No Time To Die: A Watch Guide A look back at six decades of Bond watches

September 30th 2021 marks the UK premiere of, the long awaited, No Time to Die – the 25th entry in the world famous James Bond franchise and purportedly Daniel Craig‘s final time playing 007. Marking the occasion,pre-owned watch specialist Watchfinder & Co. take a look back at some of the most iconic watches worn by Bond over the last six decades, and the detail behind their 007 status…

Sean Connery and his Rolex Submariner 6538 “Big Crown”

The first reference to a specific Bond watch was made in Ian Fleming’ssecond book, Live and Let Die in 1954. It was a Rolex. Fleming himself also wore a Rolex, more specifically an Explorer I. So it was little surprise when Sean Connery sported a Rolex in the very first Bond film Dr. No. It’s said that the watch worn by Connery actually belonged to the film’s producer, Albert R. Broccoli, and was loaned to the actor for filming. Opposing rumours claim that the watch was in fact part of Sean Connery’s personal watch collection and he brought it on set for use during filming. Regardless, the watch in question was an early Rolex Submariner 6538,also known as the “Big Crown” due to its very prominent winding crown. First produced by Rolex in 1955, and only manufactured for 4 years, thiswatch has become known as the James Bond Submariner. The highly collectable 6538 was also worn by Connery in From Russia with Love and the 1964 Goldfinger. Today, good condition examples of this limited edition Submariner have sold for over £400,000 at auction. TheSubmariner wasn’t the only Rolex to feature in these early Bond titles; Goldfinger’s Pussy Galore (played by Honor Blackman) can be seen sporting a Rolex GMT Master Reference 6542 in the film.

George Lazenby and the Rolex 6238 “Pre-Daytona”

Following on from the Connery era, Lazenby took over the role of Bond (albeit briefly) in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969. And with the new Bond, came a new watch… This time, instead of the Submariner,Bond opted for a 6238 Rolex Chronograph. The piece, favoured in motorsport, is often described as a kind of “pre Daytona” as it has all the features of the enigmatic reference except the tachymeter bezel (a measure often used by drivers to calculate speed and units per hour). Bond’s 6238 is the only one of its kind – it was redesigned at the request of the producers to incorporate a red seconds hand which acted as Bonds built in compass.

Roger Moore and his Rolex 5513 Submariner

It wasn’t until the early 70’s that the Q Branch really started going to town on Bond’s watches. In the 1973 film Live And Let Die Moore wears a significantly modified Rolex Submariner 5513 which contains a high powered magnet and its very own circular saw, where the rotating bezel doubles up as the blade. Off screen the 5513 is often described as the ultimate tool watch – possessing nothing more, and nothing less, than exactly what is needed. With its time only mechanism, no date, a rotating bezel (which allows the timing of dives) and a locking bracelet clasp – it is an ideal diving watch in its purist form. It’s worth noting that it wasn’t all Swiss watches for Roger Moore’s Bond though; he was also seen sporting a Hamilton Pulsar in the opening scenes of Live and Let Die (before swapping to the famous Rolex), a Seiko 0674 LC (which also functioned as a message printing pager) in The Spy Who Loved Me and a Seiko M534 Memory Bank throughout Moonraker, which Q equips with explosives and a remote detonator.

Timothy Dalton and the Rolex Submariner 16610

Timothy Dalton took over the role of 007 in 1987 serving up a darker, grittier Bond – truer to the original character portrayed in Fleming’s novels. In The Living Daylights Dalton is seen wearing TAG Heuer Professional Night-Dive 980.031. The watch enjoyed approximately 10 seconds of screen time and it was the first, and last, time that Bond was seen wearing a TAG. In Dalton’s second 007 film, License to Kill, we see Bond return to the Rolex Maison wearing the newly introduced 16610.Produced until 2010 the 16610 was made from 904L surgical grade stainless steel (more resistant to corrosion and saltwater damage) and, for the first time, utilised white gold for the hands and markers meaning it wouldn’t rust or patina over time.

Pierce Brosnan and his Omega Seamaster

Goldeneye marked the first Bond film to feature an Omega on 007’swrist – specifically an Omega Seamaster 300M Quartz Professional 2541.80.00with a full size stainless steel case, blue face, blue bezel and stainless steel bracelet. Lindy Hemming, the Oscar-winning costume designer, responsible for selecting 007’s watch for the film said she felt that Commander Bond ‘a naval man, a diver and a discreet gentleman of the world’ would only wear the Seamaster with a blue dial. But it wasn’t just Bond sporting a Seamaster in that film… Bonds friend turned foe 006 Agent Alec Trevelyan (played by Sean Bean) is also seen wearing a Seamaster with a black leather strap. In fact towards the end of the film Trevelyan comments on the fact that Bond is wearing a newer model than him! Sticking with the Omega Brosnan goes on to wear a Seamaster Professional 2531.80 Chronometer in Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. In these films we see Q add everything from lasers and grappling hooks to torches and detonating devices to the multifaceted watch.

Daniel Craig and his Omega Seamaster 300, Omega Planet Ocean and Omega Aqua Terra 150M

Daniel Craig took up the mantle of Bond in 2006 in Casino Royale. Craig’s Bond is introduced to the audience as a brand new 00 under the command of MI6 chief M (Judi Dench). With no gadgets or gizmos this new Bond sports a Seamaster Diver 300M (Ref. 2220.80.00) and a Planet Ocean 600M (Ref. 2900.50.91) in his first outing as the 00 agent. The Seamaster Diver was a 41mm with a blue face and a blue bezel on a stainless steel bracelet. By comparison the Seamaster Planet Ocean had a steel case, black dial, black bezel and a black rubber strap. In Quantum of Solace 007 wears another Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M (Ref.2201.50.00) this time with a smaller case and a steel bracelet. This trend continues in Skyfall with Bond wearing yet another Planet Ocean 600M(Ref. 232.30.42.21.01.001), this time in titanium, and a somewhat dressier Aqua Terra (231.10.39.21.03.001). Breaking from the new… Daniel Craig can actually be seen wearing a vintage 1965 Omega Chronograph in the closing scene of Skyfall as he drives away in his Aston Martin DB5 (of the very same year). Craig’s fourth outing as Bond in the 2015 Spectrefeatures an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master (Ref. 231.10.42.21.03.003) and the Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre Limited Edition (Ref. 233.32.41.21.01.001). Notably, the Seamaster 300 finally marked Craig’s first tricked-out watch as Bond! It was designed exclusively for the film and featured a stainless steel case, a black and grey striped NATO strap (reminiscent of Bond’s original NATO strap worn in Goldfinger and Thunderball) and came equipped, courtesy of Q branch, with explosive capabilities.

Coming up….

In the forthcoming No Time to Die fans will spot three Omega watches. Bond sports the lightweight Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition (Ref. 210.90.42.20.01.001), new agent Nomi (Lashana Lynch) wears a 38mm Seamaster Aqua Terra with a black dial and black NATO strap and Moneypenny (played by Naomie Harris) is equipped with a 27.4mm De Ville Prestige on a hunter green leather strap.

Autumn 21 Menswear High Street Round up

It’s really been quite sometime since we dedicated some time to looking at the amazing retail brands we have that produce affordable trend driven menswear. In fact the last time we did, the Arcadia group’s brands were Kings of the High Street in TOPMAN and BurtonMenswear. Debenhams, were giving us great ranges from the Designers at Debenhams throughout their stores nationwide. Covid wasn’t even in our vocabulary and BOOHOO certainly wasn’t the player it is today !

So first up we have

Arket

Inspired by Icelandic landscapes, the discreet colour palette is built around cool earthy tones and dusty pastels with occasional pops of bright yellow and blue

River Island

Are on a sophisticated outdoor vibe for Autumn. Supplying with brilliant outerwear, I mean who doesn’t want to run out and get this coat straightaway ?!?

H&M

TOGA ARCHIVES x H&M collaboration in its entirety. The forthcoming capsule with the Tokyo-based independent label, founded in 1997 by Yasuko Furuta, loved for its curious sensuality and experimental takes on wardrobe classics.

M&S

Hard times who ?  t’s Not just any Menswear it’s M&S Menswear and boy are they back on form ! The Great outdoors never looked so good.

Suits Direct

Show us how to get the most out of our Tailoring for Autumn and how to give formal a more casual feel, taking us from office to play seamlessly.

Next

TV’s Marvin Humes injects the cool Autumnal vibes for Next with his Edit. No fear of you fading to grey with this look.

BOOHOOMAN

Opting for a more cheery post apocalyptic feel to launch their Autumn offering. Great traditional seasonal tones in total contemporary silhouettes from BOOHOOMAN.

John Lewis

Part of the John Lewis ANYDAY range this recycled long Puffer will keep you warm long into Winter and beyond.

Colour me Good – What colours should I be wearing to work

Gentlemen’s Tailoring brand The Savile Row company, has taken a deep dive into the Psychology of colours. Does the colour of your shirt affect your mood? Can it change the way people feel about you? Research says yes; and here’s what they found. 

Colour psychology suggests that various shades can have a wide range of effects on how we feel, and how we feel about others. The colour of shirt you choose to buy could tell you something about the type of image you are trying to project, and how you want people to perceive you. 

What Colour Shirt Should You Wear? 

There are two ways you can decide which colour shirt you should choose to wear. You can pick a shirt based on the mood you are already in, or the type of mood you want to be in! 

The Best Shirt Colour to Wear to…
Work are BLACK, GREEN, WHITE OR BLUE. But to go on a Date is RED.

Also a day with friends: YELLOW. A fun day out: PINK. Doing something new: ORANGE 

When heading to the office you should wear colours that convey professionalism and those that will help you perform to the best of your ability.  

A black shirt will help you to be treated seriously, while subconsciously giving you more power and authority. Green shirts denote reliability and safety, which are great characteristics in the workplace. It’s also restful on the eyes — making it a great choice for your new weekly Zoom call. A white shirt is a safe choice that is associated with cleanliness and perfection.  

Finally, a blue shirt will show your colleagues that you are organised and can be trusted in your role. 

The weekend provides the perfect opportunity to really show off your personality through your shirt colour. 

 Red is the colour of confidence and passion, making it a great choice for a first date. Yellow is the happiest of all the colours and usually stimulates joy, while pink is compassionate and fun. For those that are optimistic and adventurous, an orange shirt will help to convey such personality traits.  

So What Does My Shirt Colour Say About Me? 

Colour can be an important element when choosing the right shirt, as each colour can affect your mood and energy — potentially sending different messages to those around you.  

Below is a list of classic shirt colours and what they can say about your character:  

  • Blue shirt = honest, dependable and organised 
  • White shirt = pure, clean and sophisticated 
  • Black shirt = authoritative, professional and powerful  
  • Red shirt = passionate, energetic and confident 
  • Pink shirt = compassionate, playful and fun 
  • Green shirt = reliable, balanced and safe 
  • Yellow shirt = enthusiastic, spontaneous and happy  
  • Orange shirt = optimistic, creative and fun  

Big Guy Fashion: 5 Style Tips to Nail a Sharp Look for Tall or Broad Men

The key to successful big guy fashion is working with your body type. For example, if you’re tall and slim, don’t wear anything that adds length or bulk; always go for a slim fit look.

For those of us who may be both broad and tall (B+T), we need to take extra care and attention when getting dressed and choose clothing that compliments our body shape rather than aging it. The following style tips will help make the most of what you’ve got – no matter how much there is of it!

5 Big Guy Fashion Tips:

1) Fit Comes First:

Always opt for clothes that fit as opposed to those that are too baggy as this often ages as well as adding unnecessary weight to your frame.

2) Buttons & Zips:

Always opt for zippers and buttons over velcro as these both add to the overall look of your outfit while velcro tends to cheapen a look.

3) Accessories:

Accessories are a great way to up your game style, but always ensure that they’re appropriate for the occasion and don’t go too over-the-top with them. You can check out some big and tall pants as per your taste.

5 Style Tips to Nail a Sharp Look for Tall or Broad Men

1. Wear Sunglasses With Confidence

Although you might think that glasses with thick plastic frames would emphasize your size, in fact it is the opposite. Wearing narrow metal frames will not only look sleek and trendy but also help give your face a more angular appearance that accentuates your height. Just make sure to choose sunglasses that are sized proportionately for your head so they do not overpower you with their size. It is advisable to go one step smaller than what feels comfortable when trying on glasses at the store, as they can be adjusted to suit your preference after purchase. You could even use contact lenses if unobtrusive shades are needed for everyday wear or if you want to hide behind a disguise while committing a crime! The choice is up to you just as long as you are wearing dark shades that are striking yet subtle. Sunglasses aren’t only for the guys who need to shield their eyes from intense sunlight, because they can also serve the purpose of accentuating your already admirable features so wear them with pride!

2. Go For Polished Shoes ​

This is not a fashion rule invented by society or fashion police but it should be followed for practical reasons instead. Think about it: when talking with people at work or walking down the street, there’s no better feeling than having your feet feel like you’re walking on clouds. If shoes are uncomfortable then what happens? You might end up dragging yourself through your day which will surely wreak havoc on how others perceive you. You’d be surprised how much of an impression your shoes make on other people which is why you should spend a bit more money for high quality leather shoes.

3. Stylish Accessories are Worth the Splurge

Although accessories are often looked down upon as being expensive fashion “no-no’s”, they are actually worth every penny if it means that you’ll look sharp and feel great about yourself. Whether it is belts, hats or wallets, accessories contribute to the overall idea of what someone thinks when they picture you in their mind so don’t hesitate to buy something nice to wear today! Even the smallest details like your cufflinks can speak volumes about your personality so put some thought into what items would serve as additions to your suit. Not only will your clothes seem well put together when wearing items like cufflinks, but accessories can also be used to express creativity and even tell the world about your interests. It’s important not to buy an accessory just because you can afford it so ask yourself if this item represents who you are or what you stand for.

4. Make Sure Your Suit Fits Perfectly

It goes without saying that a suit is one of the most important aspects of looking sharp during formal events, but many people fail to realize that no two suits are alike due to their unique cut. For example, suits with long jackets may look better on taller men while short jackets might make shorter gents look more proportionate in their appearance. doesn’t mean wearing pants with adjustable waistbands or jackets that can stretch in the shoulders to accommodate for larger amounts of weight. Instead, it is time to think about your height when choosing which suit will fit you best because certain cuts are made for specific body shapes. If you’re on the slimmer side then choose a slim-fit cut while thicker gents should go for suits with looser cuts so they don’t drown themselves in their clothes!

5. Be Confident in Your Look

Finally, remember that fashion tips are useless if they aren’t paired with confidence so look good and feel good when choosing what to wear every morning. The best thing about dressing well is that you gain more self-esteem due to the fact that people around you start taking full notice of your presence. Yeah, it’s nice to make others take notice of your look but you should also feel proud about the way you feel when wearing something that fits well and looks great on you. Wearing clothes doesn’t make you a good person but it’s what allows the world to see who people think you are which is why self-image plays an important role in how someone portrays themselves

The miracles of Hemp – Nivea Men New Range

When our skin is up against a whole host of external aggressors, such as weather extremities, pollution and stress, not to mention the sudden resurgence of a busy social calendar, there’s one part of our routine that shouldn’t hinder our daily routine– shaving. With 65% of men complaining of sensitive skin, it’s no wonder that men are constantly on the hunt for products to alleviate the dry, dull and irritated effect that shaving can leave in its wake.

To put the calm back into your grooming routine, NIVEA MEN has introduced its *NEW* NIVEA MEN Sensitive Pro range with nourishing organic hemp seed oil and Vitamin E, comprising three soothing innovations to help you put your best face forward, every day.

The brand-new range includes:

  • Sensitive Pro Ultra Calming Liquid Shaving Cream – building into a lather with a brush or water and softening hair for an effortless razor glide, the face is simultaneously soothed and protected
  • Sensitive Pro Ultra Calming Facial Balm – for instant post-grooming relief in a fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula
  • Sensitive Pro Ultra Calming Moisturiser – ultra-calming and beard friendly, the skin is protected from external aggressors and remains hydrated for up to 24 hours

What’s more, the NIVEA MEN Sensitive Pro range cares for skin and planet through its 100% organic hemp seed oil, it is microplastic-free formula and 97% recycled and recyclable packaging.