Thursday, 6 July 2017

Watches: OMEGA unveils the new Seamaster Diver 300M “Commander’s Watch” Limited Edition - Inspired by James Bond

OMEGA has a new limited edition Seamaster Professional out. The new timepiece is inspired by that fictional super spy James Bond and takes after Commander Bond’s rank and regalia. OMEGA has named it the "Commander’s Watch". The timepiece salutes the ensign colours of the British Royal Navy, with touches of white, blue and red found throughout the watch. 

Model no. is from the OMEGA Seamster Professional 300m Diver series. The 41 mm stainless steel case features a blue ceramic bezel with a Liquidmetal® diving scale and red rubber covering the first 15 minutes. The NATO strap is blue, red and grey and follows a 5-stripe pattern with a polished buckle. The dial of the watch is polished white ceramic and includes 12 blue indexes, the word "Seamaster" written in red and blue skeleton hands. Unique features include the 007 gun logo counterweight on the central seconds hand and the number 7 in the date window which is coloured red, while all other numbers are blue. On the wave-edged caseback, the stripes of the Commander’s naval insignia are featured on the rotor of the new OMEGA Calibre 2507. There is also a central 9mm "bullet" design which adds to the 007 touch. 

The stainless steel model is limited to just 7,007 pieces globally.

There is a second model, made from 18K yellow gold (model no., is also available but just 7 limited pieces.  Its diving scale is crafted from Ceragold™ and the watch also includes an 18K yellow gold central seconds hand. OMEGA does state that one should contact the nearest OMEGA boutique if interested. But 7 is a very small number. All are most likely spoken for as I type.

OMEGA has been worn on the wrist of James Bond since GoldenEye in 1995 first beginning with the Seamaster Professional Quartz (model no. 2541.8000). It is actually a known fact OMEGA watches were once issued to military divers around the world. OMEGA had also delivered more than 110,000 watches to Great Britain’s MoD in World War II. In the late 1960s the second generation Seamaster 300 was actually issued to the Royal Navy. It is because of this fact that it is quite plausible that Commander James Bond would have been issued some sort of OMEGA Seamaster variant.

The Commander’s Watch comes with a 3-year warranty and is presented in a special box that has been inspired by a real medal case. The box also contains a stainless steel bracelet, a changing tool and a "naval pin" that mirrors the design of the NATO strap.

Speaking about the 'GoldenEye' watch, mine, pictured above, has been sitting in the cupboard. It's a quartz watch. It needs a new battery. I suppose it's time to bring it out.

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