Omega has announced the newest version in their series of James Bond branded watches. This Seamaster celebrates the 50th anniversary of of the 007 films. Based on the “Bond” style Seamaster 300 M platform, these anniversary editions feature either 41 or 36.25 mm stainless steel cases and ceramic bezels which have had the 50 minute marker dressed up in red.
The dial features a less-than-subtle 007 design repeated across its surface and a date window at three o’clock. This COSC certified model is powered by the Omega 2507 automatic Co-Axial movement with a special rotor featuring a design that looks like a bullet. As this is a Seamaster, the predictable 300m water resistance and a manual (crown operated) helium escape valve are still present.
With the next Bond film, Skyfall, slated for a 2012 release it is of little surprise that Omega would produce another Bond watch. It is however, a little surprising that Omega chose the 300m Seamaster design as the current Bond (Daniel Craig) has been outfitted with a Planet Ocean in the last two films.
Luckily, if you want to commemorate 50 years of James Bond with a limited edition Omega, you shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking one of these down. Omega will produce 11,007 of the 41 mm version and 3,007 of the 36.25mm version which is definitely a large run for a limited edition. Ultimately, I am only a casual James Bond viewer and not likely the target group for such a watch made for collectors and Bond franchise fanatics. With Skyfall hitting theaters this year, what watch do you think Bond will be wearing? We expect to see Bond sporting a new 8500 based Planet Ocean but let us know your guess in the comments.