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Omega Seamaster

The Twenty Year Bond

Omega Seamaster

Over the years, James Bond has been constantly reinvented to adapt to changing political zeitgeists, technological advancements, and fashion trends, making it possible for him to be a household name that has transcended generations.

He was initially only found as a character within the pages of Ian Fleming’s books, but since then, there have been multiple on screen adaptations, beginning with the 1954 special for the CBS show Climax! Mystery Theatre.

It was a low budget, hour-long rendition of Casino Royale, starring American actor Barry Nelson. In the episode, Nelson was immaculately dressed and sported perfectly coiffed hair, but his similarities with all the other Bonds ends there.

The mediocrity and cheesiness of this episode made it entirely eclipsed by Dr. No, the 1962 flick given credit for launching James Bond into the status of pop and style icon, and introducing the audience to the villains, well-cut suits  and beautiful women that the Bond franchise is associated with today.

 

A change in time

While many things have remained consistent throughout the years of 007’s existence, there have been several noticeable changes; from driving a Sunbeam Alpine, wearing Rolex Submariners, and asking for martinis, “Shaken, not stirred.”, the spy is now more known for getting around in Aston Martins and chugging Heineken, all the while donning Omegas on his wrist.

This particular connection with Omega is arguably the longest relationship James Bond has ever had with anything or anyone (agent M excluded), but, as James Bond aficionados will tell you, this is not in adherence to Fleming’s horological preferences.

The author had initially described the spy to own a Rolex Oyster Perpetual with an expandable steel bracelet, but the costume designer for Goldeneye, Lindy Hemming, wanted something better suited for “a naval man, a diver and a discreet gentleman of the world”.

Because of how most of the naval men she knew swore by Omega, and considering the company’s history with the British military – specifically their involvement with the Royal Navy Divers of the 1960s – it only made sense to make Omega 007’s watch brand of choice.

So in the 1995 release of the movie, James Bond appeared with a new watch (an Omega Seamaster) and a new face (Pierce Brosnan).

Like all those that had preceded them, every timepiece during the Brosnan era had been modified to become espionage friendly; new functions included laser beams, grappling hooks, and remote detonators, and they all, of course, eventually played unwitting roles in the successful accomplishment of his missions.

But all this changed once Daniel Craig began to introduce himself as James Bond.

Wanting to portray a 007 less reliant on highfaluting gadgetry but still as impeccably dressed as ever, Craig’s rendition of the character had Bond fighting his battles with more orthodox weapons, but still maintaining Omegas as part of his uniform.

 

Time to celebrate 

In 2002, Omega decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary of James Bond on the silver screen. Simultaneous with the release of Die Another Day, they launched a limited edition commemorative timepiece.

Needles to say, the timepiece was a was a huge hit, so releasing limited edition 007 watches soon became a tradition.

These commemorative timepieces have conspicuously featured the “007” gun logo and other iconic images from the franchise; but the ones that have been launched simultaneously with the movies not only had these, but also the movie name and, usually, the same functions as the spy’s watch.

But to mark the release of the 24th James Bond film SPECTRE, Omega has decided to do things a little differently by not only releasing a limited edition variation, but also the exact model worn by James Bond.

 

James Bond Watches

 Though the exact replicas of 007’s watches haven’t always been available to the public, his wrist accessories have always been fawned over throughout his entire career with the agency. Here’s a closer look at the ones that have been identified with him, along with their modifications and some of the commemorative timepieces Omega has released alongside them.

 

Dr. No (1962)

Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538

Note: While most sources agree that the Rolex timepiece used by Sean Connery in the different Bond films is the Submariner ref. 6538, some contest that and say that he used the 6200, 6538A, or 5510

 

From Russia with Love (1963)

Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538

 

Goldfinger (1964)

Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538

 

Thunderball (1965)

Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6538

 

Breitling Top Time Ref. 2002, case no. 984343

Added gadget: Waterproof geiger counter

Note: this timepiece was specially modified by the prop department and is different from the standard Breitling Top Time

 

Casino Royale (1967)

Rolex GMT Master

 

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Rolex Pre-Daytona Chronograph Ref. 6238

Added Gadget: Compass

The seconds hand was painted bright red because it was supposed to function like a  compass needle, and the watch was supposed to be a compass.

Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Ref. 5513

 

Live and Let Die (1973)

Hamilton Pulsar ‘P2 2900’

 

Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Ref. 5513, case no. 2’683’776

Added spy gadgets: electromagnet bullet deflector, circular saw

 

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Ref. 5513

 

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Seiko LC Quartz digital wristwatch DK001, 0674-5009

Added spy gadgets: pager; built-in telex, prints out messages like a miniature teletype

 

Moonraker (1979)

Seiko M354 Quartz Liquid Crystal Memory-Bank Calendar

Added spy gadgets: reel of explosives that are connected by a small length of wire to the watch, which acts as the detonator

 

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Seiko Alarm-Chronograph Duo-Time H357-5040

Added spy gadgets: Digital message read-outs and a two-way radio/transmitter

 

Seiko Professional Diver’s 600m Ref. S60583

 

Octopussy (1983)

Seiko Sports 100 pseudo-analogue G757

Added spy gadgets: Radio direction finder that worked with a homing device planted in a fake Faberge egg

 

Liquid Crystal TV Seiko t001-5019

Added spy gadgets: Video feed receiver

 

A View to Kill (1985)

Seiko Diver’s 150m Ref. SPW001

 

Seiko Quartz Chronograph wristwatch SPR007

 

Seiko Quartz two-tone wristwatch

 

The Living Daylights (1987)

Tag Heuer Professional Night-Dive PVD 980.031

 

Tag Heuer Professional 200 Meters 980.013

 

License to Kill (1989)

Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Ref. 16610

 

Goldeneye (1995)

Omega Seamaster 300M Quartz Professional

  • Blue dial
  • Blue bezel
  • Stainless steel bracelet
  • Date function
  • Caliber: Omega 1538 Quartz precision movement. Battery end of life indicator
  • Power reserve: 27/36 months
  • Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  • Water resistant up to 30 bar

Added spy gadgets: remote detonator, laser beam

 

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Omega Seamaster 300M Chronometer 2531.80.00

  • 41mm stainless steel case
  • Stainless steel bracelet with deployant security clasp
  • 12-sided unidirectional blue bezel with engraved graduated scale
  • Blue dial with wave motif
  • Helium release valve at 10 o’clock
  • Screw-in crown
  • Water resistant to 30 bar
  • Caliber: Omega 1120
  • Self-winding chronometer with rhodium-plated finish
  • 44 hour power reserve

Added spy gadgets: Integrated detonators activated by turning the watch dial

 

The World is not Enough (1999)

Omega Seamaster 300M Chronometer 2531.80.00

Added spy gadgets: Grappling hook, high-intensity lighted bezel

 

Die Another Day (2002)

Omega Seamaster 300M Chronometer 2537.80.00

Added spy gadgets: remote detonator (replacing the helium valve, activated by turning the bezel), laser activated by the crown.

 

Commemorative Timepiece:

Omega Seamaster 300M Chronometer 2537.80.00

  • “007” gun logo on dial, inscribed beneath “Seamaster Professional Chronograph
  • “40 Years of James Bond – Limited Series” and series number inscribed on caseback
  • Unique bracelet design
  • Special packaging
  • 10,007 pieces

 

Casino Royale (2006)

Omega Seamaster 300M Co-Axial 41mm 2220.80.00

  • 41mm steel case
  • Chronometer
  • Date
  • Blue dial
  • Blue unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Screw-in crown
  • Helium escape valve
  • Water resistant up to 30 bar
  • Caliber: Omega 2500
  • Self-winding chronometer with rhodium plated finish
  • Co-Axial Escapement
  • 48 hour power reserve

 

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Size

  • 45.5mm steel case
  • Rubber strap
  • Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Black dial
  • Caliber: Omega 2500
  • Self-winding chronometer
  • Co-Axial Escapement movement with rhodium-plated finish
  • 48 hour power reserve

 

Commemorative timepiece:

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Casino Royal Limited Edition

  • 007 logo on the seconds hand
  • 5mm steel case
  • Black rubber strap
  • “007” gun logo in orange on the central second hand
  • Title of the film on the dial
  • Caseback embossed with Casino Royale logo
  • 5,007 pieces

 

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

  • 42mm stainless steel case
  • Steel bracelet
  • Matte black dial
  • Water resistant up to 60 bar
  • Caliber: Omega 2500
  • Self-winding chronometer
  • Co-Axial Escapement
  • Rhodium plated finish
  • 48 hour power reserve

 

Commemorative timepiece:

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Bond 007 Collecter’s Piece

  • Two size options: 41mm or 36.25mm
  • Black dial with 007 logo motif
  • Red 50 on bezel (an idea by Bond co-producer Barbara Broccoli)
  • 007 gun-barrel design encircling a “bullet” on the back of the watch.
  • Co-Axial caliber 2507
  • 11,007 pieces for the 41mm
  • 3,007 pieces for the 36.25mm

 

Skyfall (2012)

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ref. 231.10.39.21.03.001

  • 38.5mm steel case
  • Blue dial decorated with Teak Concept pattern
  • Transparent caseback
  • Water resistant up to 15 bar
  • Caliber: Omega 8500
  • Self-winding movement with Co-Axial Escapement
  • Free sprung balance
  • 2 barrels mounted in series; automatic winding in both directions to reduce winding time
  • Bridges and oscillating mass decorated with exclusive Geneva waves in arabesque
  • 60-hour power reserve

 

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, Ref. 232.30.42.21.01.001

  • 42mm steel case
  • Black dial
  • Water resistant up to 60 bar
  • Caliber: Omega 8500

 

Commemorative Timepiece:

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M “Skyfall” Limited Edition

  • 42mm stainless steel case
  • Screw and pin bracelet with diver’s clasp engraved with “007” logo
  • Matte structured black dial
  • “007” logo as 7 o’clock index
  • “SKYFALL 007” engraved and black varnished on the rotor
  • 5,007 pieces
  • Special presentation box

 

SPECTRE (2015)

Seamaster 300 Omega Master Co-Axial 41mm

  • 41mm stainless steel case
  • “007” gun logo engraved on bracelet strap holder
  • “SPECTRE” film title on caseback
  • Ceramic bi-directional bezel with LiquidMetal® 12 hour scale
  • 5-stripe black and grey NATO strap
  • “Lollipop” central seconds hand
  • Broad arrow hour hand
  • Rhodium plated hands with vintage (blue emission) coating of Super-Luminova
  • Recessed triangular hour markers
  • Caliber: Omega 8400
  • Resistance to magnetic fields up to 15000 gauss
  • Bridges and oscillating weight decorated with Geneva waves in arabesque
  • 7,007 pieces available

 

Commemorative timepiece

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond Limited Edition

  • 5 mm stainless steel case
  • Stainless steel or blue coated nylon fabric strap
  • Caseback engraved with “ANTI-MAGNETIC>15’007 GAUSS”, LIMITED EDITION
  • Lacquered blue dial with Bond family coat of arms
  • Yellow transferred “>15’007 Gauss” with the “007” gun logo
  • special presentation box with strap changer tool
  • 15,007 pieces available

 

Omega Seamaster AquaTerra James Bond watch
Omega Seamaster AquaTerra James Bond caseback
 

This 2019, Omega celebrates the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Secret Service with special edition of the Seamaster Diver 300M which you can read about here.

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