Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Signed 'Roger Moore 007'

March 03, 2016

In November of 2015, the original Rolex Submariner 5513 worn by Roger Moore in the 1973 James Bond film 'Live and Let Die' sold for about $363,000 at a Phillips auction. Designed by the film's art director Syd Cain, this watch is unique in that it features a circular saw bezel that Bond uses to saw through ropes that bound his arms a scene from the iconic Bond film.

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Rolex Submariner 5513 worn by Roger Moore as James Bond (Image: Phillips)

Another unique characteristic of this particular timepiece is that it does not tell time. The watch does not contain a movement, as it was designed as a prop for the movie. Though it is only right twice a day, the case back is signed 'Roger Moore 007' which certainly adds to its value.

The James Bond character has always been associated with luxury watches, most recently with the Omega brand, but this particular piece is a part of cinematic history. The purchase of this piece also included sketches from Syd Cain used in the development of the timepiece.

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Syd Cain's Art Departement Sketches (Image: Phillips)

Bloomberg Business speculated that the lack of functionality could have a negative effect on the value for the item. Phillips estimated the value at $150,000 to $250,000 prior to the November 2015 auction. However, the magic of the movies and the Rolex brand seemed to prove more valuable than some previously imagined.


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