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.

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…