With Spectre in the cinema’s breaking Bond box office records, it is safe to say everyone is talking about all things Bond related just now. What we always tend to notice is how Bond is always well kitted out, ready for any villainous situation he may encounter.
Through the years he has had suits from Anthony Sinclair, Brioni and Tom Ford, with cars from BMW to Aston Martin. One thing however James Bond has always been known for is his fine choice of time piece. Now thanks to the chaps over at watches2u.com, the ultimate Bond watch list throughout the years has been compiled. And its a good one.
In 1953, from the incredible mind of Ian Fleming, an international icon was born and cemented firmly into pop culture for the next sixty years. Almost a decade later, Dr. No became the first entry into what would become the longest continually running film franchise to date, introducing the world to the deadly, but effortlessly cool, James Bond.
Many men have stepped into Bond’s shoes over the years, but only one has the credit of providing us with the introduction: Sean Connery. This may not have been the case, however, as the producers originally favoured Cary Grant for the role, but he could only commit to one feature film. Dr. No director Terence Young then took Connery under his wing, introducing him to the high life, and to the finest restaurants, casinos, and women London had to offer. Keen to immerse the Connery into the lifestyle of Bond, he threw much of his own character into the mix – sending Connery to his own personal tailor, Anthony Sinclair to be fitted for a suit. The suit was a Conduit Cut in grey: a natural shoulder with roped sleeveheads and a draped chest.
For his shirts, Connery was sent to renowned shirt-maker Turnbull & Asser to be fitted with a pale blue cotton poplin shirt with a “Regent” collar and signature “cocktail cuff”, so that Bond could get the shirt on – or off – in a hurry. The shirts were paired with a navy blue grenadine tie also from Turnbull & Asser. This would be a recurring style of shirt worn by Bond throughout the 60s. The timeless look was completed with a pair of black calf derbies by bespoke shoe-maker John Lobb, an essential and timeless addition to any gentleman’s wardrobe.
Finally, a gentleman should never leave home without a trustworthy companion on his wrist. In Bond’s case, a Rolex Submariner 6538 on a nylon strap, the ultimate tool watch of the day and the quintessential Bond brand.
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This look and the iconic Conduit Cut suit would make several more appearances on Sean Connery as James Bond, and undoubtedly captures the essence of James Bond and classic, timeless British style.
As James Bond’s tools of the trade go, Q Branch would be particularly proud of this one. Introducing the Omega Seamaster 300, the watch which Daniel Craig will be sporting in the latest, fourth coming Bond film franchise Spectre. Much like the previous James Bond editions, it will be in limited production, 7,007 to be exact, complete with 007 logo engraved on the strap holder.
For me this watch works on so many levels, and like the current stars film series, takes a further leap back to the Bond of old and its origins. More gritty. Direct. To be specific, we must look to Sean Connery in the 1964 film Goldfinger to when we last saw our sleek spy wear a NATO strap, albeit on a Rolex submariner. This is then a touch of old indeed as the NATO strap, as much a part of British military kit as the old boots, nods again towards Mr Bond’s past as a commander in the navy.
The watch itself is powered by the Omega Master Coaxial caliber 8400 movement, whilst also featuring a uni-directional diving bezel constructed from Omega’s special Liquid Metal (ceramic and zirconium) mixture, on top of which sits a 12-hour scale similar to that of a GMT function.
On the dial itself we see a fairly similar face to that of previous Seamasters, however it does feature a lovely lolli-pop esq second hand to which the classic grey and black NATO nylon strap runs underneath. You can expect the limited edition piece to hit stores next month. And you can also expect them to sell seriously fast.