To celebrate the 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the sixth film in the James Bond series (famously featuring George Lazenby’s only appearance as the world’s best-dressed spy), Omega has released a new Seamaster Diver 300M that’s limited to 7,007 pieces. See what they did there?
The Swiss watchmaker has proudly been the official watch of the world’s smoothest, deadliest secret agent since 1995, when Pierce Brosnan wore a quartz Omega Seasmaster Professional 300M in GoldenEye. Since then, Omega has alleviated Bond from some sticky situations – like the grappling hook device in The World Is Not Enough that pulled him away from a devastating explosion down a mine. However, while this new model doesn’t come with any life-saving gadgets, what comes built in as standard are great aesthetics and a certified movement.
Coming in at a case diameter of 42mm, the first notable Bond reference of the watch is, of course, the black PVD on a ceramic dial: an eye-catching spiral that nods to the down-the-barrel-of-gun-opener at the start of each film in the franchise. This is punctuated with 18k yellow gold hands and indexes, the latter of which have been given a Super-LumiNova treatment for a brightening touch. (Note: Bond’s coat of arms at twelve o’clock).
The case is made from brushed stainless steel, inlayed with a unidirectional black bezel that’s made from ceramic. At 10 o’clock there’s the helium escape valve, while just below, at nine, there’s an 18k yellow gold plate engraved with each unique limited-edition number. There are two choices of strap: rubber and a steel bracelet.
Inside, the watch is fitted with Omega’s impressive Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800. The fact that it has the title of ‘Master Chronometer’, is proof of just how much work has gone into this movement. To achieve this, it has to be tested by METAS (Federal Institute of Metrology) eight times times before it’s given a certification by COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute).
As a man who appreciates style, it comes as no surprise that the watch and its accessories come showcased in a special edition, achingly sleek black box, featuring the famous gun barrel pattern, bullet head buttons and the superspy’s iconic 007 logo. Will Daniel Craig be wearing one for his last outing as Bond in this April’s No Time To Die? Only time will tell. However, we imagine these will sell out far before we get to confirm our suspicions in the cinema – so get one before they’re gone.