Earlier this week, after much anticipation and speculation, Omega has announced the release of the watch to be worn by cinematic super-spy James Bond in the upcoming Bond film, No Time to Die: the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition. This new timepiece will feature a similar red, black, and brown color scheme to that seen on previous Seamasters, but is now updated using the Seamaster Diver 300M design, with different vintage-look details, and set to run as a non-limited edition.
For reference, the last official Bond movie watch was the Seamaster 300 “SPECTRE” piece, which was a neo-vintage-inspired model released in 7,007 editions in the fall of 2015 alongside the 24th Bond film, simply titled Spectre. This new model is designed in the style of the Seamaster Diver 300M, a descendant of the original Seamaster first released in 1993, which has since evolved to become one of the most popular luxury dive watches out there — in part because of its long-term presence on the wrist of James Bond throughout the popular movie series. It’s no secret that Bond — created by author Ian Fleming in 1953 and a mainstay on the big screen since 1962 — has been a major cultural influence on purchasing decisions. Regarded by many as the pinnacle of male sophistication and style, the character has made quite an impact over the decades on the wristwear of his legions of fans worldwide.
This newest Seamaster Diver 300M features a 42-mm titanium case, with a brown “tropical” aluminum bezel ring to match its dial. It uses crown guards on its side to protect the screw-down crown, and features a helium release valve at the 10 o’clock position. On the dial, you can find an outer minute ring, with applied circular and rectangular tropical accented markers for each hour. Toward the top of the dial is the classic Omega logo, with a red-line script “Seamaster” just below it. More dial details are found toward the bottom of the face, including the arrow marker above 6 o’clock that recalls the era of the very first Bond movie, 1962’s Dr. No; such an arrow was a common postwar feature seen on sports watches at the time.
Sweeping over the dial are two large hands for the hour and minute, in the style commonly used in the series, while a red-tipped lollipop pointer counts the seconds. Inside the watch, powering these hands, is the Caliber Omega 8806 automatic movement, which like all modern Omega movements uses a co-axial escapement, is certified as a Master Chronometer approved by METAS, and is resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. The movement stores a 55-hour power reserve and is protected by a solid caseback engraved with commemorative 007 markings meant to hearken back to genuine military-issue watches from the time of the original Bond film.
If you think that all of these homage traits in the new watch seem indicative of a larger anniversary for the Bond franchise, you’d be right. The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Omega’s association with the Bond films, which began in 1995 with Goldeneye. (Omega also released another special edition Seamaster Diver 300M in late September of this year, celebrating a half-century since the release of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969.) This new 2020 available model carries on the celebration into the next half century, with Omega taking particular care to invoke the pre-Omega origins of the series and simultaneously push it forward. In the development of the new Seamaster, Omega for the first time explicitly sought out feedback and consultation from longtime Bond actor Daniel Craig, making use of his extensive experience in the role to best produce a watch fit for a modern 007.
No Time to Die is set to be released in April 2020 as the 25th official James Bond film, and also as the ninth outing in which an Omega watch will make an appearance as the secret agent’s watch of choice. Unlike previous Bond movie-specific watches, the new model will not be produced in a limited series, and will be available from Omega starting in February 2020. It will be available on either a NATO-style polyester strap for $8,1000, or on a Milanese bracelet for $9,200.
To read more on James Bond and his watches, check out our in-depth history of all the Bond movie watches, from the Rolex Submariner Reference 6358 worn by Sean Connery in 1962’s Dr. No, up until 2015’s Omega Spectre watch, with all the additional models in between — from brands such as Rolex, Omega, Breitling, and Seiko — also included.
|Manufacturer:||Omega SA, Jakob-stampflistrasse 96 Biel-Bienne, 2502 Switzerland|
|Functions:||Hours, minutes, seconds|
|Movement:||Omega Caliber 8806, automatic, 25,200 vph, 55-hour power reserve, co-axial escapement, certified Master Chronometer, approved by METAS, resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss, free-sprung-balance with silicon balance spring, automatic winding in both directions, special luxury finish with rhodium-plated rotor and bridges with Geneva waves in arabesque|
|Case:||Titanium case with solid caseback engraved with commemorative 007 markings, screw-down crown, domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment inside, water resistant to 300 m, unidirectional rotating bezel, helium escape valve|
|Bracelet and clasp:||Stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp|
|Dimensions:||Diameter = 42 mm, height = 13.15mm|
|Price:||$8,1000 on NATO-style polyester strap, $9,200 on Milanese bracelet|
04/20/20 – Just purchased the above watch 007 limited – Am still freaking out because i’ve never had bought an expensive masterpiece .. 7007 Watches producted Worldwide not everybody going to tap on this masterpiece… What a superb time piece
I love it. I just wish it was 38-39mm, with the Seahorse engraved on the back, and not limited. Sadly, there isn’t a Seamaster on the market not with the engraved Seahorse which was such a tradition and available on The Railmaster, the FOIS, but not a Seamaster diver.
Thanks for the info, you guys have some great articles, I especially enjoyed the 10 things to know about Omega, from Bond to the north Pole article. Keep up the good work.
Rolex will always be the watch of James Bond…..Omega makes the wonderful Speedmaster Man on the Moon for which they will always be remembered for. But Bond belongs to Rolex no matter how much Omega spends to change that.
Super nice watch I sure would like to buy one
A nice watch, almost as nice as the Rolex Explorer Bond wore in the books.
” such an arrow was a common postwar feature seen on sports watches at the time.”
Absolute piffle it has nothing to do with sports watches, that arrow has been marked on almost everything owned by the English then British military for around the last 500 years.
Overall look of the face is quite pleasing , however I do not Dig the Milanese bracelet. Think they should have brought back this Bond Watch just like the Seamaster 300 ref 2254.50.00 . I have one and it’s Awesome, a real Sub Killer &
As for George Joannou Comment Rolex delivers in Spades . !!
My 2254 is 11 years old , had one service from Omega during this time & still keeps + 1 second a day with the 1120 automatic movement . And the Date also changes bang on midnight .
This is truly a MillSpec watch that any Spy worth his salt would wear .
2250.50.00 is BOSS
Mate could not agree more. I owned the Omega Seamaster with the same movement and the gorgeous sword hands and the wave pattern dial. Best Omega I ever had the pleasure of owning. Silly me I flipped it to help purchase my first Rolex Sub. Regretted it ever since. But this only supports my argument why is it the Omegas with the older movements kept better time than the newer coaxial movements. Please do not get me wrong I love Omega watches but I can only relate to my fellow watch lovers my own personal experiences.
I am a big fan of James Bond movies and I purchased the limited edition James Bond Spectre watch when it was available at Omega authorised dealers. Sadly I ended up selling it for less than I paid for it as it kept gaining time . In the beginning it was showing 0.5 seconds gain a day. Brilliant ! However it soon settled to about + 5 seconds per day and in this day and age not brilliant. Still love the James Bond movies but it will take a lot of convincing for me to ever buy another limited edition Bond watch. Rolex guarantee there watches accuracy to be +- 2 seconds a day and let me tell you from my personal experience they deliver and in spades. My watch is within +- I second a day. Sorry Omega but having unrealistic anti magnetic watches without good timekeeping accuracy doesn’t sell it to me. Mind you next time I am near a MRI scanner or near the Large Hadron Particle Collider I will feel much safer wearing my Omega with 15000 gauss anti magnetic movement. LOL.
The arrow on the watch is the ‘broad arrow’ or ‘crows foot’, it was a symbol that was used to denote government property in the UK for centuries. In the case of watches, if you were issued your watch as Government or Military issue it would have a broad arrow on the face.
Myself, I too am not a friend of creating as ‘New’ Retro pieces that have that period look, time moves forward, the products evolve, had this been a flashback James Bond, all well and good, but to me, one of the most dynamic Omega’s in a long time belongs to the same Collection, The Dicer 300m Master Chronometre, cosmetically stunning, where “Form Follows Function” in a Contemporary cosmetic, Dual Register, Helium Release, Calendar with Black Rubber, but certainly able to accept a Bracelet or Leather, should the occasion arise.
Isn’t the upaward arrow marker a symbol of the old war department and therefore the current UK MOD. MI6 (SIS), of course stands for Military Intelligence Department 6, so isn’t this the connection and why it’s on the watch. I like the mesh strap, it goes very well with watch.
Those Nato straps are super uncomfortable and the mesh looks cheap. Nothing wrong with the faux patina though. Looks cool.
I’m a big fan of the 300M, most of the variants, but not this one. Have never like the mesh style bracelets (like a few Breitling models) not the faux patina. Don’t know why manufacturers try to create an aged look in a new watch. The basics of the 300M are great, the movement, case and dial design are superb, this is just one iteration too many.
For sure one of the better looking seamasters. I have an original seamaster from 1979 with original industrial
Mesh and this is the first time i really like the new one.