For a film buff and watch enthusiast like me there’s nothing more appealing than the collaboration of a high-profile watchmaker like Omega with a big movie franchise. Now the new James Bond “Spectre” is finally released and I thought of this to be the perfect opportunity to look back on the watches James Bond wore over the last two decades.
The partnership between our favourite British spy and watchmaker Omega lasts for 20 years now. In the books James Bond wore a Rolex, in the movies it varied; mostly Seiko but also Rolex, Hamilton and Tag Heuer. This changed with Pierce Brosnan and “GoldenEye”. In this movie Bond wore his first Omega Seamaster an that is how it’s been ever since.
The first watch from Omega which made it on the wrist of the famous MI6-icon was the Seamaster 300 M Quartz. It had a blue dial and a matching bezel and it was powered by the quartz movement Omega 1538.
In the movies “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day” Bond always wore a Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M. This divers’ watch had a stainless steel case with 41 mm in diameter, a blue bezel and a matching blue dial. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal was domed and anti-reflective and the watch was water-resistant up to 300 metres. This timepiece was now equipped with a self-winding chronometer, the calibre 1120 from Omega which provided a power reserve of 44 hours. The three watches only varied in the special effects, “Q” assembled to them – you know things like a detonator, a miniature grappling hook, a strong light or a laser, the usual spy-equipment.
In 2006 Daniel Craig became the new James Bond and for his first movie “Casino Royale” he got two new watches. The Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M Co-Axial 41 mm. This watch differed from its predecessors through the in-house calibre 2500, a self-winding chronometer with the Co-Axial Escapement movement which provided a power-reserve of 48 hours.
The other watch was a Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Size. This diver’s watch with the 45.5 mm stainless steel case and the unidirectional rotating bezel was water-resistant up to 60 bar and was also equipped with the calibre 2500. The Planet Ocean made its comeback in “Quantum of Solace”, this time not on a rubber but on a stainless steel bracelet.
All of the models above are no longer available – maybe secondhand if you’re lucky. This changes now. “Skyfall” brought two new Seamaster models for Bond. First, the new Planet Ocean 600 M with the Co-Axial calibre 8500. This model with its scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, features a black dial with a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The black ceramic unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel is mounted on a 42 mm stainless steel case on a stainless steel bracelet. This watch is water resistant to 600 metres.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150 M – a classic yet robust timepiece – was the second watch in “Skyfall”. The dramatic easily-recognisable dial which is decorated with the Teak Concept pattern is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The bezel is mounted on a 38.5 mm stainless steel case. This watch is also powered by the Omega Co-Axial calibre 8500.
Now in 2015, Bond is back in cinemas all over the world and once more he wears a Omega Seamaster. We introduced both the Seamaster 300 “Spectre” Limited Edition as well as the Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond Limited Edition already earlier this year.
For more information on the different watches Omega designed and provided for the Bond-francise, visit www.omegawatches.com