No Time To Die when you need to save up £8000 for Omega's new 007 watch
FINALLY! The much anticipated No Time To Die is out!
Hands up if you’ve seen it. I have and it was EPIC!
But we aren’t here to talk about the film. We are here to discuss the performance of its main star. Yea, you guessed it, THE NEW BOND WATCH!
Also known as the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition 220.127.116.11.01.001, this watch is beyond stunning. I personally think that it is the most fitting Bond watch to date, sorry Rolex fans.
If you tuned in for our last Bond blog you will surely know that the Bond watches have come very far; particularly since the takeover of Omega. And James’ new Seamaster certainly pushes the boundaries of the classic Seamaster 300M.
Whilst keeping the traditional Seamaster characteristics; the 42mm case, the distinctive helium escape valve, the twisted lugs, the skeleton hands and of course the scalloped bezel – we are also treated to some special 007 sprinkles that give this military inspired watch its unique look.
Namely in the form of that special edition tropical brown dial, made from matte finished aluminium. The surface of
the dial has a very light granular texture rather than featuring the classic wave pattern – giving the watch a very smart look.
The colours used on the dial seem to have received a bit of a mixed reception, but I quite like them. You know those relationships where the couple are so unalike that they just shouldn’t work, but they do… that’s what we have here with the use of modern beige with classic red highlights.
The hands and applied numeral markers are the same style as what we find on the standard, current Seamaster 300M’s but have of course been given a spy-inspired twist; having been blackened and coloured beige to give the watch a stealthier vibe.
As another little easter egg we have the appearance of a “broad arrow” symbol at the 6 o’clock marker. Fun fact for you, the British government uses this symbol to mark government property, including watches that are issued by the British military.
Surrounding the dial we have a matching tropical brown aluminium bezel ring that really does marry the case to the dial handsomely. The diving scale has also been treated with Super-LumiNova.
Uniquely, this 007 edition Seamaster has a domed sapphire crystal, unlike the standard models, which allows it to be slightly thinner than that of the regular Seamaster 300M’s.
As for the case, it is composed of a brushed Grade 2 titanium which is incredibly lightweight – perfect for any spy. The same
goes for the mesh bracelet that is equipped with an innovative adjustable buckle and straight barrel end-links.
The watch is secured by a NAIAD LOCK caseback, which keeps all the engravings in correct alignment – yay for my OCD. The caseback is then engraved with a series of treats in the form of military inspired numbers. The sequence 0052 represents the code number used for Navy personnel, with 923 7697 being the number associated with a divers’ watch. The letter A is a code used to signify a watch with a screw-in crown, followed by the self-explanatory 007, finished with number 62 - the year that the very first James Bond film was released; Dr. No.
Under the hood Omega have opted to use their Co-Axial Chronometer Calibre 8806 movement which is a very impressive movement, having achieved the watch industry’s highest standards of precision, chronometric performance and magnetic resistance. What more could an international spy want? (Don’t say a Rolex).
Overall, I really like what Omega have done with this watch and think that it is a very fitting Bond piece. I certainly hope that we can get one into stock at some point. However, at £7880 a pop RRP I'm not sure that we will be seeing one any time soon.
Have you managed to bag yourself one of these beauties? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it.