes, the two Adams hatch a plan to travel back in time: both to locate the older Adam’s wife and to seek out their father (Mark Rufallo) before his untimely death. It was their father who invented time travel, and they intend to stop him before he does so. This would put an end to Sorian’s plans and set things right. Only, Sorian and her minions are out to stop them. 

It’s a movie that’s full of hilarious moments (because it’s Ryan Reynolds), frenetic action scenes, and lots of neat special effects. And it’s a very enjoyable one, too, if you don’t mind wrapping your head around the science.

So what does the Speedmaster have to do with it? It serves to display the connection between the family.

The Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional 311.33.42.30.01.002 is apparently the watch of choice for time travelers.
Photo: Omega

The watch had originally belonged to their father and was since passed on to the younger Adam, who continued to wear it well into 2050. Upon first meeting each other in 2022, Big Adam and Young Adam even show the watch to each other to confirm their identities. At a certain point toward the end of the film, Big Adam, Young Adam, and their father even wear the watch at the same time: something that’s only possible because they had time-traveled. 

It’s a nice, mechanical touch to a film that’s otherwise full of flashy tech (such as Adam’s lightsaber-like weapon), and a creative way to display how watches are passed on from one generation to the next. So whether you’re into sci-fi or not, this is a detail that might prove interesting.

In any case, you can stream The Adam Project on Netflix, where it currently sits at number 7 on the top 10 list. Check out the trailer below: