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A Breitling watch fit for 007

The story behind this Breitling Top Time watch echoes a James Bond-worthy mini-drama. And it should.

Here’s what happened: Someone spotted it at a garage sale in the UK and bought it for about $38. He thought it looked like the watch Sean Connery wore in “Thunderball” in 1965. As it turned out, it was that exact timepiece.

According to Reuters, the 1962 Breitling timepiece was modified by the James Bond art department to include a geiger counter that measures radioactivity so that 007 can track down two nuclear bonds stolen from NATO. While Breitling watches have been worn been worn by astronauts, that isn’t a typical feature.

The watch sold this week at Christie’s for $160,000.

You don’t need to be an international super spy to get this look.  Shop all Breitling watches here.

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