As you may know, ‘Mr Oakleigh’ now writes a regular column in the luxury lifestyle magazine ‘The Norwich Resident’ (http://www.norwichresident.co.uk).
In October 2014 the article was entitled ‘The Watches of James Bond’ and is reproduced for you here:
As the greatest spy of all time, you would expect Mr Bond to wear an equally great watch – quite right too.
Ian Fleming made Bond in his own image and as Fleming wore a Rolex, so did Bond. In the 1964 movie Goldfinger, there is a famous shot of this 1958 Rolex Submariner which has helped propel prices of this model over £100,000 – if you can find one.
Shortly afterwards, ‘Q’ began to issue Bond with all sorts of different watch related gadgets including Geiger counters, magnets and even a buzz saw. Interestingly no Swiss brand put their name to them though.
In 1995, Pierce Brosnan’s Bond went back to wearing a Swiss watch when he wore the Omega Seamaster in ‘Goldeneye’ and James Bond has worn one ever since.
Omega have released more than one limited edition Bond watch to the public, although disappointingly they don’t come equipped with grappling hooks or even a detonator.
Launched to celebrate 50 years of Bond movies and featuring 007 logos on the front and a gun barrel effect on the back, the latest became immediately sought after.
We have an amazing cold war relic in stock on our own website actually. This genuine 1950’s espionage watch is actually a microphone, and quite a talking piece…