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The James Bond Watches

By Laurie Kahle | From The Bond Legacy, July/August 2020
The James Bond Watches
Almost from the start, watches have been part of the 007 legend. Some were for show. And others—tricked out with unorthodox complications—were for blowing up things. In the second of Ian Fleming novels, Live and Let Die , we learn of Bond’s predilection for Rolex, a natural choice for the MI6 agent, given the author wore a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer ref. 1016. Fleming once wrote: “A gentleman’s choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Savile Row suit.” For the debut Bond film, 1962’s Dr. No , Sean Connery, himself a fan, donned a Rolex Submariner on a brown, leather strap. Over the decades, Bond would wear a parade of watches from Breitling…
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