There was only one Breitling watch made for the movie Thunderball and it disappeared. Q Branch modified it to have a Geiger counter so it could detect nuclear radiation…find the stolen warheads…save the day…and the prop department only made one. After Sean Connery wore it in the 1965 movie it became a mystery that only recently was solved.
James Bond Lifestyle.com has the entire story from a Bond fanatic’s account. He had so loved the Thunderball Breitling watch as a child that he decided to recreate it. It’s not easy, and he recorded his struggles and successes on the forum of the site where the discussion was found by a guy searching the internet for information about this watch he picked up at the British equivalent of a flea market or garage sale for less than $30.
And the rest, as they say, is history. The two connected, got Breitling to let them be part of the verification process, and the watch is indeed the one, the only one made for the movie. And it will be in Christie’s Pop Culture Auction on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Experts think it will earn $60,000 to $90,000 or more. A catalog will be available about four weeks beforehand, and an online catalog will come out about the same time. That online catalog will have a 3d image of the watch…James Bond would approve.