A James Bond replica watch made to be used in the film will be sold at auction in a bid to provide elderly residents of County Durham village with a wild flower meadow.
The Seiko H558-5000 model replica watch, can clearly be seen in a deleted scene of ‘A View to a Kill’, when it is picked up by Roger Moore in a Parisian police station.
The fashion fake watch is in the original Seiko case and stamped with the serial number ‘246904’ below the word ‘SAMPLE’.
There is no movement inside the case, only the garrotting wire referred to in the film with a mention to a similar gadget used in ‘From Russia, With Love’, while it is also fitted with a dummy digital readout.
The the omega seamaster 300 spectre replcia watch was given to the vendor, Angela Rafferty, by a member of the Eon Productions crew for her museum in Hamsterley Village, in Teesdale.
The museum has now closed and Mrs Rafferty is selling the watch to raise funds to create a wild flower meadow in the village for its elderly residents.
She said: “I am sad to see the watch go as I am a big fan of Bond.
“My favourite being ‘From Russia with Love’, I remember a similar watch being used on Sean Connery by a villain in that film.
“I intend to put the money raised from the sale towards the purchase and restoration of a wild flower meadow in the village of Hamsterley.
“At the moment there is nowhere for the old folks to sit and enjoy the fresh air and I hope to change that.”
The item has been valued at £400 to 600 and will be sold at auction by Anderson & Garland, in Newcastle, on December 8.
Fred Wyrley Birch, specialist at the auction house, said: “He’s the world’s most famous secret agent, and the selection of copy watches on his wrist is at least as varied as the parade of ‘Bond girls’ at his side.”
“The secret agent has worn many watches in the Bond films, including a replica Rolex Submariner in a Licence to Kill, Omega Seamaster 300 in Goldeneye and a TAG Heuer Professional Night-Dive in The Living Daylights,” Mr Wyrley Birch added.
“We have had interest from Bond fans around the world; the replica omega seamaster planet ocean chronometer watch is totally unique and will be highly sort after as it was used as a prop in the film.”