Who knew? James Bond also wore affordable watches

Of course, the James Bond watch always does more than tell the time. In Ian Fleming’s novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, for example, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual doubles as an impromptu brass knuckle. In the following films, the producers of 007 invented more and more ingenious gadgets and uses for their wristwatches. In the years 1965 Thunder clap, Sean Connery attaches a Breitling ‘Top Time’ which also has a Geiger counter. In the 1990s, Pierce Brosnan’s Omega came with grapples and laser cutters.

The watches also told us something about the time Bond lived in, and thus the suspicious sweetness of Roger Moore’s Bond in the 1973s. Live and Let Die gave us a Rolex with a unique complication – a strong magnet that allowed it not only to deflect bullets, but also, quite easily, to undo the zipper of a Bond girl dress.

Now, there is a perception that Bond’s whole kit was necessarily expensive. And one wonders how a civil servant could and can afford all those martinis at Dukes, Rolexes, Aston Martins, Savile Row suits, Turnbull & Asser shirts, while still maintaining what seems like a pretty lively gambling habit. But Bond is and was a man who had very few possessions, but made sure that everything he owned was the best in his class. It is a kind of frugality that you too can aspire to.

Seiko 7549-7009 by Roger Moore “Golden Tuna” 600m Professional Quartz Diver

So listen up, gentlemen, we’ve identified a series of Bond watches that virtually anyone can buy. It turns out that Roger Moore, who we partner with on the Rolex Submariner, was also a fan of the cheap Seiko watches. In addition to his Rolex GMT Master, Moore also wore a digital Seiko 064LC, which had a magnetic stripe function to enable him to receive messages from M, in The spy who fucked – Sorry – Loved me.

In Moonraker, Moore carries the Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar, which also contains an explosive charge. He also used digital Seikos in Just for your eyes and Moonraker. All of these will look great with your Edward Sexton or Tom Ford costumes and can be purchased for a few hundred pounds on Ebay.

But for our money, our favorite Moore watch is the Seiko 7549-7009 ‘Golden Tuna’ 600m Professional Quartz Diver, which he wears outside of his yellow wetsuit in Just for your eyes. So named because of its size and shape, the Seiko Tuna was the very first diver’s watch powered by a quartz movement, and also the first with a titanium case. And while it didn’t have any fun complications, its giant proportions and big, bold face meant it retained something of the ‘shagadelic’ 1970s sex appeal that we most associate Roger Moore’s 007 with. When it comes to watching and filming, ins, no one does it better than Bond, James Bond.


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