James Bond fans: are you sitting down?

British auction house Fellows is putting the Rolex Submariner from the James Bond film Licence to Kill up for auction, and rumour has it the collector’s item is on its way to becoming one of the most hotly anticipated watch sales of the year.

The world’s most famous secret agent has long been known for his beautiful cars, sleek suits, and stylish timepieces, and the Rolex Submariner from the 1989 film is no different. Licence to Kill stars Timothy Dalton in his last appearance as James Bond before Pierce Brosnan took over, and is also the last 007 movie where Bond wears a Rolex (he switches to Omega from hereon).

The first Rolex to appear in the James Bond franchise was the Submariner on the wrist of Sean Connery in the 1962 film Dr. No. In Licence to Kill, Dalton wears a Rolex Submariner 16610, yet according to the Fellows listing, the watch that will go on auction is actually a different one – yet bears a very cool story. The main difference being that it has no date window, the auctioned watch will be the Submariner 5513, which belonged to prop man Rodney Pincott, who loaned it to Dalton’s stunt double. The watch can be seen in the movie on the wrist of the stuntman during a scene in which Bond and Mexican drug lord Franz Sanchez battle it out in a tanker truck car chase.

A timepiece that has truly seen some action, the watch was actually damaged during the filming of the scene, and was sent to Rolex to be repaired. For the auction, the item will include the service paperwork from Rolex as well as the original parts that were replaced. What’s more, the highest bidder will also receive a book about the making of the movie, a soundtrack album, and a certificate of authenticity from film company EON Productions.

An iconic piece for many reasons, the watch is estimated at a whopping licensed-to-thrill £60,000 – £90,000. Bidding opens on Tuesday October 30, ensuring us plenty of time to get shaking, stirring, and booking a flight to London.

For more information, head to Fellows.com.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.