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There are the odd times I get completely stunned after the initial honeymoon period I receive a watch. I acquired an unworn unmolested Pierce Brosnan 1120 Caliber Seamaster 300M he wore in the last three of his bond films Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough & Die Another Day. This put Omega back on the map and there have been quite a few variances ever since. The Omega 2531.80 SMP was made from the Mid 1990s to the Mid 2000s. This model has been updated a few times since with higher quality in-house movements. To me this is the Aston Martin DB5 of the Seamaster series. A well sort after classic. It is going to remain in its time warp unmolested and put on the wrist wear for a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon occasionally, while fantasizing that I am James Bond for a while and this watch is licensed to thrill as I have been killed by its Beretta!
 

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There are the odd times I get completely stunned after the initial honeymoon period I receive a watch. I acquired an unworn unmolested Pierce Brosnan 1120 Caliber Seamaster 300M he wore in the last three of his bond films Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough & Die Another Day. This put Omega back on the map and there have been quite a few variances ever since. The Omega 2531.80 SMP was made from the Mid 1990s to the Mid 2000s. This model has been updated a few times since with higher quality in-house movements. To me this is the Aston Martin DB5 of the Seamaster series. A well sort after classic. It is going to remain in its time warp unmolested and put on the wrist wear for a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon occasionally, while fantasizing that I am James Bond for a while and this watch is licensed to thrill as I have been killed by its Beretta!
I also have one of these amazing watches. If I am reading this correctly, are you saying this one was worn by Pierce in the movies? Or just the same model (which it is).
 

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I have the same model from 1999, but worn regularly and with some scratches and fading to the bezel. I love it. Very comfortable and the dial changes all the time in varying light
What are the first five numbers of your serial - mine is 80,140........? Nice one mate! I am a former Brit from London now in The Pacific NW of USA
 

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I have two versions of the SMP 300m diver.

First is the 2531.80 quartz version of your watch, the original Pierce Brosnan Bond watch featured in GoldenEye, before he went on to wear the automatic version in the next 3 films.

It is from 2002, and I bought it in 2014 to wear as a beater.

I wear it when I'm running, working out, moving house, or painting.


The other is the SMPc which is my favourite watch and one I wear 2nd daily alternating with my opaline Aqua Terra.



Both have the same design but are so different. The 2531.80 is light, thin, very low maintenance (I change the battery at home every 3 years at a cost of $3.50) and already has so many nicks and scratches so I don't even care to check the watch if I bump it against a wall.

The SMPc is my dressy diver, one I look after and am careful not to scratch or knock it. To me it's Omega's answer to the Rolex Submariner, and the reason why I don't feel I need a Sub.
 

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I like.

That was my first "real" watch when it first came out. Ever since then I've gone through many many watches, and of all the watches I've been through, Omega and that specific model is my favorite. Man...the memories of that watch. Congrats on a lucky grab!

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James Bond Goldeneye did start my love affair with Omega and got me to become a WIS.

As forum regulars know, I have the Goldeneye quartz. It's been bumped and nicked and scratched as if I was saving the world. One day I'll have it restored.



I find it a huge pity Omega stopping the SMP Quartz line. I understand why they probably did it (perception: quartz is viewed as cheap) when moving more upscale over the year.

I sourced my father the later series black SMP quartz. This was back in the day we could buy them used under $1000 AUD. Gone are those days.

 

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I love the variances folks from the quartz Goldeneye to where we are today 8300 Caliber etc. It really does not matter if you do not have the original traditional blue wave as the base of this watch is iconic in itself! I have had the black 007 collector's edition which I think had the Co-Axial 2500 caliber movement - I could be wrong and the Blue Casino Royale. I rather like the special Commander version with the upgraded 2500 - more refined. The Seamaster 300m will always be Omega Flagship and even Pre-Bond Seamasters 300 are great as well as. To go back further, the Banana 200m is a killer and I have the Crepas day date tribute version. I also had the PloProf 1200m - OMG that is the Cats Whiskers for sure but an amazing beast.

Keep on rockin Omega Amigos - heehaw!

Bond over and out.
 

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Some time ago I would never believe the this SMP 300 would became my watch. Although all bond heritage, I thought it was dated, and the bracelet was ugly. I was so wrong. It grown on me as times passed until became my favorite.






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Good decision and very easy to become passionate about the 2531.8 I have been shaken but not stirred while my Martini is still dry!
 

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Mine was a gift from my dad 4 years ago! He wore it for 10 years. One day, I saw him wearing it and commented how he has the "Bond Seamaster". He didn't even realize that this was the Bond watch. A few weeks later, we were going out for dinner with my wife and girls. My dad had gifts for the girls of course. Then he pulls out a pouch and says "Son, you need to enjoy this now". Inside was this watch!

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That is an excellent present and one to be cherished. Very iconic and yes, The Bond watch that set The Cat among The Pigeons - well done my friend

Mine was a gift from my dad 4 years ago! He wore it for 10 years. One day, I saw him wearing it and commented how he has the "Bond Seamaster". He didn't even realize that this was the Bond watch. A few weeks later, we were going out for dinner with my wife and girls. My dad had gifts for the girls of course. Then he pulls out a pouch and says "Son, you need to enjoy this now". Inside was this watch!

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Mine was a gift from my dad 4 years ago! He wore it for 10 years. One day, I saw him wearing it and commented how he has the "Bond Seamaster". He didn't even realize that this was the Bond watch. A few weeks later, we were going out for dinner with my wife and girls. My dad had gifts for the girls of course. Then he pulls out a pouch and says "Son, you need to enjoy this now". Inside was this watch!

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Keep it forever! Pass it to your children.

I'll be passing mine to my daughter. She already likes watches at 2.7 years old
 

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Mine was a gift from my dad 4 years ago! He wore it for 10 years.
That's awesome. My father never considered getting himself a nice watch. So, 6 years-ish ago, when I could, I purchased a nice Breitling for him, as a gift. As he's in his late 70's now, I imagine it going to his oldest grandson when he's no longer wearing it. As I don't have any children of my own, I can cover the remainder of my sister's troops. But, I see that passage of an object much more meaningful than the object alone.
 

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Some great photos here... the 2541/2531, for me, is the sweet spot of the Seamaster Professional model range. Sure, the build quality got better, the bracelets got better, the movement became in-house - the technology got significantly better.... but the younger watches had a charm that’s difficult to describe. It could be the connection to Bond, the first Omega to have that, but the wearability, the look, the marketing (ooooh the marketing)... I don’t know, I absolutely love this model. By far my favourite Omega.

I have my late father’s 2541 upstairs, the battery needs changing, you’ve inspired me to get it done so I can wear it every now and again. Thanks guys.
 

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Some great photos here... the 2541/2531, for me, is the sweet spot of the Seamaster Professional model range. Sure, the build quality got better, the bracelets got better, the movement became in-house - the technology got significantly better.... but the younger watches had a charm that’s difficult to describe. It could be the connection to Bond, the first Omega to have that, but the wearability, the look, the marketing (ooooh the marketing)... I don’t know, I absolutely love this model. By far my favourite Omega.

I have my late father’s 2541 upstairs, the battery needs changing, you’ve inspired me to get it done so I can wear it every now and again. Thanks guys.
Good to hear and welcome to The Omega Seamaster 300M Bond Club
 
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