This Rolex Submariner 5513 could very well be the most valuable watch without a movement in it. Well, a watch movement anyway. You may very well recognize this timepiece — it is the Rolex 5513 worn by James Bond aka “007” in the movie Live and Let Die in 1973. It is being offered at auction again, this time at the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction on November 7 & 8, 2015. The first time this buzz-sawing James Bond Rolex Submariner 5513 watch sold at auction, in 2001, it fetched $37,560 (vs. a pre-auction estimate of $23,000-$30,000). Christie’s sold it again a decade later for a whopping 219,000 Swiss Francs (~$245,000). Though the 2011 sale was at the lower end of the pre-auction estimate range of 200,000 – 400,000 Swiss Francs, I think it is safe to say the watch sold for sum that would impress Her Majesty. This time around, the expectations are toned down a bit: 150,000 – 250,000 Swiss Francs.
Designed by art director Syd Cain (though equipped by the famous “Q”, in the movie), the watch is one of the exceedingly rare timepieces modified to be used in a film. It has been specifically adapted for the buzz saw feature by cutting the bezel’s edges into sharp teeth and modified in order for it to rise to maximum height before spinning: