James Bond Rolex Submariner Going Up for Auction
For more than 50 years, one of the best reasons to watch James Bond movies has been the gadgets. No one has ever had better toys than Agent 007 and that includes his choice of watches. Now one of the more memorable timepieces is about to go on the auction block.
A Rolex watch is always a handy item to have on your wrist but in the 1973 film “Live and Let Die” it was James Bond’s Submariner 5513 that saved his life. The timepiece came equipped with a tiny buzzsaw doubling as the bezel, which allowed the secret agent to cut through wrist restraints to make his escape from an evil super villain.
The same watch worn by Roger Moore in the film will be featured at an upcoming auction of fine watches at Phillips in Geneva. While Rolex customized the watch for the film, the Submariner going on the block is a classic from 1972 with the trademark serrated bezel and bold dial. The actor signed “Roger Moore 007” on the caseback with a black marker and included will be movie stills featuring Bond the watch.
This watch is especially interesting since it’s the last Rolex to be worn by the hero in a Bond film. Sean Connery sported a Rolex in the first Bond film, 1962’s “Dr. No” and more pieces from the brand appeared in “Goldfinger” and “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” After “Live and Let Die” the iconic superspy switched to watches from Omega and TAG Heuer.
If you’re craving this Rolex Submariner 5513, be prepared to bring a lot of cash to the auction. Adding this historic timepiece to your collection will set your back about $150,000 to $250,000 but it’s the perfect acquisition for the Bond fan that has everything.