You knew it was coming… as inevitable as James Bond seducing a femme fatale and ordering a shaken-not-stirred martini, Omega has launched its latest limited-edition Seamaster watch in anticipation of this fall’s long-awaited new Bond film, Skyfall. Bond, who was famously a Rolex wearer in the original novels by Ian Fleming, has been an Omega man in his big-screen incarnation since 1995’s Goldeneye, in which Pierce Brosnan, debuting in the role of Agent 007, wore an Omega Seamaster Pro. Both Brosnan and his successor, Daniel Craig, have worn Omega models in every Bond movie since. (In fact, in 2006’s Casino Royale, the first movie with Craig in the lead role, Bond even corrects his female companion, Vesper Lind, who mistakes his Omega for a Rolex.) As it has done on several occasions since 2002 (the 40th anniversary of the Bond Bond films), Omega is releasing a limited-edition watch to accompany the latest film — Craig’s third installment as Bond and the seventh to feature an Omega — set to open worldwide in November. The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M ”Skyfall” Limited Edition, like every watch in the Seamaster collection, is a divers’ model equipped with a unidirectional rotating diving bezel (here in matte black ceramic with a chromium nitride diving scale) and a helium escape valve, and is water-resistant to 600 meters (2,000 feet). The watch has a 42-mm brushed and polished stainless-steel case and a matching, patented screw-and-pin bracelet with a divers’ clasp engraved with a “007” logo. The applied indices on the matte black dial, along with the polished, faceted, rhodium-plated hands, are coated with white Super-LumiNova, which emits a light blue glow in the dark. The only exception is the minute hand, which glows green instead, as does the dot on the diving bezel. The contrasting colors are meant to make it easier for divers to keep track of the time at a glance underwater. The index at the 7 o’clock position is a “007” logo. The date is in a window at 3 o’clock. The watch’s movement is Omega’s exclusive new co-axial Calibre 8507, here embellished with a black-varnished engraving of the “SKYFALL 007” logo on its rotor. In addition to Omega’s familiar co-axial escapement, the movement also features an “Si14” silicon balance spring for added stability. The movement is visible through a sapphire window in the brushed, screw-down caseback. Omega offers a four-year warranty on the watch.
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