Modern Warfare Watches are cosmetic unlockables you can wear in multiplayer and co-op modes.
You can equip a Watch within your 'Weapons' part of the multiplayer or co-op menu, where you'll find an option for to equip them.
However, at launch, you cannot access this until you earn a Watch to unlock Watch Select first. And at launch, there's very limited sources of getting a Watch - with the only known methods requiring you to look outside of the game itself.
How to earn a Watch in Modern Warfare
Despite being told you have to "earn" a Watch, unlike other cosmetic items such as Blueprints and Charms, there's seemingly no way to earn them at launch within the game's many progression systems at launch.
Instead, you have to go 'outside' of the game to earn a watch through two known methods:
- Purchase the Endowment Defender Pack DLC from the Store (which costs Ł7.99 in the UK) which will give you a variety of cosmetic unlocks including the 'Old School' Watch, with proceeds from each purchase going to the The Call of Duty Endowment charity.
- In the US, you can get a Watch by acquiring two codes from buying select Totino's products (thanks xxkobrakaixx on reddit for confirming this), such as Totino's Pizza Rolls, Mini Snack Bites and Multi-Pack Party Pizza.
At launch, that's the only way to earn a Watch in Modern Warfare. But, however, we do know there are others out there...
All known Watches coming to Modern Warfare
As well as the two above Watches, we do know there are many other Watches coming to Modern Warfare.
Though we don't know their unlock methods or even their names, a leak on reddit has revealed a useful image showing what to expect, including a few that don't tell the time at all, such as counters for kills, steps taken and even a Tamagotchi-style virtual pet:
The consensus appears to be that Watches will be made available as rewards with the introduction of Modern Warfare's first season, which has yet to be dated.
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What else do we know about Watches in Modern Warfare?
A Watch essentially serves a cosmetic purpose only, but there are multiple ways in which it can be 'used' in-game.
For one, it'll be visible on the wrist of your Operator as you play, giving you an additional way to personalise the look of your loadouts during matches.
The second is by using a specific gesture, 'Check Watch', which will raise the Watch towards the screen to give you a closer look. This is already available in your list of emotes, so feel free to equip it whenever you have a moment.
The third 'use' it has is... telling the time. As confirmed by Infinity Ward art director Joel Emslie on reddit, the watch will actually tell the local time wherever you are by reading your console or PC clock, which is a pretty neat touch, and a possibly useful reminder to wrap up that late night multiplayer session with work looming the next day.