If you thought that Hollywood had revived every franchise there was left to revive, think again. Fletch is back! The new film is entitled Confess, Fletch. And for all you millennials and Gen Zs out there, Fletch (1985) was – once upon a time – a comedy film series starring Chevy Chase as a wily investigative reporter in Los Angeles getting himself caught up in all manner of hijinks while delivering peak-Chevy Chase comedy of both the audible and physical variety.
Well, Chase is no longer portraying the title character – based on books written by Gregory Mcdonald. The mantle has been passed to Jon Hamm – as in Mad Men Jon Hamm – who brings the series into the 21st century. While Hamm doesn’t quite match the comedic stylings that Chase brought to past Fletch films, he dials the horological up a notch with a vintage diver worthy of a crown.
Why We’re Watching
Today marks the release of Confess, Fletch both in theaters and digitally, for your home-viewing pleasure. It’s also something of a special film for this author as I had a chance to work behind-the-scenes with the film’s prop master, Catherine Miller (whom you might remember from our features on Uncut Gems and Severance) in choosing the AAA UK Rolex replica watches that appears on Fletch’s wrist.
As you might expect, the process of making a movie is not a short one. It was about a year-and-a-half ago that our conversations began about picking a watch for this character. The only direction I received is that they wanted steel high quality fake Rolex sports watches, and vintage would be preferable. My gears began turning, and I immediately thought of the two most iconic watches possible: The Daytona and the Submariner. And so we sent along two perfect Rolex replica watches for the prop and costume fittings.
The first was steel Swiss movements replica Rolex Daytona ref. 6262 watches from 1970 with a silver dial on a jubilee bracelet, and the other a Rolex Submariner Ref. 1680 from 1978 with patinated markers. Word came back fast that the Sub was the choice.
For a few months, as the movie was in the throes of production, I tried to find little nuggets online – to see the China Rolex copy watches I helped choose in action. Hamm had something of a viral moment when he was captured during a filming break with the dog of a passerby on the streets of Boston. Not one to normally be taken by a canine headline, I clicked in for the watch and there it was.
Soon after, I learned that Hamm was so taken with the 1:1 Rolex Submariner replica watches that he’d wear it whether or not the cameras were rolling. Eventually, filming wrapped and the watch made it back to me. Now, it wasn’t my personal watch or anything, but I must say it was neat to see it again and feel how it had changed, spiritually speaking. When I sent it off it was but a normal 1680. But when I got it back it had a certain star quality to it.
I’ve officially watched the film and was delighted to see that the Rolex super clone watches wholesale online gets some serious screen time – and it looks great on Fletch. Confess, Fletch finds the character caught up in a confusing plot. He’s fallen in love with an Italian Count’s daughter in Rome before traveling to Boston to catch the unsavory characters who’ve stolen the Count’s impressive collection of paintings. Oh, and he’s also accused of murder.
Like any good pulpy mystery, this one is full of twists and misdirections. It’s also jarring to see Hamm fill in for Chase – he even wears a Los Angeles Lakers hat as an homage to the way Chase wore a purple Lakers jersey in the original film. But Chase’s Fletch didn’t wear replica Rolex Submariner watches shop site, and Hamm’s does (so he gets extra points). And Mad Men fans will be happy to see that Hamm and John Slattery (who played Roger Sterling on the hit AMC show) are also reunited in this one.
The Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 is a very important watch in Rolex history. It was the first reference to debut a Submariner with a date complication beneath the cyclops magnifier. And part of the appeal of the watch for the Fletch character is the connection of the luxury fake Rolex Submariner Date watches with a certain other actor portraying a journalist on-screen. You might recall that Robert Redford wore his personal Red Submariner ref. 1680 in All the President’s Men (1976). Well, Fletch plays a former investigative journalist turned full-time freelancer in this film. I think a Red Sub would have been a touch too on-the-nose. But this 1680 works for Hamm’s Fletch. It’s a bit vintage, like the franchise itself, and yet timelessly able to work within a modern movie like this one.
When We’re Watching
Hot on the trail of the culprit of a murder for which he is the number-one suspect, Fletch continues to investigate the case of stolen artwork of his girlfriend’s kidnapped father, the Count. He attends a lunch meeting with the Countess, believed to be mixed up in the whole affair. As he sits down at a finely set table in a lavish hotel restaurant, we see our first clear glimpse of the vintage top Rolex Submariner replica watches. “Ah, Fletch,” the Countess says. “You’re late.” He looks down at the watch [00:41:57] to see if she’s right. She is.
Moments before the end of the film, we find Fletch on a hammock on a boat – sort of a weird choice, but one that admittedly sounds pretty relaxing. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say he’s since cracked the case surrounding the murder and the stolen art. He gets a call from his editor friend Frank (played by Slattery) for a writing assignment but feels content to remain in retirement as a former journalist of some repute. As he swings on the hammock [01:34:30] we can see the ref. 1680 in its natural habitat, near the water. Roll credits.