James Bond wears the Seiko G757 in Octopussy.
James Bond became and instant hit on the big screen after Sean Connery’s portrayal in Ian Flemming’s “Dr. No”. Since then, many actors have taken up the mantle of the gentleman spy, including Roger Moore. Moore starred as a stylish, sharp, and dashing version of James Bond in 1983’s Octopussy. In the movie, Moore’s Bond is given a Seiko G757 by “Q”.
The Seiko that James is given in the movie looks exactly like the one Seiko actually made with one small exception: James’ watch doubled as an impossibly small TV. The real Seiko G757 is a classy watch reminiscent of early 80s super cars, like the Lamborghini. Stainless steel band with a mineral glass face. The watch is a classic piece that is no longer made by Seiko, and you’ll be hard pressed to find them in good condition.
The Seiko G757 is discontinued and the only place you can find them anymore is on eBay or yard and estate sales (if you’re lucky). But Casio has made a very similar watch that would serve you well: The Casio A1200WHD.
While the watch isn’t very high end, it does have the same look and feel as the G757, at an affordable price.
The watch itself is water resistant to 100 meters (about 330 feet) which, they claim, is suitable for swimming and snorkling, but I would caution against that. If price is an indicator of quality – and with watches it usually is – a watch is likely not to be tested for its durability. This watch is probably fine to shower with, and maybe light swimming, but I wouldn’t take it into the ocean or submerge it in water for any lengthy period.
Another consideration for this watch is its quartz movement. A quartz movement watch will always be more accurate than a self-winding watch, but will require you to change the battery out whenever it dies. They claim the watch as a 10 year battery, and while I have no experience with this particular watch or battery, I would like to see such a thing for myself.
All in all, the A1200WHD by Casio is a good substitute for the Seiko G757 as long as you aren’t expecting it to have a built in TV.