Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding divers bracelet watch Oyster Perpetual Submariner, Ref.5510, 200m = 660ft, made in 1958
Lot 115
Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding divers bracelet watch Oyster Perpetual so called 'James Bond' Submariner, Ref.5510, 200m = 660ft, made in early 1958
Sold for US$ 93,600 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding divers bracelet watch
Oyster Perpetual so called 'James Bond' Submariner, Ref.5510, 200m = 660ft, made in early 1958
Cal.1530, nickel plated 25 jewel movement, gloss black dial with luminous dot, baton and triangular markers, gilt text, luminous Mercedes hands and white center seconds hand, two-piece water-resistant type case with screw-down reverse and oversize Oyster crown, revolving bezel with black insert highlighted by red triangle, on steel Rolex Oyster riveted expanding link bracelet with folding clasp, case, dial and movement signed, inner case dated 1.1958
diameter 37mm.

Footnotes

  • The reference 5510 with an 8mm Brevette crown (instead of the regular 6mm crown) was launched in 1958 and manufactured until the mid 1960s with later examples having white print dials; the example offered here is in particularly fine original condition retaining the correct gloss gilt dial and white luminous seconds used occasionally on sports models during the late 1950s.

    James Bond, the popular British secret agent created by Ian Flemming and initially portrayed by the charismatic actor Sean Connery has a lot to answer for. Generations of movie goers, young and old, watched the suave agent in action and immediately aspired to drive the Aston Martin DB5 sports car, wear tailor-made suits, and, of course, own a Rolex Submariner. Ian Flemming chose the Rolex Submariner as James Bond's watch not merely for the fact that they were standard issue to British Special Forces of his era but because it was considered a watch that could be worn with any attire, as JB does with rare exception.

    Although any non-crown guard Rolex Submariner is today classified as a ‘James Bond’ model, study of the early movies makes it clear Sean Connery is wearing an 8mm ‘big-crown’ gilt dial example in both Dr. No and From Russia With Love, however in no scene is it clear enough to identify the model. It is not until the super-spy emerges from the water wearing a wet suit and trusty Submariner on a Nato strap in the 1964 movie Goldfinger that the viewer can clearly see the dial of a non-chronometer rated 5510 with 8mm big crown and gloss gilt print dial; almost identical to the model offered in lot 115. The only exception being the model worn in the movie did not use the red triangular marker on the bezel. The 5510 dial can again be seen during a bathroom scene with a Specter agent in Thunderball, however this is the last Bond movie in which Sean Connery wore a watch, altough George Lazenby is wearing an undistinguishable Rolex in On Her Majestys Secret Service, (a Sumbariner followed by a 6238 chronograph) it is not until 1973 and the arrival of Roger Moore in Live and Let Die that the watch regains its former presence.

    For an example of the Roger Moore Submariner see the following lot in this sale.
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