It will be the 25th entry in the world famous franchise and Daniel Craig‘s final time playing 007. Marking the occasion, pre-owned watch specialist we take a look back at some of the most iconic high quality replica watches worn by Bond over the last six decades, and the detail behind their 007 status.
Sean Connery and his Swiss fake Rolex Submariner 6538 “Big Crown”
The first reference to a specific Bond watch was made in Ian Fleming’s second book, Live and Let Die in 1954.
It was a best quality replica Rolex.
Fleming himself also wore a luxury fake Rolex UK, more specifically an Explorer I, so it was little surprise when Sean Connery sported a top Swiss copy Rolex in the very first Bond film Dr. No.
It’s said that the watch worn by Connery actually belonged to the film’s producer, Albert R. Broccoli, and was loaned to the actor for filming.
Opposing rumours claim that the watch was in fact part of Sean Connery’s personal watch collection and he brought it on set for use during filming.
Regardless, the watch in question was an early Swiss made replica Rolex Submariner 6538, also known as the “Big Crown” due to its very prominent winding crown.
First produced by 1:1 fake Rolex UK in 1955, and only manufactured for 4 years, this watch has become known as the James Bond Submariner.
The highly collectable Rolex 6538 replica for sale was also worn by Connery in From Russia with Love and the 1964 Goldfinger.
Today, good condition examples of this limited edition Rolex Submariner copy online have sold for over £400,000 at auction.
The high quality replica Rolex Submariner wasn’t the only Rolex to feature in these early Bond titles; Goldfinger’s Pussy Galore (played by Honor Blackman) can be seen sporting a cheap fake Rolex GMT Master Reference 6542 in the film.