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Fox Mulder's Wristwatch
April 29, 2011 5:07 PM   Subscribe

The Internet's most comprehensive examination of the watches worn by Fox Mulder on TV's 'The X-Files'.

Have a favorite Fox Mulder's wristwatch but don't know which episodes you can see it in? Use this handy infographic. Or delve into the extensive watch brand list and explore such mysteries as the currently unidentified Watch #5.
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posted by ryanrs at 5:27 PM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


Cortex?
posted by The Whelk at 5:27 PM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


How appropriate. I just finished watching Quagmire (Victorinox Swiss Army Lancer Black Dial, for those keeping track at home).

Scully has her share of documenters. Slide 1: Scully Suits, Slide 2: Oh, Dana Scully, No. (needs moar infographics)

X-Files was arguably the first fandom of the internet age, after all.
posted by dustyasymptotes at 5:28 PM on April 29, 2011 [9 favorites]


See also watchesinmovies.info.
posted by enn at 5:28 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


!

And, you know, Scully Suits is basically one of the thing I was thinking about doing at one point as just a roundup post. You know what else needs doing? "Gross Substances Mulder Pokes".
posted by cortex at 5:35 PM on April 29, 2011 [5 favorites]


I don't feel any need to follow this link, I'm just happy to know it exists. Truly, the internet is the pinnacle of all civilization can hope to achieve.
posted by maryr at 5:37 PM on April 29, 2011 [6 favorites]


(That was mostly not sarcasm. I really am tickled that this exists.)
posted by maryr at 5:38 PM on April 29, 2011


Had he a Casio F-91W the show would've been stopped in series 1.

The truth is irrelevant...
posted by pompomtom at 5:46 PM on April 29, 2011 [4 favorites]


WHO NEEDS SO MANY WATCHES? WHAT THE FUCK SPOOKY?
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:50 PM on April 29, 2011 [3 favorites]


Wow, Mulder wore a lot of crappy watches. Who knew?
posted by bongo_x at 5:51 PM on April 29, 2011


He tells people it's cause he's worried about alien listening devices but really he got forgets them in the staff bathroom.

The janitor has a small pile of Mulder Watches he re-packs as gifts.
posted by The Whelk at 5:52 PM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


Perfect timing! I recently decided to finally bury the hatchet once and for all, and start watching from Season 7 on. I was quite the fan for the first 6 seasons, but the 7th filled me with rage and I quit the show and the fandom in a snit.

S7 disc 1 just arrived from Netflix today. I shall watch it with a greater appreciation of Mulder's wristwear.
posted by ErikaB at 5:55 PM on April 29, 2011


There's a more comprehensive examination of the watches worn by Fox Mulder on TV's 'The X-Files' on Gopher, but it's kinda underground, you probably haven't heard of it
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:58 PM on April 29, 2011 [7 favorites]


My husband and I just finished watching the entire series. I'm still mad about how bad the last season was and how horrifyingly terrible the last episode was.

And that they tried to make it make sense that Scully would rather give her baby up for adoption than go into witness protection.
posted by freshwater at 6:00 PM on April 29, 2011


I feel bad that I can never watch any long running series to its natural conclusion. Or even, you know, get through all the good episodes. I've let down The Next Generation and X-Files, and even Voyager. And there are only like four episodes worth watching of Voyager, if my friends are to be believed.

Generational ADD has spoiled me on even TV.
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:00 PM on April 29, 2011


My favorite comprehensive one-topic TV tumblr is still mallory's clothes but this one is definitely impressive.
posted by Kosh at 6:16 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Internet's most comprehensive examination of the watches worn by Fox Mulder on TV's 'The X-Files'.

Challenge accepted.
posted by DU at 6:20 PM on April 29, 2011 [4 favorites]


Uh-oh.
posted by likeso at 6:24 PM on April 29, 2011


Somewhat related: A Complete Guide to Seinfeld's Sneakers
posted by kalimotxero at 6:27 PM on April 29, 2011


Was this written by the kid from All Tomorrow's Parties?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:36 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Who watches the watch, man?
posted by SPrintF at 7:06 PM on April 29, 2011 [9 favorites]


Well, you have made my 25 year old daughter's, uh, year. She can not believe this exists. Thanks, I think!
posted by thinkpiece at 7:40 PM on April 29, 2011


This is deserving of the word.
posted by safetyfork at 7:46 PM on April 29, 2011


I don't care what anyone thinks, I want to believe.
posted by tommasz at 7:49 PM on April 29, 2011


"Life is like a box of chocolates; a useless, frivolous gift that somebody gives you. And if you try to take it back, all you get is another box of chocolates. Oh sure, sometimes there's a caramel, or an English toffee, but too often you are left with a box full of half-eaten cremes and tooth-breaking nuts. And if you get desperate enough to eat those, in the end, all you are left with is a box full of useless brown wrappers."

whats the matter, ties and casio watches are standard christmas gifts.
posted by clavdivs at 8:20 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hmm. I'm of a number of minds on wristwear -

1) Why bother wearing a watch? The phone is easier to set alarms on, and doesn't make your wrist all itchy when you sweat.

2) Mechanical watches are a thing of beauty, and the design and construction of a fine time movement makes my heart sing. The breathtaking genius of modern autowinders stirs the same part of the soul as exotic italian supercars do. Like supercars, they start at twenty grand for a used model, and go up from there.

3) Practical, handsome timepieces are the handbags of male fashion - women don't look at them twice, men make character judgements of other men on the spot. A 1980's Citizen with elastic stainless steel wristband says a lot about you - that was Dad's or Grandad's watch. Respect. A $500 or $1500 stylish watch on a married man indicates he's happily married - his wife knows her way to the jewelry store. On a single man, it means he's a yuppie tool.

Fox Mulder is apparently a yuppie tool.

And I love oddball tech-fashion esoterica like this. I demand someone come up with the Fox Mulder Pen Survey next.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:29 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


1) Why bother wearing a watch? The phone is easier to set alarms on, and doesn't make your wrist all itchy when you sweat.

The X-Files ran from 1993-2002. This is a sampling of the cell phones available in 2002. That's the newest tech that would have been available to Mulder.

There was a time when cell phone didn't have alarms.

(I'm a hippie. I don't wear a watch. Oddly, I always know what time it is, to within 15 minutes. It's an easy skill/sense to develop if you ditch the crutches.)
posted by hippybear at 8:42 PM on April 29, 2011


Now we know who watches the watches.
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:45 PM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oops. THIS is a sampling of cell phones available in 2002.
posted by hippybear at 9:05 PM on April 29, 2011


You know what else needs doing? "Gross Substances Mulder Pokes".

My favorite is his reluctance to dig into the medical waste pile to find Leonard Betts body. He did anyway just because he's a trooper and wasn't going to be outdone by Scully, who dug in with nonchalance only matched by her autopsy in Bad Blood.


1) Why bother wearing a watch? The phone is easier to set alarms on, and doesn't make your wrist all itchy when you sweat.

Are you kidding me? People didn't have smart phones in the early 90s.
posted by cj_ at 9:12 PM on April 29, 2011


In fact, I've always thought of Mulder as pretty squeamish and only putting on a "cool exterior" because Scully was anything but.

Yeah, I'm an x-files nerd.

posted by cj_ at 9:18 PM on April 29, 2011


The old Star*Tac's absolutely had alarm functions - as did the pagers I was assigned in the same time period. They were easier to use than the one on the watch.
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:16 PM on April 29, 2011


But the real question is, are they all missing nine minutes?
posted by Violet Hour at 11:58 PM on April 29, 2011 [3 favorites]


im not sure how i feel about the mere existence of this website. yay or nay humanity? but i am sure i feel very strongly about it, whichever i decide.
posted by Glibpaxman at 12:08 AM on April 30, 2011


And there are only like four episodes worth watching of Voyager, if my friends are to be believed.

You want to believe.
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 12:57 AM on April 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


This thread has the 2 most awesomest things from the internet: watches and x-files.
posted by hal_c_on at 1:06 AM on April 30, 2011


3) Practical, handsome timepieces are the handbags of male fashion - women don't look at them twice, men make character judgements of other men on the spot. A 1980's Citizen with elastic stainless steel wristband says a lot about you - that was Dad's or Grandad's watch. Respect. A $500 or $1500 stylish watch on a married man indicates he's happily married - his wife knows her way to the jewelry store. On a single man, it means he's a yuppie tool.

Fox Mulder is apparently a yuppie tool.


This has been done incorrectly.
posted by hal_c_on at 1:14 AM on April 30, 2011


Gopher, but it's kinda underground

I see what you did there...
posted by ShutterBun at 4:35 AM on April 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's not an 'extensive watch brand list' at all though, is it? There's 4 watches identified, 2 vague guesses and 6 'unknowns' and that's it. If Mulder had been as thorough as this on the show, each episode would have seen him coming into his office, taking off his jacket, glancing at a newspaper headline saying 'Weird Lights over Pittsburgh' and doing the crossword for the next 44 minutes.
posted by joannemullen at 5:57 AM on April 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is my second favorite collection of weird fan obsessiveness; the first is a Livejournal page (I think; I can't seem to find it right now) dedicated to the Tenth Doctor's ties.

I believe Mulder has more watches than the Doctor had ties, which seems backwards.
posted by OolooKitty at 8:31 AM on April 30, 2011


Please see my companion piece, "David Duchovny's Arm Hair."
posted by steef at 1:44 PM on April 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Man, this takes me back. X-Files fansites! I remember old geocities sites dedicated to Mulder's rare appearances rocking glasses, for instance. (Yeah, I was an adolescent girl with a big yen for nerds, what of it.) Back in those bad old days it took a lot of dedication and, you know, equipment to put together a website with random screen captures from episodes. It basically wasn't worth doing, especially because there wasn't really any way to make any sort of money from a small fansite. Yet somehow people found the time and motivation.

Kinda makes me miss the old, weird internet, seeing things like this. On the other hand, DAMN do I love the "Oh, Dana Scully, No" blog to bits.
posted by troublesome at 12:53 AM on May 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why bother wearing a watch? The phone is easier to set alarms on, and doesn't make your wrist all itchy when you sweat.

I know right?

Also, why bother wearing clothes? A smock is easier to iron and covers everything nicely.
posted by Sutekh at 4:53 AM on May 1, 2011


Yeah, I love the internet.
I also hate it for making me rewatch the X-Files.
But mostly I love it.

Had he a Casio F-91W the show would've been stopped in series 1.

How do you know I just ordered one of these off eBay?
posted by _Lasar at 4:07 AM on May 2, 2011


There's no commentary? How the fuck am I supposed to know what fucking watches those are?
posted by mrgrimm at 12:25 PM on May 2, 2011


Please see my companion piece, "David Duchovny's Arm Hair."

*swoon*
posted by pompomtom at 1:20 AM on May 3, 2011


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