What We Know
Omega is in London this week celebrating a certain MI6-centric film franchise’s 60th birthday. As part of those festivities, it announced a brand new James Bond anniversary Seamaster, taking a fan favorite form factor back to its roots.
This is the new Seamaster Diver 300m 60th Anniversary Edition. It’s another take on the design ethos brought forth for Daniel Craig’s final Bond film, No Time To Die with a number of notable changes. This time it’s fashioned in steel, with a no-date display, and comes fitted to a vintage-evocative mesh bracelet.
This one is special because it harkens back to Omega’s first foray into the Bond franchise way back in 1995 when Pierce Brosnan wore what’s become known as the “Bond Seamaster” in Goldeneye. Taking cues from that original watch, Omega has blended elements of general vintage-ness with bits from the now iconic ’90s design.
Omega mixes the mesh bracelet motif – used to bring to mind a 1960s sensibility with the No Time To Die model – with the blue hue of the OG Diver 300m. The result is a watch tailor-made for a modern taste replete with just enough vintage touches to satisfy those invigorated by the past. Much like the Bond Seamaster, this watch features an anodized aluminum blue bezel paired with an equally aluminum blue dial and a laser-engraved wave pattern that just screams 1995. The bezel is fully lumed, and features a “60” where a traditional bezel pip or triangle would be. Add to all of this a lollipop seconds hand.
This is all executed in a no-date format and features the same uni-directional dive-time bezel, crown, and HEV that you’ll find on all models in the Diver 300m line. Where the NTTD Seamaster featured a vintage-leaning caseback meant to mimic military-issued watches in the RAF, this special 60th-anniversary model leans hard into the commemorative. As a result, we find a very Bond caseback.
Omega takes a page out of the latest Silver Snoopy for this one with what it refers to as a “film-themed caseback,” replicating the iconic 007 Bond opening sequences and spinning gun barrel design. The result is a patent pending “moiré” effect animation that’s linked to the running of the central (lollipop) seconds hand a lá Snoopy around the Moon.
Inside is the same Caliber 8806 found in the previous watch. Similar to the NTTD model, Omega has not indicated that this is a limited edition but rather a watch in limited production, again like the Snoopy. It will set prospective buyers back approximately $7,400 (nearly $2k less than the NNTD model). But that’s not all.
In addition to this release, Omega has simultaneously unveiled a Canopus (white) gold Seamaster with a natural grey silicon dial. The pattern of the dial on each watch will be completely unique. Then there’s the bezel, designed in tribute to the Jamaican flag with green and yellow treated natural diamonds in 10 shades. This is an homage to Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. In addition to the color, there are two clear diamonds at 12 o’clock. Inside beats the luxury caliber 8807 movement attached to the same caseback effect as on the steel model. This watch will cost somewhere around $140,000 (CHF 135,000).
What We Think
We had to know this was coming right? Well, maybe yes and maybe no. Just last month I wrote about Dr. No in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of that film’s release. I think everyone figured if there was going to be a new Seamaster, it would have happened then. Monitoring some of the forums it appeared as though fans figured the event had come and gone with no watch. And how wrong they were. And how awesome this is!
Having not seen this watch in person, my first thoughts are: Very very…very cool. It’s sort of exactly what we want from a release like this these days. It’s modern, robust, and stylish given the mesh bracelet. Add to that a bit of neo-vintage heritage via the original blue Bond Seamaster Diver 300m (did I mention wave dial?) and you have more than my attention.
I have covered the No Time To Die Seamaster a few times here on the site and got hands-on with it for the recent Watching Movies video. I really enjoy that watch, specifically the feel of it. Aesthetically, it’s handsome but maybe a bit too faux-vintage for my tastes with all of the faux-patina and faux-military accouterment.
This watch feels more contemporary, as if Omega found the secret sauce to bring a fan-favorite watch into modern day without making things overly modern. Now, it’s important to mention that Omega does make a current-gen Seamaster Diver 300m in blue, and that watch still goes by the nickname “Bond,” from time to time. With its ceramic bezel and wavy laser-engraved ceramic dial, it’s the epitome of the current Omega design thinking. It’s big, it’s heavy, and it’s shiny. It also happens to be one of the brand’s best selling pieces.
This 60th Anniversary model is not meant to replace that piece. This new Bond watch is for enthusiasts, both horologically and cinematically speaking. And where I typically would shy away from an overt commemorative caseback, there’s just something so cool about the way Omega is raising the stakes in this regard. The Snoopy around the Moon animation from last year was a real showstopper and I cannot wait to see this one in action too. I think it requires playing the theme song every time you look at it.
Then there’s the Canopus gold watch. Talk about unexpected! It similarly appears to be a watch that’s not overtly limited in number but rather in production. While it’s jarring to see the Diver 300m executed this way, it actually looks incredible. The sporty look of the crown and HEV paired with the precious metal and diamonds is a vibe unto itself.
Overall, I really like the looks of the new steel blue mode, even as an everyday watch. The muted, almost navy hue of the blue looks absolutely killer here – a big departure from the glossy look of ceramic. And the wave pattern looks better than ever in this execution.
I’m certainly looking forward to hopefully seeing this watch in person in the future. If any of you get your hands on one, send wrist shots (and caseback videos) my way, I’d love to see them.
Model: Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond – Stainless Steel
Reference Number: 220.127.116.11.03.002
Case Material: Steel
Dial Color: Blue
Indexes: Applied markers
Water Resistance: 300m
Strap/Bracelet: Mesh bracelet
Caliber: Omega 8806
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, helium escape valve
Power Reserve: 55 hours
Frequency: 25,200 vph
Chronometer Certified: METAS Master Chronometer certified
Additional Details: Anti-magnetic up to 15,000 gauss
Pricing & Availability
Price: CHF 7,000 (Approximately $7,400 at time of writing)
Limited Edition: No, limited production
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