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Monday, January 30, 2012

Omega James Bond 007 50th anniversary watch

It’s sobering to think that James Bond has been gracing a cinema screen near you for 50 years. To celebrate the remarkable success of the franchise, Omega will soon be releasing a special update of the popular Seamaster Diver 300m James Bond watch which has been worn by 007 in every adventure since Pierce Brosnan wore one in GoldenEye.

The James Bond 007 50th Anniversary collector’s piece has been created in two sizes, 41 mm and 36.25 mm.

The black dial features the familiar 007 monogram to the point of overkill. The 41 mm version has 11 applied indexes; the 36.35 mm watch has ten with a diamond index at the 7 o’clock position. The indexes are coated with white Super-LumiNova with a blue emission, for legibility even dark lighting conditions.

The watch case is made of stainless steel and feature ceramic bezel rings with diving scales in matt chromium nitride with the number "50" in red as a reminder of the anniversary.

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.

Both models of the watch comes on a classic brushed and polished Omega-patented screw-and-pin stainless steel bracelet.

Both versions run on Omega’s calibre 2507 self-winding movement with a co-axial escapement,  the component that has driven a revolution in mechanical watchmaking since it was launched in 1999.

The watch is a certified chronometer. Its screw-in case back is stamped with a gun-barrel design. A “bullet” decoration on the rotor can be viewed through the sapphire crystal display back.

The 41 mm version is being produced in a limited edition of 11,007 pieces and the 36.25 mm version in a limited edition of 3,007 pieces.

And, after a gap of three years, the Bond movie franchise is back. Later this year, EON Productions will release Skyfall, the 23rd film in the 007 franchise, with Daniel Craig once more portraying James Bond.

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