By Kien Lee
It was 60 years ago on 5 October 1962 that James Bond would make his big screen debut. Based on the novels by Ian Fleming, the 25 action-packed films would establish a legacy and one of the strongest franchises in movie film history.
Omega would make its introduction into the world of 007, in 1996 for GoldenEye, marking the first time the James Bond character would wear an Omega on his wrist. This would plant the flag for the beginning of an innovative and stylish partnership that continues to this day. Just as James Bond has evolved throughout his time on screen, so too have the Omega watches he’s worn on his wrist.
Following Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond, it was Daniel Craig who took the role of 007 for five memorable films. The actor has been an Omega ambassador throughout his time in the role and has become an avid fan of the brand’s watches.
The Seamaster 300, originally released in 1957, was issued to military divers around the world and, in 1967, a famous batch of 2nd generation Seamaster 300s was also delivered to the MoD for issue to certain units and so it is entirely plausible that Commander Bond (007's rank in the British forces) would have been issued with an Omega watch.
Marking the 60th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, two new Omega watches have been crafted. Each one pays homage to the spy through innovation and impressive materials – with a touch of film magic infused within the design.
Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond Stainless Steel
Inspired by the very same Seamaster that 007 wore in GoldenEye, this 42 mm timepiece in stainless steel creates watchmaking magic through its film-themed caseback, which replicates the famous 007 opening sequence - with Bond in silhouette and a spinning gun barrel design. This dynamic scene plays out beneath the sapphire, decorated with micro-structured metallisation.
The patent pending “moiré” effect animation is linked to the running of the lollipop central seconds hand, so the action never stops.
Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 and is presented on a mesh-style bracelet – in the same style as James Bond’s Omega watch in No Time To Die.
The bezel and dial are both made from blue oxalic anodized aluminium, with the dial featuring laser-engraved waves, and the bezel featuring a diving scale filled with white Super-LumiNova. A commemorative “60” replaces the diving scale’s traditional inverted triangle, and luminescent green dot which links to the minute hand.
For collectors of the steel version, there’s a blue wooden presentation box in the original Diver 300M wave pattern, with three dots inspired by the classic Bond opening title sequence, including a secret push button on the right.
Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond Canopus Gold™
Omega’s own 18K Canopus Gold™ has been used to craft this special 42 mm watch. An exclusive white gold alloy known for its brilliant shine and long-lasting effect.
In a nod to the beautiful sands of Ian Fleming’s Jamaican home, GoldenEye, the dial has been made from natural grey silicon. Thanks to the crystallites, the pattern on each one is totally unique, guaranteeing the wearer that no two dials are ever alike.
In tribute to the Jamaican flag, the bezel is circled with a paving of green and yellow treated natural diamonds in 10 different tropical shades, which range from extra dark forest green to cognac, passing through olive, yellow, gold and gold cognac. Two additional clear diamonds at 12 o’clock add some vibrant sparkle to the look and make reference to the 60th anniversary.
Like the steel model, the film-themed caseback replicates the famous 007 opening sequence - with Bond in silhouette and a spinning gun barrel design. As the lollipop seconds hand moves, this dynamic scene plays out beneath the sapphire, decorated with a patent pending micro-structured metallisation, known as a “moiré” effect animation.
The watch is powered by the luxury Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8807, and comes presented on a bracelet and buckle in 18K Canopus Gold™
Owners of this edition receive their watch in a mango tree box with mother-of-pearl marquetry and a 60 Years of Bond logo. The use of mango tree references a famous song from the first James Bond film, while the mother-of-pearl is a nod to the shells of Crab Key. This elegant box also includes the film-inspired dots.
- A sailing bracelet in brushed titanium, with multi-coloured nylon braiding, inspired by the NATO strap worn in No Time To Die. The designs features a moveable decorative ring with engraved 007 logo.
- A sailing bracelet in stainless steel, with blue and grey nylon braiding, featuring a moveable decorative ring with engraved 007 logo.
- A sailing bracelet in black and grey nylon braiding, inspired by the NATO strap worn in Spectre. Available in standard and slim-fit sizes, it includes a moveabledecorative ring with engraved 007 logo.
- Round stainless steel cufflinks with plates inspired by Bond’s Omega in Quantum Of Solace. Each piece features stems engravedwith the 007 logo.
- Square stainless steel cufflinks, with plates matching the mesh bracelet of the 60th anniversary stainless steel watch. The edgesare engraved with the 007 logo.
- Round stainless steel cufflinks. Matching the caseback of the 60th anniversary watch, the design feature dots inspired by the iconic James Bond opening sequence from 1962.The 007 logo is engraved on the toggles.