Breitling for Bentley Motors T Speed watch on Carte Blanche book

Readers and collectors clearly benefit from a definitive Carte Blanche James Bond Breitling watch identification; so who really has an interest in keeping it a mystery?

“What difference would it have made if Jeffery Deaver had not gone on to specify an exact model number for the James Bond Breitling watch in Carte Blanche?”

It’s an important question to discuss. Anyone who values a wristwatch for more than merely telling the time has a vested interest in this answer, of course.

And let’s not kid ourselves: James Bond watch affiliations are proven to make a substantial difference in retail and residual prices.

For example, an October 2008 special report by WatchTime magazine noted that “in 1996 Omega sold 10 times more Seamaster Professional Divers” than the year prior. Omega directly attributed this to product placement that had put that model on the wrist of actor Pierce Brosnan in the 1995 Eon Productions 007 film, GoldenEye.

Vintage-wise, disciplined research, such as my own original-source interviews that were first to definitively identify correct model numbers for historic James Bond Rolex and Seiko watches, has helped collectors target acquisitions with true “Double O” standing in terms of rationalizing price premiums.

Admittedly, I’ve lost a few followers by breaking this news. Or, rather should I say, gained a couple of stalkers.

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