James Bond’s latest outing in SPECTRE might be taking up the lion’s share of 007-centric attention, be it his impeccable suiting or his choice of Omega Replica timepiece, but as part of Phillips’ upcoming fine watch auction in Geneva, a trinket of genuine Bond history gets set for auction.
The Rolex Replica Submariner 5513 that will be unveiled at the Watch Auction: Two next month is the watch that adorned Roger Moore’s Bond in 1973’s Live and Let Die, saving the spy from dire straits at one point thanks to the addition of a mini buzzsaw doubling as the bezel that hacks through wrist constraints. It’s also fitted with a magnet – a device that helps unzip Bond girl Miss Caruso’s dress.
The secret agent gadgetry might have been retired from active duty – Rolex customised the replica watch to remove its movement and allow space for Q’s latest gizmos – but the piece in question is a horology classic, dating from 1972 and bearing the Submariner hallmarks of serrated bezel and solid, masculine dial. A particularly charming touch is the signature on the back signed “Roger Moore 007” in black marker. The lot will be sold alongside black and white stills from the film of Bond wearing the fake watch.
The timepiece is one of the relatively rare occasions during Bond’s explosive past that the spy has opted to wear a Fake Rolex. The house was an early favourite in the franchise, first appearing on Sean Connery’s wrist in Dr No in 1962 and going on to appear in Goldfinger and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, but Live and Let Die is the last appearance of Rolex Replica Watches before Bond employs the likes of Replica Omega and TAG Heuer to assist him with his exotic hijinks.
Other lots include the Rolex “Paul Newman” Cosmograph Daytona, a rare collaboration between the Swiss brand and Hermès , alongside a renowned Patek Philippe World Time Cloisonné pocket replica watch, but it’s this cinematic star that’s the horology highlight. All the more elegant to keep the modern day Bond hopeful on time for martinis and misbehaviour.
The Rolex Submariner 5513 is estimated to sell for £100,000 to £165,000