I was going to eventually get to this particular review, but something came across my screen this morning that was too cool to ignore. Those of you that know me, know that I am a huge Omega fanatic, borderline obsessive. I am also a big James Bond fan. There are some cool things happening regarding both of those topics together which makes this post so incredibly fun for me (and hopefully you too). Oh, and by the way check out the Bond lifestyle link as well.
This Year James Bond is celebrating its 50th anniversary. That is 22 movies on the silver screen, 6 actors playing the Iconic Bond; and of course numerous great gadgets, cars, and watches. To Commemorate this, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox are releasing all 22 of the films on Blu-ray in a big boxed set.
On top of that, the 23rd Bond film called Skyfall in coming out in fall of this year, November 9th to be exact. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Bond. All of this means that for 50 years, and still today James Bond is the Icon of style. The measure of a man you might say. He drives the best cars, drinks the best drinks, has greatest gadgets and guns; but most importantly here, wears the best watch.
Two Bond actors have worn, one of my all time favorite watches, the Omega Seamaster. This watch is a thing of beauty. It was first created in 1948, and has consistently been one of Omega’s best sellers. I own two of the Seamasters myself. One is a 1960s model 30 with a Caliber 285 movement. The other is of course the Bond Watch, the Seamaster 300 automatic (shaken, not stirred). Both are shown here:
Again these are incredible watches using Omega’s in-house movements. There have been a few special editions along the way, and they have updated their movements a few years ago to the gorgeous coaxial automatic. Most of the modern Seamasters are also COSC certified chronometers, a testament to their accuracy. BUT this time, to commemorate the 50th or Diamond anniversary of Bond, they have out done themselves with this:
The Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond “50 Years”
It’s hard to believe that fifty years have passed since James Bond first stepped onto the big screen in “Dr. No”. To celebrate the milestone, OMEGA has launched the Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond “50 Years” wristwatch in two sizes. This video presents close-up images of the 41 mm and the 36.35 mm versions detailing some of their special features including, most notably, the rotating cartridge on the caseback. Later this year, “SKYFALL”, the 23rd film in the franchise will be released starring Daniel Craig as the world’s favourite spy.
As I said Omega is one of my favorite watchmakers, but when you combine that with something as cool as the Bond legacy, well then you have something that is Really Swell