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Saturday 19 April 2014

Bond watch found at car boot sale

The geiger counter wristwatch worn by Sean Connery when he played James Bond in Thunderball has been found at a car boot sale

James Bond's geiger counter wristwatch from hit movie Thunderball has turned up at a car boot sale following years of mystery about its whereabouts.

The prop - one of the many gadgets used by 007 during his half century on-screen - was key to the plot of the film as it helped the agent locate stolen atomic weapons during underwater scenes in the 1965 film.

The Breitling watch was picked up for £25 but is now to be sold by Christie's in London with an estimated price of up to £60,000.

The Top Time model by the luxury Swiss watch firm was the first watch which Bond movie-goers had seen being adapted by Q's team of boffins in the film series.

It is one of a number of items given to Bond by Q - played by Desmond Llewelyn - when he heads over to Nassau to give him extra equipment. One of the hands of the watch shows the strength of radioactivity.

Sean Connery, who plays the agent, uses it during the film's famous aquatic scenes on a mission to find two Nato bombs stolen by Spectre.

The basic watch was originally made by Breitling in 1962, then adapted by the James Bond art department, and was the only one produced for the movie.

It is thought that it had been passed on by someone who worked at Pinewood Studios, where much of the movie was made.

The auction house - which will offer the watch at its South Kensington saleroom in a Pop Culture sale on June 26 - had little further detail about the car boot sale.

A Christie's spokesman said of the find: "This is a great opportunity for collectors to acquire a unique piece of James Bond memorabilia."

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