"James Bond Wore Quartz Wristwatches. You Noticed," by Dell Deaton, 2015, page 428.

“James Bond Wore Quartz Wristwatches. You Noticed,” by Dell Deaton, 2015, page 428.

In 1960, this space age technology was offered to consumers in the Bulova Accutron.

So, did Bond ever switch up to an Accutron wristwatch in any Ian Fleming book? No. Did EON Productions appoint Sean Connery’s Bond with an Accutron? Never.

Still, EON movies continued to up the ante on presenting time-as-enemy threats. Unquestionably.

In 1964, for example, the nuclear device in Goldfinger accounted for seconds ticking away before its detonation, by frequently cutting to close-ups on its multilayer edge-lit numeric display unit. That was exotic stuff in its day.

Yet the James Bond character never seriously advanced his wristwatch accuracy or precision.

His watches had to be regularly wound.

They aged: Sean Connery wore the same two wristwatch models (if not physical pieces) throughout his first three appearances as Bond. By 1969, EON Productions had made a total of six James Bond movies, featuring only five different watch models.

It wouldn’t be fair or sufficient to say that there was still no interest in James Bond watches back then. Rather, I think the more correct statement is that there was little or no effort put into shining a spotlight on any wristwatch choices made.

In any case, the public wasn’t paying much attention contemporaneously.

The advent of quartz wristwatches radically changed all of that.

“And this made for a period during which horological breakthroughs were able to capture the minds of Bond movie producers and society at large, because continue reading…