The new James Bond Seamaster Diver 300M harks back to Omega’s vintage military roots

Bond, James Bond.

With the 25th James Bond movie set firmly for an April 2020 release, Omega can finally unveil what their next Bond watch would look like. Not to be confused with the scores of special edition 007 watches that Omega has launched over the years, this, is an actual representation of the watch that Daniel Craig would wear as he plays his last James Bond in No Time To Die.

It has been more than half a decade since James Bond first appeared on the silver screen. And during that time, Bond has donned a great many wristwatches including the likes of Rolex, Hamilton, TAG Heuer and even Seiko. It was only during the Pierce Brosnan era of Bond that we see the Omega Seamaster first appearing on the screen. And for this, we have the legend of marketing, Jean-Claude Biver, to thank. He got the Omega on James Bond’s wrist and that is where it stayed for the last 20 plus years.

According to Omega, Craig had a big influence on the design of the watch as he mentioned that “a lightweight watch would be key for a military man like 007.” And thus, the new Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition will be made entirely of grade 2 titanium with a mesh bracelet in the same material as well. Additionally, the Seamaster features touches of vintage-inspired elements including a “tropical” brown aluminium dial and vintage Super LumiNova, which fills the diving scale, blackened hands and indexes.

Another cool thing to note about the watch is the use of the ‘broad arrow’ insignia on the dial, which was commonly used to mark the property of the British Government. Let’s hope Bond doesn’t go into any undercover roles with such a dead giveaway on his watch.

On the caseback, the military elements continue with a series of numbers that follow the format for genuine military-issue watches. Omega states “‘0552’ is the code-number specified for Navy personnel, with ‘923 7697’ being the number for a divers’ watch. The letter ‘A’ is a code used to signify a watch with a screw-in crown, while ‘007’ is James Bond’s iconic agent number. Finally, the number ‘62’ is the year of the very first James Bond film.” And thanks to a NAIAD LOCK caseback, the watch is kept waterproof but more importantly for us desk divers, all the engravings will always be in the correct alignment.

The watch will be in Omega boutiques starting February 2020 and is a non-limited edition production piece. It will be paired with a titanium mesh bracelet or with a striped NATO strap in dark brown, grey and beige. Retail price: USD8,100 on a NATO strap, USD9,200 on the titanium bracelet.

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