Danny Milton: ‘Live And Let Die,’ Rolex Submariner (Magnet Buzzsaw)
When I was young (and my heart was an open book), James Bond marathons on cable television were an almost weekly occurrence. During those marathons, I found myself always drawn to Live and Let Die – the film that gives new meaning to the moniker “Red Submariner.” Heck, Roger Moore himself is on record saying that of all of Q’s gadgets, the magnetic black dial Rolex Submariner ref. 5513 replica watch was his favorite. The film is, in many ways, anchored to that watch, as in almost every act of the story, Bond utilizes it to his advantage. In the opening scene, when 007 receives the watch from Moneypenny, he showcases its magnetic power on a spoon, and then the zipper of a woman’s dress (a practical effect that purportedly required some 29 takes to achieve).
Later, he uses the watch – albeit to no avail – to escape a swamp of hungry alligators. It isn’t until the final act that we see the watch’s full power: the buzzsaw, which Bond uses to avoid becoming dinner for sharks. The image of the white markers on the matte dial turning red is nothing short of iconic – plus, the watch gets its own closeups in the film, which automatically ratchets it up a few notches for me. This movie redefined the ideal of a “go anywhere, do anything” watch, which was something that the cheap fake Rolex Submariner already represented. Lest we forget, this film also features an early version of a Hamilton Pulsar (referred to in the credits as “Pulsar, The Time Computer”).
Stephen Pulvirent: ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,’ Rolex 6238 Chronograph (Compass)
This might not be Q’s most exhilarating invention – the red chronograph seconds hand is meant to be a compass – but I do think it might be the coolest Bond watch after the famous Big Crown that appears in Dr. No. The sleek pre-Daytona chronograph is one of my all-time favorite Rolex ref.6238 replica watch with red second hand for its understated looks and modest size, and the red seconds hand really pops against the silver dial.
As far as the movie itself is concerned, the replica watch and the stunning Swiss scenery are basically the only reasons to watch. Despite On Her Majesty’s Secret Service being one of the best Bond novels, Fleming’s smart, sharp source text ended up a mess of a film, with hammy acting, a thin plot, and way too many ruffled shirt fronts for my taste.