He’s played everything from Prince Charming to mutant superhero, and now the actor stars as a gun-slinging android in the TV sci-fi thriller Westworld. In between acting and being a father of three, he indulges in his other passion: watches.

Marsden tells us about his timekeeping preferences, jet lag and turning back the clock:

“If I could be any age for a week, I’d like to go back and be eight years old again. You get to be a kid for so little of your life and it would be nice to experience that again.”

The first watch I ever owned was either a Casio F-91W or a Timex sports watch. I say sports watch because I remember it saying “Sport” on the dial and it made me feel like somehow, I was better at sports if I wore it.

Like new sneakers made you run faster.

At the moment, my favourite watch is the IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. Incredible dial and the movement is a serious one! Once set, you never have to change the time, date, or year. It’s even set up to incorporate leap years!

I own around 20 watches. Some very elegant and finely crafted timepieces, and some inexpensive but cool ones as well. I don’t buy a watch because it’s pricey, I buy a watch that speaks to me in some way.

It could be a special and rare vintage piece or a US$100 dive watch. Each one becomes an important piece of my collection.

I wish there was a complication to help me get over jet lag! Usually it takes me about five days to really get over jet lag. It gets worse with age, I think.

The best compliment I’ve ever received: “You’re a great father.”

Favourite food: Sushi.

If I were a watch complication I’d be a minute repeater. I’m always talking or making some noise. Can’t keep my mouth shut!

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