Omega Seamaster James Bond 50th Anniversary
Omega celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the first James Bond film with the launch of a commemorative limited edition watch, the Omega Seamaster Co-Axial 300M James Bond 007 50th Anniversary 126.96.36.199.01.005, available in two sizes (41mm and 36.25mm).
There are some features that distinguish these watches: their cases are made of stainless steel and they feature ceramic bezel rings with diving scales in matt chromium nitride except for the number "50" which is in red, as a reminder that the watch is celebrating a very special anniversary. Each version of the watch is presented on a classic brushed and polished Omega-patented screw-and-pin stainless steel bracelet. The lacquered black dial features a 007 monogram. The 41 mm version has 11 applied indexes; the 36.25 mm watch has ten with a diamond index at the 7 o'clock position - a reminder that this watch was created to honour the film history of agent 007. The indexes are coated with white Super-LumiNova with a blue emission, allowing ease of reading in all light conditions. There is a date window at 3 o'clock.
Perhaps the coolest feature is the 'bullet' decoration on the rotor, that rotates with the motion of the oscillating weight. This unique design can be viewed through a central sapphire crystal in the back of the case.
The watch has a self-winding chronometer, Co-Axial escapement-equipped movement with rhodium-plated finish. This Seamaster also has a unidirectional rotating bezel. A helium escape valve allows helium atoms to escape during decompression, particularly necessary for professional divers operating from diving bells. As its name suggests, the watch is water resistant up to 300 metres / 1000 feet / 30 bar.
The 41 mm version was produced in an edition limited to 11,007 pieces; the smaller watch was created in a limited edition of 3,007 pieces.
The watches were unveiled at a press conference and a showcase of props from every James Bond film at Omega's new Westfield Stratford (England) boutique (read more).