To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Omega is releasing a new edition in its popular Seamaster Diver 300M series. This latest watch is the most recent release to spring from the long partnership between the Bond franchise and the famed Swiss watch manufacturer, with Omega watches first being spotted on the wrist of the master spy in 1995’s GoldenEye.
In all functional ways, this new edition is identical to previous references in the Seamaster Diver 300M family. It uses a 300-meter water resistant 42-mm steel case, with a 10 o’clock helium valve, curvy crown guards, and a solid caseback protecting the movement, Omega Caliber 8800. This Co-Axial Master Chronometer automatic movement is capable of a 55-hour power reserve and a magnetic resistance of 15,000 gauss. The unidirectional diving bezel framing the face of the watch is constructed from black ceramic, with a white enamel inlay for the diving scale. On the side of the case there is also an 18k yellow gold screwed-in plate, engraved X/7,007 noting the specific number of the watch limited to 7,007 pieces.
The watch features a handful of references to the iconic spy on its PVD-coated black ceramic dial. Notably, the gold 12 o’clock index is inspired by the fictional Bond family coat-of-arms, and on the 7th day of each month, the 7 seen via the date indicator uses the same font as the “007” logo. Most obviously, there is a 9-mm bullet head at the center of the dial, with the brushed swirling action indicative of the series making up the bulk of the image. The last feature is seen in a hidden “50,” the only direct reference to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which is printed on the 10 o’clock marker and appears at night via Super-LumiNova.
For James Bond fans, this new watch will likely come as an interesting and welcome addition to the canon of Bond and Omega’s watchmaking history. Filled with obvious and surprising references to Agent 007, the reference walks the line between serious watchmaking and quirky novelty. And with an upcoming Bond film coming out next spring, for those with their eyes on the next release it’s only a matter of time before the next Bond watch hits Omega boutiques.
Pricing for the new anniversary watch is still unavailable, but you can find out more details on the special edition through the Omega website, here.