Some of the rarest watches in Hollywood history hit the auction block this week at Bob’s Watches. The ‘Iconic Watches of Hollywood’ collection is a curated selection of 5 incredibly rare timepieces that are set to sell for a legit fortune.
The first-ever watch worn by Sean Connery as James Bond was the Rolex Submariner ref. 6538 in 1962’s Dr. No, the movie which launched one of the most successful film franchises in Hollywood history. It’s impossible to imagine where Rolex would be as a brand these days without Sean Connery’s take on 007 and Paul Newman’s iconic Rolex Daytona ref. 6239. These titans of Hollywood
Included in the ‘Iconic Watches of Hollywood’ collection from Bob’s Watches are the Omega Seamaster 300 “SPECTRE” Limited Edition, Rolex Submariner ref. 5512, Rolex Daytona ref. 6239, Rolex GMT-Master ref. 6542, and the Rolex Submariner ref. 6538. Unless you’re tapped into the world of rare and expensive watches, those numbers might not mean a ton to you so let’s dive into the history behind these special pieces.
The Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona (ref. 6239) is almost unanimously considered to be the most famous vintage watch in the world. The current bid on this watch is a cool $151,000 and the auction runs through Monday, November 23rd at 9:00 AM so there is PLENTY of time for that price to get jacked up. The iconic feature of the rare ‘Paul Newman’ is the Art-deco style font on the exotic dial.
The ‘James Bond Submariner’ Rolex ref. 6538 up for auction was worn by Sean Connery in the very first James Bond film, 1962’s Dr. No. An interesting legend behind this watch is that it once belonged to the film’s producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli who lent it to Connery upon filming when they realized a Rolex was needed on short notice. Ian Fleming, the author who created James Bond, never specified in his books which model Rolex was worn by 007 but after scrambling for this Submariner ref. 6538 in the first film James Bond the Submariner would go on to become Bond’s iconic watch for decades.
The ‘Pussy Galore’ Rolex also appears in this collection, a Rolex GMT Master ref. 6542. This watch was famously worn on screen with Sean Connery as James Bond by the actress playing Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.
The OMEGA Seamaster 300 ‘Spectre Ltd. is another piece of James Bond history. Omega became the official ‘Bond Watch’ in 1995 and the Omega Seamaster 300 “SPECTRE” Limited Edition released in 2015 was a modern update on Omega’s first dive watch from 1957.
Let’s take a look at these iconic Hollywood watches. All of these images were provided by Bob’s Watches:
I don’t know how flush you gentlemen are with cash these days, but current bids on the five watches in the auction range from $10,000 on up to $170,000 for the 1957 ‘James Bond’ Rolex ref. 6538 worn by Sean Connery. The auction runs through Monday, November 23rd at 9:00 AM on Bob’s Watches so those prices can and WILL go up. If you’re wealthy and have some money to spend then check it out!