The 'James Bond' Submariner...
You're welcome Mr. Bond!

The Large Crown James Bond Submariner, ref. 6538, seen above
and below in "Goldfinger", was one of my favorite restorations.

One of the most fun of the many watches, and many Rolexes, I've restored was the 'James Bond' Rolex.
Someone had bought a nearly destroyed Rolex 6538, the big crown Rolex worn by Sean Connery in 'Goldfinger', at a swap meet for several hundred dollars. He sold it to a dealer for $1000, who then brought it to me to bring back to life.
I changed the tube, crystal and complete automatic system. Seemingly unimportant, but actually most important, was the crown.
The big crown of this model was a hard to find part of the watch that would complete the restoration for a collector.

007 checking his Rolex ref. 6538 in 'Goldfinger'

At the time, I did not know that the famous Bond model had an oversize crown. But I did know that this model I had, ref. 6538, needed the rare large 8 milliimeter Submariner crown.
Of course, I found the needed crown, completed the watch, and finished a timepiece that the customer could proudly sell. A watch that without the large authentic crown, had been ridiculed by others that thought it was a fake.
If James Bond always gets his man, and often woman too, I can say, "I always get my watch part."


  1. you are the best jorge! thanks for all the superb work you've done on's watches, and congrats on your new website! best, michael

  2. George. This is Steve! I finally found your website. It's really a cool website. And I didn't know they showed Agent 007 wearing a Rolex! Of course, HE would, wouldn't he.

    For those of you who don't know or have had the pleasure of communicating with Mr. Montoya, well, you will be meeting and dealing with a very fine man. Out of the generosity of his spirit and heart, he helped guide me in matters that I have no expertise or knowledge. And because of it, I was able to find a beautiful gift for my wife (it's a secret!). Without his wisdom, knowledge and kindness, I would have never been able to find what I did. Anyone out there who wonders about "how good a watch man" he is, have no fear, for George's character is even greater than his expertise. I highly recommend him to you.

    He is a very smart man, and he knows more about "good" watches than anyone I've met. Also, his life's story is amazing. I am in awe of his skills, knowledge and kindness. He's a gentleman and a very honorable man.