In a special auction held by Christie’s, dozens of 007 props and set pieces have gone under the hammer, and are heading home to collectors.
This year being James Bond’s 60th anniversary, there’s been a lot of talk about the world’s most famous secret agent. And Çhristie’s decided to commemorate the banner year with a special charity auction called Sixty Years of James Bond.
Up for sale were dozens of 007 memorabilia, including vehicles, props, and costumes—many of which come from Craig’s Bond film, No Time To Die. But two of the most notable lots were the actual watches that were worn in the film. Bond, after all, wouldn’t be Bond without the suits and the gear. And naturally, these watches closed out for a considerable sum.
Hammering in at GBP 226,800 was the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition: a military-inspired timepiece that was created with input from Craig himself. The 42mm watch is cased in titanium, with a distinctive brown dial and bezel, a titanium mesh bracelet, and a chronometer movement. The proceeds of the sale will go to Time’s Up UK, which is an organization that creates safe and fair work conditions for all people.
Coming in close behind at GBP 119,700 is the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial in stainless steel with metallic blue dial. Proceeds of the sale will go to Orbis, a non-profit organization that aims to save sight by helping people with eye diseases that cause blindness.
These two watches will head to their new owners in a custom watch box, with a certificate signed by James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Omega President and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann, and actor Daniel Craig. These are likely going to be one of the grail collectibles from this Bond era.
In any case, the auction vendors—led by EON Productions, who produce the James Bond films—are donating 100% of the auction proceeds to over 45 charities. Christie’s is likewise donating 100% their profitable proceeds from the buyer’s premium. Overall, it seems James Bond is helping people even outside of the movies, and it’s a fitting end to Daniel Craig’s 15-year run.