Bonding With Time – the Rolex Submariner
5th July 2017
The countdown to the Watches auction taking place on 12 September has started and to celebrate we take a closer look at a Rolex Submariner offered in the sale – otherwise known as the James Bond Rolex.
This rare and sought after 1962 (5508) Rolex Submariner wristwatch (estimate £8000 – £12000) is in honest and unmolested condition. In 1953, French Navy diver Jacques Cousteau wrote The Silent World, a book that narrated his underwater explorations. This book and the Academy Award-winning film that followed captured the world’s imagination and forged a generation of recreational divers. Rolex’s response was to create a classic and versatile wristwatch that continues to stand the test of time – the Submariner.
On 5th October 1962, Ian Fleming’s fictional spy, James Bond, played by Sean Connery, made his cinema debut wearing a Submariner.
‘Two legends were born and the demand for both man and machine is stronger today than ever.’ – Matthew Caddick, Head of Watches
Not only was the world’s most long-standing film franchise born, but it also immortalised this wristwatch. The reliable and rugged dive watch, fast embodied suave masculinity and adventure.
‘The example at Chiswick Auctions was worn on a daily basis by the current owner up until the 1990’s, when due to a work move abroad, it went into a safety deposit box at the bank. This is the first time it has seen daylight for 25 years and what a pleasure it is to handle.’ – Matthew Caddick, Head of Watches
Aside from the Bond connection, the subtly unique ‘exclamation point’ dial, (take a look at the 6 o’clock position marker and all will become clear), original aluminium bezel insert and lack of grown guards (all Subs post-5508 feature crown guards), rarity is what makes this Rolex particularly special.
‘Sourcing a 5508 in good, original condition will become both more difficult and certainly more expensive with every passing year.’ – Matthew Caddick, Head of Watches
Entries are currently invited, contact Head of Department Matthew Caddick with images for a free valuation: ku.oc1508701277.snoi1508701277tcuak1508701277ciwsi1508701277hc@se1508701277hctaw1508701277