James Bond watches are as timeless as the classic film franchise.
Since the first James Bond, Dr No, which came out in 1962, Bond has been a big star for watchmakers and has sported unique wristwatches over the years.
Each is also a beautiful piece of design, and some of them, like those from Seiko, have revolutionized the market with their advanced technology.
Of course, the watches in the movie could do more than tell the time, and while the ones on the market were much less lethal (no laser beams for us yet!), The watches Bond sported were just as charismatic as the man. . himself.
Below, we take a look at some of the best James Bond watches that have ever made the big screen.
Top Breitling time – Thunder clap (1965)
A spy needs his gadgets and the one who disguises himself as a simple watch is a plus. This is where the Breitling Top Time chronograph in Thunder clap Between.
The Breitling Top Time is shown in the film as having undergone a modification by Q and, therefore, was the first modified James Bond watch. Bond used it as a Geiger counter – a device used to measure radiation – in the film.
The watch Connery wore was different in appearance from an original Breitling Top Time due to the modification made by the Valley Tool Company exclusively for the film. This watch, which had an enlarged bezel around its black dial, was discovered in 2013 by watch enthusiasts for around US $ 38 (around S $ 51.50). Being the only piece of its kind, its price soared to around US $ 160,175 (approx. S $ 217,000) at a Christie’s auction in London that same year.
Launched in the 1960s, Top Time had a stainless steel case with a metal tachymeter ring and two metal sub-dials. Even women found the sports watch attractive and became loyal customers, expanding and popularizing Top Time’s legacy.
In 2020, Breitling released a limited edition Top Time inspired by 1960s design with modern technical specifications. It has a 41 mm stainless steel case and pin buckle, a COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 23 chronograph movement and a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Only 2,000 pieces of the watch were produced.
Hamilton Pulsar P2 2900 – Live and Let Die (1973)
In Live and Let Die, Roger Moore’s Bond wears the Hamilton Pulsar P2 2900 for a few minutes after the title streak, which was made even more unforgettable thanks to the title track by former Beatles member Paul McCartney and his band Wings.
The Hamilton Pulsar P2 2900 is widely known as the world’s first true digital watch. Launched in 1972, it featured an LED screen that only showed the time. A magnet installed in the watch had to be removed to set the time.
Despite its limitations and the absence of any other function, the Pulsar was a technological leap in watch design. The other celebrities who owned it were Elton John, Joe Frazier, Keith Richards and Jack Nicholson.
In 2020, Hamilton Watch Company released the Hamilton PSR, which saw a design based on the Pulsar. The 100-meter water-resistant watch had a hybrid LCD and OLED display in a 40.8 Ã 34.7mm stainless steel case. There is also a limited edition PSR, the case and bracelet of which are covered with a PVD coating in yellow gold.
Seiko 0674 LC – The spy who loved me (1977)
In the highest rated James Bond film The spy who loved meRoger Moore was seen wearing a Seiko 0674 LC which also served as a printer. Of course, fans loved the original Q gadget.
In the film, Bond could receive communications from MI6 headquarters via the watch, which printed the messages on what looked like magnetic tape. Bond wore the watch throughout the film.
Without Q’s tinkering, the Seiko 0674 LC was a multifunctional digital quartz watch, the kind that became a global trend over the next decade.
The Japanese watchmaker made the world’s first six-digit LCD quartz watch with the 06LC, which was released in 1973. Two years later, it made the 0634, the world’s first multifunctional digital watch. Seiko continued to revolutionize the digital watch landscape over the next several years.
Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar – Moonraker (1979)
In Moonraker, Bond must not only protect the interests of his country, but also of the whole world against the nefarious designs of a dangerous industrialist who intends to wipe out most of the human population.
This meant Bond needed some serious firepower and it came via a Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar wristwatch. In the film, Bond managed to fight his way to save his life using an explosive charge concealed in the watch.
The Seiko M354 memory bank calendar was released in 1978 for around US $ 250 (around S $ 339) at the time. It was named so because it had a calendar that started from January 1930 and ended in December 2009. Users could set reminders, which made it unique at the time due to its ability to keep records. information. This is also why many called it the first smartwatch.
Watch Seiko TV – Octopus (1983)
This watch was released in 1982, a year before the release of Octopussy, and Seiko launched a special advertisement to advertise this watch and its 007 connection. In 1984, the Guinness Book of Records recognized it as the “smallest television in the world”.
The watch was truly unique for its time. There were two screens, one large and one small. While the small one was used to display the time and other related features, users could also access live TV on a larger screen. The TV screen had a 1.2 inch LCD screen and the images were displayed in grayscale.
A major difference between the movie version and the real watch was that the latter came with a portable player-sized cassette receiver and headphones to allow it to access television. A cord was needed to connect the receiver to the top of the watch. Only then could the wearer watch TV.
Despite its exceptional technological advances, the watch was not a success. This can be due to the hassle of having to carry other accessories with the watch. In addition, the screen was not particularly efficient in rendering images.
Despite his failure, he was spotted onscreen again when Tom Hanks wore him in Dredge (1987).
TAG Heuer Professional Night-Dive reference 980.031 – Daylight alive (1987)
Daylight alive marked Timothy Dalton’s debut as James Bond and Seiko’s departure from the Bond franchise. TAG Heuer reprized Seiko in that film, and it would be the only time the watch company was part of the Bond films.
Dalton, who brought a more serious Bond to the screen, sported a 38mm TAG Heuer Professional Night-Dive reference 980.031. It has been seen wearing it as he wrestles with an opponent, and moviegoers have spent years of research trying to confirm that this is indeed this particular watch model, given that it is not. there was no official watch sponsor from Daylight alive.
The luxury watch seen in the film had a luminous dial – the first time Bond wore such a watch. In September 2021, it was reported that TAG Heuer had released a modern version of the 1980s watch before the release of No time to die. This watch, the Aquaracer Professional 300 Night Diver, sported a 43mm stainless steel case coated with black DLC.
Its dial is treated with Super-LumiNova which allowed it to glow in the dark. There is a date dial at the 6 o’clock position under a magnifying glass. The rotating bezel has 12 sides and is made of black ceramic. The strap, made of rubber, was a big change from the metal strap of the original version.
Omega Seamaster Professional 300M – Golden eye (1995)
Golden eye marked Pierce Brosnan’s debut as a James Bond and Omega watch as the official fictional spy watch.
The quartz version of the watch Bond wore in the film had a blue dial and bezel set in a stainless steel case and bracelet. Like the other Bond watches in the movie, the Omega Seamaster Professional 300M has been modified by Q, namely a remote detonator and a laser beam.
The watch was originally produced in 1993 and has since grown into one of the most famous watches in the world, thanks to its incredible design and association with Bond. The 300M has a date calendar at the 3 o’clock position.
The Seamaster has since become a regular in every Bond movie, spawning variations such as the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra and the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean in subsequent films.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition – No time to die (2021)
In No time to die, Daniel Craig wears an Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition.
According to Omega, the Diver is designed for military use. Its brown dial and bezel are made of aluminum, while the strap and case are made of grade 2 titanium. This means the watch is both sturdy and lightweight.
The watch can be worn under conditions of deep pressure, such as underwater missions. To ensure that wearers do not experience any issues with the watch on these occasions, Omega has fitted the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition with a helium valve decompression system.
There is also a unidirectional rotating bezel to ensure the accuracy of the watch when measuring elapsed time.
Omega says magnetic fields of up to 1.5 Tesla (15,000 Gauss) will not affect the watch, which is powered by the Omega 8806’s co-axial main chronometer.
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