As much as we look forward to each James Bond film for the fast-paced action, cool cars, and snappy dialogue, we also eagerly anticipate the Omega watch sported by the elite secret agent. Of course, the Rolex era of the earlier Bond films will always stand apart, but over the course of the last 25 years, the cinematic franchise has built a strong tradition based around the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M in Titanium
James Bond has been sporting an Omega Seamaster since 1995’s Goldeneye when Pierce Brosnan had the job, and for the 25th Bond film, No Time to Die, due out in early April, Daniel Craig is reprising the role, marking 15 years since he first got his license to kill. Omega uses each film to introduce a new Seamaster Diver 300M, and the No Time to Die watch is one of the coolest 007 watches that they’ve ever made.
Dubbed the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition, the 42mm watch combines retro looks thanks to an approximation of a tropical patina on its markers and numerals, with technical credentials thanks to the use of grade 2 titanium. The reference no. is 126.96.36.199.01.001 and it was designed with input from Daniel Craig himself.
The first Seamaster 300M Diver was released in 1993, and the early versions as seen in the Brosnan Bond films have become classic favorites among 007 fans. While this model remains true to the defining characteristics of the collection, this watch is a distinct evolution in style. The new Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition was “purposefully built with military needs in mind” according to Omega, to bring verisimilitude to the action scenes in the film.
The watch will be available on a titanium mesh bracelet or a striped NATO strap in dark brown, grey and beige, with 007 engraved on one of the keepers. Omega also says that “special new doming” of the sapphire crystal allowed this piece to be slimmer than the standard Seamaster Diver 300M models. It sports an aluminum dial with aged brown markers and aged lume on the hands, matched by the numerals on the unidirectional aluminum bezel.
The 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 first Bond film made its debut.
Omega’s patented Naiad Lock caseback system ensures that the engraved section is always in perfect alignment. The watch is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 movement, and it is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 meters / 1000ft.) Additionally, the brown fabric presentation pouch also has a military air. The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition will be available to the public starting in February 2020 as a non-limited edition and will come with an official retail price of $8,100 for the version on the strap and $9,200 for the one with the titanium mesh bracelet.
“When working with OMEGA, we decided that a lightweight watch would be key for a military man like 007, “Craig says. “I also suggested some vintage touches and colors to give the watch a unique edge. The final piece looks incredible.” We concur, Mr. Bond.
*All images courtesy of OMEGA