Where would James Bond be without his wristwatch? Late, perhaps, but given they feature Q-Branch lasers, grapple hooks and even messages dispensed via ticker tape like a tweet from the Seventies, 007’s timepieces have often served roles as mission-critical as his Aston Martin, Walther PPK and raised eyebrow.
With No Time To Die on the horizon, we're taking a look back at James Bond's more iconic watches, from Sean Connery’s Rolex Submariner with NATO strap, to Roger Moore’s Seikos and the Omega Seamasters of Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
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Here are some of the best, and what they’re likely to cost you today:
1. Rolex Submariner 6538 Big Crown
- Sean Connery (1962 to 1965)
- Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball
Believed to be Sean Connery’s own watch, this Rolex was worn by the actor as he played Bond in the first four films of the franchise. It was paired with a range of straps during its film career, including a striped fabric NATO band.
If you want to wear a Rolex 6538 then be prepared to pay a lot of money for it. Examples have sold at auction for almost £200,000 in recent years, while we found one currently for sale for £220,000.
Curiously, the actual watch worn by Connery was sold at auction in 2016 for $60,000 (£43,000). Bargain.
2. Hamilton Pulsar P2 2900
- Roger Moore (1973)
- Live and Let Die
Bond’s love of traditional watches from Rolex and Omega has occasionally made way for an oddball or two. The first of these is the Hamilton Pulsar P2, worn by Roger Moore in Live And Let Die (1973).
The first mass-produced digital watch, the P2 displayed the time with LEDs - and, much like recent smartwatches, would only do so when you pressed its one button.
Curiously, setting the time is done by removing a magnet from the clasp and holding it against the hour and minute positions on the back of the case.
There is no date or alarm function, and despite costing the same as a Rolex Submariner at the time (also worn by Bond in Live And Let Die), history has not been as kind to early Pulsar P2 owners.
3. Seiko LC Quartz digital wristwatch DK001, 0674‑5009
- Roger Moore (1977)
- The Spy Who Loved Me
Sticking with digital wristwear, Bond opted for a Seiko 0674-5009 for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). As well say showing the time, day and date, Bond’s Seiko was given the Q-Branch treatment and fitted with a ticker tape messaging system.
As Seventies James Bond as it gets, printed messages would emerge from the case to issue instructions to 007. One highlighted in the film read, “007 to report to HQ. Immediate. M.”
Because several Seiko watches of the era look very similar to the 0674-5009 worn by Bond, it can be difficult to find exactly the right one. But when you do we have some good news, because they only cost around £200.
4. Tag Heuer Professional Night Dive wristwatch 980.031
- Timothy Dalton (1985)
- The Living Daylights
Today, watchmakers would take a film producer’s arm off for a chance to be featured in a new Bond film, then produce a limited edition model with its own global advertising campaign. But back in the Eighties, things were different.
Just how different is highlighted by the heroic two-year effort by watch aficionado Dell Deaton to identify the Tag Heuer Professional Night-Dive 908.031 worn by Timothy Dalton as Bond in The Living Daylights.
Dalton’s conclusion was made by analysing a blurry 10-second clip over and over, eliminating possible alternatives until he had, with a claimed 80% certainty, found the answer.
The only unknown is whether the watch had a Tag Heuer logo, or if it just read Heuer, as the film was being produced as Tag acquired Heuer and watches were produced with both styles of logo for a brief period.
5. Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Date wristwatch 16610
- Timothy Dalton (1987)
- Licence To Kill
After a 15-year break, 007 returned to Rolex when Timothy Dalton played Bond in 1989’s Licence To Kill. Echoing those of Connery and Moore, Dalton wore a Submariner Oyster Perpetual, but this time the newer 16610, which saw several updates until production ended in 2010.
This Rolex was also the last to be worn by James Bond, as for Goldeneye (1995) Pierce Brosnan began the spy’s relationship with Omega which has endured to this day.
6. Omega Seamaster wristwatch 2541.80
- Pierce Brosnan (1995 - 2002)
- Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day
Known to millennials the world over as the James Bond watch, the same model of blue-faced Omega Seamaster made an appearance in every Brosnan film. Water resistant to 300 metres and with a helium escape valve, the Seamaster is the sort of fully-fledged diving watch you’d expect from a commander of the Royal Naval Reserve.
Q-Branch gave the Seamaster a laser for cutting through ice, a grappling hook and detachable explosive charge.
006 agent Alec Trevelyan, played by Sean Bean in Goldeneye, wears the same model but with a black leather strap.
A second-hand, mint condition Seamaster like Bond’s with box and papers will cost you in the region of £1,100 to £1,800.
In 2002 Omega produced a special edition with 007 motif on the face to celebrate 40 years of the James Bond franchise, and for this you’ll need to double your budget.
7. Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial 41mm
- Daniel Craig (2015)
Here is the Omega Seamaster worn by Daniel Crain in the film Spectre. First introduced in 1957, the Seamaster 300 is a diving watch with a 41mm stainless steel case.
A version made in collaboration with the film and limited to 7,007 examples (see what they did there?) includes a 007 motif on the clasp and a striped NATO fabric strap.
Priced new at £5,040, this watch is already fetching almost £8,000 on the second-hand market, so if you can find one at its RRP you should be able to turn a quick profit.
8. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition
- Daniel Craig (2020)
- No Time To Die
This is the watch that'll be strapped to Bond's wrist in the upcoming film, No Time to Die. It's made from Grade 2 Titanium, and has been purposefully built with military needs in mind.
For this watch, Omega has introduced an aluminium dial which replicates the aged brown 'tropical' hue that certain vintage dials turn over time.
On the caseback, you’ll find a series of numbers, which follow the format for genuine military-issue watches. “0552” is a naval code-number, with “923 7697” being the number for a divers’ watch. The letter “A” signifies a watch with a screw-in crown, while “007” is, of course, James Bond’s iconic agent number. Finally, the number “62” refers to the year of the very first James Bond film.
The new watch is completed by a NAIAD LOCK caseback, which keeps all of the engravings in correct alignment.
You can currently buy the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition for £6,950.