In the 1973 “Live and Let Die”, Roger Moore, playing the role of James Bond, saved us from “Mr Big” Kananga’s evil plot to flood the US mainland with heroin worth a billion dollars. If you are a James Bond movie gadget enthusiast, you will no doubt remember Mr. Bond’s Rolex watch, with its built-in buzz saw bezel and high-intensity magnetic field generator.
Almost 40 years later, Christies Geneva plans to auction the Rolex 5513 Submariner that featured in that movie. Sorry to dash your hopes, but the watch decidedly cannot cut through metal. Neither can it deflect bullets or unzip a dress.
If you’re wondering how Roger Moore smoothly managed to unzip Madeline Smith’s dress using the magnetic field generated by his watch, here’s the truth: the watch has a small pinhole through which a thin, almost invisible wire that did the trick. Most of us did not catch it because we were looking at other things, weren’t we?
There’s always the minor detail of price, isn’t there? How much would you be willing to pay for this iconic gadget? Christies estimates it will receive a bid of between $230,000 and $450,000. That’s a very wide range; it’s also a lot of money for a watch, even at the lower end of the band. For this price, you will get a watch with Roger Moore’s signature on the back.
You will also get the original concept drawings by designer Syd Cain. You’ll also get two framed pictures of Roger Moore wearing the watch in scenes from the film.