Upgraded James Bond watch

Do you like the Aston Martin DB5, great suits and watches? Do you like your Martini shaken, not stirred? If your answer is yes, you like the Bond lifestyle, however, if you said no, but you like vintage Seikos this article is for you.

Let’s take a look at James Bond as a watch geek. The very first watch on Bond’s wrist was the Rolex Submariner ref. 6538. Since the first movie we could see great timepieces on the main character, like Daniel Craig’s Omega Planet Ocean, Sean Connery’s Navitimer 806 or Roger Moore’s Pulsar LED digital watch. As a secret agent you need to be clever, brave and it’s a must to have precise gadgets, like watches.

Roger Moore wearing the Seiko 7A28-7020 in the movie A View to A Kill (1985)
Roger Moore wearing the Seiko 7A28-7020 in the movie A View to A Kill (1985)

We could have a discussion on the best actor as the 007, but it’s another topic. Roger Moore played James Bond in seven movies and he has worn several watches. The one I want to mention is the Seiko 7A28-7020 Quartz Chronograph in A View To A Kill (1985) and I want to talk about its version with a day-date complication.

Wristcheck of my Seiko 7A38
Wristcheck of my Seiko 7A38

Through quartz crisis Seiko watches flood the world and they introduced the 7A28; the first analog quartz chronograph in 1983. In 1987 they decided to add the day-date function to it and the 7A38 was born. There is so much case and bracelet design with this movement.

My 7A38-7190 has a 38mm round case with gold plated Seiko logo, indexes and hands. It has a white dial with three brownish subdials. Two of them are for the chronograph function: the 1/10 second display and a 30 minutes counter. The seconds are counted with a hand. The remaining subdial is for the seconds which is always ticking.

With the original bracelet
With the original bracelet

As I mentioned earlier there are a huge variety of cases and bracelets, different sizes so feel free to check out these models. To sum it up, it’s a budget friendly option to get an almost Bond watch with a great history from a brand like Seiko and if you choose the 7A38 you also get the day-date function and a more stable movement. I guess Q would recommend it, too.

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