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James Bond’s Watches: The Complete Movie Timeline


He’s the world’s most famous secret agent, and the selection of watches on his wrist is at least as varied as the parade of “Bond girls” at his side. Each watch reflects its epoch: from robust mechanical timekeepers, through digital timepieces, to state-of-the-art chronometers. Our timeline presents an overview of 007’s wrist-wear.

1962
James Bond first appeared on the silver screen in 1962 and has remained there ever since, but the Bond character was born 10 years prior to 007’s cinematic debut. Ian Fleming wrote Casino Royale, his first novel about the adventures of the charming MI6 agent, while on his honeymoon in 1952. Although Bond immediately showed extraordinarily good taste in automobiles and clothes, his wristwatch wasn’t identified until Fleming’s second novel, Live and Let Die (1954). Bond wears a Rolex in this book, which is not surprising, because Fleming himself wore a Rolex Explorer, Reference 1016, on an extensible Oyster riveted strap. Fleming’s affection for Rolex is apparent in the first James Bond film, where Bond, played by Sean Connery, casually straps on a Rolex Submariner without a date display while hunting the nefarious Dr. No, for whom the movie is named. Reference 6358 has a leather strap here. Film buffs believe that this model was one of Sean Connery’s personal possessions.

Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538
Rolex Submariner, Ref. 6538

 

1963/1964
James Bond remained faithful to Rolex in his second cinematic adventure, From Russia with Love. The movie shows Connery wearing a Rolex Submariner, Reference 6538, which still shows just the time because Q, the famous master of innovative weaponry, hadn’t yet equipped 007’s watch with any other special capabilities.

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From Russia with Love

Connery again wears Reference 6538 in Goldfinger, where it’s attached to a much-too-narrow textile strap. Pussy Galore, the aviatrix with the politically incorrect name, relies on a classical pilots’ watch: the Rolex GMT Master, Reference 6542.

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Goldfinger

1965
James Bond wears two watches in Thunderball. He uses his Rolex Submariner to tell the time, but he relies on a modified Breitling Top Time when he needs a Geiger counter. This watch was rediscovered in 2013 at an English flea market, where the authentic prop from the classic flick changed hands for a paltry 25 pounds – and was soon afterwards auctioned for a five-figure sum.

Breitling Top Time
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Breitling Top Time

1967
The phrase “You Only Live Twice” is perhaps more appropriate for James Bond than for anyone else. In the movie of that name, the dapper agent battles his archenemy, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. No one knows exactly which watch accompanied 007, but some aficionados suspect it was a golden Gruen, which probably came from Connery’s private collection.

Gruen Precision
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Gruen Precision

1969
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service featured a new leading man, but this film would be Australian actor George Lazenby’s only stint as James Bond. As if to recompense him for his short-lived tenure, he has the good fortune in this film to wed the actress Diana Rigg, whom you may remember from the TV show The Avengers. In the movie Bond wore a Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) and a Rolex Chronograph (Ref. 6238).

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Above and below: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
James Bond - OHMSS
Rolex Chronograph, Ref. 6238
Rolex “Pre-Daytona” chronograph, Ref. 6238

1971
A familiar face returned to the silver screen in Diamonds Are Forever, where Sean Connery, back as Bond, turns his attention not only to girls, but to girls’ best friends. Bond fights the good fight mostly without a watch, although one does make a cameo appearance in one scene. Connoisseurs think it might be the same golden Gruen worn in You Only Live Twice.

1973/1974
Roger Moore’s debut as James Bond, in Live and Let Die, and its follow-up, The Man with the Golden Gun, inaugurated a new era spiced not only with more humor, but also with a Rolex Submariner 5513 equipped with practical additional functions. For the first time, the agent’s watch hosted gadgets added by Q. The watch could be triggered to serve as a circular saw, which comes in handy when handcuffs need to be removed. It also had a built-in magnet to deflect incoming bullets or, when necessary, help to suavely disrobe a lady. In Live and Let Die, Bond wore another watch in the opening sequence, one of the power-hungry Pulsar LED digital watches from Hamilton, which helped usher in the quartz revolution.

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Live and Let Die
Hamilton Pulsar LED watch
Hamilton Pulsar LED watch
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The Man with the Golden Gun

 

Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513

1977
East meets West with a bang in The Spy Who Loved Me, in which sparks fly between Bond and Major Anya Amasova. A Rolex GMT Master assures precise timekeeping, while a Seiko 0674 LC functions as a pager: a label-making printer inside the watch ejects strips of paper bearing important messages from the office spymaster M.

Seiko 0674 LC
Seiko 0674 LC

1979
Moonraker catapults 007 into outer space, where he’s assisted by a Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar, which conceals an explosive secret that blasts the way clear for the agent and his appealing flightmate.

Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar
Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar

1981
Moore dives into the Aegean Sea for his fifth Bond adventure, For Your Eyes Only. Two Seiko watches join him: the Seiko 7549-7009, above, and the Seiko H357 Duo Display, above right.

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For Your Eyes Only
Seiko H357 Duo Display
Seiko H357 Duo Display
Seiko Professional Divers 600m
Seiko 7549-7009 Professional Divers’ watch

1983
The risqué name of the next Bond film, Octopussy, caused a furor in England. In it, Moore’s Bond, with a Seiko TV Watch on his wrist, turns his attention to a young lady who works as one of Q’s assistants. The same year, Connery gave his final performance as Bond in Never Say Never Again. The identity of his watch in this movie remains a mystery.

Seiko TV watch
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Seiko watch from Octopussy

1985
A View to a Kill finds Bond on the Golden Gate Bridge, where both he and his nemesis Zorin wear Rolexes (Bond’s is a Datejust). In other scenes, Bond wears three Seiko watches, including a Seiko Diver’s 150m.

Seiko Divers 150m
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Seiko Diver’s 150m

1987
After Timothy Dalton’s debut as James Bond in The Living Daylights, critics nicknamed this actor “Rambond.” In the movie, Agent 007 wears a TAG Heuer Professional Night-Dive Reference 980.031.

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The Living Daylights
TAG_Heuer Professional NIght Dive Ref 980.031
TAG Heuer Professional Night Dive, Ref. 980.031

1989
In Dalton’s second and final adventure as James Bond, License to Kill, Bond wears a Rolex Submariner.

Rolex Submariner Ref 16610
Rolex Submariner, Ref. 16610

1995
Pierce Brosnan wears a quartz version of the Omega Seamaster Professional 300M (Reference 2541.80) when he takes over as James Bond in GoldenEye.

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GoldenEye
Omega Seamaster Professional 300M
Omega Seamaster Professional 300M, Ref. 2541.80

1997/1999/2002
An Omega Seamaster Professional (Reference 2531.80) is again the ticking costar in Tomorrow Never Dies.

The World Is Not Enough for this secret agent, so he escapes its confines aboard a rocket bound for outer space. In his battle against Elektra King and her cohorts, Bond relies on Reference 2561.80 as a radiant light source and as a rescue cable with a grappling hook.

Pierce Brosnan remains faithful to the Omega Seamaster in his fourth adventure. This chronometer saves 007’s life in Die Another Day thanks to an explosive charge in its helium valve that can be detonated via the bezel. A powerful laser in the watch’s crown serves Bond well in his battle against the evildoer Gustav Graves.

Omega Seamaster Ref. 2531.80
Omega Seamaster Professional, Ref. 2531.80
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Die Another Day

2006
James Bond loves variety, so when Daniel Craig debuts as everyone’s favorite secret agent in a big-screen adaptation of Casino Royale, he alternately wears an Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (Ref. 2220.80) and a Seamaster Planet Ocean (Ref. 2900.50.91).

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Casino Royale
Omega Seamaster Professional
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, Ref. 2900.50.91

2008
It seems as though Bond needs an exceedingly watertight watch in Quantum of Solace. His Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M (Reference 2201.50) reliably resists pressure at great depths.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Ref 220150
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m, Ref. 2201.50

2012
James Bond wears several watches in Skyfall, including one that was specially built for this film and which Christie’s auctioned for nearly 200,000 euros in 2012. Bond’s Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M has a titanium case, unlike the serially manufactured version, which is stainless steel. Both are fitted with Caliber 8500.

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Skyfall
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m

2015
In the most recent Bond adventure, Spectre, Daniel Craig returned to the screen, this time wearing an Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre, which alludes to a predecessor from the 1960s. He also sported an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra in the opening sequence.

Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre
Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre Limited Edition

This article originally appeared in WatchTime magazine.

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44 Responses to “James Bond’s Watches: The Complete Movie Timeline”

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  1. Sylvio, I agree with you. Although my brand is Seiko, the only brand I associate with James Bond is Rolex. That was Ian Fleming’s intent.

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  2. The movie James Bond wore Seiko’s at one time. I also wear Seiko’s (both automatic and quartz) to honor the onscreen James Bond :)

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  3. Sylvio F. Bertoli

    It is just too bad that Rolex let Omega take over as the official supplier of James Bond’s watches. In my humble opinion JB should wear only one brand:- Rolex, preferrably Submariner, SeaDweller or Deep Sea

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  4. Bond doesn’t remove handcuffs with his Rolex in ‘live and let die’ , he cut through rope while he was hanging on the platform.

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  5. Michael Beck

    The Spy Who Loved Me shows a Submariner, but the article specifies a GMT. What’s up with that?

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  6. Isidor Farash

    Not only was Bond’s first movie watch a Yema diver but it was one of the very early examples of paid product placement in the movies. The original founder of Yema made a big deal about this (during that time frame) but you see, back then there were no DVDs. The movie would make a second tour in the theaters and eventually was also on video tape. But the paid placements were only good for the first run. The subsequent releases often had parts cut out because they had been paid placements but were not perpetual. Without a close-up of the watch, no company would gain any advantage. Thus, the paid segment was always the close-up of the watch, which is why there is no close-up of any watch in Dr. No. It expired and was cut. The book may have specified a Rolex but Yema paid for the spot.

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  7. John Wilson

    The very first watch mentioned in any Bond novel was a Girard Perregaux. 007 started wearing it after removing the watch from an enemy agent. I know the article is about movies, but this is surely worth a mention?

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  8. Thanks, nice review. I wonder why Bond bounced around with different brands?

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    • Don – Marketing and money in the later films! Omega pay a fortune to be on Bonds wrist!

      Bond = Rolex

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  9. John Palmer

    I have a Bond watch not featured in the article.Although not seen in The Living Daylights, it was specially made for, and worn by, Timothy Dalton during filming.

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  10. Alfred Agius

    Loved reading through Bond’s film escapades & the fine time pieces that he wore to help him out throughout mostly unscathed.

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  11. as bond comes from good , naval stock, will we see him wearing a g shock , most S/forces do now???

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    • Jack-O

      Agreed. Served in SF for 7 years (multiple deployments) and still wear the same G-Shock to this day

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  12. Isidor Farash

    Bond’s watch in Dr. No (1962) was a Yema, French made. This was perhaps one of the very first examples of a ”paid product placement” in a motion picture. This was Yema’s claim to fame for quite a few years, until they put a watch in space, which was also done to dog Omega. Even the name ‘Yema’ was selected to sound like a Greek Alphabet letter, as an effort to ride Omega’s success. For a few years in the late 70s and early 80’s Yema was a bigger brand than Omega, at least overall. The Swiss watch business nearly collapsed in the early 1980s when Seiko was selling their far superior 21 Jewel automatics. At that time, the Yemas were equal in quality to the Swiss brands, often more attractive, sometimes more innovative and usually cheaper.

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  13. 1903Mark1

    In the write up, why not show the actor actually wearing the timepiece? I see more bear wrists than watches. Something to do with copyrights maybe???

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  14. Frank

    According to this, the first watch to ever appear on the silver screen in any Bond film was a Gruen.

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  15. James Roden

    And I also noticed there is no mention of the very first wrist watch that Sean Connery wore as Bond on screen when he met Sylvia Trench in Dr. No.

    It’s a pity that nobody knows exactly what it was….the only thing anybody knows for certain is that it wasn’t a Submariner. It was a gold colored case dress watch with a light colored dial…which kind of makes me think he was wearing the Gruen in that shot. The best shot is at 7:50 minutes in.

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  16. Correct! Sean 007, also wore his Rolex Submariner in Thunderball. It was the last time we we saw it.

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  17. In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service movie I believe he has a Daytona and uses the chronograph to get out of a jam. Maybe the only circumstance where a standard complication is used by him in the series!

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  18. I loved all the James Bond watches, but most of all, I loved Ursula Andress and the scene where she walks out of the sea dripping wet and oozing sex appeal. She was as beautiful as any of the 007 watches, although I expect one of the watches would have lasted longer than Ms Andress.

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    • Yes, That scene, It will never be equalled, although they did try.
      At last I can afford to treat myself to a Rolex but sadly, will never be able to get as close to Ursula Andress as that submariner did all those years ago.

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  19. First one…………………….a BREITLING TOP TIME !!!!! Made up by Q as a geiger counter.

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    • Yes it was. Blue teak 38.5 mm version. Perhaps the author could have done a comprehensive list of watches worn in the movies rather than a movie list with Some of the watches worn.

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  20. Peppermill

    This article is not only incomplete but also wrong on various counts.

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  21. No mention about Fleming’s Explorer as the originally intended Rolex Oyster Perpetual ?

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  22. The wrong watch is depicted for Casino Royale! The Dial is one of a gun Barrel! I know, as it’s on my right as I type!

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    • Peppermill

      The watch with the gun barrel is not the one used in the movie. It was a special edition made by Omega for the Bond fan but not for the Bond movie itself.

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      • Omega fan

        The omega site has the bond watch with a center fire bullet casing inside the watch back. Is this the special addition or the actual model worn by bond?

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  23. Dear friends,

    You have to includ a Moeris wristwatch made in 1965 for Sean Connery.
    If you want, I can send you pictures.

    Regards from Chile,

    Iván

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    • Yes, the editor also forgot to include the PULSAR worn by Roger Moore, with LED push button display.

      Not being extremely critical, but a more in-depth research should be expected on these type of articles.

      We really become followers of well documented articles, otherwise, the reader might feel left in limbo, and that is the least a writer should aim for.

      Thanks for understanding your readers are well informed…

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      • Filipe

        Yeah! The Pulsar was one of the most iconic James Bond watches!!

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  24. BIG CHRONO

    I always thought the 1965 Thunderball geiger counter watch is a Breitling Top Time.

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