In its glory years from the 1920s through the 1940s, the Gruen Watch Company of USA & Switzerland was one of the leaders in wristwatch design and quality, even collaborating with Rolex (e.g., the Aegler movement duo-dial doctors watch) from its factories in Switzerland. Prior to WWII, Gruen was better known in the USA than Rolex, which at that time was concentrating on the British and Commonwealth countries (hence lots of early Rolexes coming out of Australia and the UK). Hans Wilsdorf and Gruen were friends and neighbors in Switzerland (their factories were just yards away), and even agreed to market their watches as Rolex Gruen in Europe, but the Great Depression prevented this.
This watch is an extremely rare example of the very first watch that ever appeared on the wrist of James Bond in the movie Dr. No. This particular example is the same exact style of watch that Sean Connery personally owned and wore on-screen on multiple occasions while portraying James Bond.
There are many 510s on the internet, but what separates this one is the following:
- 3-6-9-12 Arabic Dial Pattern
- Second Hand Area Cuts off the top of the 6
- Second Hand Area Has Rings
This is very similar to Connery's personal Gruen 510 and there are very few known examples in the world that are this similar.
I am a watch collector as well as a buyer and seller of new, pre-owned, antique, and vintage watches
I only sell genuine, authentic, watches in "Very Good" to "Pristine" condition
- Pristine - Items in "like new" condition. Shows no signs of wear. Worn very little, if at all.
- Mint - Items that have minimal wear. Worn only a few times. In "almost new" condition.
- Excellent - Items show signs of wear. Light surface scratches and possibly a few small dents or dings. Average condition considering the age of the item.
Very Good - Items that have been worn regularly and have noticeable wear. Scratches, dents, and dings are more visible.
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Model: Precision 510 James Bond 007
Year of Production: 1960's
Reference: Precision 510
Gender: Men or Women
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 33mm, not counting crown
Crown: Winds and sets the time smoothly
Strap Material: Genuine black leather
Strap Specifications: New generic strap will fit a wrist up to 7.5"
Dial Color: White
Dial Condition: Signed clean dial
Winding Mechanism: Calibre N510R, recently serviced (1/2024), 17 jewel swiss manual wind movement runs strong and accurate
Crystal: Clean acrylic crystal
Bezel: Because the bezel does not cover much of the dial, the watch plays larger on the wrist than 33mm
Box/Papers: No original box or papers
Overall Condition: mint condition ~ signed white dial ~ signed, recently serviced (1/2024), manual wind movement runs strong and accurate ~ crown winds and sets smoothly ~ clean acrylic crystal ~ no damage ~ all of our watches have been tested and serviced if needed ~ stunning
This is a vintage used watch. It has lived a life before you, so you should not expect it to be new and flawless. If you want a flawless new watch, please do not buy this. If you want a piece of history in the form of a nice vintage piece, or possibly a dated inscription on the case back, then this may be right for you. Because most vintage watches being offered are between 30-70 years old, small imperfections, scratches, and wear are to be expected
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The Gruen Precision 510 Dial 3-6-9-12 James Bond 007 Sean Connery Mens Watch....33mm is the yin, to your yang. You've found what you're looking for.
Inventory Last Updated: Feb 29, 2024