James Bond’s Rolex expected to fetch over $100k at auction

A Rolex Submariner worn by 007 is expected to fetch around $100,000 when it goes under the hammer at Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham.

The timepiece, worn by Timothy Dalton’s stunt double in Licence to Kill, is going into the auction with a $78k – $105k estimate.

The Rolex featured in a car chase during the 1989 film, where Bond is seen driving a tanker truck in Mexico.

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The winning bid at the auction will also receive photos of the crew on set, as well as paperwork from Rolex, a book detailing the making of the movie, a soundtrack album, and a certificate of authenticity from EON Productions who made the movie.

A section of the Rolex was damaged during the stunt, and the included paperwork details how the Swiss-brand fixed the watch free of charge after the incident.

Laura Bishop, watch manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “This is one of the rarest and most fascinating watches we have ever had up for auction at Fellows. It’s amazing to think this watch was on screen in a James Bond movie.”

She added: “We’ve sold a historic Panerai dating back to the Second World War this year, as well as a watch containing the world’s oldest rum, so this Rolex is the icing on the cake for our watch auctions. We are sure it will entice both lovers of Rolex and James Bond fans.”

The lot, reference 5513, will go on sale on October 30 but will be on view in Fellows’ London and Birmingham offices in the UK leading up to the auction.

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