Omega's latest $6,500 Bond tribute watch is full of surprises
With the release of ‘No Time to Die’ looming, Omega and 007 have once again come together to bring Bond fans a collectable timepiece.
Perhaps to the dismay of Ian Flemming, the creator of James Bond who always had the spy wear a Rolex, 007 and Omega have been best buds for almost 25 years now. Starting with GoldenEye in 1995, Bond has since used an Omega to stay sharp, tell time, and occasionally get himself out of torture situations. While the newest watch may not be able to help with that last one, it will certainly have you looking sharp.
1969 is a year Omega will bring up at dinner parties (and press releases) till the end of time. It’s the year that its Speedmaster became the first watch on the moon, and since this year is the 50th anniversary of that achievement, Omega has been celebrating in a big way with numerous special editions.
If however the Speedmaster isn’t your thing, or just you want to add another collection to your watch winder, turn your attention to the Seamaster collection. Namely, the new Bond-ified Seamaster Diver 300m. Similarly, this watch is also celebrating a 50th birthday, this time with the 1969 007 film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.
The 42mm steel diver features a black ceramic dial and bezel, the dial itself uses the iconic spiral-brushed gun barrel design and 9mm bullet head at the centre, as seen in the intro of Bond films. This is far from the only Bond tribute however.
The indexes and hands are made from yellow gold, with the 12 o’clock index sporting the Bond family coat-of-arms. Turn your attention to the 6 o’clock, the integrated date window hides a surprise. On the seventh of every month, the font of the date window swaps to the same as used in 007. The side of the case has a small engraved plate showing which watch in the limited series you’ve got your hands on. The watch has been limited to 7,007 pieces.
Switch the lights off and the Superluminova on the dial reveals one final surprise; the 10 o’clock index has a hidden ‘50’ within it in reference to 50 years since the cinematic debut of ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’.
Beyond its romantic tributes, the Seamaster is a no-nonsense diver, it has 300m of water resistance, a uni-direction bezel and Omega’s co-axial escapement movement, reducing friction and increasing accuracy of the watch’s inner workings.
President and CEO of Omega, Raynald Aeschlimann, described the new Seamaster as: “A fitting tribute to a classic Bond film and one of cinema’s most iconic characters. This extraordinary watch is elegant, full of surprises and sure to be extremely popular with collectors and fans of the character, due to its many Bond-related features.”
Faithful to its purpose as a divers’ watch, the piece comes on a rubber strap or adjustable metal strap. For US $6,500, the timepiece comes in a black box with gun barrel patterns and bullet head buttons.