James Bond Wore Quartz Watches (It’s true!)

James Bond TAG Heuer Timothy Dalton 1987

Did you know that up until Skyfall, half of James Bond watch choices in Eon Productions movies were quartz models.   James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what you think you might know about James Bond Watches.  The exclusive exhibit opened to the public just yesterday (June 3, 2015) at the National Watch & Clock Museum (NAWCC), in Columbia, Pennsylvania.  It is curated by THE authority on James Bond watches, Mr. Dell Deaton (JamesBondWatches.com).

At the center of this exhibit are examples of all 12 quartz James Bond wristwatches representing screen-correct models of those featured in EON productions movies premiered from 1973 through 1995.  Live and Let Die (Pulsar / Hamilton Watch Co), The Spy Who Loved Me (Seiko), Moonraker (Seiko), For Your Eyes Only (Seiko), Octopussy (Seiko), Goldeneye (Omega) and more.

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Is James Bond Wearing the Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial on NATO strap in Spectre?

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A die-hard Omega enthusiast and very good friend of mine (my friend’s name, real name, is James Bond – dead serious!) recently tipped me off that he is “near certain” that the watch James Bond aka “007” is wearing in this poster is the Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial.  And it is on this 5-stripe grey and black nylon fabric NATO strap with stainless steel buckle and keepers.

I am inclined to agree with him, but I can’t say for certain.  A check-in at Dell Deaton’s JamesBondWatches.com yielded no conclusive support of our supposition.

What say you?

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Omega NATO strap grey and black 5 stripe - Perpetuelle

Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial 2014 via Perpetuelle

OMEGA Speedmaster White Side of the Moon (w/VIDEO)

Omega Speedmaster White side of the moon cover - Perpetuelle

It started in 2013 with the “Dark Side of the Moon” in black ceramic (see our “in-depth ‘Making of’ this watch here), followed in 2014 with the “Grey Side of the Moon”in grey ceramic, and now in 2015 Omega will release the “White Side of the Moon”.   Aside from its white ceramic case, the watch is unchanged from its predecessors in form and function (automatic mechanical Omega Cal 9300).  Which means that, interestingly, at 44.25mm, this is for all practical purposes a man’s watch.  The Dark Side and Grey Side were definitely hits for Omega…but white?  Well, we’ll see how white — more commonly a color found on women’s watches — resonates.  At any rate, there is more good stuff to come from Omega this year, as you will see soon — our Baselworld 2015 coverage can be seen right here!

OMEGA Speedmaster White Side of the Moon

44.25mm white ceramic case, automatic mechanical Omega Cal 9300

Omega Speedmaster White Side of the Moon watch - Perpetuelle

Omega Speedmaster White Side of the Moon ceramic case detail - Perpetuelle Omega Speedmaster White Side of the Moon - Perpetuelle

The New Omega Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch

Omega Skywalker X-33 Solar Impluse Blue Green on side - Perpetuelle

Official watch of the Seattle Seahawks?  Nah, the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition commemorates the unique relationship between OMEGA and the innovative Solar Impulse project, a project which officially began in 2003 and whose ambitious aim is to circle the globe in an airplane powered only by solar energy.  This new watch follows the Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse that Omega released last year, which itself was a big step up from the Solar Impulse watch Omega introduced in 2010 in tandem with the craft’s maiden voyage.  While the quartz multi-function movement and 45mm titanium case with ceramic bezel remain unchanged, the overall aesthetic of this year’s model has been greatly enhanced.  The base Skywalker X-33 from last year is unremarkable in its appearance, but the 2015 Omega Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse reflects a bold color-set — and it looks really, really good.

Omega Skywalker X-33 Solar Impluse Blue Green sideview - Perpetuelle

Omega Skywalker X-33 Solar Impluse Blue Green - Perpetuelle

The watch itself which has a blue bezel and green seconds hand, complemented with a bold and blue NATO-style strap with a green border.

Omega Skywalker X-33 Solar Impluse Blue Green detail - Perpetuelle

The lightweight grade 2 titanium 45 mm case is complete with a ceramic bezel with a chromium nitride scale whose minute track scale is coated in white Super-LumiNova, as are the skeletonized black and white hour and minute hands. The central seconds hand is distinguished by its green and black color combination.  he blue and green dial, with its white transferred indexes and hour markers coated with white Super-LumiNova, has a central opening allowing the wearer to read the liquid crystal display digital elements.  

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Omega Skywalker X-33 Solar Impluse Blue Green lume shot - Perpetuelle

The OMEGA Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition is powered by the OMEGA calibre 5619, a quartz chronograph movement.  The titanium caseback is stamped with the Solar Impulse “Around the World” patch and engraved with the words “TESTED AND QUALIFIED BY ESA” (the European Space Agency).

It will be produced in an edition limited to 1,924 pieces. The number honors the year that the first round-the-world flight took place; members of the United States Army Air Service flew around the world from 4 April to 28 September 1924.

More on the Solar Impulse Project, here.

Solar Impluse logo Solar Impulse Aircraft Flying

OMEGA collaborated with Solar Impulse co-pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg on the concept of this innovative timepiece that combines both analogue and digital displays. It was developed to meet the needs not only of these specialists but of anyone who can appreciate its impressive variety of functions.

Solar Impulse Betrand Piccard and pilot André Borschberg