"Trigger Mortis" James Bond novel, by Anthony Horowitz (book cover image courtesy Harper Collins, 2015)

“Trigger Mortis” James Bond novel, by Anthony Horowitz (book cover image courtesy Harper Collins, 2015)

In Chapter 20 of Trigger Mortis, author Anthony Horowitz writes that James Bond had been wearing “a Rolex Submariner that was barely three years old.”

That would date the wristwatch offering to 1955 or 1956 based upon the period in which the plot of Trigger Mortis takes place. Rolex authorities Martin Skeet and Nick Urul mark this as a transitional period for the Submariner line.

Would you like to know the model number?

In their Vintage Rolex Sports Models (2005), authors Skeet and Urul provide the following.

“Like all Rolex watches, the Submariner was constantly being improved, and so by late 1955 the model numbers were changed accordingly.

The 6204 and 6205 models were both fitted with the new 1030 movement. The 6204 was renumbered as the 6538 model, and the 6205 became the 6536 model ….

“By 1956, the design of the Submariner hands changed — the luminous circle on the seconds hand moved further down the shaft, and the so-called Mercedes hands were adopted.”

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