MI6 takes a close look at two new Omega watches, featured and inspired by James Bond and Casino Royale...

New Omega James Bond Watches
10th December 2006

Omega Seamaster Professional 300m - Reference 2220.80.00
Bond is back and as the intrepid secret agent enters the Casino Royale on his first mission as 007 the stakes are perilously high. Will his impenetrable demeanour and tactical moves be enough to break the concentration of his notorious opponent ‘Le Chiffre’ and beat him at the poker table? As the intrigue unfolds James Bond knows that apart from his instinct, his only ally on this arduous assignment he can trust implicitly, is the precision and accuracy of his Seamaster Professional 300m complete with the exclusive OMEGA Co-Axial movement.

The OMEGA Seamaster Professional 300M is a perfect synthesis of form and function combining a classic stainless steel case and bracelet with characteristics and functions that are indispensable for professional divers: a screw-in case back and a screw-in crown that ensure water resistance, a unidirectional rotating bezel with minute markers, a helium escape valve and a scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

The distinctive "James Bond" watch has a unique design within the Seamaster collection with a blue dial with wave imprint and applied luminous hour markers, steel bezel with blue aluminium ring, skeleton rhodium-plated hands coated with Super Luminova and the second hand with red tip and luminous dot. The OMEGA logo and Seamaster name are also applied on the dial, with the Seamaster name highlighted in red.

The OMEGA Seamaster Professional 300M is a certified chronometer which uses a self-winding movement (OMEGA calibre 2500) fitted with the exclusive and revolutionary Co-Axial Escapement, which reduces friction in the movement and offers better long-term accuracy, and a free-sprung balance, which further increases the precision and accuracy over a longer period of time.

The OMEGA Seamaster Professional 300M is available in two sizes 36.25 or 41 mm and comes with a choice of either a brushed and polished steel bracelet with a foldover safety clasp or a more sportive blue rubber strap with white stitching and foldover clasp.

Seamaster Planet Ocean - Casino Royale - Limited Edition
Even whilst relaxing on the beach, only the best is good enough for James Bond, an ethos perfectly reflected in his choice of diving partner. The Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Casino Royale’ is a potent combination of technical complexity and aesthetic elegance.

The Planet Ocean model is identified by its distinctive bezel, which recalls the original Seamaster 300 metre models, albeit with a choice between classic and highly contemporary interpretations of this historical theme. Meticulous attention to detail resulted in a slightly different bezel design with a model taking on a resolutely sporty look. The unidirectional rotating bezel has minute graduations for the first fifteen minutes, numbers for the subsequent ten-minute sectors and a luminous triangular marker at 12 o’clock. Other features indicating that this is a professional divers’ watch are the watertight screw-in crown, a screw-in case back and the helium escape valve (located at 10 o’clock and embossed with “He”). The Seamaster Planet Ocean is water resistant to 600 metres (2000 feet).

The matt black dial also offers excellent clarity, thanks to applied luminous hour markers and Arabic numerals at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock, with date window at 3 o’clock. The facetted arrowhead hour and minute hands also have luminous SuperLuminova inserts, and a luminous arrowhead seconds hand with orange tip offers ultimate visibility down to the last second. Beneath the surface is Omega’s calibre 2500 Co-Axial Escapement movement, which is a COSC-certified chronometer and has a power reserve of 48 hours.

The Seamaster Planet Ocean “Casino Royale” is available with a 45.5 mm diameter case and a black rubber strap. This Limited Edition has exclusive features: the central second hand bears the “007” gun logo in orange, that recalls the code name of the famous MI6 secret agent. The stainless-steel case back is embossed with the “Casino Royale” logo as well as the series number of each Limited Edition watch.

Limited to 5’007 pieces, the Seamaster Planet Ocean “Casino Royale” will be a perfect collector’s item for all James Bond aficionados.

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