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James Bond Watches

June 21, 2018 - Watch Articles
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The fictional character of James Bong has been a symbolic figure for decades – representing a British cultural vision of masculinity and dignity.  Known for his love of adventure, martinis and gadgets, Bond is also known for his luxury watches. Throughout the years, the 007 agent has been known to sport a variety of high-end timepieces.

One of the key components of James Bond’s image is his style and its evolution throughout time and across different movies. The watches that Bond wears are crucial to his representation, especially as the author of the books specifies that the secret agent wears a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer. Interestingly, this allegiance only remained up until a certain point.

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For the first few decades of films, the James Bond character was strongly linked to Rolex watches until he began to stray. Author Ian Fleming stated that “He could not just wear a watch. It had to be a Rolex… a gentleman’s choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Savile Row suit”. Now, the James Bond franchise is more often linked to the Omega brand. Lets take a closer look at some of the most memorable James Bond watches.

 

What watches does James Bond wear?

Rolex Submariner

Movies: Dr. No, Goldfinger, From Russia with Love

How much does a Rolex Submariner retail for? Approximately $9,000

Worn by actor Sean Connery in the 1964 movie, the Rolex is seen when Bond flicks his lighter on to check the time. The Submariner makes for a great James Bond watch as it is a diver’s watch and functions as well under water as it does on land.

 

Gruen Precision 510

Movies: Dr. No

How much does a Gruen Precision retail for? Approximately $750

In the 1962 movie, Dr. No, the first watch we ever see James Bond wear is the Gruen Precision 510, which was worn during pre-production and on the very first day of shooting. Due to what is believed to be an error in the filming continuity, Bond’s watch then shifts to a Rolex Submariner in a different scene.

 

Omega Seamaster

Movies: Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre

How much does an Omega Seamaster 300M retail for? Approximately $3,500

James Bond has sported Omega Seamaster’s in every movie since 1995, which marks the beginning of the relationship between the character and Omega watches. In the 2006 movie Casino Royale, the following dialogue famously took place: “Nice watch. Is that a Rolex?” “Omega”.

 

Breitling Top Time

Movies: Thunderball

How much does a Breitling Top Time retail for? Approximately $3,000

Said to have been bought for a mere £25 ($33 USD), the Breitling Top Time worn by Sean Connery in Thunderball, sold at auction in 2013 for £103,875 ($136,824 USD) at a pop culture auction. The watch is addressed in Thunderball, when this conversation takes place between Q and James Bond:

Q: “Here we have a Geiger counter, useful and unobtrusive. The sweep hand takes the radioactivity count. It’s waterproof, of course”.

Bond: “Of course”.

 

Tag Heuer Professional Night-Dive

Movies: The Living Daylights

How much does a Tag Heuer divers watch retail for? Approximately $2,000

Sported by actor Timothy Dalton in the 1987 movie The Living Daylights, it was not clear what model this watch was until recent years when it was identified as being a Tag Heuer Professional Night-Dive.

 

Rolex Chronograph

Movies: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

How much does a Rolex Chronograph retail for? Approximately $4,000

James Bond wears the Rolex Chronograph during the 1969 movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The scene in which he wears the watch, Bond goes undercover as genealogist Sir Hilary Bray to infiltrate a research institute.

 

What do the James Bond’s watch choices say?

The watches that the James Bond character wears is reflective of how style evolves and what is considered technologically advanced and stylish at the time. Looking back at the movies, we can see how Bond’s style has evolved over the last few decades and what type of watch is considered to be desirable.

 

How to sell or upgrade your watch

When it comes to selling your watch, the resale value will depend on a number of factors. The luxury brand of your watch will have an impact on the price, for example Rolex watches tend to retain greater value than many other brands. It also depends heavily on the condition of the watch, whether it still has its box and papers and the price will change depending on which model you own. The rarity or iconic status of a watch will increase its resale value, as opposed to another model which may be more easily attainable.iconic james bond wathces

Selling your watch can be a daunting process, especially in the digital age when there are so many different routes to take. Although selling on online auctions sites is a tempting option, when it comes to luxury watches these websites often lack the ability to ensure that items are authentic, which makes buyers more sceptical and less willing to pay higher prices for them. Selling in this way can take weeks, months or even years so it is ultimately not a quick or efficient way of selling.

Should you be thinking of selling a luxury watch for cash or in order to upgrade, WP Diamonds offers a quick and easy selling process. The process is simple: complete our online form to get a price quote then schedule an appointment OR use our free and insured overnight mailing service to get a final price. Our expert team of horologists will evaluate your timepiece and make you the best possible offer. Founded in 2010, we have an A+ BBB rating and hundreds of online reviews and pride ourselves on offering a free service that you can trust. WP Diamonds also offers a trade-in program where you can receive up to 20% more on your offer in the form of store credit with one of our many retail partners.

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