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Large metal watches with tailoring.

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Interesting.
It was Broccoli's Rolex, on a too narrow 16mm Royal Marines NATO strap which looks black and grey on screen but was actually in this colour scheme

I'm guessing this was because Connery's wrist was too big for the bracelet and it was an ad hoc addition (and works for a Naval Commander)

 
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I really enjoy watches, but I still don't understand why we care what watch James Bond wore/wears.
For me it was at age 10 in the mid-1970s when I was allowed to stay up late on a school night and watch the ABC Sunday Movie of the Week with my Dad. It was Goldfinger and when Connery came out of the water and peeled off his wet suit to reveal his white dinner jacket, put in his boutonniere, and then casually checked his Rolex I was hooked. Didn't know what Rolex was but I wanted that watch. Didn't even know that a wet suit was literally named and he should have been completely waterlogged.



Bond resonated culturally for a lot of reasons. Anglophilia, action hero, always got the babes, but mostly, I'm guessing, Bond let white males feel good about themselves during the turmoil of the 1960s (feminism, civil rights, post-Colonialism, etc.). I read the books as a kid and couldn't help but notice that Bond was not a nice guy and was quite vicious. Still, Connery resonated a cool that demanded emulation.
 

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I really enjoy watches, but I still don't understand why we care what watch James Bond wore/wears.
I think the Bond Movies were probably the first time young British people with disposable incomes were exposed to designer goods and product placement (even though It was originally accidental).

You have to remember Brits barely had TV in the early 60s, and were avid cinema fans (my parents went to "the flicks" at least twice per week as youngsters)

I agree though, it doesn't make much sense now 🤣
 

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I guess I should at least admit that I have, in fact, seen watches in movies and wanted them because they look cool. Paul Newman's DateJust in Color of Money and Pierce Brosnan's gold Reverso in Thomas Crown Affair immediately come to mind. I just find the Bond fascination to be odd.
 

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I guess I should at least admit that I have, in fact, seen watches in movies and wanted them because they look cool. Paul Newman's DateJust in Color of Money and Pierce Brosnan's gold Reverso in Thomas Crown Affair immediately come to mind. I just find the Bond fascination to be odd.
On a more serious note, I think its just a really easily understood touchstone that if not thought about too much is equated with easy sex.

I would much rather be Brosnan in Crown than Brosnan in Bond. And the gold Reverso is a better watch than any watch Bond wore.
 
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I guess I should at least admit that I have, in fact, seen watches in movies and wanted them because they look cool. Paul Newman's DateJust in Color of Money and Pierce Brosnan's gold Reverso in Thomas Crown Affair immediately come to mind. I just find the Bond fascination to be odd.
Just a continuation of people emulating movie stars. Trying to dress like Cary Grant, style hair like James Dean, or dressing cool like Steve McQueen.
 

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Just a continuation of people emulating movie stars. Trying to dress like Cary Grant, style hair like James Dean, or dressing cool like Steve McQueen.
Cary Grant, James Dean and Steve McQueen are (were) real people though...James Bond isn't. You know that right?
 

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Cary Grant, James Dean and Steve McQueen are (were) real people though...James Bond isn't. You know that right?
If someone dresses like Cary Grant in NxNW does it matter whether they are emulating the actor or the character? The emulation of James Bond ends at suits, watches, cars and such. Not many folks run around with Walthers and exploding gadgets.
 

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A large portion of men seem to think an emotionally broken mass killer with a high likelihood of VD is a dream scenario?
In the movies he has personally killed 500 plus people, including at least two massacres of 100 plus.

That's not a bad strike rate in 25 movies 🤣

He always has a dry little joke, a smile for a pretty girl and loves his booze and a smoke, I think what he really represents is the ordinary guys who served in the war (maybe that’s why he seems so out of date nowadays). He was basically Flemings tribute to fighting men!!!

Of course he was never going home to his wife and kids in Wigan like the real guys, hence the expensive accessories and the lack of responsibilities
 

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In the movies he has personally killed 500 plus people, including at least two massacres of 100 plus.

That's not a bad strike rate in 25 movies 🤣

He always has a dry little joke, a smile for a pretty girl and loves his booze and a smoke, I think what he really represents is the ordinary guys who served in the war (maybe that’s why he seems so out of date nowadays). He was basically Flemings tribute to fighting men!!!

Of course he was never going home to his wife and kids in Wigan like the real guys, hence the expensive accessories and the lack of responsibilities
Both my grandfather's served in WW2 and Korea, and I can't remember either one much caring for Bond. My dad likes the Connery version, but he never served.

I liked the character a lot as a kid, it just doesn't hold much allure for me now.
 

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Cary Grant, James Dean and Steve McQueen are (were) real people though...James Bond isn't. You know that right?
That's not entirely true, James Bond is actually an amalgamation of real people that Fleming worked with during WW2 mixed in with his own fantasies!!!

The name came from an American ornithologist, Fleming picked it because it was simple and not ostentatious like many middle class British heroes of the 1950s
 

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