Rolex Chronograph 6238

photo © Christies
Rolex Chronograph 6238 used for the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service
photo © Christies

photo © United Artists, EON Productions
George Lazenby wearing the Rolex chronograph in OHMSS
photo © United Artists, EON Productions

A stainless steel Rolex Chronograph wristwatch, ref. 6238 was used for the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

This watch was purchased by Eon Productions for George Lazenby to wear as Bond when, undercover as genealogist Sir Hilary Bray, he infiltrates Blofeld's research institute, Piz Gloria, in the Swiss Alps. At the end of filming, the wardrobe department sold off some of the costumes and accessories from the film and this watch was purchased by the production accountant at the time. The watch was supposed to have been redesigned to be a compasss and the red seconds hand was the compass hand to guide James Bond. The actual watch was sold for £23,400.00 / $41,000.00 at an auction at Christies London, 16th December 2003.

Rolex and James Bond have a strong connection. Before Omega started supplying the watches for 007, Bond used a Rolex Submariner 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, License to Kill, The Living Daylights. 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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As a child I remember how sophisticated Lazenby appeared to me, particulary his appearence when wearing this watch. I remember having an Air King with same strap that gave me the feeling of understated sophistication.

I have the watch that was sold at Christies (worn in his movie) but the hands and band have been changed. It is currently for sale on ebay.

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