Closer Look at Omega’s New James Bond Watch
Suave super spy 007 will be back in theaters this spring and Omega watches is rolling out a new James Bond watch for the film. It’s a tradition that goes back a quarter-century to when Pierce Brosnan first sported an Omega Seamaster in GoldenEye. The latest installment, No Time to Die, comes out in April but you can get the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition in February. Let’s take a closer look at the stunning James Bond watch that Daniel Craig will wear on the big screen.
The Look of Classic Luxury
Omega goes for true vintage style with the latest Bond watch. It features a color scheme with brown, red, and black that should be familiar to lovers of the classic line. The aluminum dial and bezel ring share the same aged-brown hue (which collectors have dubbed “tropical”) that many dark dials naturally turn into overtime. Adding more shimmer than we’ve seen in previous Seamaster’s, the sapphire crystal glass is domed. The hour and minute hands are common to the series, pronounced and pointed. While the seconds are marked by a lollipop pointer with a red tip that matches the color of the signature Seamaster script on the dial.
For a dressier look, go with the Milanese bracelet. Omega aficionados will know that the mesh bracelet was common on the Seamaster of the 1960s and adds a serious vintage vibe with decades of ingrained history. But as James Bond is a man of action, the new watch is also available with a striped NATO strap that continues the color theme in beige, brown, and grey with the numbers 007 engraved on its loop.
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Design Help from Daniel Craig
It’s no secret that Craig is a big fan of luxury watches. He’s often seen sporting one of his many Omegas off-screen. He’s been an Omega ambassador for about a decade. And he’s worked with the Swiss watchmakers to help create the watch he’ll wear in his final outing as Bond. Craig had a hand in adding some vintage flair to the latest watch, specifically with the color schemes. It has a matte aluminum dial and the integration of the time-honored Omega broad-arrow that’s engraved on the back and found at the dial’s 6 o’clock position.
It’s a history that goes back to 2006’s Casino Royale when Craig wore both an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 300M and a Planet Ocean 600M. Craig followed with Quantum of Solace in 2008, opening the film while wearing yet another Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M, a model he stuck with for the movie Skyfall in 2012. But he also wore an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra in Skyfall and then continued with that model into 2015’s Spectre. In that last film, he also brandished the Omega Seamaster 300M model that connects to the upcoming movie. And sorry to spoil the movie magic, but Craig admitted that he wore a fake while doing some of the action scenes in No Time to Die.
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Built to Take on Rough Seas
But Craig probably didn’t need to go fake with the action. The latest Seamaster Diver 300M 007 is built plenty tough. It fits thematically as the original Bond was a Commander in the Royal Navy. The latest version’s 42mm case, bracelet, and buckle are forged with Grade 2 Titanium. It has a 13.15mm thickness that makes it a bit bigger than Seamaster’s of yore. As you can probably guess by its name, the watch is water-resistant up to 300 meters. It’s also resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. fFor reference, a strong refrigerator magnet has about 100 gauss. The case back is held in by Omega’s signature “Naiad Lock” system designed to always keep engraved text in perfect formation.
Homages Engraved on the Back
Flip over the watch to find something special. The case back has a series of engraved numbers that follow military format and include nods to the film franchise. The number “0552” signifies that the watch belongs to a member of the Navy. “923 7697” is a code-number that indicates a dive watch. The letter “A” is there to signify that the watch has a screw-in crown, thus creating a water-tight seal. The number “62” serves as an ode to the year the very first Bond film, Dr. No starring Sean Connery, was released. The number “007” is a nod to James Bond’s designation in the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, best known as MI6. Inside, the Seamaster is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 and has a power reserve of 55 hours.
And when we say you can buy it in February, we really do mean “you.” Unlike other limited Bond watches from Omega, this watch is getting the full-production treatment. So slip on a tuxedo and get your order for a martini “shaken, not stirred” ready. Finish getting your James Bond on with this exquisite new watch.