No Time To Die release date is scheduled for April 3rd 2020, and sadly is said to be Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond 007. Starting with a revisit of Casino Royale, by the time Daniel Craig hangs up his shoulder holster, he will have made five strong contributions to the series over an extended 13-year period. Naturally a new Bond movie requires a new Omega Seamaster, and the brand has just revealed the watch James Bond will be strapping to his wrist for this, the 25th installment of the 007 franchise. As well as appearing on screen, this new non-limited watch will be available in OMEGA’s current collection as of February 2020.
While Bond was originally a Rolex aficionado, Omega Seamaster first made an appearance as a trusted Bond tool watch in 1995’s Goldeneye, starring Pierce Brosnan. It was a quartz-powered Professional Diver 300M at the time, which was superseded by the self-winding 2531.80 Seamaster shortly thereafter. Both the former and the latter are relatively easy to track down on the secondary market (and often pop up for sale in our sales forums at fairly modest prices).
OMEGA SEAMASTER DIVER 300M 007 EDITION
The latest iteration of the Seamaster 300m to be worn by Daniel Craig comes in a lightweight 42mm grade 2 titanium casing, and can be had either on a nicely executed titanium Milanese bracelet, or a Bond-specific NATO strap. Going for more of a military aesthetic, a brown tropical anodized aluminum bezel insert and dial are used, both of which appear closer to black in most lighting conditions. Omega purposely used a distinct anodization process that is designed to fade over time, giving the watch a more vintage feel without waiting decades for aging to occur naturally. Water-resistant to 300 meters, the watch is powered by OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8806. As with other Master Chronometer models, the watch is certified by METAS; its movement first passes COSC certification of -4/+6 seconds per day accuracy, and then the complete assembled watch is independently tested a second time, going through 8 tests and achieving an accuracy of -0/+5 seconds per day.
Turn the watch over and engraved on the caseback is a series of numbers that follow the exact format for genuine military-issue watches, as well as the military issue “Broad Arrow” marking. This rarely-seen marking is historically used on items owned/issued by the British military, and on authentic vintage watches is something highly collectible and sought after. On the new OMEGA Seamaster caseback “0552” represents the code number specified for Navy personnel, while “923 7697” is the number for a diver’s watch. The letter “A” signifies a watch with a screw-in crown. Also, with a nod to Bond movie history, one of the numbers found on the Omega Seamaster caseback is ‘62’, which for Bond fans refers to the year of the first James Bond film release, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as Bond.
For this latest issue, OMEGA actively sought the advice and input of Daniel Craig throughout the design process. The result is a Seamaster model based on the Diver 300M series first launched in 1993. But this new model hails a slimmer, lighter build with a choice of a mesh bracelet or the more military-inspired brown, grey and beige striped Nato strap with an 007-engraved loop. It’s also worth noting that Omega opted to use a domed crystal on this model, which is another pleasant surprose. Dark beige “faux patina” Super-LumiNova is used for its bezel and dial indices, as well as its blackened hands.
Apparently, Craig’s influence and advice played a key role in the final result.
“When working with OMEGA, we decided that a lightweight watch would be key for a military man like 007. I also suggested some vintage touches and color to give the watch a unique edge. The final piece looks incredible.”
The new Seamaster will be released in OMEGA Boutiques from February next year and will come in an exclusive brown fabric pouch. It’s worth noting, you’ll need a James Bond-style budget to acquire the new Seamaster, as the NATO strap version retails for US$8,100 + tax and the Milanese strap retails for US$9,200 + tax.