Some watch James Bond for the action sequences and others, to gawk at Daniel Craig doing cool spy things with incredible finesse. A select few, however, are eagle-eyed about only one thing in particular — his timepiece.
We’ve seen Bond take on the bad guys sporting everything from Planet Oceans and Aqua Terras to a NATO-strapped Seamaster 300 in Spectre, but this time, the world-famous agent will reprise his duties wearing a very special version Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 007 Edition. This watch, which makes its big screen debut in 2020’s No Time to Die, is a particularly important one for the brand. It not only marks the 25th anniversary of Omega’s partnership with the film series, but is also the first time Craig (or any Bond star, for that matter) had input in its design.
If you’re already a fan, the good news is that this Seamaster is not a limited edition. With Craig’s input, the military-specced 42mm watch is crafted from lightweight Grade 2 Titanium, which develops a unique patina over the years to create a characteristically unique timepiece. Its aluminium dial sees an aged “tropical” brown hue that’s reminiscent of vintage dials, and the bezel sports the same shade.
A redesigned domed sapphire-crystal case has also resulted in a slimmer watch than the regular Seamaster Diver 300M models. Craig’s most notable contribution, however, is the titanium mesh “Milanese” bracelet, which while unusual, is also appropriate seeing it’s the strongest strap option for military watches.
The Bond references continue on the caseback, where a series of numbers are engraved in the same format as authentic military-issue watches. “0052” is code number for Navy personnel, while “923 7697” refers to a divers’ watch. The letter “A” is code for a watch with a screw-in crown, while the number “62” is the year of the very first James Bond film. Finally, “007” is the iconic agent’s number.
A NAIAD Lock caseback ensures that all these spy code details are always kept in the correct alignment, while keeping the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 within safe. Expect impeccable precision, chronometric performance, and magnetic resistance; this is, after all, a James Bond watch.
When the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 007 Edition becomes available in boutiques come February, it’ll be sold with either the titanium mesh bracelet or striped NATO strap, and delivered in an exclusive brown fabric pouch. You might not be leaping off helicopters or saving a ridiculously hot damsel in distress, but this is just about as close to being 007 as you can get.