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Omega and James Bond: A Perfect Match
James Bond, the most famous secret agent in film history, has been a loyal patron of Omega watches since 1995. He is particularly fond of the Seamaster collection. The Swiss manufacturer also offers special-edition watches for fans of the series.
Bond's Companion Since 1995
In the mid-1990s, Jean-Claude Biver had a stroke of genius. The then-CEO of Omega, one of the Swiss luxury watch industry's most storied companies, reached out to the producers of the James Bond films and proposed having the famed secret agent wear Omega watches. Up until then, Bond had generally stuck to Rolex Submariner and quartz Seiko watches. The filmmakers accepted his proposal, and the rest is history. Omega is a fitting choice for a Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, seeing as the company has been one of the British military's top watch suppliers since the First World War.
Played by Pierce Brosnan, 007 first wore an Omega watch in 1995's "GoldenEye." More specifically, he wore a quartz-powered Seamaster Professional 300M. Her Majesty's secret agent has remained loyal to the Seamaster collection ever since. However, he has explored different models in the series, including the classic Seamaster 300, the Diver 300 M, the Planet Ocean, and the Aqua Terra.
With each new movie, Omega has released special editions of Bond's watch for fans and collectors, including models with limited production runs. These timepieces are extremely popular and often appreciate in value rather quickly. One example is the Seamaster 300 Spectre, which Omega created in 2015 for the film of the same name. Limited to a run of 7,007 pieces, prices for this model increased by 33% within five years and are still on the rise.
The 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die, hit theaters in fall 2021. Omega marked the occasion with yet another special edition 007 watch. This time, they created a Diver 300M with retro tan luminous material and a light titanium case.
Reasons to Buy an Omega Bond Watch
- A wide range of models
- Limited-edition collector's items
- Likely to appreciate in value
How much do Omega James Bond watches cost?
|Model, reference number||Price (approx.)||Features|
|Seamaster 300M Spectre, 22.214.171.124.01.001||10,000 USD||7,007 units, caliber 8400, lollipop second hand|
|Diver 300M No Time To Die, 126.96.36.199.01.001||9,500 USD||Titanium case, retro design, caliber 8806|
|Planet Ocean Skyfall, 188.8.131.52.01.004||7,800 USD||Water-resistant to 600 m (60 bar, 1,969 ft), date, caliber 8507|
|Aqua Terra 150M James Bond Edition, 184.108.40.206.03.004||7,100 USD||15,007 units, date, caliber 8507, water-resistant to 150 m (15 bar, 492 ft)|
|Planet Ocean Quantum of Solace, 220.127.116.11.01.001||6,100 USD||Water-resistant to 600 m (60 bar, 1,969 ft), date, caliber 8507, 5,007 units|
|Diver 300M Casino Royale, 2226.80.00||6,600 USD||10,007 units, date, caliber 2500|
|Diver 300M 40th Anniversary James Bond, 2537.80.00||3,900 USD||10,007 units, date, caliber 1120|
|Seamaster Professional 300M Quartz, 2541.80.00||2,700 USD||Quartz caliber, date|
Bond Watches: 1995-2002
Pierce Brosnan became the first Bond to wear an Omega watch on the silver screen in 1995. He wore a quartz-powered Seamaster Professional 300M ref. 2541.80.00 with a blue diving bezel and blue dial with a wave pattern. Its 41-mm stainless steel case is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 bar, 984 ft). Today, pre-owned pieces sell for around 2,700 USD.
Celebrating 40 Years of Bond Films
In the subsequent film, "Tomorrow Never Dies," Brosnan switched to the Seamaster Diver 300M ref. 2531.80. Optically, this model is almost indistinguishable from its predecessor. However, the word "Chronometer" on the dial above its depth rating reveals that this watch houses the chronometer-certified automatic caliber 1120. You can purchase this timepiece for about 4,100 USD in mint condition and 3,500 USD pre-owned.
Omega released the Seamaster Diver 300M 40th Anniversary James Bond Edition in 2002. It was the first watch the manufacturer officially dedicated to the iconic secret agent. That year marked 40 years since the premiere of the first Bond film: 1962's "Dr. No." This model bears the reference number 2537.80.00 and is technologically identical to the ref. 2531.80.00. Unlike its sister model, this Bond edition has a dial covered in small 007 logos. The logo also appears above 6 o'clock and as an engraving on the stainless steel case back, which resembles the gun barrel from the opening sequence of every Bond movie.
The Swiss manufacturer produced 10,007 copies of this watch. Prices for never-worn models sit around 3,900 USD, while used watches demand roughly 3,700 USD.
Features of the Ref. 2537.80.00
- The first true Omega Bond watch
- Limited run of 10,007 pieces
- 007 logo on the dial and stainless steel case back
- Chronometer-certified automatic caliber 1120
Watches from the Daniel Craig Era
Daniel Craig made his debut as 007 in 2006's "Casino Royale." Omega celebrated the occasion with two special Bond watches: the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Limited Edition (ref. 2226.80.00) and the limited-edition Casino Royale Planet Ocean 600M (ref. 2907.50.91). Both models use the 007 logo as the second hand's counterweight. They also share the automatic caliber 2500. This movement boasts a co-axial escapement and 48-hour power reserve.
The Diver 300M is 41 mm in diameter and has a dark blue dial with the famous gun barrel spiral from the film's opening sequence. The unidirectional diving bezel is also dark blue. A large engraving of the 007 logo occupies much of the stainless steel case back. This model was limited to a run of 10,007 pieces. Today, mint-condition pieces sell for as little as 6,600 USD. Well-maintained pre-owned watches cost about 470 USD less.
At 42.5 mm, the Planet Ocean Casino Royale (ref. 2907.50.91) has a much more imposing appearance. It shares much of its design and technology with the standard edition, including a black dial, large luminous indices, and wide arrow hands. Only the 007 logo on the second hand, the Casino Royale engraving on the case back, and the special rubber strap indicate that you're looking at a Bond watch. Plan to spend around 6,700 USD for a new timepiece and 6,100 USD for a pre-owned model.
Quantum of Solace
Omega commemorated the 2008 release of "Quantum of Solace" with a limited-edition Planet Ocean model. It features the same technology as the ref. 18.104.22.168.01.001, but sets itself apart from its predecessor with a new dial design. While still black, the dial's texture resembles the grip of a Walther PPK – Bond's service weapon. Omega also used a laser to engrave the movie's title into the sapphire crystal. When viewed from the right angle, you'll see "Quantum of Solace" and the 007 logo in the middle of the sapphire crystal. The logo also appears engraved on the stainless steel case back.
Omega only made 5,007 copies of this timepiece, making it a popular collector's item. Never-worn models change hands for around 6,100 USD. You can save some 120 USD by purchasing a pre-owned version.
The movie "Skyfall" debuted in 2012, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film. Omega used this opportunity to make two special editions in honor of 007. Like many of its predecessors, the Skyfall Limited Edition ref. 22.214.171.124.01.004 belongs to the Planet Ocean family. However, it has a more manageable 42-mm case. It also comes with the then-new Co-Axial caliber 8507, which you can view through the sapphire crystal case back. The matte black dial features an attractive geometric grid pattern. The use of the 007 logo as an hour index at 7 o'clock marks this model as a Bond watch. What's more, the word "Skyfall" is engraved on the movement's rotor. This timepiece requires an investment of roughly 7,800 USD, regardless of condition.
The Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond 50th Anniversary ref. 126.96.36.199.01.005 is available in a 41-mm men's or 36-mm women's edition. Both versions have a black dial covered in small 007 logos. They also share a black diving bezel with a 50-minute marker in red instead of white. The stainless steel case back is equally exciting with its gun barrel pattern and central opening made of sapphire crystal. This hole reveals the center of the winding rotor, which resembles the bottom of a firearm cartridge. You can purchase the men's version of this anniversary edition for between 4,900 and 5,500 USD. A mint-condition women's watch (ref. 188.8.131.52.51.001) is significantly more expensive at roughly 6,900 USD. Used, this model costs about the same as its larger counterpart.
In 2015's "Spectre," you'll see Bond wearing both a Seamaster 300 and an Seamaster Aqua Terra. These watches went on sale as limited editions soon after the movie's release. Of the two models, the Seamaster 300 Spectre (ref. 184.108.40.206.01.001) is especially highly coveted. The original Seamaster from 1957 inspired much of the Spectre's design. However, its power comes from the decidedly modern Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8400. This movement comes with a silicon balance spring, which can withstand magnetic fields of up to 15,000 Gauss.
While the Seamaster 300 Spectre has many similarities to the standard edition, it's still easy to tell the two apart. For one, the special edition has a black ceramic bezel with a 0 to 11 scale. The bezel can also rotate in both directions. This design is perfectly suited to display an additional time zone. Furthermore, the second hand is a so-called "lollipop hand," meaning it has a round tip. Finally, the dial only features the numerals 3, 6, and 9, with a large Omega logo at 12 o'clock. Just like in the movie, a black and gray striped NATO strap holds this timepiece securely on the wrist. Only 7,007 copies of this watch exist. It demands prices of around 10,500 USD in mint condition. Used watches cost only slightly less at 9,900 USD.
Compared to other Bond watches, the 41.5-mm Aqua Terra 150M James Bond Edition (ref. 220.127.116.11.03.004) is downright elegant. This sporty stainless steel dress watch comes on a matching stainless steel bracelet. Inspired by the Bond family coat of arms, the blue dial has a unique woven-like texture. This, combined with wedge-shaped indices, lends the dial a sense of depth. The "Seamaster" inscription, minute scale numerals, ">15'007 GAUSS" inscription, and second hand pop in a bright yellow hue. The chronometer-certified caliber 8507 powers this special edition. You can watch this movement at work through the sapphire crystal case back. Omega has skeletonized its rotor in the shape of the famous gun barrel spiral with a firearm cartridge in the middle.
You can purchase the Aqua Terra James Bond Edition for roughly 7,100 USD new and 6,100 USD pre-owned.
The 25th Bond film, "No Time to Die," premiered in fall 2021, accompanied by yet another special-edition Bond watch from Omega. For this movie, the secret agent returned to the Seamaster Diver 300M. However, this model has undergone some major changes. Omega crafted the 42-mm case out of grade 2 titanium, resulting in a lighter watch than its steel or gold counterparts. The dial and bezel inlay are made of matte brown aluminum. Beige luminous material on the numerals, indices, and hands adds a beautiful sense of contrast and lends this timepiece its unique retro charm.
An arrowhead on the dial above 6 o'clock and on the case back hints at this watch's military nature. Known as a Broad Arrow, the British government has been using this symbol to mark government-owned property since the 16th century. The case back is also engraved with an inventory number, just as you'd find on authentic military watches. The code's final numbers, "6" and "2," stand for "1962" – the year the first Bond film, "Dr. No," debuted.
The Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8806 ticks away inside this timepiece. The automatic movement boasts a 55-hour power reserve. Like all Master Chronometers, it is extremely precise and protected against magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss. The Diver 300M No Time to Die 007 Edition is available on a titanium Milanese bracelet (ref. 18.104.22.168.01.001) or a black, gray, and beige striped NATO strap (ref. 22.214.171.124.01.001). The version with a metal bracelet has a list price of 9,200 USD, while the model on a textile strap demands 8,100 USD.
The Commander's Watch and Other Special Editions
In summer 2017, Omega released the most colorful Bond watch to date: the Seamaster Diver 300M Commander's Watch. It features a bright white ceramic dial with blue hour and minute hands, as well as blue indices. Both the hands and indices are filled with white luminous material. The rotatable diving bezel features a blue ceramic inlay. However, the first 15 minutes have a bright red background for improved readability. The same red hue appears on the second hand with a 007 logo and the number "7" in the date display. A striped NATO strap in blue, red, and gray completes the look.
Omega's designers chose this color combination in a nod to Bond's past in the British Royal Navy. Three gold stripes on the automatic movement's rotor reflect Bond's rank as Commander. The caliber 2507's rotor is also engraved with the series' famous logo.
Omega only produced 7,007 units of the 41-mm Commander's Watch ref. 126.96.36.199.02.001. You can find new models on Chrono24 for around 6,000 USD. Pre-owned pieces sell for about 5,400 USD.
Tribute Models from 2019
The 6th Bond film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," turned 50 years old in 2019. Omega marked the occasion with several special editions.
First, there was the James Bond Set with a limited run of 257 pieces. It contains two versions of the Seamaster Diver 300M: one with an 18-karat yellow gold case and another with a stainless steel case. Otherwise, the two timepieces are nearly identical. Omega has equipped both with a black ceramic bezel with a gun barrel pattern, as well as hands and indices in 18-karat yellow gold. White luminous material on the hands and indices guarantees optimal readability under all lighting conditions. One particularly nice detail is a small "50" hidden in the luminous material at 10 o'clock. What's more, the 12 o'clock index bears the Bond family coat of arms.
A small gold plate with the watch's production number is screwed into the left side of the case. A sapphire crystal case back reveals the automatic caliber 8806 or 8807 beneath. Both are Master Chronometers and identical in their construction. The only difference is that the 8806 has a stainless steel rotor, while the 8807's rotor is made of rose gold.
Omega presents the watches in a "Globe-Trotter™" suitcase, including interchangeable NATO straps and a stainless steel bracelet. The set also comes with a strap-changing tool and a watchmaker's loupe. If you'd like to call this rare set your own, be sure to have about 59,000 USD on hand.
Omega released another Bond Limited Edition in conjunction with the James Bond Set. This model comes with a much friendlier price tag. The ref. 188.8.131.52.01.004 also belongs to the Diver 300M family. Its design is nearly identical to the stainless steel watch from the Bond Set except for one small detail: The Master Chronometer caliber 8800 lends this timepiece a date display at 6 o'clock.
Omega built 7,007 copies of this edition. They deliver the watch in a box with both a rubber strap and stainless steel bracelet. Prices for this watch come in at around 9,500 USD.