Ever since author Ian Fleming brought James Bond to life, the world’s best known spy has worn a quality ticker on his wrist. And while Daniel Craig sports a killer Omega Seamaster 300 in Spectre, for us the quintessential Bond watch has to be the Rolex Submariner.
Want to know why? Of course you do...
In the original James Bond books, the spy was described as wearing a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. When the first Bond film, Dr No, was made, the production company wanted everything about Bond to correlate with the character in the novels, including his watch. Sadly, as Rolex wouldn’t loan one of theirs, producer Cubby Broccoli had to hand over his Submariner.
The coolest James Bond of them all, Sean Connery, wore a Rolex Submariner, most famously in Goldfinger. To give it a more military look, the watch was placed on a canvas (or NATO) strap, used by military men because of its lightness.
Obviously, the Submariner looks beautiful, but it’s also a proper ‘tool’, a diving watch designed to be completely waterproof to 300m. As Bond is ex-military, it’s entirely appropriate he wears one. And it looks good with a suit, too.
If Sean Connery and Daniel Craig are gritty, then the smoothest Bond was Roger Moore - who made the role his own in the 1970s. In Live And Let Die, the bezel (the rotating disk around the dial) on Moore’s Submariner also functioned as motorised saw. A saw! Puts the heart monitor on your smartwatch to shame, doesn’t it?
Finally, if proof were needed of the inherent rock-hardness of the Sub, then the fact that in the book of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, he used his Rolex as a knuckle-duster should convince doubters. Try doing that with a plastic watch.