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Rolex Submariner worn by Sean Connery in Goldfinger
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Rolex and James Bond have a strong connection. Before Omega started supplying the watches for 007, Bond used a Rolex in several movies: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, Licence to Kill, The Living Daylights.

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Read this excellent article on for all the detailed information and pictures of the different models.

In the books of Ian Fleming, James Bond wears a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, but not many details are given by Fleming which makes it hard to find an exact description of this watch.

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not quite sure but...i guess the rolex watch from "live and let die" with r. moore and j. seymour is not a submariner, but a GMT master.

mmm no sorry...i ve just watched it.
its a submariner with magnete :P


The Submariner in the picture above is a 16610. Sean wore a 6538, Roger wore a 5513, and Timothy wore a 16800. Roger never wore a 1675 GMT. Only Pussy Galore wore a GMT.


"Rolex, the watch for people with more money than brains"

While many yuppies do purchase Rolex for the status symbol many successful and very inteligent CEOs also purchase them as well, also many watchmakers own at least one.

"A little known fact, Omega has actually been around since 1848 while Rolex has only been around since 1905. "

thats NOT really a little known fact since a quick visit to Wikipedia could tell anyone this information. Just because something is older does not necessarily make it better, I wouldnt buy an RCA television over a samsung, would you?

"The Omega Speedmaster was the first and only watch to ever leave Earth's atmosphere in the space crafts."

This is simply unture, when you consider Russians have been in space as well and brought their own Vostoks or Poljots. Im also pretty sure Bulova Accutrons have also left the earths surface, and also the many digital time instruments found on the space craft (i'll assume you meant mechanical wrist watches tho).

"Omegas are just all round beautiful and durable watches"

I agree BUT their flagship movement isnt as good as Rolexs' worst, and cant seem to match Rolex quality control and construction. Steel grade is one example, and assembly; Swatch owns factories in the far east that makes disposable movements. ONE thing Omega does have over Rolex is the Co-axial escapement, but Rolex has KIF and the new "Parachrom Bleu" hairspring.

Dont get me wrong, OMEGAS are great value and original in their own right, I really love the speedmaster, but putting flagship models head to head im fairly certain Rolex is the winner in a technical competition. Style is another matter as I personally prefer the speedmaster to the daytona.

Daytona VS speedmaster, or seamaster chrono

Seamaster VS Submariner or Deep Sea

and even dress models.

Omega falls slightly short, but I guess the difference is reflected in the price gap.

YEP. the current NASA issue Omega X-33 has proven MOST unreliable during space missions. Maybe why Russians use the swiss made watch Fortis for all their missions, and if everything goes according to plan will be the first watch on MARS. (although FORTIS DO use ETA I guess OMEGA is *ALSO* the first watch on mars ? )

My Submariner is my favourite watch because it has such understated class. The Oyster links seem to match the unfussy nature of this watch . My most durable watch however is my Breitling superocean which constantly takes a good battering - however a watchmaker I know will not rate the movement!

After doing some research, seeing as how Ian Fleming would dress bond as he would dress himself, even his choice in watches mustve been identical. Ian Fleming wore a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer model. im assuming the literary bond would have worn the same. however i do love the overall choices the films have selected so far. I would love to own an Omega one day. but for now i purchase Philip Persio's Submariner Presidential series watches. they resemble the Rolex and Omega in many ways and they are just as immaculate and dapper.
There is absolutely no competition between a Rolex and a omega. The Rolex is by far the superior watch and it's the watch that Fleming himself had in mind for Bond. End of.

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