As an avid fan of both the James Bond and Travis McGee characters, it is interesting that both have worn Pulsar P2 watches on their wrists, at exactly the same time.
McGee is in many ways the American James Bond, coming into his own as a literary character in the 1960s. In "The Turquoise Lament," Travis goes into detail about his Pulsar, given to him by a lady friend. As a side note, Trav seems more like a dive watch kind of man -- a Marathon would fit perfectly - but he's also somewhat cheap, so wearing a free watch fits his personality.
Travis makes this observation about the watch:Clearly, author John D. MacDonald had done some thinking about it and was probably a watch enthusiast himself."In gentler eras, if a man wished to know the time, he took out his gold pocket watch and snapped it open and looked at the hands. If he did not want to know the time, it never intruded. Time served man. The Hamilton Pulsar does not intrude either, until you want to know the time, and you push the stud, and it tells you, then keeps its peace until next time." The Turquoise Lament, Chapter Four.
Interestingly, "Turquoise" came out in 1973 -- the exact same year that Roger Moore's James Bond wore the brand-new Pulsar P2 on his wrist as well. Did one character steal from the other, or is it simply a case of timekeeping coincidence?