Omega is slowly counting down to the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, which is scheduled for April 2020, with a trickle of 007-themed watches. Just two months ago it debuted a Seamaster Diver 300M to mark half a century of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (OHMSS), and now it’s the release of a box set of two watches in steel and gold respectively, presented in a suitcase by British luggage maker Globe-Trotter.
Limited to 257, the James Bond Limited Edition Set is made up of a pair of Seamaster dive watches almost identical to the earlier OHMSS edition but without the date. Both are essentially variants of the 42mm Seamaster Diver 300M but tweaked to incorporate several references to 007.
The stainless-steel model features a black ceramic bezel insert with a white enamel scale, while the yellow gold version has a scale of Ceragold, which is ceramic with gold filling for the markings. Both have black ceramic dials engraved with the gun barrel motif taken from the title sequence of James Bond films.
The hands and indices of both models are yellow gold, with the 12 o’clock marker inspired by the fictional Bond family coat of arms. A subtle detail is the “50” embedded within the luminous marker at ten o’clock, visible only in the dark, a nod to the 50th anniversary of OHMSS. And there’s also the tiny “007” that takes the place of the marker on the minute track.
A commemorative plate bearing the set serial number is screwed into the side of the case, done in a contrasting colour for each watch: yellow gold for the steel model and white gold for the yellow-gold model.
The Bond family coat of arms is also printed in gold and black on the sapphire crystal back of each watch. And while the stainless-steel model is equipped with the Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8806 with a rhodium-plated rotor, the yellow gold uses an upgraded 8807 calibre, which has its rotor and balance bridge in Sedna gold.
Gold components aside, both movements are mechanically identical, with a free-sprung balance wheel and a silicon hairspring. And most crucially, various parts of the co-axial escapement are made from proprietary alloys that boost magnetism resistance to over 15,000 Gauss.
Both watches are presented in a Globe-Trotter suitcase, made of the brand’s signature vulcanised fibreboard – essentially layers of paper hardened by resin – that also contains a pair of travel cases, an additional stainless-steel bracelet for the steel model, an extra NATO strap for each watch, as well as a loupe and a strap removal tool.
Key facts and price
James Bond Limited Edition Set
Ref. 126.96.36.199.01.003 (Stainless steel)
Ref. 188.8.131.52.01.001 (Yellow gold)
Material: Stainless steel and yellow gold
Movement: Calibre 8806 (steel) and calibre 8807 (yellow gold)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Frequency: 25,200bph, or 3.5Hz
Power reserve: 55 hours
Strap: Rubber strap with additional steel bracelet
Limited edition: 257 sets
Availability: At boutiques and retailers from January 2020
Price: 39,000 Swiss francs, or 58,500 Singapore dollars
For more information, visit Omegawatches.com.
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