Right away, audiences were introduced to his dry wit and lethality, along with his not-so-understated penchant for the finer things in life: beautiful cars, fast women, shaken martinis and so on.
Through the years, Bond’s kit reflected his taste for the luxury lifestyle, and his bespoke suits and high-end wrist wear generally embodied this image brilliantly. It was taken for granted by fans that Bond would always have an exquisite timepiece to rely on during his covert missions- along with his Aston Martin and perpetually chilled bottles of Dom Perringon ‘55, of course.
Roger Moore and Barbara Bach - The Style Who Loved Me
James Bond Seiko Watch from Octopussy
Alas, Bond had his fill of quartz by the mid 1980s, and reverted to a proper mechanical watch (Rolex Submariner, reference 16800) on the wrist of Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (1987) and License to Kill (1989). When Brosnan took the mantle in Goldeneye (1995), he began wearing an Omega Seamaster Professional – and hasn’t looked back since.
For more information on James Bond’s timepieces, check out: http://www.jamesbondwatch.org.uk/
Words by: James Lamdin - A vintage watch connoisseur and founder of analog/shift (www.analogshift.com) , an online boutique for a curated selection of exceptional wristwatches.