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Gruen was the first James Bond watch to appear in any 007 movie

It’s believed that the same Gruen Precision model featured as the James Bond watch in Dr No was also the only wristwatch worn by Agent 007 in You Only Live Twice

Before finally signing-off on this watch identification as “definitive,” one question remains.

If Bond’s watch “needed to be a Rolex,” wouldn’t that apply to all of his watches? It’s a quote that’s been repeated ad nauseam.

If that’s what you take from James Bond: The Legacy, then I must respectfully defer to John Cork and Bruce Scivally for response. What I can say based on my own discussion of this with Ron Quelch is that I did not get that impression. I might rather have said that the Dr. No diver’s watch “happened to be a Rolex.”

Because that’s what Cubby Broccoli happened to have been wearing when he took the watch off his own wrist to settle a tangential argument in 1961 about what James Bond should wear as an “action prop” in Dr. No. It struck me more like the take-charge act of a responsible businessman interceding to get on with it, as opposed to anything like the obsessive brand-chasing so often argued for on select pockets of the Internet.

Whatever the diver’s watch is, “happened to be” or “needed to be,” the dress watch is this Gruen Precision with subsidiary seconds dial.

And what about the picture on page 36 of James Bond: The Legacy that shows James Bond checking his watch while embracing Sylvia Trench? Its continue reading…

Gruen made the first James Bond movie watch

Actor Sean Connery appears to have worn the same Gruen Precision watch model consistently as James Bond in each of the first three EON Productions movies: Dr No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Goldfinger (1964)

After years of research that had yielded little more than a sea of negatives, I found something positive February of 2012, I found something positive.

A solid lead en route to finally identifying the first James Bond movie watch, the dress watch worn by Sean Connery in Dr No.

I discovered an original photograph of Albert R. Broccoli dated to the late-1950s, catalogued among newspaper material files. In that picture, Mr. Broccoli can be clearly seen wearing a watch highly consistent with all that I had available for on-screen images of the Dr. No dress watch. With this affirmation and the dearth of 1950s-decade images showing Mr. Broccoli wearing any sort of diver’s watch, it seemed this was most likely the watch referred to in the story about Cubby Broccoli having “tossed” the Rolex off his own wrist for Dr. No production use — as recounted in the 2002 book, James Bond: The Legacy, by John Cork and Bruce Scivally.

This photo was consistent with how I’d characterized the Dr. No dress watch in my December 2008 update to original research findings on EON Productions James Bond watch identifications. I could find nothing to dispute the summary from Messrs. Cork and Scivally that “it needed to be a Rolex.”

Moreover, no claim or reference or actual James Bond wristwatch from Dr. No subsequently surfaced when the unprecedented “007 – 50 Years of Bond Style” exhibit ran at the Barbican Centre in London, July 6 through September 5, 2012.

During that same summer, and then again this past February, I worked through direct channels to ascertain what continue reading…