When viewing the watch from above the eyes aren’t confronted by a single flat case surface, and are free to naturally trace along the bevels. The Omega Seamaster 300 is nearly as well known as its Speedmaster relative. This first iteration of the Seamaster had a fixed bezel, low contrast dial, small lume plackets (if any) and small, elegant hands. The Omega X Bond collaboration started with the actual revival of the series, as for quite a number of years, the 007 franchise languished in the shadows. Values of original mil-watches have risen sharply in recent years giving rise to a surge in fakes and frankens. It was equipped with arrow hands and an auto winding caliber 500/501. Ensure the markings inside the case back are stamped and not etched. An authentic, original MoD issued SM300 will have fixed lug bars to be worn with a standard issue NATO strap, “T” printed on the dial indicating tritium lume, and issue markings on the case back. In terms of design, no major changes compared to the Quartz version. He saw the watch as a reasonable addition to a gentleman’s tool box.Now, he having good sense and high iq would see it as over priced status symbol and not belonging in the tool box,not a Rolerx for sure and most likely Omega would not make the cut ether.The skx is the one,and for dress most like Longines or oris.The watch industry was a machine industry with refinement tot be had on offer, not it is a lux goods /fashion industry with some good machines still on offer. In this episode, suffused with meditations on mortality, Bond is face to face with his own past and is fighting for his life and the life of those who matter most to him. To match with his tuxedo, he wears the new version of the iconic Seamaster Diver 300m, which while visually identical to the previous versions, has been fitted with the new Co-Axial movement, Calibre 2500. Several different bracelets were used during production. As in Casino Royal (2006), two different watches appear in Skyfall (2012). Even though the watches have no gadget and are not key in the story, they made strong appearances during the entire movie. In Isn Fleming’s novels, Bond wore Rolex! This Seamaster 300 Spectre was later made available as a limited edition. In the 1990s, the Omega Seamaster experienced a renaissance as a luxury sports watch, and much of that momentum can be attributed to the Seamaster becoming the … Dispatched with Royal Mail 1st Class. Industry in postwar Europe was still shifting gears to peacetime, with military innovations finding new life in the civilian market. Our watch on a mission is the Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition. Date versions should have a small white frame around the window. 2 watches appear in the movie though. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) – The World Is Not Enough (1999) – Die Another Day (2002) – … Such is the case here. This Omega Seamaster 300m professional chronometer 007 ref 2531.80.00 featured in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), in The World Is Not Enough (1999) and finally in Die Another Day (2002). The 1960’s Omega Seamaster 300 – A Hands On History. For 007’s latest adventures, Omega did very well, as not only did they create a specific watch for the movie, but the watch itself makes a strong comeback as a real actor, with an important role in the story. Cases were made by two primary manufacturers, Huguenin Freres (HF) and Centrale Boites (CB, seen here) and can be determined by the presence of small HF or CB stamps inside the case back. Once activated, the indexes indicate the remaining time before explosion by turning red. SEAMASTER 300 MASTER CO-AXIAL - DISCOVER THE COLLECTION THE 1957 TRILOGY Rediscover the classic design of the Seamaster 300. The Omega Seamaster Professional Diver 300M was released in 1993 and, as its ancestors, possessed a bit of the original Seamaster essence while also bringing in a ton of new aesthetic elements. Building on the modern look of the iconic Seamaster Diver 300M, OMEGA has used its most sophisticated materials and technologies to create a unique chronograph collection for diving watch fans. At that time, Omega used top grade versions of ETA’s 2892-A2 movement and dubbed it caliber 1109. The 1506 bracelet was used between ’64-’66 with 16 end links, the 1035 from ’66-’72 with 516 links and the 1039 from ’68-’71 with 516 links. 210.30.42.20.03.001). Furthermore, the director and production team were not new. In order to neutralise an arrogant industrialist that is working on a diamond-encrusted space weapon that can concentrate sunlight, 007’s Seamaster Diver 300m has a detonator pin and a laser in the watch’s crown. I Think anyone in the military or police would flinch at taking a $10.000 watch on “mission” but this watch works on every level of the Bond lifestyle save dinner at the Casino .Then, you know the snob in him wouldn’t let him wear any tool watch. The Seamaster 300 worn by Bond in Spectre actually features a countdown and a bomb. Industry in postwar Europe was still shifting gears to peacetime, with military innovations finding new life in the civilian market. In 1962 the 14755 gave way to the 165.014 marking the first use of the 6 digit case number system. Both the dial and the bezel keep the emblematic blue color and the watch retains the 41mm steel case with Helium escape valve. The Complete History of the Omega Seamaster February 8, 2016 The Omega Seamaster may be most quickly recognized as the “James Bond watch,” but the watch’s history dates back to 1948 when it debuted in celebration of Omega ’s 100th anniversary. Later versions are also found with a lollipop seconds hand. View the Seamaster Diver 300M - 007 Edition. OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M vs ROLEX Submariner Date. Stetz & CO. INC is a third party dealer and not an authorized representative of these brands. This new model was now fitted with a ceramic bezel, a redesigned dial and the new in-house movement, Calibre 8500 Co-Axial. An early Omega Seamaster Chronometre case number 2577/2520 in 14kt yellow gold circa 1950. types of hands were used on the 2nd generation SM300 – sword and baton, with arrow hands being found on early transitional models. It’s a rare treat to find a watch with its original date matched bracelet and harder still to find one in good condition. More than half a century later, the Seamaster 300 is reintroduced in a completely upgraded and enhanced form, prepared to equip a new generation of adventurers on land and in the oceans. Catch it on the wrist of Joe Biden, Prince William, Tom Hanks and Jeremy Clarkson. It wasn’t until 2006 when Daniel Craig’s Bond appeared, introducing us to a more modern, grittier Bond, with a more mature attitude to women and to the rebirth of a legend. Seamaster Diver 300M. When examining the 12 and 6 lume markers through a loupe look for a small pinpoint hole in each centered horizontally, the presence of which indicate the original application of luminous compound. In this episode of James Bond, an ex-KGB man turned terrorist wants to detonate a nuclear bomb. It’s an unapologetic subtlety that comes organically through a function first design   It feels smaller on the wrist than it’s 40mm rival the Submariner, something I found surprising. The watch is retrofitted with a strong light and a miniature grappling hook, which helps to escape a missile base. A sword hour hand is ID’d by its diamond shape. It features the same blue dial with wave pattern, a blue bezel, the same 5-link bracelet and the same 41mm steel case with 300m water resistant and Helium escape valve at 10. Daniel Craig’s first outing as 007 was ‘Casino Royale’ – please get the spelling right. In this episode, Q mentions that the watch he issues Bond is “your 20th, I believe”. Still, this collaboration is thought of as relevant and cleverly executed. The Omega Seamaster 300m Professional Chronometer, as worn by James Bond 007 in Die Another Day. The Seamaster 300 CK 2913, the first true dive watch of the line hit the market in 1957, part of the famed “holy trinity” of new professional grade watches along side the CK 2914 Railmaster and CK 2915 Speedmaster. The watch seen in the photos is a  “Big Triangle” variation of the 165.024 produced for the civilian market, identical in all respects to the MoD version save for the fixed lug bars and military markings. The Seamaster is the longest running product line still produced by Omega. However, it’s mainly since the arrival of Omega as an official partner that this accessory has gained a more important status. Watches equipped with the lower jewel count caliber 500 were, because of duty restrictions, intended for export specifically to the US. It features as a major plot device several times in the film. The Omega Seamaster 300M. The second generation SM 300 is a beautifully designed professional grade watch in a contemporary size at an accessible price point. Dial – The proper fonts have a slight serif and the loops of the 6 and 9 are open. While it is another Seamaster Diver 300M, it lacks the blue color scheme found on previous models. Omega Omega Seamaster Watches Popular Case Colours for Omega Seamaster Watches: Silver ; Purple ; Black ; Blue ; Green ; Silver case watches are elegant timepieces. The development and commercialization of the SCUBA system in the 1930’s and subsequent rise in popularity of recreational diving brought to life a new breed of watch designed for the rigors of underwater exploration – the dive watch. He most likely would just wear Lange or Patek.Perhaps a Royal oak if Fleming had that as an option. Who cares? At 42mm it’s larger than most watches of the period but not uncharacteristically large in the diving watch category. Note the flat top of the ‘A’ in ‘WATERPROOF’, an indication of authenticity. The choice for this watch is perfectly explained by Lindy Hemming, Oscar-winning costume designer, responsible for casting 007’s watch in GoldenEye. Its direct predecessor, the Seamaster 120 had a much simpler history. There is a very tight link between the Speedmaster and the Seamaster 3oo. Notice the slight serif at the top of the 6 and open loop. After all, both were released back in 1957 along with the Railmaster. Condition is "Used". I believe this is due to the flowing curves of the turned lugs. While in most films, watches only make short screen appearances, with James Bond 007, this accessory has gained a totally different status, becoming a character on its own. Fortunately the original and correct date matched 1039 bracelet and 516 end links are present on this example and we can get a good feel for the aesthetics of the entire watch as it was meant to be worn. Similar as the Aqua Terra worn in Skyfall but on a 41mm size case and with the Master Co-Axial calibre. The model chosen here has a dark blue dial with nautical-inspired stripes. The dial symmetry and scarcity of the non date version has led to increased demand, with Big Triangle versions striking highest. Until it was redesigned for combat use, a watch was considered a sensitive and delicate instrument. Yet, appearances are not rare and the watch is clearly visible. New actor, new director, new production team, and overall new style for a modernized, more realistic Bond. The Seamaster 300m was already fitted with a Helium escape valve at 10. Edges should be clean well defined. The Omega Seamaster 300m Professional Chronometer, as worn by James Bond 007 in The World Is Not Enough. And while some feel size doesn’t matter, relying solely on the “motion of the ocean” isn’t a concern here. More than 50 years after its introduction, the Seamaster 300 reappears in an enhanced form that makes use of OMEGA’s most innovative technology, including a Master Co-Axial calibre. The watch can be found with two distinct dial variations. Some later cases can be found bearing Piquerez markings. Omega chose the newly introduced Seamaster 300, with Master Chronometer movement. As a hint, a 10x jewelers loupe is essential when examining a dial or movement. One such technology was the water resistant wrist watch. Bond wears the watch on a black Rubber strap. Neither of them need an introduction. And their collaboration is as explosive as the movies. It’s unpretentious and it’s beautiful. Bought as genuine but took to a jeweller who says it is a very high end replica. The 300M has been with us ever since and has only grown in popularity during that period. 116610LN) and the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (Ref. It’s true that it’s sibling the Speedmaster steals most of the limelight with its lunar heritage and recent record breaking sales, but that isn’t always what it’s about. The OMEGA Seamaster 300M wears well, with a 41mm diameter (the same size Rolex chose for the new Submariner). As vintage enthusiasts many of us have become accustomed to the size compromise. Casino Royale – you forgot dialogue between Bond and Vesper on the train to Montenegro, she asks Rolex and he responds Omega. Beware of minute markers protruding from underneath the hour marker lume. The second variety replaced the 12 o’clock numeral and lume placket with an oversized inverted lume triangle. The watches in question are the Rolex Submariner Date (Ref. The 2913 of 1957 featured a two part bezel with a thin, outer portion in bakelite displaying numerals used for diving. While at the beginning of the movie, when Bond receives his watch from Q, he’s clearly told that “it tells the time” when he asks “does it do anything?” Yet, at a certain point in the movie, fans of Omega and Bond were happy to discover that the watch actually does more than just indicating the time. With Quantum of Solace (2008), Bond seeks vengeance for Vesper Lynd, the woman he felt in love with during Casino Royal. The development and commercialization of the SCUBA system in the 1930’s and subsequent rise in popularity of recreational diving brought to life a new breed of watch designed for the rigors of underwater exploration – the dive watch. 1962 also marked the introduction of the second generation of SM300, the 165.024 and 165.025 date. That brings us to the latest Bond watch: the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition as seen in No Time To Die. This is a sure sign of a fake or refinished dial. History of the Omega Seamaster. Once again, as in other movies featuring Daniel Craig, the watches have no specific role in the story, however make numerous appearances on screen. Case – When examining the lettering on the case back ensure the ‘A’ in ‘WATERPROOF’ has a wide, flat top and not a pointy one. I agree to my personal data being stored and used to receive the newsletter or other updates about Monochrome Watches. Send us a note with the form at the right. This came about as a requirement for any watch bound for British MoD service, and by the end of the 60’s had made its way onto all SM 300’s. Word has it that the 1039 bracelet didn’t hold up well over time and it is noticeably less substantially built than the watch itself, although the simple style is hard to beat. Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition To help protect the sea, OMEGA has joined forces with Nekton, a foundation committed to the protection of the world’s oceans. Also note the small pinhole in the center of the luminous material at 6 o’clock. The development and commercialization of the SCUBA system in the 1930’s and subsequent rise in popularity of recreational diving brought to life a new breed of watch designed for the rigors of underwater exploration – the dive watch. As its name implies, the Seamaster Diver 300M has a water-resistance rating of 300 meters and includes a helium escape valve (HEV) on its case, allowing it to be used for professional saturation diving applications. Through the course of a watches life bracelets are swapped for straps, forgotten and eventually lost to time. These were precision grade, highly engineered instruments for applications requiring accurate and reliable timekeeping. Your article was a treat. The latter two are known as PloProfs, which are designed for deep dives. In 1993, after what can only be described as a 30-year identity crisis, the Omega Seamaster Professional 300M was released. Bonham’s November 21st Wristwatches auction saw a Big Triangle 165.024 SM 300 on its original bracelet hammer down at $20,200 US. The New OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M . The blue ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel is mounted on a 41 mm stainless steel case with a helium-escape valve at 10 o'clock. For this episode, Daniel Craig alias James Bond wears a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m, however in the smaller 42mm case, with a steel bracelet. Lovely watch. She said, “I was convinced that Commander Bond, a naval man, a diver and a discreet gentleman of the world would wear the Seamaster with the blue dial.”, Pierce Brosnan as James Bond 007 wearing an Omega Seamaster 300m Quartz Professional – GoldenEye, 1995. But let’s take a step back again, and look at the movement history of the Omega Seamaster 300M Diver, that starts in 1993. Probably the most well-known dive watch Omega has to offer, the Seamaster 300 – initially released as a trio of “Master” watches including the Speedmaster, Railmaster and the Seamaster 300 – soon became a favorite among professional divers and explores. This marked the comeback of the gadget-watch, after being absent from the previous 3 movies. 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