Rolex & Omega – The Watches of James Bond

“He could not just wear a watch”, wrote Fleming in his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, “it had to be a Rolex”.  Rolex is the only brand specifically referred to by name in the Bond novels, although Fleming never specifies the particular model.

The Rolex Submariner was and is the very first Bond watch ever used in the Bond movies.  The year was 1962. James Bond, played by Sean Connery, hit the big screen in Dr. No, displaying his extraordinary taste in cars, clothes and, yes, his wristwatch. The James Bond Rolex Submariner mens leather strap watch is ever present as Bond makes his way to Crab Key Island where the mysterious Dr. No awaits.

Rolex Submariner has been frequently used by Bond actors Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton, during the 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s. On the Rolex Swiss replica website, this watch is described as, “Probably the only divers’ watch you can wear with a tuxedo”, which perfectly sums up both the versatility of both the aesthetics and functionality of the model. The particular model Sean Connery was wearing, was a Rolex Submariner Model Nr. 6538. If you want the original “James Bond Rolex”, you should probably take a look at vintage Rolex Submariners from the 1960s. They are no longer in production.

In 1995 the seventeenth Bond film was released, Goldeneye. Pierce Brosnan started the tradition of wearing the iconic Omega Seamaster Professional in GoldenEye and onwards. Omega has been the official luxury watch supplier for the Bond franchise ever since. Lindy Heming, the costume designer responsible for selecting the watch for the film, explained, “I was convinced that Commander Bond, a naval man, a diver and a discreet gentleman of the world would wear the Seamaster with the blue dial.” The watch was integral to the plot and the remote bomb detonator and laser beam certainly came in handy when Bond needed to escape from an armoured train.

In the film – Spectre (2015), Daniel Craig was wearing an Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial. This is the first time in history that the exact model worn by 007 is being released as a limited edition piece. The watch has a bold arrow-shaped hour hand, also a feature of the Seamaster 300, and also has some elegant subtle touches such as the 007 logo on the strap and the Spectre film title on the caseback.