Legendary timepieces to mark 60th anniversary of James Bond

Seamaster Diver 300m Canopus Gold commemorates the 007 franchise anniversary.

ON Oct 5, 1962, one of cinema’s most iconic characters made his screen debut.

Since that first instalment, the James Bond franchise has spanned an incredible 60 years.

Based on the novels by Ian Fleming, 25 action-packed films, produced by Eon Productions, have laid the foundation for a global cinematic legacy.

Since 1995, when James Bond first wore an Omega watch in GoldenEye, that mission was the beginning of an innovative and stylish partnership that continues to this day.

Actor Daniel Craig, who fleshed out the role of 007 for five memorable films, has been an Omega ambassador throughout his time in the role and has become an avid fan of the brand’s watches.

Similarly, British actress Naomie Harris who played Moneypenny (Skyfall, Spectre and No Time To Die) has also joined the Omega family, delivering elegance and female empowerment on and off screen.

It was Lindy Hemming, the Oscar-winning costume designer who worked on five Bond films between GoldenEye (1995) and Casino Royale (2006), who proposed that 007 should wear an Omega.

Talking about her choice of the Seamaster, she said, “I was convinced that Commander Bond, a naval man, a diver and a discreet gentleman of the world would wear this watch”.

Hemming was right in linking Omega with the British Royal Navy.

The company has an authentic connection to the United Kingdom’s ministry of defence, having delivered more than 110,000 watches to pilots, navigators and soldiers during World War II.

The Seamaster 300, originally released in 1957, was issued to military divers around the world and, in 1967, a famous batch of second- generation Seamaster 300s was also delivered to the British defence ministry for issue to certain units. So it is entirely plausible that Commander Bond would have been issued with an Omega watch.

Marking the 60th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, two new Omega watches have been crafted.

Each one pays homage to the spy through innovation and impressive materials.

Seamaster Diver 300m Stainless Steel

Inspired by the very same Seamaster that 007 wore in GoldenEye, this 42mm timepiece in stainless steel creates watchmaking magic through its film-themed caseback, which replicates the famous 007 opening sequence with Bond in silhouette and a spinning gun barrel design.

This dynamic scene plays out beneath the sapphire, decorated with micro-structured metallisation.

The patent-pending “moiré” effect animation is linked to the running of the lollipop central seconds hand.

The watch is driven by a precise Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 and is presented on a mesh-style bracelet – in the same style as James Bond’s Omega watch in No Time To Die.

The bezel and dial are both made from blue oxalic anodised aluminium, with the dial featuring laser-engraved waves, and the bezel featuring a diving scale filled with white Super-LumiNova.

Also spot the commemorative “60” which replaces the diving scale’s traditional inverted triangle, and luminescent green dot which links to the minute hand.

It comes in a blue wooden box in the original Diver 300m wave pattern, with three dots inspired by the classic Bond opening title sequence, including a secret push button on the right.

Seamaster Diver 300m Canopus Gold

Omega’s own 18K Canopus Gold has been used to craft this special 42mm watch. It is an exclusive white gold alloy known for its brilliant shine and long-lasting effect.

In a nod to the beautiful sands of Ian Fleming’s Jamaican home, GoldenEye, the dial has been made from natural grey silicon.

Thanks to the crystallites, the pattern on each one is unique, guaranteeing the wearer that no two dials are ever alike.

In tribute to the Jamaican flag, the bezel is circled with a paving of green and yellow treated natural diamonds in 10 tropical shades, which range from extra dark forest green to cognac, passing through olive, yellow, gold and gold/cognac.

Two additional clear diamonds at 12 o’clock add vibrant sparkle to the look and make reference to the 60th anniversary.

The film-themed caseback replicates the famous 007 opening sequence of Bond in silhouette and a spinning gun barrel design.

As the lollipop seconds hand moves, this dynamic scene plays out beneath the sapphire, decorated with the micro-structured metallisation.

The watch is powered by the luxury Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8807, and is presented on a bracelet and buckle in 18K Canopus Gold.

The timepiece is encased in a mango tree box with mother-of-pearl marquetry and a “60 Years of Bond” logo. The use of mango tree references a song from the first James Bond film, while the mother-of-pearl is a nod to the shells of Crab Key.

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