Video review Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition [live photo, price]
James Bond returns – not yet to the cinema screen – but with the new titanium Omega Seamaster Diver 300M. Military accents, vintage style and interesting color certainly distinguish it from its predecessors.
English subtitles included
James Bond has gone through several watch companies throughout his history, but has been with Omega continuously since 1995. In the latest episode of the 007 adventures – “No Time To Die” – time for Her Majesty’s Agent will be measured by the Seamaster 300M with a 42 mm titanium case.
The choice of material was reportedly suggested by Daniel Craig himself, who said that a lighter watch is much better in action. The surface of the case is brushed and, depending on the version, combined with a NATO strap or a titanium mesh bracelet. We chose the later for the purpose of this test.
The case of a titanium Seamaster 300M is slightly thinner than the regular steel model and is crowned with a highly domed, sapphire crystal. Looking at the watch, you can see numerous refractions and reflections of the light, but it is thanks to this, among other things, the Seamseter 300M obtained the so-called vintage-look-and-feel.
Under the domed crystal Omega has placed a dark brown aluminium dial. It has applied indices, which, like the partially skeletonized hands, are filled with a creamy Super-LumiNova. The substance glows blue in the dark. The exception is the minute hand and the dot on the rotating bezel, where the light is green.
The composition of the dial is completed with a minute scale, the name of the manufacturer and model, information about the water-resistance, the Master Chronometer certificate, and a coaxial escapement. In the lower part of the dial and on the caseback we can see a characteristic arrow – the so-called “Broad Arrow”, which historically meant that the particular item was owned by the government of Great Britain.
The brown and cream design is complemented by two red details – the “Seamaster” print and the tip of the seconds hand. In this model, Omega skipped on the date display. On one hand it is probably the most popular and most frequently used complication, but on the other it is nice sometimes to see a simple, symmetrical dial, the design of which is not disturbed by any additional indication.
The caseback is not transparent this time. Omega used the NAIAD lock, which guarantees a nice, even arrangement of the inscriptions in relation to the case. This is also one of the details by which you can recognize a fake – where the caseback is in a random position, it cannot be the original.
Officially, the watch is water resistant to 300 meters, but I know that the company tests it at dept exceeding 400 meters. When talking about diving, we must mention the rotating bezel. The one from Omega has minimal play but also a pleasant click. Its insert is made of aluminium, which – thanks to a particular process – is more durable and hard.
A set of numbers, closely related to Bond, was engraved on the caseback. Leading numbers “0552” are the British Navy code and the numbers “923 7697” refer to the diving watch. The letter “A” hereafter indicates the model equipped with a screwed crown, and “007” refers to the number of the “license to kill”, of course owned by James Bond. The number “62” at the end alludes to 1962, when “Dr. No”, the very first film about the adventures of the famous spy starring Sean Connery, premiered.
Bond’s newest Omega is powered by the caliber 8806, an automatic movement with Co-Axial escapement and a Master Chronometer certificate, which guarantees resistance even to strong magnetic fields. The movement works with a frequency of 3.5Hz and provides 55 hours of power reserve. The daily deviation during the test did not exceed 3 seconds. So the result is very good.
Let’s talk about the experience of wearing the reviewed Omega watch. Did I feel like agent 007? Maybe a little bit. A titanium case is a great choice. It is light and pleasantly sticks to the wrist. For myself, I would choose the version with a NATO strap rather than a bracelet. And it is not about the quality of the latter but rather about the fit to my wrist.
The Omega mesh bracelet – which is unquestionably cool – works a bit like a strap, allowing for easy and quick adjustments. When it comes to the clasp, the brand chose the folding clasp, which, in combination with the bracelet itself, made a large bulge under my wrist. And while this does not prevent the watch from being worn, it looks rather average. So if like me, you have more of a small wrist, there are two options: either not to worry about this factor or switch to the strap, which is not a problem at all.
Except that, I like the watch very much. The combination of brown dial and ecru Super-LumiNova, red additions and broad arrow flavours create a clear connection with the world of the military. The entirely brushed surface gives it a severity, which is broken by the warm colour of strongly domed sapphire crystal. It is as if you combined in one model something modern and vintage. I think it is the watch just right for James Bond.
The suggested retail price in the tested version is USD 9,200. The version on the NATO strap costs USD 8,100.