“Shaken or stirred? Do I look like i give a damn!”
The latest & very much anticipated Bond film, Spectre, is almost here & along with it comes the new Bond Limited Edition from Omega. Daniel Craig has brought an honesty & rawness to the character that has made him the embodiment of what we expect James Bond to be now. It seems, whether intentional or not, Omega’s latest Bond themed timepiece follows this ethos delivering an unfussy, not overly branded watch that carries elements of the era we typically associate with secret agents whilst as is true with any Bond gadget; there is plenty more than immediately meets the eye.
This year, the Limited Edition will actually be the watch Bond wears in the movie. The Seamaster 300 was released as a re-edition of the classic model originally from 1957 with very little update in terms of layout. The case size has been increased to a modern 41mm & naturally, the bracelet feels more sturdy but the overall impression is definitely vintage. A matt black dial with recessed markers highlighting indices specifically made to carry an aged patina only further the vintage look & appeal.
The only obvious difference between the Bond limited edition & the regular Seamaster 300M models is the “lollipop” seconds hand. The grey striped NATO strap is available independently from Omega so what are you really getting for £4,785.00 that separates this as a special edition?
A total of 7007 pieces will be made worldwide; all individually numbered as can be seen above. The entire Seamaster 300M collection use the new Master Co-Axial calibre that incorporates the updated antimagnetic features first seen in the record breaking Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss model. The watch has a screw down crown to guarantee water resistance & a exhibition sapphire caseback to view this gorgeous calibre. The liquid metal bezel is virtually impossible to scratch and carries a 12 hour indication that can be used quite easily as a guide for a second timezone.
The watch is delivered in a box fit for any spy movie. The code must read “007” before the catch can be released entering a world of fun for every watch enthusiast. A steel bracelet is provided as standard along with the tool allowing the wearer to exchange between NATO & bracelet. The bracelet is entirely brushed, unlike the regular models with polished centre links, and the 007 logo is discreetly engraved on the clasp. Tying into the spy theme, both these added extras are hidden under a panel at the back of the box.
A loupe is provided to see this stunning movement in greater detail but the fact the loupe is detailed to match the bezel on the watch is one of the little things that pluck at enthusiasts heart strings. Ultimately, I believe it is this that sets the James Bond Spectre limited edition apart from its earlier incarnations. Visually, I find the throwback appeal ticks the vintage boxes nicely without trying to change the original look for a modern audience. The Master Co-Axial inclusion suggests Omega are aiming at a knowledgeable audience that won’t simply be keeping the watch in its display case. Finally, the added extras & especially the box just calls out to both the Secret agent & Geek in us.
Priced at £4,875.00, whether you choose the limited edition if you can find one or one of the regular Seamaster 300M models, I believe you get unbelievable value for money compared to its immediate competitors. The model we have just received is actually number 1985 out of the 7007; the perfect 30th birthday present or gift to yourself.
Feel free to visit us in-store to view both the Spectre Limited Edition & regular Seamaster 300M collection alongside the other models in Omega’s line up.