James Bond Watches Part 3: Gadget Watch- Watch Sell

Watch Sell

Rolex Buzzsaw Watch

Pierce Brosnan’s last film as bond was Die Another Day in 2002, he was well into his late forties and it was decided that a younger actor should portray Bond in the next series of films. The Bond series would spend four years on hiatus and the next film in the series would be a startling departure from the CGI laden and formulaic movies of the past. Casino Royal was released in 2006 with blond haired Daniel Craig portraying James Bond. The new film was more realistic, darker and  featured few gadgets. Craig’s Bond still retained an impeccable sense of style but was more rugged then Bonds of the past.

This new bond needed a watch that was both masculine and elegant, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean model 2900.50.91 was chosen. The Planet Ocean has a diameter of 45.5 mm and was on a sporty black rubber band with a black dial. This was the first time an Omega watch was shown in a Bond film with a black dial, all other Omegas had a blue dial. Later in the film Bond is shown wearing a Coaxial version of Omega Seamaster Professional with a blue dial model 222.80.00. In Quantum of Solace, James Bond only wears a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M  model 2201.50.00 with  Coaxial technology, black dial and a stainless steel strap.

Bond’s various watches were not always just a stylish accessory, many watches were issued through Q-Branch and were modified with different gadgets. Here are some of the most notable gadget watches in order of appearance:

-From Russia With Love (1963): The first gadget watch sell to be featured in a film belonged to the villain. This ordinary looking wrist watch with a brown leather strap had a small crown, when pulled, a long steel wire would retract like a tape measure which could be used as a garrote.

-Thunderball (1965): This movie featured a Breitling ‘Top Time’ Diver Chrono with a working Geiger Counter.

-Live and Let Die (19730: A Rolex Submariner had an incredible strong electromagnet that could deflect a bullet. It also had a spinning bezel that could act as a small rotating saw.

-Moonraker (1979): A Seiko m354 Memory Bank Wristwatch that had a removable case back which housed a powerful explosive charge and denotation wire.

-For Your Eyes Only (1981): Seiko H357 Analog Digital Display watch with a built-in satellite phone to receive calls direct from MI6 and the ability to display messages on its digital display.

GoldenEye (1995): Omega Seamaster that had a powerful laser which could cut through welded medal.

The World Is Not Enough (1999): Omega Seamaster with a miniature grappling hook which includes a 50 foot high tensile micro filament, able to support 800 pounds.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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