Let us go back to the golden years of the spy film series “James Bond,” when playing the legendary agent 007 was Sean Connery, one of the most beloved actors of the saga, whose charm made him an icon of unparalleled charm and elegance. Even today, despite the numerous films made about 007, in thinking of James Bond as an actor Sean Connery instinctively appears in our minds. The British secret agent in the service of Her Majesty is often remembered by collectors precisely because of some iconic watches that appeared on his wrist.
In the scenes of the first chapter of the 1962 saga “Agent 007 – License to Kill” Sean Connery was filmed wearing a Rolex Submariner, the same watch that later accompanied him in the following films of the saga. The wonderful scenes with Ursula Andress flanking him as the first Bond Girl are perfectly etched in the collective imagination . Like the secret agent, the Submariner itself with the years assimilated the connotations of charm and impeccability to become a true symbol of style. The Submariner Big Crown has a special place in the hearts of Rolex collectors precisely because it has been immortalized in several James Bond films, becoming a gadget endowed with various espionage capabilities.
This icon of elegance is featured in Cambi Auction House’s upcoming “Wristwatches” auction, scheduled for June 15, 2023. A sporty and rare Submariner ref 5510 produced for a brief period only in the late 1950s. Reference 5510 features a large crown without epaulettes, hence its nickname “Coroncione.”
Some examples were chronometer-certified, while others bore the words “Submariner” along with the depth rating-these variants are known as “Two Liners.” Produced for only a few years, Reference 5510 is instantly recognizable and characterized by its black lacquered gilt dial, absence of crown guards, and 8-millimeter Brevet “large” crown.
Research suggests that Reference 5510 was produced in an extremely small series of less than 300 pieces.
This particular specimen features crisp, sharp bevels that are incredibly broad in their proportions. Moreover, it still retains the original crown. The luminous material of the hands and numerals is aged with a warm patina.
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