IT'S the ultimate Christmas present - either a wristwatch made famous by Jacques Cousteau and or one from James Bond.

Maybe you might think of giving both the Omega and the Rolex to your loved one, although it could set you back around £10,000.

Both timepieces currently belong to a watch collector from Somerset who is flogging them at auction to thin down his collection.

If you're interested, the watches go on sale in the Sherborne-based Charterhouse auction among almost 1,000 lots on Friday, December 14.

Richard Bromell, of Charterhouse, said: "As a child in the late 1960s and early 1970s, my world was full of day dreams, Jacques Cousteau with Omega and James Bond with Rolex watches.

"Today we would call this product placement, but as a child I just thought it all pretty wonderful."

The Omega Seamaster, the first professional divers watch produced, was developed in conjunction with international marine diver, explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau.

It was capable at working at depths up to 600 meters or 2,000 feet. With its large red button, to enable the diver to set the bezel for decompression timings, the rare Omega was bought new by an RAF officer in 1975, who as well as flying aeroplanes, was also involved with the shallow water recovery team.

At half the cost of the Omega Seamaster professional wristwatch in the 1970s was another iconic wristwatch, the Rolex Submariner.

It first appeared on Sean Connery’s wrist in the 1962 Bond film Dr No. The Submarine being sold by Charterhouse was made in 1997 and comes to auction with its original box and papers.

Both watches come from a Somerset collector who has decided to thin out a few watches.

The Omega, despite being the rarer of the two watches and originally costing twice as much as the Rolex, is estimated at £4,000 to £4,500 and the Rolex Submariner at £4,500 to £5,000.

Viewing for this auction, which also includes a huge selection of model trains, cars, stamps, coins, militaria, clocks and other collector’s items is from 10am to 5pm on Thursday, December 12 or visit all the lots on