By Oren Hartov
A James Bond film wouldn’t be complete without a cool watch, and for the past 25 or so years, that’s meant a cool Omega watch. For the fifth (and supposedly final) Daniel Craig entry in the franchise, the famed Swiss manufacturer upped the ante and delivered a special piece unlike any Bond watch seen before.
Whereas previous timepieces were largely chosen from Omega’s core collection, the new Bond watch is an original creation with a neo-vintage look. Worn in the movie on a mesh Milanese bracelet but also available on a special dark brown, grey and beige NATO strap, the new piece is a 42mm Seamaster Diver 300M manufactured in full titanium. With a rugged, military feel, it features “old radium”-style lume, a “black tropical” dial with a brown tone, a broad arrow marking on the dial and case back (used to indicate Crown property), and, best of all, it’s non-limited release, marking the first time a James Bond Omega product has seen full serial production.
Excitingly and in a first for the Bond franchise, Bond actor Daniel Craig worked personally with Omega for the past two years to help design the Seamaster. (He valued lightness and a vintage-inspired aesthetic, both of which are present in the new model.) Using inspiration from MOD-issued watches in Omega’s back catalog, the Omega team worked with Craig to perfect this aesthetic via the inclusion of “old radium”-style Super-LumiNova, present in the watch in blue-glowing indices and a green-glowing seconds hand. In addition to titanium construction, the watch features an aluminum bezel, flatter than its ceramic counterparts and 3x harder than standard anodized aluminum.