James Bond’s Watches: From Connery to Craig

There is perhaps no other wrist that has yielded the same cultural influence as 007’s. For almost sixty-five years, his wrist was home to robust and great-looking watches that always got people talking.

Oftentimes, they were used as weapons but sometimes, they were simply there to look good. Either way, they made movie history.
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Here’s a rundown of the watches worn by Bond, James Bond:
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1962 | Dr. No
While the James Bond novel was first created in 1953, it was first adapted on film in 1962 with Dr. No. It starred Sean Connery, who wore a Rolex Submariner ref 6358. 

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Rolex Explorer Vintage Steel Watch 1016
1963 | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 
In James Bond novels, author Ian Fleming would always describe Bond as having exquisite taste in cars, clothes and watches. In the novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, it is confirmed that his watch is a Rolex. Fleming wore the brand himself, a Rolex Explorer ref 1016.

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Rolex Submariner Vintage James Bond Big Crown
1963 – 64 | From Russia with Love and Goldfinger
The next two movies starred Sean Connery again and shows him wearing a Rolex Submariner 6538. It’s worth noting that the Bond Girl for the film, named Pussy Galore, also wore Rolex – a GMT Master ref 6542.

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1965 | Thunderball
Still starring Sean Connery, Bond wore two watches in this film: a Rolex Submariner to tell time, and a Breitling Top Time as a Geiger counter.

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1967 – 1971 | You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever
James Bond did not wear his usual Submariner for this film. It’s not confirmed but Bond fans suspect that it was a gold Gruen watch from Sean Connery’s personal collection.

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Rolex Chronograph Pre Daytona Vintage
1969 | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 
A new James Bond is introduced in Australian actor George Lazenby, who only plays the role once. In this film, Bond wore two watches – the Rolex Submariner ref 5513 and the Rolex Chronograph ref 6238.

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Rolex GMT Master Vintage
1973 – 1983 | The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun
Roger Moore was introduced as the new James Bond, and the watches began having weaponry functions. He wore two Rolexes in these films – the Submariner ref 5513 and a GMT Master, but in line with the quartz revolution, James Bond wore a Hamilton LED watch and different Seiko watches during this period.

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Rolex Datejust 36 Silver Tapestry Dial
1985 | A View to Kill
James Bond and the MI6 agents continued to be loyal to Seiko, but in his last film as Agent 007, Roger Moore mistakenly wore his personal Rolex Datejust in one of the scenes and it made a scene-stealing cameo. This film also marked the end of Seiko’s participation in the Bond film franchise.

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olex Submariner Date Stainless Steel Mens Vintage Watch
1987 – 89 | The Living Daylights and License to Kill
Timothy Dalton takes over as James Bond. In The Living Daylights, Agent 007 wore a TAG Heuer Professional Night-Dive ref 980.031 and returned to the Rolex Submariner in License to Kill.

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Omega Seamaster 41 Automatic Steel Mens Watch
1995 – 2002 Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day
Pierce Brosnan debuts as James Bond; and a partnership between the 007 franchise and Omega begins. He wore the quartz version of the Omega Seamaster Professional 300M ref 2541.80 in the first film, and the Omega Seamaster Professional ref 2531.80 in the next three films.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
2006 – 08 | Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace
Daniel Craig debuts as Agent 007 and continues wearing Omega. In Casino Royale, he wore the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ref 2220.80 and the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ref 2900.50.91, alternately.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Skyfall
2012 | Skyfall
This film marked the 50th year of James Bond on the silver screen. For this film, Omega created the special edition Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M ref 232.30.42 with a limited run of 5,007 pieces. Daniel Craig wore a version that was especially created for the film, which was later on auctioned by Christie’s.

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Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre
2015 Spectre
In the latest Bond film, Daniel Craig returned on screen and wore a Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre, inspired by the original Omega Seamaster 300 from the 1960’s.
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The 25th Bond film is slated for release in 2019, and all we know for now is that Daniel Craig will be back for his fifth and final performance as the 007 agent. We are excited to see Bond’s watch, just as you surely are.
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PHOTO CREDITS: Main Photo www.GlynLowe.com from Hamburg, Germany licensed by CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons / Dr. No and Thunderball Posters by Johan Oomen licensed by CC BY SA-2.0, via Flickr / Vintage Fruen Precision Manual Wind Jewel Watch by By Joe Haupt from USA  licensed by CC BY SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons / Roger Moore by By Allan Warren licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons / Pierce Brosnan by LBJ Library on Flickr, Public Domain.
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