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James Bond Rolex Submariner watches a hit at auctions

Andrea Divirgilio / May 23, 2012

Rolex watches has a special bond with the James Bond, an iconic secret service agent with code number 007 created by the British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming. Although, the generations of movie goers, young and old have seen cinematic James Bond wearing Rolex, Seiko and Omega watches, but the character’s creator Ian Fleming chose a Rolex for the wrist of his favorite gentleman spy with a license to kill not merely for the fact that Rolex watches were standard issue to British Special Forces of his era, but also because it was considered a watch that could be worn with any attire, as James Bond does with rare exception. Historically, the Rolex submariner watches have appeared in eleven of the James Bond movies, and are regarded as collector’s item coveted by watch nutters all around the world, who are ready to splash out top dollars to own one. For instance, 1973 James Bond Rolex 5513 watch is one of the most expensive Rolex watches. Also, the very rare 1958 Rolex ‘James Bond’ wristwatch garnered $74,500, along with a vintage Rolex Submariner dive watch which sells for $66,100, makes it very apparent that Rolex Submariner watches associated with iconic James Bond always garner hefty prices at auctions.

James Bond Rolex Submariner watches

Rolex Ref. 5510 Oyster Perpetual Submariner ‘James Bond’ Big Crown Wristwatch circa 1958

Sold for: $74,500

Rolex Ref. 5510 Oyster Perpetual Submariner ‘James Bond’ Big Crown Wristwatch circa 1958

Famously known as the ‘James Bond’ Big Crown Wristwatch, a very rare circa 1958 Rolex Ref. 5510 Oyster Perpetual Submariner fetched $74,500 at the centerpiece of Timepieces Signature Auction held by Heritage Auctions on May 19, 2012. Described to be by far the rarest of the Submariner models produced in the first quarter of year 1958, the Rolex Ref. 5510 was in production for only one year and was made in very small numbers. This particular example is a three body, stainless steel watch that comes with screw down case back and 8 mm ‘Brevet’ marked crown along with bi-directional bezel. Further, the watch boasts a glossy black dial with gilt lettering and minute marks, along with luminous triangular, round and baton indexes.

Rolex Submariner Ref. 5510

Sold for: $66,100

Rolex Submariner Ref. 5510

A vintage Rolex Submariner dive watch, the kind that Sean Connery wore in the very early Bond films was sold by Bob for $66,100, the retired neurosurgeon who listed it on eBay for just $9.95. Bob purchased this watch at the Navy Exchange on Kwajalein Atoll back in year 1958 because he needed a dive watch, and wore it consistently for a decade or so. Also, check the picture of the smiling white haired guy, Bob, the watch’s owner, at right, enjoying wine with his scuba-diving friends, including “Superman” Christopher Reeve.

Rolex Submariner Ref. 5510

Oyster Perpetual Submariner Ref. 5510 circa 1958

Sold for: $93,600

Oyster Perpetual Submariner Ref. 5510 circa 1958

Another example of the Oyster Perpetual so called ‘James Bond’ Submariner, Ref. 5510 circa 1958 Cal. 1530 got sold for $93,600 at the New York Fine Watches and Wristwatches Auction held by Bonhams in year 2007, making it the most expensive James Bond watch. This fine and rare stainless steel self-winding diver bracelet watch boasts an 8mm Brevette crown instead of standard 6mm regular, and was launched in year 1958 and manufactured until 1960 with later examples having white print dials. The example sold was n particularly fine original condition retaining the correct black gloss gilt dial and white luminous seconds, which were used occasionally on sports models during the late 1950s.

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