James Bond Watch With 'Geiger Counter' Sells for $160,000 at Auction
A watch adapted for Sean Connery's James Bond in the 1965 movie Thunderball was sold for more than $160,000 at a Christie's auction Wednesday in London.
The Breitling Top Time watch was the first timepiece modified by Q for 007 and was equipped with a "Geiger counter" to detect radiation to help the spy find NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE, according to Christie's. Bond is seen wearing the watch in various scenes, including during a nighttime underwater dive to see whether the bombs are on a boat.
The Bond art department commissioned a company to create a bespoke underwater case for the watch, and this was the only version of the timepiece made for the film. It was lost after filming and recently rediscovered.
The timepiece was purchased at Wednesday's auction for roughly double what it was expected to fetch.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress also was sold at the auction for nearly $188,000, more than three times what it was expected to be purchased for, according to Christie's.
This isn't the first time a Bond watch has brought big money at the auction block. In 2011, a Rolex Oyster worn by Roger Moore in 1973’s Live and Let Die sold for 231,800.