Jeffery Deaver, wearing James Bond's Breitling watch from Carte Blanche

Carte Blanche author Jeffery Deaver, wearing a Breitling for Bentley Motors T Speed chronograph identical to the watch he's specified for James Bond

It’s official—

James Bond wears a Breitling for Bentley model A2536513 Bentley Motors T Speed chronograph with “Neptune Blue” (C781) dial, on 991A Speed bracelet, in the new Jeffery Deaver 007 novel, Carte Blanche.

Confirmation of this is 100% certain, per identification provided exclusively to me by Mr Deaver.

In the photo shown at left here on this James Bond Watches Blog, Jeffery Deaver is wearing a wristwatch exactly matching this specification. (My personal thanks to Lewis Jewelers of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for making that possible.)

As reported here two weeks ago, I asked Mr Deaver about this watch during one of my conversations with him at the June 14, 2011, VIP launch party for Carte Blanche in New York City. He told me that there had not been any particular model that had served as his go-by in writing the book. “Breitling,” however, was top-of-mind based on some of its pieces with impressively large cases.

Subsequently working, then, with Ron Peterson at Lewis, an authorized dealer for Breitling, the Breitling for Bentley, “Bentley Motors T Speed” emerged as most likely candidate based on the sum total of descriptions from Carte Blanche. “Neptune Blue” dial, as opposed to “Black Velvet” (B954), “Bronze” (Q565), or “Silver Storm” (G675) options; Speed bracelet, rather than strap.

Following up with my contacts at Simon & Schuster, arrangements were made for me to spend some time one-on-one with Jeffery Deaver prior to his final Carte Blanche book promotion appearance in the United States, at McIntyre Books in North Carolina. This was to include exclusive photography.

Last Wednesday, he arrived at the appointed place and time for this. Accompanied by Peter Mock of McIntyre, he warmly greeted me by saying, “There’s my friend, Dell.” As he was being seated in the area where we were to work, I handed him continue reading…