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From 007 With Love: Every James Bond Watch From 1962 to 2021

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James Bond has it all: Charm, suaveness, and the charisma to seduce a femme fatale while staying faithful to his call of duty. The world-famous MI6 agent has been gracing novels and silver screens for over fifty years, gaining an ever-growing legion of fans.

He also has an admirable collection of watches that have caught the eye of watch connoisseurs over the years. Every James Bond watch is not only built for harm and strikingly handsome but stays true to the dapper agent and gets him out of sticky situations with his nemeses.

The timepieces boast superior technology and mouth-watering complications like messages dispensed via ticker tape and Q-Branch lasers. Sounds interesting? Sit back and be part of the adventure as we explore some of the best and most iconic James Bond watches to date.

1. Rolex Submariner (1962) – Stainless Steel, Black Dial Ref. 6538

Rolex Submariner (1962)-Ref. 6538

About

Also referred to as the Big Crown Sub, the Rolex Submariner 6538 was the first Rolex watch to co-star alongside James Bond (Sean Connery) in the first Bond movie Dr. No in 1962. 

He wore it as he thwarted Dr.No’s plans of dominating the world. It also hugged the dashing Connery’s wrist in his other adventures in the franchise From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), and Thunderball (1965). Other Rolexes that Bond wore include the Rolex Oyster perpetual, Rolex GMT Master, and Rolex Datejust.

Features

They include an automatic movement, ‘Brevet’ marked crown, Plexiglass crystal, luminous indexes and skeleton hands, water resistance to 300m, a screw-down crown, a rotating bezel, and a screw-down case back.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 1956-1959
  • Case Size: 38mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Glossy black gilt dial
    • Bracelet – Oyster bracelet with folding clasp
    • Bezel – Black rotating bezel with 60-minute graduations and red triangle
  • Function: Rotating Bezel, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Self-winding Caliber 1030 movement with 25 jewels and 18,000vph frequency. It also features a butterfly-shaped rotor with two slits cut out on either side

Why You Should Invest?

It’s a highly sought-after diver’s watch among Rolex and Bond enthusiasts. Moreover, its price increases whenever it makes a rare appearance at auctions. For instance, It sold for a whopping S$124,761 at an auction at Christie’s back in 2012! It can go for at least S$350,000 in an auction in 2022.

2. Rolex Submariner (1969) – Stainless Steel, Black Dial Ref. 5513

Rolex Submariner (1969)-Ref. 5513

About

James Bond (Aussie actor and model George Lazenby and Roger Moore) wore the Rolex Submariner ref.5513 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) and Live and Let Die (1973), and The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), respectively. It was the first watch to enjoy additional helpful gadgets by Q.
This James Bond Rolex complemented Lazenby’s Bond’s black tuxedo perfectly in the James Bond film. On the other hand, Moore used this same watch severally, like as a magnet to undo Italian agent Caruso’s dress’ zipper and free himself when he was tied up thanks to its circular-saw feature.

Features

Some of them are a rotatable bezel, self-winding movement, water resistance to 200m, tritium-illuminated hands and hour markers, a domed acrylic crystal, and a serif dial.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 1962-1989
  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Matte black 2-liner serif dial
    • Bracelet – Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp 
    • Bezel – Rotatable black bezel with white 60-minute graduations and white triangle
  • Function: Rotatable Bezel, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic bi-directional winding Caliber 1520 movement with 17 jewels, a 19,800bph frequency, and a 42-hour power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

Its price has increased exponentially over the years. For example, it sold for S$529,290 at a Phillips auction in 2015. Experts believe this figure has risen in 2022 due to its rarity.

3. Seiko (1977) – Stainless Steel, Black Dial Ref. 0674-5009

Seiko (1977)-Ref.0674-5009

About

Bond sports this vintage Seiko watch in his The Spy Who Loved Me adventure in 1977 as he teamed up with beautiful Soviet agent Anya Amasova.

They were investigating the hijacking of Russian and British submarines carrying nuclear warheads. Q equipped the innovative timepiece with a ticker tape message system on which Bond’s messages from MI6 headquarters were printed. The most memorable message was ‘007 to report to HQ. Immediate. M’.

Features

Some of the most notable ones are water resistance to 10m, a bright backlight, a push/pull crown, a polished stainless steel case, a clear LCD screen, an AM/PM indicator at the top right above the seconds counter, and a date/month/year on a separate screen.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 1970-1979
  • Case Size: 34mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Black
    • Bracelet – Steel with a fold-over clasp
    • Bezel – Fixed
  • Function: Date, Month, Year, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Quartz

Why You Should Invest?

It’s the world’s first six-digit LCD quartz digital watch, making it a watch collector’s prized item. Plus, it’s pretty similar to the Seiko TV watch. And the piece worn by the British secret agent is among the digital watches in demand among watch enthusiasts due to its role in the film’s success and connection with James Bond.

4. Seiko ‘Golden Tuna’ (1981) – Titanium, Black Dial Ref. 7549-7009

Seiko ‘Golden Tuna’ (1981)-Ref. 7549-7009

About

This classic diver’s piece was nick-named ‘Golden Tuna’ because of the combination of the plated titanium materials and titanium nitride, giving the case its black and gold hue.

It made a not-so-visible but memorable appearance in For Your Eyes Only (1981) on James Bond (Roger Moore)’s wrist as he dove into the yellow sub to the St.Georges Wreck.

Features

The main ones are a day and date display at 3 o’clock, water resistance to 600m (with no helium escape valve), ceramic-coated bezel, a quartz movement, sapphire crystal, and hands and hour markers with tritium lume.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 1981
  • Case Size: 49.5mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Matte black dial 
    • Bracelet – Rubber strap with a Seiko stamped titanium nitride-plated stainless steel Seiko buckle
    • Bezel – Ceramic-coated titanium screwed-on bezel
  • Function: Day, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Seiko quartz Caliber 7549

Why You Should Invest?

It’s among the Seiko watches with a nice, sporty appearance and is super rugged. Additionally, it can earn you some profit due to its costly nature. A well-maintained piece can sell for well over S$2,712 in 2022.

5. TAG Heuer (1987) – Stainless Steel, White Luminous Dial Ref. 980.031

TAG Heuer (1987)-Ref. 980.031

About

The TAG Heuer ‘Night Diver’ 980.031 earned its place as an instant favorite among watch enthusiasts when it appeared in The Living Daylights (1987). It was James Bond (Timothy Dalton)’s companion of choice as he struggled with an enemy on a Land Rover’s roof in Gibraltar during the opening sequence.

Features

They include a date window at 3 o’clock, a rotating bezel, water resistance to 200m, a case and bracelet with a nice black PVD finish, a luminous dial, a bracelet with a diver’s extension, and a screw-down crown.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 1980-1989
  • Case Size: 38mm (minus the crown)
  • Materials:
    • Dial – White luminous dial that glows in the dark
    • Bracelet – Black PVD- coated genuine Heuer Jubilee bracelet with diver’s 5mm extension and fold-over clasp
    • Bezel – Black unidirectional bezel with 60-minute markings and white triangle
  • Function: Unidirectional Bezel, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Original Heuer signed Quartz movement

Why You Should Invest?

It’s among the few TAG Heuer watches used by James Bond, boosting its significance among watch fans. Moreover, its price increased by 10% between November 2022 and December 2022. Experts believe the value will rise higher before 2023.

6. Omega Seamaster Professional (1995) – Stainless Steel, Blue Dial Ref. 2541.80

Omega Seamaster Professional (1995)-Ref. 2541.80

About

Omega’s entry into the James Bond franchise kickstarts an essential chapter in the brand’s existence. It’s the top spy’s official preferred watch brand. The ref. 2541.80 was worn by the laid-back yet lethal Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond in GoldenEye (1995).

This James Bond’s watch received some much-needed tinkering from Q in the film, giving it impressive features like a laser beam and remote detonator. Its robust build and convenient attributes allowed Bond to defeat Auric Goldfinger and glide from Russia to Monte Carlo in style.

Features

Some of the Omega 2541.80’s features are a helium escape valve, a screw-in crown, a date window at 3 o’clock, water resistance to 300m, an anti-reflective and scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal, a luminescent dial, Super Luminova hands, and an Omega quartz precision movement.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 1993
  • Case Size: 41mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Blue dial with a wave pattern
    • Bracelet – Steel link bracelet with fold-over clasp with diver’s extension
    • Bezel – Aluminum unidirectional bezel with silver 60-minute graduations
  • Function: Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Omega 1538 Quartz precision movement with rhodium-plated finish

Why You Should Invest?

Its price increases each year. It sold for roughly S$1,491 in December 2019 and rose to S$2,154 in 2021. Plus, it’s a discontinued piece, meaning big bucks for you if you lay your hands on this archetypal Bond watch and decide to sell it.

7. Omega Seamaster Professional (1997-2002) – Stainless Steel, Blue Dial Ref. 2531.80

omega seamaster professional-Ref 2531.80

About

Omega enjoys yet another appearance alongside James Bond, this time being the Omega Seamaster Professional 300m Ref.2531.80. Pierce Brosnan wore it in several Bond films; namely, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999), and Die Another Day (2002).

The watch featured several helpful characteristics in the films, like providing a rescue cable with a grappling hook that got him from harm’s way in his battle with Elektra King and her companions in The World is Not Enough Bond movie.

Features

It might resemble the 2541.80 in appearance, but key features that tell them apart are its Omega 1120 movement and the 2541.80’s larger 3 o’clock hour marker. Other characteristics include a water resistance to 300m, a helium escape valve, a screw-in crown, a date window at 3 o’clock, and a rotatable bezel.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 1993-2006
  • Case Size: 41mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Blue dial with a wave pattern
    • Bracelet – Steel link bracelet with fold-over clasp with diver’s extension
    • Bezel – Blue aluminum bezel with silver 60-minute markings
  • Function: Unidirectional Bezel, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Self-winding Omega 1120 chronometer with rhodium-plated finish and a 44-hour power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

The watch can fetch you a hefty sum in the market if it’s in mint condition since it’s no longer in production. Additionally, it’s comfortable on the wrist thanks to its smooth bracelet.

8. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (2006) – Stainless Steel, Blue Dial Ref. 2220.80

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (2006)-Ref. 2220.80

About

The Omega Seamaster 2220.80 welcomed the Daniel Craig era of James Bond. Craig took over the coveted role of the fictional British spy from Pierce Brosnan in 2006. Bond wears the watch in Casino Royale (2006). 

Though void of any exciting Q-features, the piece makes up for it with its accurate movement that ensures precise timekeeping for 007 and elegance that complements his trademark dapper look. Other watches worn by Craig include the Planet Ocean and Aqua Terra.

Features

They include a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock, chronometer, unidirectional rotating bezel, domed anti-reflective scratch-resistant crystal, date aperture at 3 o’clock, screw-in crown, water resistance to 300m, and a Co-Axial Caliber 2500 movement.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2006-2013
  • Case Size: 41mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Blue dial with wave pattern
    • Bracelet – Steel link bracelet with fold-over clasp with diver extension
    • Bezel – Blue unidirectional bezel with 60-minute markings
  • Function: Unidirectional Bezel, Chronometer, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Co-Axial Caliber 2500 movement with a 48-hour power reserve and rhodium-plated escapement

Why You Should Invest?

Its market value increased from S$4,441 on June 16, 2022, to S$4,684 on August 3, 2022.

9. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M (2008) – Stainless Steel, Black Dial Ref. 2201.50

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M (2008)-Ref. 2201.50

About

This certified chronometer from Omega accompanied James Bond in Quantum of Solace (2008). It also has no extraordinary features. It showed just the time. However, its durability and handsomeness make a clear statement: It’s as reliable and efficient as the rest.

Omega released a limited edition version of the timepiece with a red tip-of-the-seconds hand, black textured dial, and ‘Quantum of Solace’ and ‘007’ logos below the hands.

Features

This watch features an Omega Caliber 2500 movement, water resistance to 600m, a date aperture at 3 o’clock, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, a solid case back, Arabic numerals at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions, and strong stainless steel bracelet.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2005-2013
  • Case Size: 42mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Black
    • Bracelet – Stainless steel bracelet with a fold-over clasp with diver’s extension
    • Bezel – Black unidirectional bezel with 60-minute markings
  • Function: Chronometer, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Automatic Co-Axial Caliber 2500 movement with 27 jewels, a 48-power reserve, and 25,200 BPH frequency

Why You Should Invest?

It’s an incredibly versatile watch that’s easy on the wrist. What’s more, its market value increased from S$4,767 on June 17, 2022, to S$4,940 on October 23, 2022. The limited edition sold for between S$12,341 and S$16,273 at Christie’s in 2012.

10. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M (2012) – Stainless Steel, Black Dial Ref. 232.30.42.21.01.004

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M (2012)-Ref. 232.30.42.21.01.004

About

Daniel Craig wears the Omega Seamaster 232.30.42.21.01.004 in SkyFall (2012) as he hijacked and drove a military tank. Omega created a unique timepiece for the film with a titanium case. The regular watch has a stainless steel case.

Features

Some of the main ones are limited edition (5,007 pieces), a 007 logo at 7 o’clock, date window at 3 o’clock, Caliber 8507 movement, water resistance to 600m, black matte dial, unidirectional bezel with 60-minute graduations, helium escape valve at 10 o’clock, an open case back, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2012-2016
  • Case Size: 42mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Black dial with a grid pattern
    • Bracelet – Steel bracelet with steel deployant buckle
    • Bezel – Black ceramic bezel with 60-minute graduations
  • Function: Chronometer, Date, Hour, Minute, Second
  • Mechanism: Automatic Caliber 8507 movement with Co-Axial escapement, 39 jewels, and a 60-hour power reserve

Why You Should Invest?

It’s a limited edition watch, which raises its desirability and value. Additionally, its market value increased from S$8,888 on November 13, 2022, to S$9,421 on December 11, 2022.

11. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M (2015) – Stainless Steel, Blue Dial Ref. 231.10.42.21.03.003

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M (2015)-Ref. 231.10.42.21.03.003

About

The piece is a dressier Aqua Terra with a beautiful design. Its dial’s sophisticated appearance earned it a spot in the opening sequence of Spectre (2015) in Mexico. It’s also visible around Bond’s wrist in helicopter and car chase scenes when the movie is almost over. Its robust and durable design allows it to escape the incidents without a scratch.

Features

This Bond Omega steel watch boasts impressive features like its anti-magnetic movement, transparent case back, water resistance to 150m, screw-in crown, date window at 3 o’clock, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, 60-minute graduations on the inner bezel, and an automatic Omega Caliber 8500 movement.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2014
  • Case Size: 41.5mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Lacquered blue dial with Teak Concept pattern
    • Bracelet – Adjustable steel bracelet with a steel deployment buckle
    • Bezel – Fixed smooth steel bezel
  • Function: Chronometer, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Self-winding Omega Master Co-Axial Caliber 8500 with a 60-hour power reserve, 39 jewels, and 25,200vph. It’s resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gausses

Why You Should Invest?

Its market value increased from S$4,495 on July 2, 2022, to S$4,628 on December 11, 2022.

12. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ‘007 Edition’ (2021) – Titanium, Brown Dial Ref. 210.90.42.20.01.001

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ‘007 Edition’ (2021)-Ref. 210.90.42.20.01.001

About

This Seamaster diver 300m 60 marks the end of Daniel Craig’s Bond era in style. Craig, along with the filmmakers, helped in making it the masterpiece it is. Commander Bond wore this new watch in No Time to Die (2021) when he returned from his brief vacation to confront an armed and dangerous villain with weapons capable of destroying the human race.

It has a strong titanium case and bracelet created from Grade 2 titanium. Meanwhile, its bezel ring and dial are crafted from aluminum. And that’s just the beginning. 

Features

It has some incredible features like a classic Super-Luminova diving scale, indices, and hands, automatic 8806 movement, mesh Grade 2 titanium bracelet, water resistance to 300m, a helium escape valve, and a unidirectional rotating bezel.

Specifications

  • Production Year: 2020
  • Case Size: 42mm
  • Materials:
    • Dial – Brown aluminum dial
    • Bracelet – Mesh Grade 2 titanium bracelet with an adjustable buckle
    • Bezel – Brown aluminum unidirectional bezel with matching brown 60-minute graduations
  • Function: Chronometer, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Mechanism: Self-winding Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8806 with 35 jewels, a 55-hour power reserve, and 25,200 BPH

Why You Should Invest?

It’s among the beautiful watches worn by Bond that’s impressively lightweight. Additionally, its market price increased from S$10,526 on September 27, 2022, to S$10,831 on December 11, 2022.

At a Glance

The table below summarizes the major points of every James Bond watch we’ve picked above.

ModelKey FeaturesLaunch PriceCurrent Original PricePre-Owned Price
Rolex Submariner (1962)• Automatic movement

• ‘Brevet’ marked crown

• Water resistance to 300m
S$25,200S$40,683S$223,757
Rolex Submariner (1969)• Self-winding movement

• Water resistance to 200m

• Serif dial
S$6,575S$13,561S$21,020
Seiko (1977)• Water resistance to 10m

• Bright backlight

• Clear LCD screen
S$210S$541S$1,084
Seiko ‘Golden Tuna’ (1981)• Day and date display at 3 o’clock

• Water resistance to 600m

• Hands and hour markers with tritium lume
S$950S$1,250S$1,469
TAG Heuer (1987)• Date window at 3 o’clock

• Water resistance to 200m

• Case and bracelet with a nice black PVD finish
S$780S$1,829S$3,430
Omega Seamaster Professional (1995)• Helium escape valve

• Luminescent dial

• Omega quartz precision movement
S$1,260S$2,450S$2,148
Omega Seamaster Professional (1997-2002)• Omega 1120 movement

• Water resistance to 300m

• Rotatable bezel
S$1,900S$2,916S$4,746
Omega Seamaster Diver (2006)• Helium escape valve at 10 o’clock

• Water resistance to 300m

• Co-Axial Caliber 2500 movement
S$2,789S$5,153S$7,341
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean (2008)• Omega Caliber 2500 movement

• Water resistance to 600m

• Arabic numerals at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions
S$4,576S$6,102S$4,746
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean (2012) • Limited edition (5,007 pieces)

• 007 logo at 7 o’clock

• Caliber 8507 movement
S$6,670S$8,815S$10,401
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra (2015)• Anti-magnetic movement

• Transparent case back

• Water resistance to 150m
S$3,170S$8,137S$5,221
Omega Seamaster Diver (2021)• Classic Super-Luminova diving scale, indices, and hands

• Automatic 8806 movement

• Mesh Grade 2 titanium bracelet
S$10,652S$12,476S$12,929

The most expensive timepiece on the list is the Rolex Submariner 6538. Meanwhile, the Seiko 0674-5009 is the most affordable.

Our favorite features are the Seiko 7549-7009’s day and date display at 3 o’clock and water resistance to 600m without a helium escape valve.

Final Word

James Bond watches are elegant and worth owning despite the era. Each piece has a unique feature that complements the fictional super-competent spy’s admirable personality.

Key Takeaways

  • James Bond’s watches are a worthwhile investment as they’re widely appreciated among Bond fans.
  • James Bond watches boast unique designs, durable materials, and superior technology.
  • Most of the timepieces are highly versatile, making them suitable for every occasion.

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