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Rolex Chronograph 6238

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

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 worn by James Bond (George Lazenby) in the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

This watch was purchased by Eon Productions for George Lazenby at Bucherer Interlaken on October 23rd 1968, to wear as Bond when, undercover as genealogist Sir Hilary Bray, he infiltrates Blofeld's research institute, Piz Gloria, in the Swiss Alps. The watch was supposed to have been redesigned to be a compass and the red seconds hand was the compass hand to guide James Bond. 

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 actual watch was sold for £23,400.00 / $41,000.00 at an auction at Christies London, 16th December 2003. In 2008, the watch was resold to a new owner, and in July 2016 it was announced to be auctioned by Artcurial (but no details have emerged of that sale since) and once more at Antiquorum in 2019, but no final sale info is available for that auction either.

It's not the only Rolex he wears in the film. During the scene where Bond breaks into the safe while reading Playboy magazine, we can see a Rolex Submariner, probabaly a 5513 model. 

Rolex and James Bond have a strong connection. Before Omega started supplying the watches for 007, James 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, Licence to Kill and 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 identify the exact model specifications of the watch.

Thanks to Chuck for the alert

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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.

Very concerning that the hands were changed. Why would someone have changed this?? Were they broken? LOL Hardly I think. I see so many watches faked over the years with replica, signed letters showing up. Be careful people! I have made a nice replica of the original based soley on Blu Ray screen captures blown up to see actual hands color and such! If the item doesn't match the screen's not real or it's been altered. Blessings to all! Greg

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