Christie’s James Bond Spectre Auction
We’ve all seen the Seamaster 300 Limited Edition Watch worn by Daniel Craig when he went on the hunt for Spectre last year. But what about the other watches on display in the movie? What about those secondary guys who don’t get to say their surname first or bed beautiful, estranged damsels? Of course we’re not talking about random Henchman No.6 who gets kicked out of an upturned helicopter – we’re talking about the likes of Mr. Hinx, the ursine assassin played by ex-wrestler Dave Bautista, or the head of MI6, Gareth ‘M’ Mallory, reinvented by Ralph Fiennes. Everyone forgets about those frontrunners when the debonair legend Bond is in the race – well, until now that is…
This February 18th the lesser known characters, and the Walther-PPK-wielder himself, are all going to be honoured by Christie’s prestigious auction house. To celebrate the movies Blu-ray and DVD release, 25 pieces of original James Bond memorabilia, fresh from the set of the last Bond outing, will be live auctioned at their King Street offices in London. Expect to see the original Seamaster 300 Spectre worn by Daniel Craig and another Seamaster 300 sported by the reclusive runaway Mr. White. There’s also a surprise highlight in the form of Bond’s DB10, estimated for around £1 million, which is one of only ten models that were especially handmade for the movie. Remember that all the proceeds will be donated to such charities and organisations as Médecins Sans Frontiéres (Doctors Without Borders), amongst others.
Following is a list of some of the memorabilia up for auction that caught our eye:
Lot Three: Longines ‘Conquest Heritage’ worn by Ralph Fiennes (M)
Once a gritty field operative, Gareth ‘M’ Mallory managed to secure himself a relatively peaceful desk job and a rather dressy Rose Gold Longines Watch to go with it. Designed for a dedicated follower of function, this sophisticated timepiece features a date indicator positioned at the top of the dial, as well as luminous hands for improved legibility in the event of a terrorist-imposed blackout.
This particular watch is estimated for £5,000 – £7,000.
Lot Fourteen: Rado D-Star Chronograph worn by Dave Bautista (Mr. Hinx)
When you’re dealing with a gentleman the size of Mr. Hinx you’ve got to find a watch that won’t be made to look like a flimsy child’s plaything. Perhaps that’s why the Spectre stylists went with a robust Rado bolstered with scratch-resistant ceramic and a chronograph too, perhaps so Mr. Hinx can measure the time it takes to throttle his next victim.
This watch is estimated for £4,000 – £6,000.
You can find out more at Christie’s Spectre Auction here.