James Bond’s Geiger counter wrist watch from the hit 1965 film, Thunderball, has turned up at a car boot sale, the British equivalent of a flea market, following years of mystery as to its whereabouts, Sky News reports. The prop was key to the plot of the film as it helped the secret agent locate stolen atomic weapons during underwater scenes. The Breitling watch was picked up for £25, or around $38, and is now to be sold by Christie’s in London with an estimated price of up to £60,000, or $91,000.
The Top Time model by the luxury Swiss watch firm was the first watch Bond moviegoers had seen being adapted by Q’s team in the 007 film series. It is one of a number of items that are given to Bond by Q, who was played by Desmond Llewelyn, when he heads over to Nassau. One of the hands of the watch shows the strength of radioactivity. Sir Sean Connery, who played agent 007, uses it during the film’s famous aquatic scenes on a mission to find two Nato bombs that were stolen by the evil organization, Spectre.
The basic watch was originally made by Breitling in 1962, and then adapted by the James Bond art department, and was the only one produced for Thunderball. It is thought the watch was passed on by someone who worked at Pinewood Studios, where much of the movie was made.
Christie’s will offer the wrist watch at its South Kensington location in a Pop Culture sale on June 26, Sky News said. “This is a great opportunity for collectors to acquire a unique piece of James Bond memorabilia,” the auction house pointed out.