Even as the first trailer for the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, dropped on the Internet, Omega has unveiled 007’s newest timepiece that will feature in the 25th James Bond film, a new Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition. The latest special edition is notably in titanium, a first for the James Bond watches made by Omega.
Omega’s flagship Diver 300M was first unveiled in 1993 and appeared on Bond’s wrist for the first time in 1995 when Pierce Brosnan took over the mantle of the world’s most famous spy in Goldeneye. In the movie, 007 wears the Seamaster Quartz Professional Diver 300 M and uses the watch’s built-in laser to cut through a steel plate when he finds himself trapped in the villain’s armored train. Since 1995, every Bond movie has been accompanied by a limited edition or more.
As far as first glances go, it is clear that this watch has soaked in the neo-vintage trend that has dominated the watch industry over the last decade – cue the “tropical brown” dial, the Broad Arrow marking, a domed bezel, as well as the use of an aluminum bezel insert which is anachronistic for modern Omega diving watches (they come fitted with ceramic bezel inserts).
As mentioned earlier, the latest Bond timepiece is made from Grade 2 titanium and has a case that’s 42 mm wide. Consequently, the model is lighter than previous models. It is also a slimmer than previous editions and is now fitted with a domed sapphire crystal glass to give it more of a vintage feel. The case has a unidirectional rotational bezel fitted with an aluminum insert, a closed caseback, and is depth-rated to 300 meters.
The aluminum dial has a brown-black hue that’s meant to mimic the look of a black dial that’s turning brown over time, a phenomenon referred to as “tropical dials” in the vintage watch collecting circles. The color of the dial matches the bezel insert used on this model as well. The lume plots and the hands of the watch use a beige “vintage” SuperLuminova, a color that’s also echoed on the bezel markings. Red accents on the dial and hour hands break up the monotony of black and beige. The Broad Arrow marking on the dial at 6 o’ clock is a reference to the British Ministry of Defence notation that featured on all military-issued timepieces in the past.
While regular production Seamaster models have an exhibition caseback, this one has a closed on with a series of markings that follow the format for military-issue watches. “0552” is a naval code-number, with “923 7697” being the number for a divers’ watch. The letter “A” signifies a watch with a screw-in crown, while “007” is, of course, James Bond’s iconic agent number. The number “62” refers to the year of the very first James Bond film. Omega’s NAIAD LOCK caseback keeps all of the engravings in correct alignment.
The watch is powered by the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8806, a METAS-certified chronometer that can withstand magnetic fields up to 15,000 Gauss. The movement has a power reserve of 55 hours and an escapement that beats at 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz). The watch is paired with a titanium mesh bracelet with a fold-over clasp ($9,100) or striped NATO strap ($8,200) and will be available in February 2020, well in time for the movie’s release in April.