I don’t think that there is a hard corps Star Wars fan alive who does not know that the Lars homestead on the planet of Tatooine was filmed, not in a Hollywood soundstage or back lot, but in the desert of Tunisia in North Africa. So it is not in a galaxy far, far away, but rather on a continent fairly far, far away from most readers. But some enterprising folks have gone out and collected sand from the area and used it to create the Tatooine Sand Watch, now available on kickstarter.
I am not in the camp of Star Wars fanatics who own lots of memorabilia. I waited in line, overnight, to see Empire Strikes Back, and I love the original versions of the original trilogy, but Episode 1 (which I saw in a midnight show opening night) cured me of any adult fanaticism for the series. This watch is not really for me. But if you have a Star Wars fanatic in your life, or on your gift list, or you are one yourself, here is a nice way to grab a tangible connection to the world of Star Wars, though it seems to be outside the “official merchandise” sphere. As for the watch itself, it is a basic 3 hand Seiko quartz movement in a stainless steel case. For under $100, it is fairly priced.
For the Star Wars super fan, however, it might be worth its weight in carbonite. After all, Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew, has one. Maybe he wears it under his costume. Probably not, but maybe. Legendary Time is behind this project, and they have produced a previous version of the watch to go with an effort by Star Wars fans to restore the film set from its deteriorating condition. They also produce watches using soil from ball parks and from Iwo Jima, legendary time tatooine-sand-watches
- Brand & Model: Tatooine Sand Watch
- Price: $77- $85
- Who we think it might be for: Any hard core Star Wars fan.
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: If you already have the big head version of the Chewy plushie, this is for you.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: The strap does not really say “Star Wars.”
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: As worn by Chewbacca.
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