Day: November 3, 2020

How Sean Connery Turned a Regular Rolex Into “The Bond”

For many, the lasting image of Sean Connery will be their first: the camera slowly scanning over him in a casino in Dr. No. “Bond,” he says, introducing himself to all of us. “James Bond.” Or maybe the lasting image is the moment in Goldfinger when Bond first asks for his martini “shaken, not stirred.” If you’re a watch fan, though, the definitive Connery-as-Bond image comes after he plants barrels of explosives in Goldfinger’s opening scene, wearing a white tuxedo and flicking on his lighter to check the time. The flame lights up the watch that was on Connery’s wrist throughout all four of the Bond films he starred in: the Rolex Submariner 6538 “Big Crown.” The 6358 was the Submariner that accompanied Connery on the first four of his Bond movies—whatever your first memory of Connery, this is the timepiece to go with it.

For generations of men,

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