Friday, December 6, 2019

The best heroes are fictional

Ian Fleming, the author of Dr No and the rest of the James Bond saga, was a Rolex man. He wore an Explorer 1016 and in the book, James bond wore the same watch - the Rolex Explorer. However the first actor to play James Bond in the movie, Sean Connery, wore a Rolex Submariner 6538 -  and the rest is history. Connery wore the Submariner in all of his seven onscreen performances.

In 1995, Agent 007 switched alliances to Omega. Why? Because Rolex simply refused to supply free watches for the movie! Omega cleverly seized the opportunity and Pierce Brosnan wore the Seamaster.

The 'official explanation' for the transition from Rolex to Omega was rather childish: Lindy Hemming, the film’s costume director, "discovered" that if Bond was a real British navy man as his backstory has it, he would wear an Omega. Bond has worn the brand ever since, and that won’t change in the film’s newest instalment, No Time to Die, next April.

What happened to the Rolex employee who refused to supply a free Submariner, literally killing the James Bond-Rolex partnership, will forever remain a mystery. I would not dismiss a promotion to “Director of Relationship & Stock Supply Coordinator to Authorised Dealers (Worldwide)”.   
Which brings us to the new, just released James Bond Seamaster, to be seen on the big screen in April.

Titanium case, vintage dial with 'aged tritium' markers - and bizarrely, fake 'military issue numbers' on the case back.

As Omega explains, 'the series of numbers inscribed follow the exact format of genuine issued military watches, the most notable aside from 007 is number 62 which refers to the year the first James bond movie was released". *Sigh*. If this is not weird enough, the minute hand is lime green, while the rest of the markers are fluorescent blue... Yuck.
Price: $AUD 13,075.

My question: are you going to buy one in a hurry OR would you rather invest in a good all-rounder Seamaster from the  Brosnan era ($3,500)?

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