A one-of-a-kind, solid 18k yellow gold Omega replica watches UK produced in honor of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond 007 Goldfinger film from 1964 recently sold for 106,000 Swiss Francs (about $113,000) via an online Christie’s James Bond auction earlier today, on September 17th, 2014. That is interesting because the amount is about eight times the retail value of the watch (even though there never will be a retail version of this watch), and it is said to have been the highest yielding item of the auction. The auction estimate for the watch was 8,000 – 12,000 GBP and it went for 70,000 GBP.
This isn’t the first time Omega watches have done well in James Bond-themed auctions. Omega has been the official watch of James Bond since Omega’s partnership with the franchise that began in 1995, with the release of 007 Goldeneye. Since then, various James Bond actors have worn a series of Omega timepieces in the films. The relationship has been extremely successful for Omega. Fans know that, traditionally, James Bond wore a Rolex, which I believe was actually creator Ian Fleming’s intent, as he wrote about 007 wearing a Rolex in at least one of his books.
Inside the 50th Anniversary Goldfinger watch is Omega’s new Master Coaxial movement, which uses their highly anti-magnetic components. The movement is the Omega produced calibre 8501, which is a bit unique in this instance because it uses 18k yellow gold, versus red gold, for a movement bridge and the automatic rotor.
To compliment the watch, and further the “gold theme,” Omega produced a special box for the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 50th Anniversary of Goldfinger fake watches meant to look like the gold Bullion Depository building at Fort Knox, here in the USA. According to Christie’s, the 50th Anniversary of Goldfinger auction raised money to support the NSPCC.org charity.