"The Time When James Bond Did Not Wear a Wristwatch," Wrist Watch magazine (May 2014), by Dell Deaton

“The Time When James Bond Did Not Wear a Wristwatch,” Wrist Watch magazine (May 2014), by Dell Deaton

But when Roger Moore included a Seiko diver’s watch among an unmatched total of three Bond watches for A View to a Kill, he began a pattern that continues to this day.

Beginning in 1985, and continuing through every movie since, James Bond invariably puts on at least one diver’s watch per film. In fact, for seven out of the last eight EON Productions 007 movies, Bond is shown to have exclusively chosen diver’s watches.

Twice, this has even meant changing one diver’s watch for another diver’s watch — as took place in The Living Daylights (TAG Heuer) and the 2006 Casino Royale (Omega).

Within our grand total of forty James Bond watches across the twenty-five films that I cite above, then, at least half have been diver’s models.

So— from having chosen a dress watch half the time in the beginning of the movie series, we have arrived today at a complete shut-out for that style.

Given such precedent, is it possible we’ll see James Bond as having permanently transitioned to no watch at all by some time before the next fifty years have come and gone?

Or do you think maybe a suggestion that we ‘go back to the original Fleming’ would bring things any closer to consensus in making predictions about the future?

In his 1959 novel Goldfinger, Ian Fleming wrote the following for a time where James Bond found himself without his timekeepers: ‘Oddjob, I want … my own watch or another one as good as mine.’

So there’s a direct quote from Fleming on how James Bond feels without a watch on his wrist. On top of that, we also know that Ian Fleming was certain to have Bond wear his watch to bed with Ruby in Chapter 14 of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

‘The End’?

Don’t bet on it.

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