Daniel Craig hosted the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live on March 7, a gig that was obviously booked before the last-minute decision to postpone the new Bond film, No Time to Die due to fears surrounding the spread of coronavirus. Astute observers and James Bond fans noted that while Craig’s outfits were subdued throughout most of the evening – black pants, black shirt, except when the skit called for some outlandish getup – one item that stood out was his wristwatch: the brand-new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond Edition.
The New James Bond Omega Seamaster on SNL
The most recent episode of Saturday Night Live marked the first time that Daniel Craig has worn the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition watch in public. The timepiece was created specifically for the 25th James Bond film and is the exact same watch that Craig will be wearing throughout the upcoming movie. We had expected Craig to sport the timepiece at the Oscars as a subtle way to promote the upcoming Bond film, but he was curiously absent.
During the course of his SNL stint, Craig confirmed to viewers that No Time to Die will indeed be his final James Bond film, and spoofed the flick with a hilarious casino scene “preview” of the film. The 42mm watch combines retro looks thanks to an approximation of a ‘tropical’ patina on its hour markers and bezel, while simultaneously boasting high-tech credentials, thanks to the use of grade 2 titanium and a high-tech, in-house movement.
The new James Bond Omega Seamaster was designed with input from Craig, who is a longtime fan of both Omega and Rolex, and who has a sizable personal collection of both modern and vintage timepieces. The Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition was “purposefully built with military needs in mind” according to Omega, and it’s one of the most handsome James Bond Omega watches ever put forward.
The watch’s caseback is engraved with a series of numbers that “follow the format for genuine military-issue watches.” There’s “0552” – a naval code-number, followed by “923 7697” denoting a diver’s watch, and the letter “A” signifying a screw-in crown. Then “007” is self-explanatory, while the final number “62” refers to the year the very first Bond film made its debut.
While it was originally scheduled to be released next month, No Time to Die is now scheduled for release on November 25, 2020, when it is hoped that the coronavirus scare will be over and people will once again be flocking to movie theaters. However, despite the delayed release of the film, the latest Bond watch is already available for purchase, with the very first examples now starting to make their way into the hands of the public.
*All images courtesy of OMEGA