The original Rolex 5513 Submariner watch with buzz-saw modifications sold at auction yesterday for CHF 219,000 ($242,655) through Christie’s, Geneva.
Actor Roger Moore wore this exact Rolex wristwatch as James Bond in the 1973 Eon Productions 007 film, Live and Let Die.
Pre-sale estimates anticipated between $221,603 and $443,206 as its final selling price. This was Christie’s sale 1383, lot 182.
By comparison, a Omega 2900.50.91 Seamaster Planet Ocean worn by Daniel Craig in his inaugural James Bond movie, Casino Royale (Eon Productions, 2006), sold for CHF 250,250 (which would convert to approximately $275,409 at the prevailing exchange rate today).
This same lot 182 Rolex 5513 Submariner, serial (case) number 2683776, previously sold for $37,560 through Christie’s in February of 2001. Bracelet markings notwithstanding, according to Martin Skeet and Nick Urul, Vintage Rolex Sports Models, the Live and Let Die buzz-saw Rolex manufacture date (before Syd Cain modifications for the movie, of course) is more likely sometime in 1969 or 1970.
Image courtesy Christie’s