Remember 1989? George Bush Sr. became President, Toyota launched a luxury brand called “Lexus,” and James Bond was still wearing a Rolex. If any of that strikes a nostalgic bell in your heart, put down that giant grey Gameboy and pause your cassingle of “Love Shack.” Fellows is auctioning a Rolex Submariner from the James Bond film Licence to Kill, and you’re going to want to see this.
The 1989 film, which starred Timothy Dalton in his final appearance as 007, was also the last movie in the series in which Bond wore a Rolex. Six years later, when Pierce Brosnan assumed the role, he did so with an Omega on his wrist and the partnership between Bond and Omega has persevered into the current generation of the franchise. The Submariner in question, a reference 5513 on the matching Oyster bracelet, was worn by Timothy Dalton’s stunt double as James Bond waged war with Franz Sanchez, the leader of a Mexican drug cartel. The fact that this wasn’t the watch worn by Dalton himself might make the watch less appealing to some, but knowing that it saw some real life action might actually make the watch more appealing to others.
Carrying an estimate of £60,000 – £90,000 (approximately $80,000 – $120,000 as I write this), this 007 Submariner comes with the Rolex papers, various photos from the set of the film, a book about the production of the film, and a certificate of authenticity from EON Productions (the company that produced Licence to Kill). In the world of things that could be remembered from the ’80s, both the 5513 and Licence to Kill have held up pretty well (77% on Rotten Tomatoes, in case you were wondering), and it will be interesting to see how this watch performs when bidding opens on October 30.
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