When it comes to dressing dapper, few do it better or more consistently than the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond. The man is a beacon of style and sex appeal. It’s not just his clothes however, that set 007 apart from the crowd, it’s also his choice in wrist-wear. Changing almost as often as the Bond girls themselves over the years, what’s on Bond’s wrist has always been a source of fascination and inspiration, not only for movie buffs but also for watch and style lovers everywhere. Functional, practical and of course effortlessly stylish, check out our overview of 007’s watches through the years.
ROLEX – THE EARLY YEARS
James Bond made his official debut on the big screen in 1962, played by one of the greatest male actors of the 20th Century, Sean Connery. On his wrist was a Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538, a highly practical tool watch with understated good looks, perfect for a member of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Considered the original “Bond” watch by collectors and movie buffs alike, the Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 would go on to appear in several more Bond films, including From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball. Although never officially confirmed, it is thought that the Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 used in these films was actually from Sean Connery’s personal collection.
In the early 70’s, when Roger Moore took over the role as Bond, the Rolex changed to a Submariner Ref. 5513. For many vintage Rolex enthusiasts, this is the Submariner to own. It’s not the rarest – in fact it is probably one of the longest continually produced series in Rolex’s history, running from 1962 until 1989 – however it is considered the epitome of the classic dive watch, providing the blueprint for modern day dive watch design.
SEIKO – THE QUARTZ REVOLUTION
As the 1970’s progressed however, the quartz revolution began to gather steam, pushing mechanical watches out of the limelight and replacing them with quartz-powered ones instead. While Rolex watches still make appearances here and there, it seems the watch brand of choice now for the ever-modern Mr. Bond was Japanese-brand, Seiko. Multiple different models appear, sometimes in the same movie, ranging from the hi-tech Seiko H357 Duo Display and Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar to the substantial Seiko 7549-7009 Professional Divers’ watch.
OMEGA – THE MODERN DAY
These days however, James Bond is associated with one watch brand, and one watch brand only; Omega. When Pierce Brosnan made his debut as Bond in the 1995 hit GoldenEye, he had a quartz version of the Omega Seamaster Professional 300M strapped to his wrist. Ever since, different Omega models, mostly from the Seamaster collection, have co-starred alongside Bond as he battles to save the world from the demented plans of evil geniuses. In the most recent film, Spectre, Daniel Craig reprised his role as James Bond, wearing a vintage-inspired Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre, complete with NATO strap.
Although the brands may have changed over the years, there have always been unifying factors when it comes to James Bond’s watches. They’re always functional, practical and of course, stylish, just like the Walteri Oceaner 41. Sure, our watches don’t have any crazy cool gadgets hidden in them that will help you out of a tight jam, but they will at least help you look the part and for a much lower price.