Omega James Bond 60th AnniversaryNovember 24, 2022
Live from London, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of James Bond, Omega presents the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond. We had the pleasure of trying it out firsthand during this fantastic event in London, the city of the ultimate spy.
“Rolex? No, Omega.” If we were to sum up the history of 007 and Omega, this phrase is perhaps the most iconic of the entire series, although it did not come until 2006 with Casino Royale and Daniel Craig.
Since the days of Pierce Brosnan, the Biel-based Maison has accompanied every actor as James Bond, always wearing a special Seamaster on his wrist. The collaboration was born precisely in 1995, with GoldenEye, where Bond wore an Omega Seamaster Professional 300 M quartz watch with a blue dial.
The new Seamaster takes inspiration from both the first Seamaster used in GoldenEye and the limited series created for “No Time To Die,” but with several new features: from the material to the case back to the dial. This time, instead of titanium we have a 42 mm steel case, combined with the distinctive (and beautiful) Milanese mesh bracelet, also made of steel. Although one might have expected a much heavier watch given the use of this other metal, the new Bond 60th Anniversary version sits lightly on the wrist. The bezel and dial, featuring the typical laser-engraved wave pattern, are composed of blue anodized aluminum. Particularly noteworthy is the number 60 shown explicitly at 12 o’clock, replacing the usual downward-pointing triangle. Indices and scales on the dial and bezel feature SuperLuminova. In particular, the 60 and the minute hand glow a different shade of green than the rest of the elements.
The back of the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond is where the magic happens. Do you remember the latest Speedmaster Snoopy? Here we have a very similar concept, always making use of the watch’s seconds. Unlike the Speedy though, here it will be continuous seconds in the center.When looking at the caseback we will notice the so-called gun barrel sequence, the most iconic scene in all the 007 films, creating and changing in the psychedelic pattern of the inner spiral. In the picture you can indeed notice the silhouette of James Bond. I leave you the link to our IG stories to watch the full video!
Along with the steel model, Omega on this occasion surprised us with the presentation of a similar model in Canopus Gold with a set of precious stones. The very special dial is made of natural gray silicon, a composition that, thanks to the crystal structure ensures the total uniqueness of each individual dial made in this way. The bezel is entirely set with yellow and green diamonds in different shades, a tribute to the Jamaican flag, where Ian Fleming gave birth to the very idea of James Bond. At 12 o’clock, at the number 60 on the bezel, we find two diamonds to remind us of the importance of the number to the occasion.
The case back, inside which beats the 8807 Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber, features the same decoration as its steel counterpart. Amusingly, buyers will receive the watch inside a mango wood box. This detail refers to the song “Underneath the Mango Tree,” the soundtrack of the very first James Bond film.
Omega is in London this week celebrating a certain MI6-centric film franchise’s 60th birthday. As part of those festivities, it announced a brand new James Bond anniversary Seamaster, taking a fan favorite form factor back to its roots.
This is the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond Edition. It’s another take on the design ethos brought forth for Daniel Craig’s final Bond film, No Time To Die with a number of notable changes. This time it’s fashioned in steel, with a no-date display, and comes fitted to a vintage-evocative mesh bracelet. This one is special because it harkens back to Omega’s first foray into the Bond franchise way back in 1995 when Pierce Brosnan wore what’s become known as the “Bond Seamaster” in Goldeneye. Taking cues from that original watch, Omega has blended elements of general vintage-ness with bits from the now iconic ’90s design.
Omega mixes the mesh bracelet motif – used to bring to mind a 1960s sensibility with the No Time To Die model – with the blue hue of the OG Diver 300m. The result is a watch tailor-made for a modern taste replete with just enough vintage touches to satisfy those invigorated by the past. Much like the Bond Seamaster, this watch features an anodized aluminum blue bezel paired with an equally aluminum blue dial and a laser-engraved wave pattern that just screams 1995. The bezel is fully lumed, and features a “60” where a traditional bezel pip or triangle would be. Add to all of this a lollipop seconds hand. This is all executed in a no-date format and features the same uni-directional dive-time bezel, crown, and HEV that you’ll find on all models in the Diver 300m line. Where the NTTD Seamaster featured a vintage-leaning caseback meant to mimic military-issued watches in the RAF, this special 60th-anniversary model leans hard into the commemorative. As a result, we find a very Bond caseback. Omega takes a page out of the latest Silver Snoopy for this one with what it refers to as a “film-themed caseback,” replicating the iconic 007 Bond opening sequences and spinning gun barrel design. The result is a patent pending “moiré” effect animation that’s linked to the running of the central (lollipop) seconds hand a lá Snoopy around the Moon.