James Bond and Omega celebrate 20 years of watches together
From Goldeneye to Spectre, Omega has been with Bond through thick and thin and everything else in-between.
When people think of James Bond, they would think about the cars, the women, the gadgets, and of course, the action that brings all of these aspects together. These days, however, fans of Ian Fleming’s famous franchise have been paying close attention to the watches sported on the wrist of 007.
Bond has worn numerous timepieces over the years, one of the more common choices would be Seiko which was used in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, ‘Moonraker’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’, ‘Octopussy’, and ‘A View to a Kill’.
He has also taken the Rolex Oyster Perpetual in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ for a spin as well as the Rolex Submariner that was seen in ‘Doctor No’.
However, since the premiere of ‘Goldeneye’ in 1995, Bond was seen wearing an Omega and he has never looked back.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
Used in five different movies, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M was the only other watch to be featured on a regular basis. Pairing up with Pierce Brosnan, it starred alongside the actor for four different Bond films, the first of which, being ‘Goldeneye’ back in 1995.
Brosnan would go on to star in three more Bond movies – ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, ‘The World is not Enough’, and finally, ‘Die Another Day’. After a four-year hiatus, Bond came back with ‘Casino Royale’; this time, it was with a British actor by the name of Daniel Craig. This also gave the Seamaster Diver an upgrade with a Co-Axial calibre, which improved the durability, stability, and the ability to tell time.
Omega Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial
This was the first time Bond had to ever change watches in the same movie. The Omega Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial featured a bigger case size than the usual; it also had a much higher water resistance rating of up to 600 metres deep underwater.
It was also the first Bond watch to feature a black dial as well as a steel black strap, paying homage to the scene where Bond has decided to stop being Bond and leave MI6. That of course, is never supposed to happen.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial
In ‘Quantum of Solace’, Bond is seeking vengeance for Vesper Lynd, his love interest in the ‘Casino Royale’. Here, he sports the Omega Seamaster Planet Oceam 600M Co-Axial, a somewhat smaller watch compared to the previous film but still bigger compared to the Seamaster Diver.
It’s also worth noting that black is the theme of the movie as it is all about seeking vengeance, as told by the dial on Bond’s watch which is midnight black. He would go on to use this watch in ‘Skyfall’, his third Bond movie. Halfway through, he changes things up with something a lot dressier.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial
This was the first Bond watch to feature a skeletal back case as well as having the lowest water resistance rating at only 150 metres. It does, however, come with a deep-sea blue dial along with a stainless steel case and bracelet because we can’t have Bond wearing an easily damaged watch now can we?
It also comes with the co-axial escapement for better durability, stability, and precision, which allows Bond to be the man he is today. It however does come with a much smaller case dial as compared to the rest of the Bond watches.
Omega Seamaster 300
Inspired by the classic diving watch launched by Omega in 1957, the Seamaster 300 is an updated reinterpretation of an instant classic. This timeless watch was designed in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Omega's first appearance in a James Bond film.
This new timepiece sported by Bond comes in a robust stainless steel case with a sleek, black and grey striped NATO strap for added ruggedness. To keep it in close contact with its ancestor, the reimagined Seamaster 300 comes with a rare “lollipop” central seconds hands, similar to the original.
The polished ceramic rotating bezel also comes in black, this time being bi-directional. It is combined with LiquidMetal, an alloy which is considerably stronger than stainless steel, making it particularly resistant to corrosion and scratches.
To date, this is the second James Bond watch to ever be created in limited edition, the first being the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond Limited Edition.
Aside from being James Bond's sidekick, Omega has also paired with astronauts thanks to its Speedmaster collection.