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James Bond's Watches (Part 2)

Here we continue our run-down of the timepieces that have features as James Bond's watches over the years. In many circumstances these are integral to the plot of the film and henceforth dictate to many people their choice of timepieces. If you have not yet read Part 1 be sure to view it before continuing reading this page.

The Seiko M354 Memory Bank
The Seiko M354 was used by Roger Moore in Moonraker and its high tech aesthetic and minimalist design echo the films science fiction roots. After all, when you are jetting off into space on a stolen shuttle to do battle on a space station as plain old analogue watch simply will not do! As one of James Bond's watches of course the Seiko comes complete with gadgets, in this case a hidden piece of very powerful plastic explosive complete with detonator cord. When Bond is trapped with Holly Goodhead beneath the launch pad of one of Drax's shuttles the explosive is used to quickly remove a grate from a wall allowing the pair to escape.

The Wrist Dart Gun
Admittedly this is not an actual timepiece but no collection of James Bond Watches would be complete without at least mentioning this rather useful tool that is used many times in Moonraker. It is essentially a dart gun that can be loaded with a choice of armour piercing or poison tipped darts. These are propelled from the barrel of the gun using compressed air, and the firing sequence is activated by flicking the wearers wrist. The Wrist Dart Gun dispatches the villain of the piece (Drax) at the end of the film, sending him back into an airlock and out into space.

The Seiko H357 Analog Digital Display
For the next James Bond film (For Your Eyes Only) the production time stuck with Seiko and the H357 is featured in one particularly comical scene. It almost features as a direct descendant of the ticker tape communications Seiko from The Spy Who Loved Me. The in built communications equipment has been upgraded to represent the advancement of technology and rather than featuring a ticker tape printer the Seiko actually utilises a voice link that can be used like a telephone. Unfortunately caller ID had not yet been invented so this most unique of James Bond's watches was tossed nonchalantly into the bottom of a parrot's cage for chiming just as Bond was about to enjoy a midnight swim. The caller? The Prime Minister, calling to congratulate Bond. Dear oh dear.

The Seiko Liquid Crystal TV Watch
This one of James Bond's watches features in 1983's Octopussy and it represents the pinnacle of technology for the super-spy. To look at this watch appears to be nothing special, however there is a closed circuit television receiver built onto the fascia of the timepiece allowing Bond to view security camera footage during field operations. The watch features throughout the film as a mobile viewer allowing James to keep tabs on Octopussy's kidnapping throughout the course of the narrative.

The Seiko G757 Sports 100
This watch also features in Octopussy, and like the tv watch described above it is key to the development of the plot. This large and chunky timepiece reflects changing times by departing with the traditional minimalist style used on digital watches featured in the franchise to date; instead the G757 is one of the largest of James Bond's watches and it features a number of buttons and digital dials reflecting the many utilities that the watch has. As far as gadgets go this watch features a tracking device that is used to locate the
Fabergé egg.

The Omega Seamaster
The Omega Seamaster is the most recent of James Bond's watches, and it has featured in all of the most recent films featuring
Pierce Brosnan and now Daniel Craig. The two Daniel Craig films are notable in that as reboots of the franchise we have gone full circle and they feature no gadgets, however the Pierce Brosnan films feature the Seamaster packed with gadgets. In Goldeneye this version of James Bond's watch uses a built in laser to cut a hole in a steel floor, as well as using the watch to arm and disarm mines. In Tomorrow Never Dies Bond uses the Seamaster as a remote detonator to make a booby trap out a grenade and a glass jar. Finally in The World is Not Enough Bond uses the watch to illuminate the way in the darkness and also to fire a grappling book to carry him 50 feet to safety.