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Hands-On: Omega Seamaster 300M 007 ‘No Time To Die’ Watch For Daniel Craig

Together with many issues in life, the most recent James Bond 007 film was delayed because of the pandemic after it was initially meant to be launched in 2019. That’s the reason our unique aBlogtoWatch debut article concerning the Omega Seamaster 300M 007 Version “No Time To Die” watch was again in 2019. Now, within the fall of 2021, the most recent James Bond story, No Time To Die, has been lastly launched, and it’s one other outstanding movie within the longstanding sequence. After a while with the watch, in addition to seeing the movie, I now supply my perspective on this significantly fascinating variant of the latest-generation Omega Seamaster 300M.

Omega watches have been an official a part of the James Bond 007 franchise because the early Nineties — by way of 9 007 movies. No Time To Die was significantly emotional for everybody concerned as a result of it’s the final 007 film to characteristic actor Daniel Craig because the 007 James Bond. In case you haven’t seen the film, I simply need to warn you now that I’ll focus on some spoilers, since it’s actually exhausting to debate this reference Seamaster 300M 007 watch with out mentioning key plot parts of the film. That’s the very first thing it’s worthwhile to learn about this timepiece. It isn’t simply one other limited-edition 007 Omega watch, however quite the precise product worn by Daniel Craig within the movie whereas taking part in James Bond. This isn’t the primary time  Omega has produced a industrial watch worn by Mr. Craig within the movie (that was in 2015 with the Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre — aBlogtoWatch hands-on right here), however that is apparently the primary one which Daniel Craig himself actually hand a hand in creative-directing. So, along with being the most recent James Bond 007 watch, it’s one which was designed with very particular suggestions and steerage from Craig. Because of this, I personally discuss with the Seamaster 300M No Time To Die product because the “Daniel Craig version.”

Omega invited us to observe No Time To Die with them right here in Los Angeles, and, as a particular deal with, Daniel Craig confirmed up, together with Omega’s CEO Raynald Aeschlimann. It was defined that when it got here time to design a brand new look ahead to the following 007 movie — which again then was recognized to be the final that includes Daniel Craig — Omega apparently needed to make a James Bond watch as Daniel Craig felt it ought to be. Craig grew to become a watch lover as a part of his relationship with 007, and he needed a timepiece that evoked a basic army watch really feel, akin to what Ian Fleming (the creator of James Bond) would have imagined for James Bond. Fleming was within the Royal British Navy, so the route of the product targeted on a contemporary timepiece that appeared as if it was a classic British army watch. Mockingly, Craig just lately grew to become an honorary member of the British Navy on account of his efficiency as James Bond. The  Omega Seamaster 300M No Time To Die watch was meant as one thing worn by somebody who was within the British Navy (i.e., James Bond), after which the actor who performs the character who wears the watch turns into “half” of the British Navy. So, that turned out fairly properly for all events concerned.

Similtaneously wanting the No Time To Die watch to look slick, Craig was very serious about growing the wearability of the watch. He was appropriate to argue that James Bond wanted one thing light-weight and extremely safe given all of the motion scenes. Omega managed to essentially get the load down by rendering the watch in grade 2 titanium (first absolutely titanium items for this era Seamaster 300M) and in addition managed to make the watch seem thinner by altering the bezel and sapphire crystal to a extra vintage-style domed impact akin to acrylic crystal watches (however in sapphire crystal, after all — this isn’t a Speedmaster). Be aware that the “commonplace” Seamaster 300M fashions have extra flat sapphire crystals. The Curved crystal does enhance glare and thus makes the watches more durable to {photograph}, however the real-life impact is to assist make the watch appear to be a extra classic product.

Whereas not everybody loves “fauxtina” lume (coloring the lume to look as if it has aged), I occur to adore the look of a extra brown/tan coloured lume versus white or inexperienced. The combination of pure grey titanium, tan-colored luminant, and a barely browned matte black shade for the dial and bezel makes for a really retro type that’s nonetheless extraordinarily trendy. The colours come out, as properly. The 42mm-wide case wears broadly, and the tones of the watch are so obvious on Daniel Craig’s wrist within the newest 007 film, even when the watch isn’t completely in focus. Whilst you don’t want to observe the film to take pleasure in this product, seeing the film actually provides a brand new dimension of enjoyable to the sporting or possession expertise.

The Seamaster 300M is a diver’s-style sports activities watch at coronary heart, with 300 meters of water resistance and the distinctive handbook helium launch valve on the 10 o’clock place on the case. For this mannequin, Omega removes the ceramic bezel insert and really replaces it with a extra old-school aluminum bezel insert. That stated, Omega didn’t simply need to go backward in time with know-how. What Omega defined is that they use a particular crystalline coating course of as a part of or after the anodization course of that colours the aluminum. Successfully, this doesn’t make the aluminum bezel as scratch-resistant as ceramic or sapphire however is supposed to be a marked enchancment over the bottom scratch-resistance of anodized aluminum.

For the motion, Omega goes with its in-house-made caliber 8806 automated Co-Axial Grasp Chronometer mechanism that operates at 4Hz with 55 hours of energy reserve and features a silicon steadiness spring. The motion can be METAS licensed, which amongst different issues implies that it’s extremely proof against magnetic fields. Not like most fashionable Seamaster 300M watches with an open caseback, the No Time To Die Version has a closed caseback with textual content meant to appear to be that on an precise military-issued wristwatch or piece of substances. Going again to the dial of the watch, we have now a clear, symmetrical face with no date and extremely contrasting options. What I actually like concerning the dial (along with the eye-pleasing colours) is the way it mixes the enchantment of a classic watch with the comparatively fashionable dial parts of the Seamaster 300M that date again to the early Nineties.

Within the film, Daniel Craig doesn’t simply look good in his Seamaster 300M No Time To Die, but it surely, after all, has a job like his different devices. One can additional make the argument that the 007 No Time To Die film, general, is like one lengthy wristwatch and Omega commercial. The mix of all of the watch pictures within the film, together with loads of key dialog traces, make for an entertaining cinema expertise that very a lot validates the practices of getting a ardour for and sporting timepieces as emotional objects.

Essentially the most amusing play on mechanical watches within the film is how Q matches James Bond’s watch with a small EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) gadget. The concept is that it emits a magnetic shock wave that’s so highly effective it could actually disable electronics inside a selected vary. That is amusing as a result of watchmakers love the concept of older mechanical wristwatch know-how beating quartz watches or somebody making themselves particularly related. You possibly can thus think about the delight of a watchmaker to see James Bond sporting a mechanical watch whose energy is to disable fashionable know-how. Simply attempt to ignore a number of the plot holes that this explicit gadget-use of 007’s wristwatch introduces into the story.

A watch imagined by 007 actor Daniel Craig as his closing testomony to the James Bond character he performed for plenty of years, which is prominently displayed in his final movie as James Bond, is a good story unto itself. What makes it higher is that the ultimate product could be very well-done. This may not have been practically as fascinating as a inventory Seamaster 300M with completely different colours. Omega modified the case and dial and added a number of significant particulars from the case markings to the packaging, which are supposed to join this product with each the No Time To Die film, in addition to for the model of James Bond that was manifested by Daniel Craig.

It’s exhausting to not actually like this explicit 007 James Bond watch, and plain how fashionable these are for Omega as a model given the enterprise that the Bond connection gives. Omega accordingly takes these merchandise very significantly and has been doing a superb job of creating a product that an fanatic can love as a lot as a layperson (with the price range) who actually admires the universe of James Bond. Omega gives two variations of the Seamaster 300M No Time To Die Version, which merely differ when it comes to whether or not they include a NATO-style strap (impressed by these worn by Sean Connery’s James Bond) or the matching (and extremely really helpful) titanium Milanese (mesh steel) bracelet. Although to be trustworthy, I actually don’t perceive why they simply promote it with the titanium bracelet and simply embody the strap as an additional. In any occasion, they each have the identical product reference variety of and are priced at $8,100 USD on the strap and $9,200 USD on the titanium Milanese bracelet. Study extra on the Omega watches web site right here.