Most of the time, you won’t ever notice the timepiece that an actor wears in a film. There are too many other things to look at, and the watch is almost guaranteed not to be in focus long enough to determine the brand, if it’s in focus at all.
However, in the world of spies, the watch suddenly becomes an important tool. It’s more than a timepiece; rather, it has been imbued with secret functions to help the user achieve his or her objective. So you can imagine that watchmakers stumble over each other in order to be featured on a particular film or franchise.
James Bond is the ultimate secret agent, and Omega, the official ‘Bond’ watchmaker since 1995’s Goldeneye, isn’t letting that title go anytime soon. This month, Omega released a new Bond watch to go with the upcoming film Spectre: the Omega Seamaster 300 “Spectre” Limited Edition.
Previously, Omega had released commemorative timepieces, such as the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M, a limited edition watch inspired by the Bond family coat of arms. This special edition Seamaster 300, however, is the watch actually worn by James Bond in the film.
(Daniel Craig at the Omega factory, looking grizzly and wearing the Seamaster 300)
The watch design hearkens back to the vintage Seamaster from the 1950s. This is an automatic movement, so the watch winds itself as you wear it, no battery necessary. The Spectre logo is engraved on the case back, and “007” is engraved on the metal strap holder. The watch, which retails at $7,500 each, is available at Omega boutiques. Fittingly, only 7,007 pieces are available.
So, this all amounts to a really nice watch, but how does it stand as a ‘Bond’ watch?
The big key to this watch, for James Bond, is its resistance to wear and tear. The watch is more scratch resistant than most, between the ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal, and zirconium-based alloy case. Automatic movements can be magnetized, which throws off their timekeeping ability and can even damage them. The Seamaster 300 is resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. Basically, you’d have to put it in an MRI machine in order to magnetize it. The watch is also water resistant to up to 30 bar (300 meters or 1000 feet of pressure). The Seamaster 300 is meant to be a dive watch, so it can take a beating when it needs to, but still look nice on Bond’s wrist at the fancy party he will undoubtedly find himself attending.
The one feature that may leave you scratching your head is probably the black and silver NATO strap. James Bond is a sleek, classy secret agent, so wouldn’t a steel bracelet look better? Nylon straps are immensely popular, as they add uniqueness, but are also a durable material and more easily replaced than a steel bracelet. And, if that’s not enough to convince you, James Bond (as played by Sean Connery) wore a black and green nylon strap on his Rolex Submariner in the film Goldfinger. And if it’s good enough for Sean Connery, it’s good enough for me.
Overall, the Seamaster 300 “Spectre” Limited Edition is a lovely watch and fitting for a man like James Bond. Those with cash to blow can subtly express their fandom with this watch. However, if you’re not a huge Bond fan, a Rolex Datejust may be more your style and costs about the same.