Omega Launches Stunning 60th Annıversary James Bond Watch
Omega has announced a new watch to celebrate 60 years of James Bond. Double-O-7’s Diamond Anniversary celebrations have already been marked by a Royal Albert Hall concert, the unveiling of a purpose-built 18,000 square-foot ‘Sean Connery Stage’ at Pinewood Studios and a two-part charity auction at Christie’s that included a replica Aston Marin DB5, Q’s The World Is Not Enough jet boat and Spectre Agent Primo’s bionic eyeball from No Time To Die.
The auctions also included several of Commander Bond’s trademark Omega Seamaster watches, including the actual Seamaster Diver 300m 007 Edition. Made of lightweight titanium with “tropical brown” details, and worn by Daniel Craig during his final outing as Bond in last year’s No Time To Die, the watch marked 25 years of the Swiss watchmakers’ enduring partnership with the franchise. That alone fetched £226, 800.
Now Omega has revealed its anniversary watch, the Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years Of James Bond Stainless Steel. The new model takes design inspiration from Craig’s No Time To Die watch and marries it with look of the very first Bond Omega, a blue Seamaster 300M Quartz worn by Pierce Brosnan in 1995’s GoldenEye. The bezel and dial are both made from blue anodized aluminium, the dial features laser-engraved waves, and the bezel’s diving scale has been redesigned so the traditional inverted triangle indicator has been replaced with the number “60”.
The showstopping moment is saved for the caseback. This replicates the 007 opening title sequence, with Bond in silhouette and a spinning gun barrel design. The mesmerising effect, achieved by laser-engraving a single disk, is achieved by linking the caseback disc to the watch’s second hand – featuring a lollipop motif on a Diver 300m for the first time, and varnished in white. The second hand drives the animation, a style known as “moiré”. So, in the words of Omega, “the action never stops”.
Although the Bond of Ian Fleming’s novels was a Rolex Explorer man, the screen character, played by seven actors over six decades, one of the most loved and profitable franchises in the entertainment history, has worn a variety of brands.
From a Gruen Precision 510, the first Bond watch seen on screen, a 34mm gold number strapped to Sean Connery at the gaming tables in 1962’s Dr No to a chunky Breitling Geiger counter that detects radiation from two stolen atomic bombs in 1965’s Thunderball to Roger Moore’s Seiko Liquid Crystal TV watch, used only once in 19
The model is also produced in a titanium and a version in Omega’s own 18K “Campus Gold”. At the very least, as the world awaits news of who will actually be the next James Bond, it will provide an entertaining way to pass the time. 83’s Octopussy to zoom in on an unidentified woman’s cleavage, a history explored by Esquire in this definitive guide, it’s his long-standing relationship with Omega that has cemented Bond’s preferred watch of choice.