Who knew? James Bond wore inexpensive watches, too
Naturally, James Bond’s watch at all times does greater than inform the time. Within the Ian Fleming novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, as an illustration, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual doubles up as an impromptu knuckle duster. Within the subsequent motion pictures, 007’s producers contrived increasingly ingenious gadgetry and makes use of for his wristwatches. In 1965’s Thunderball, Sean Connery straps on a Breitling ‘High Time’ which additionally has a geiger counter. Within the Nineties, Pierce Brosnan’s Omega got here full with grappling hooks and laser cutters.
The watches additionally instructed us one thing in regards to the instances wherein Bond lived, and so the louche suavity of Roger Moore’s Bond in 1973’s Dwell And Let Die gave us a Rolex with a singular complication – a strong magnet which enabled him to not solely deflect bullets, but in addition, relatively handily, undo the zip of a Bond woman’s costume.
Now there’s a notion that each one of Bond’s package was essentially costly. And one does marvel how a civil servant may and might afford all these martinis at Dukes, Rolexes, Aston Martins, Savile Row fits, Turnbull & Asser shirts, whereas sustaining what seems to be a relatively energetic playing behavior. However Bond is and was a person who had little or no in the way in which of possessions, however ensured that no matter he did personal was the perfect at school. It’s a type of frugality to which you can also aspire.
So, hear up, gents, we’ve got recognized a collection of Bond watches that virtually anybody should purchase. It seems that Roger Moore, with whom we affiliate with the Rolex Submariner, was additionally a fan of cheap Seiko watches. Along with his Rolex GMT Grasp, Moore additionally wore a digital Seiko 064LC, which had a ticker tape operate for him to obtain messages from M, in The Spy Who Shagged – sorry – Beloved Me.
In Moonraker, Moore wears the Seiko M354 Reminiscence Financial institution Calendar, which additionally comprises an explosive cost. He additionally used digital Seikos in For Your Eyes Solely and Moonraker. All of those will proceed to look splendid along with your Edward Sexton or Tom Ford fits and may be picked up for just a few hundred kilos on Ebay.
However for our cash, our favorite Moore watch is the Seiko 7549-7009 ‘Golden Tuna’ 600m Skilled Quartz Diver, which he wears outdoors of his yellow diving swimsuit in For Your Eyes Solely. So named due to its measurement and form, the Seiko Tuna was the first-ever dive watch powered by a quartz motion, and in addition, the primary with a titanium case. And regardless of having no amusing issues, its jumbo-sized proportions and massive, daring face, meant that it retained one thing of the ‘shagadelic’ Nineteen Seventies intercourse attraction with which we most affiliate with Roger Moore’s 007. With regards to watch and film tie-ins, nobody does it higher than Bond, James Bond.