The initial James Bond timepiece I showcased here is the Omega Spectre 007, which has proven to be highly successful, generating a considerable number of orders. The Seamaster Spectre 007 has consistently ranked among Omega’s top sellers over the past decade. Its popularity can be attributed not only to its vintage military aesthetic but also to the fact that it is accompanied by both a NATO strap and a steel bracelet.
Now, let me introduce another iconic James Bond watch: the Rolex Submariner, Reference 6538. This vintage Submariner has garnered recognition as the first watch worn by James Bond, according to numerous enthusiasts. Consequently, a debated question arises regarding the authenticity of the James Bond watch between Omega and Rolex Submariner. While opinions differ, I personally lean towards the belief that the Rolex Submariner holds the distinction of being the inaugural timepiece worn by James Bond in the 007 movies.
The vintage Submariner 6538 exhibits several distinctions from its modern counterpart. Firstly, there is a difference in size. The replica watch has replica 6538 boasts a case diameter of only 38mm, a departure from the larger dimensions of contemporary Submariners. The case is entirely brushed, including both sides, which, in contrast, are typically mirror-polished on modern Submariners.
The black bezel insert features white markers exclusively, and the bezel pearl is outlined with a silver round edge. One of the most noticeable features distinguishing this vintage Submariner is its crown. It is a sizable big-crown Submariner, adorned with the Rolex Crown Logo on the face. Beneath the crown logo, the inscription reads “BREVET” rather than “ROLEX.” This unique characteristic sets the vintage Submariner apart from other models.
An additional distinctive trait common to many vintage Rolex watches, including the Submariner 6538, is the adoption of a domed plexi plastic crystal face. This design choice adds to the overall vintage aesthetic of the timepiece.
The replica big crown 6538 Submariner is equipped with an Asian ETA 2836-2 movement, which is modified from a Chinese Sea-Gull automatic movement. Many readers who have sent me inquiries asked to equip real Swiss ETA movement in their watches, the truth is that some replica watches could be equipped with real Swiss ETA calibre, but some vintage Rolex like this one is not able to be installed.