Under the spotlight: (00)7 watches for the Bond in you

First published: 02-10-2015

Spectre is about to hit our cinema screens, so to commemorate the iconic agent's 24th appearance we thought we'd take a look at how you can achieve 007's suave style.

He's one cool character, and certainly one of the best-dressed Secret Service agents in (fictional) history, so naturally over the years he's worn some pretty classy timepieces. Let's see how you can unleash the Bond in you with just your watch.

Back to the beginning

Oxygen Cigar 42 Men's Quartz Watch

In the beginning, Bond wore a Rolex Submariner with a striped strap, and looked cool as a cucumber doing so. Recreating this look doesn't take a Rolex price tag, however.

Oxygen's fabric-strapped watches have that ready-for-action appeal that Jimmy B's style is so known for, and at 42mm wide this watch is one to be noticed. The colouring is quite understated, allowing you to achieve a classy look whilst rocking statement timepiece.

Slick in silver

Armani Exchange Men's Covert Watch

Even though Bond is the king of all things cool, there is a certain understated charm to what he wears. His suits are always clean cut, sharp and very dapper, but he'll keep it simple in classic colours.

The same applies to his wrist-wear. This sleek Armani exchange model will perfectly capture this low-key kind of style, whilst still showing off all the features of a quintessential Bond watch: the numbered case, the metal bracelet and a dynamic coloured dial.

Digital revolution

Casio Classic Alarm Chronograph Unisex Watch

In the 70s and 80s, Bond showed his ability to adapt to the trends of the day. Quartz watches were all the rage, and Roger Moore's 007 began sporting a digital timepiece.

If you want to capture this era of Bond's style, this nifty little number from Casio will do the trick. The retro design is perfect for a 70s and 80s inspired look, and the classic metal bracelet makes it smart enough to wear with a suit, so you can bring the Bond flair to whatever you're wearing.

Underwater action

Glycine Combat Sub Automatic Watch

Bringing things into the 21st century, Daniel Craig's Bond has shown a penchant for the bold, often choosing watches with coloured dials to really make an impact.

With this silver and blue Glycine watch, you will really start to feel like Bond - all you'll need to complete the look is a pair of blue trunks. This particular watch is also water resistant up to 200 metres, so you'll be ready to dive into any mission that comes your way, just like the man himself.

Boss the Bond style

Hugo Boss Orange Men's Watch

Bond has a habit of being very fashion-forward, and to emulate this particular trait of his, a more modern-looking watch with a pop of colour will work perfectly.

This Huge Boss Orange watch is sleek and sophisticated, with the rubber strap giving it a contemporary charm. The burst of orange in the dial makes the design even more interesting, and will look very well-placed with a suit - typical Bond!

Simply Seiko

Seiko Men's Diver Kinetic Watch

From The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to A View to a Kill (1985), Bond's go-to watchmaker was Seiko. This horological heavyweight saw Roger Moore through to his final performance as Bond, keeping his wrists the best-dressed ones in MI6.

This particular model is one with many of Bond's style staples, such as the black dial and metal bracelet, and is another one that can be worn up to 200 metres underwater. Q would be very proud of its power reserve gadgetry.

Rule, Brittania

Royal London Men's Watch

Bond is a Brit, after all, so we are sure he would approve of a thoroughly British watchmaker like Royal London. The look is spot on in this sleek silver model, and at 49mm wide it will sit very firmly on your wrist and make a big impact.

This smart little number will be the perfect addition to a black tie look if you're emulating the tuxedo look from Casino Royale (2006).

He's one cool character, is Mr. Bond, and with so many options it is easy to find a watch that will help you capture his style. From the digital to the oh-so-British, you can pick the perfect timepiece to give you 007's sophisticated appeal; when it comes to looking suave, nobody does it better.

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