No Time to Die is the next James Bond movie due to hit cinemas in April 2020. The 25th instalment of this hugely popular James Bond saga, actor Daniel Craig limbers up for action in his fifth operation as 007. Though there was speculation which Spectre will be Craig’s last Bond role, he’s back to save the world taking orders (Ralph Fiennes), the head of MI6.
With just six months before the official release date, Omega watches capitalises on Bondmania to introduce a limited-edition of 7,007 Seamaster Diver 300M versions for diehard fans of the world’s best-loved spy agent. Ostensibly aimed as celebrating the 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the 1969 Bond movie starring Geoge Lazenby as James Bond, the watch is customised to the gills with Bond paraphernalia.
The fascination with everything that Bond touches has not abated and committed websites let you know the best place to buy his suits, his swimming trunks, his Aston Martins and, what concerns us, his watches. Although Sean Connery’s Bond started life wearing a Rolex Submariner, Omega‘s line of Seamasters have been timing Bond’s escapades since 1995 with the film Goldeneye.
As befits a traveler who’s all brawn and brains, a rugged opinion is a fundamental bit of kit. Given its durability, water-resistance and rugged good looks, Omega‘s Seamaster has been the watch of choice for most post-1995 Bonds. In fact, just recently, the Seamaster enjoyed another stellar moment when a particularly developed ultra-deep Seamaster followed the crew of the Five Deeps Expedition into the deepest part of their five oceans (10,928m at the Mariana Trench) placing all kinds of depth records and more importantly, surfacing unscathed and in perfect functioning order.
Capable of fathoming depths of 300 metres, the 42mm brushed stainless steel case of the Seamaster Diver 300M is fitted with a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock and has a black porcelain bezel with a white enamel diving scale to time immersions. Despite its remarkable underwater credentials, the case back is not sealed and the sapphire crystal offers a view of this powerful Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 beating below. This is all pretty standard fare using the Seamaster Diver 300M, but what distinguishes this as a distinctive Bond watch is the yellowish gold plaque put just below the helium valve on the face of the case, engraved with all the limited-edition amount of the watch out of a total of 7,007.
The swirling pattern portrayed on the black PVD and black porcelain dial isalso, as any Bond fan will understand, a laser-engraved representation of this iconic gun barrel sequence that has appeared at the start of every James Bond film since Dr No in 1962. For complete fanatics, the 9mm diameter of the bullet is replicated in the middle of the dial.
Another nod to James Bond is located on the 12 o’clock hour mark. This is not the first time the Bond family crest pops upon the dial of a Seamaster: in 2015 the coat of arms was emblazoned across the whole dial of the Aqua Terra 150M. The Bond coat of arms on this limited-edition Seamaster Professional 300M makes a slightly more subtle cameo using a chevron and three circles.
The prominent 18k yellow gold hour markers are full of Super-LumiNova that glows with a long-lasting blue lume from the dark. The only way to see the next Bond secret touch, which is concealed on the 10 o’clock hour marker, is in the dark when the grim lume shows the amount’50’ in its centre.