The colossal Hawkeye Rolex watch owner “Avengers mystery” solved

Hawkeye Rolex Avengers watch owner mystery

The plot for Disney+ hit show Hawkeye got hot fast with Episode 4 teasing even more about the Rolex Avengers watch that was found in Maya Lopez’ (AKA Echo’s) apartment. It was first seen in Episode 1, but at the time didn’t seem as though it was all that important other than for the Tracksuit Mafia to flog, but with the season finale answering the question a little you might be looking for a few more details about its owner.

After Episode 1, the plot focused on the Ronin story arch with Jack taking the retractible sword and Kate Bishop putting on his suit, while the Rolex Avengers watch gets taken by the goons. This span everything into action and brought the wrath of the Tracksuit Mafia right to Kate’s door forcing Hawkeye to get involved to protect her from being connected to his killer past.

The Rolex watch was then forgotten about until part way through Episode 4, “Partners, Am I Right”, when Laura Barton mentions it on a call with Clint saying “Anything else go missing from the compound?” to which he replied “you mean the Rolex?” They both thought it was destroyed years ago and end the conversation about the timepiece with Laura planning to check the signal from the transmitter.

Towards the end of Episode 4, Hawkeye and Kate head to the location of the signal once Laura comes through with the information, and it turns out the Rolex watch is on a shelf in Maya’s apartment. Clint describes it as being vintage and that it belonged to someone he used to work with, but they’ve been out of the game for a long time, and their identity is still attached to that watch and could blow their cover, which is pretty much the end of the clues about the owner to be going on with.

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Who is the owner of the vintage Rolex in Hawkeye?

Initially, without any concrete evidence, all we were really left with were the clues mentioned above, but this was enough to at least venture a theory or two about who the owner of the Rolex watch recovered from the Avengers compound. The location seems to imply that it belonged to an Avenger or former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D and that they’ve been out of action for a long time and they currently have a cover, which Hawkeye doesn’t want anyone else to find out about. It also looked like a man’s watch and the fact that it has a transmitter sending out a signal seems pretty important too.

That seemed to narrow things down a little and leads to a couple of Avengers that are absent in the current timeline of the MCU, namely Nick Fury, Steve Rogers and finally in our wildest theory Tony Stark. At the time it was also possible that the watch might belong to a character that hasn’t featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of yet, but as it turns out the Rolex in Hawkeye actually belongs to Laura Barton, which confirmed at the end of Season 1. We’ll discuss the implications of this in the section below after we cover off some of the theories we had prior to the Season finale.

First up then was Nick Fury, who has been off planet for a while now on his inter-galactic holiday on Talos’ Skrull ship, leaving the shapeshifter and Soren impersonating him and Maria Hill back on Earth. It’s a scene that appeared at the end of Spider-Man Far From Home and seemed to imply that Nick would be returning to earth at some point in the not too distant future.

The biggest link was the transmitter signal, which could have been linked to his off-world activity, which he describes as “work” in the scene, despite him appearing to be on a vacation on a sandy beach. This turns out to be some kind of hologram technology and the implication is that he has a secret mission somewhere out in space. It’s this secret that Clint might could have been trying to protect, keeping the identity of the fake Nick Fury hidden and the location of the real one a secret.

If the owner of the Rolex had been Nick Fury then the other question would have been whether or not it links in any way to Maria Hill whose whereabouts are currently unknown. We didn’t see her on the Skrull ship and we know that Soren is impersonating her at S.H.I.E.L.D, so she’s got to be somewhere special doing something important, which Hawkeye could have been trying to protect the cover for. Neither of these turned out to be the case, so we still these mysteries to find out more about as MCU Phase 4 continues.

Next up is Steve Rogers and the last we saw of him was in Avengers: Endgame when he tried to pass on the Captain America mantle to Sam. He’s old, but he’s still the former superhero, so the mysterious head of the Tracksuit Mafia might well have been looking to use this information for some nefarious reason.

The fact that the Rolex is vintage was the biggest link and the transmitter could have initially been to locate him if everything went really badly while he was back in time. It didn’t feel as strong an argument as the Nick Fury option, because that doesn’t explain why or how the Kingpin might be able to benefit from this, other than selling the information to the remnants of Hydra. However, this thought process does lead to the question why he wanted it in the first place, which we’ll also cover in the section at the bottom of the page.

Finally, we had Tony Stark and this theory was more a teary-eyed wish rather than anything super concrete, but here it is anyway. What if Iron-Man was somehow saved after the Battle for Earth against the mighty forces of Thanos and he’s been working on something big ever since. Peppa and fam have been let in on it, but the rest of the world is left thinking he died snapping half of all life back into existence with the Infinity Gauntlet.

The watch was initially his locator beacon, but they decided to can it when his cover seemed too easily blown, but somehow it survived and was salvaged and ultimately stolen by the tracksuit goons. If Wilson Fisk can decipher it all he’ll have the location for Tony and can use this to his advantage somehow. It was definitely tenuous, but hey, thanks for humouring us.

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Laura Barton is the owner of the Rolex watch

It was confirmed in the final episode of Hawkeye that Laura Barton, Clint’s wife, is the owner of the Rolex watch, despite it looking like a man’s timepiece. The emblem on the back is for S.H.I.E.L.D, so the implication is that she is a former agent herself. The fact that Wilson was after it indicates that the two might be linked with a back story that is yet to come to light.

Season 2 of Hawkeye could be used to explore this, but then there’s also the spin-off show Echo where this could feature as well. The way things ended between Maya and Fisk is unknown and there’s clearly a link between Kingpin and Laura, so it’s all to play for in either of the two shows.

If that isn’t enough, there’s also the number 19 that you can see on the underside of the watch, below the emblem. We’re convinced that on the surface this is some kind of agent designation similar to 007 for James Bong, but it could also be an Easter egg to the Avengers 19 comic. This introduced the Swordsman, so it could be a tease that the swashbuckling Jack we saw in the season finale was just a small hint of what might be to come from him.

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