At the Antonio Diamond Boutique, we are huge fans of all things James Bond. No matter whether you are aged 12 years or 82 years, the universal appeal of Ian Fleming’s 007 has undoubtedly stood the test of time.
The idea for the Bond novels developed during Fleming’s time as a Naval Intelligence officer during the Second World War, where he was tasked with planning Operation Goldeneye and with the structure and implementation of two covert intelligence units. It was here that much of the background, detail and depth of the James Bond novels was conceived, culminating in the hugely successful release of Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952.
The rest, as they say, is history, and the Bond franchise has since grown from strength to strength, epitomizing the classic spy story, complete with gadgets, fast cars, beautiful women, exotic locations, despicable villains and let us not forget… highly collectible timepieces!
The Omega watch company has been involved with the Bond franchise since 2002, and several special editions of their prestigious Seamaster collection have featured in each and every one of the last seven films, from Goldeneye (1995) with Pierce Brosnan right the way to Skyfall (2012) with Daniel Craig.
The latest film is no exception, and in his final portrayal of the James Bond character, Daniel Craig is set to appear in the 24th instalment of the Bond franchise, 007:Spectre, to be released later this year.
True to form, the launch of Spectre will see Omega produce a spectacular version of the Seamaster Aqua Terra in a limited edition of 15,007 pieces (15,007 = antimagnetic resistance up to 15,000 gauss + special licence-to-kill agent 007).
This is a very subtle variant of the classic 15000 gauss Master Coaxial Aqua Terra shown below, and the Bond watch is similarly presented in a 41.5mm case. The main difference is the reworking of the deep blue dial colour and the yellow second hand, both of which include a reference to the Bond family’s Coat-of-Arms, orbis non sufficit or “the world is not enough.”
Bond aficionados will recognize the family crest as comprising a white shield, dark chevron and three yellow circles. Add to this the now familiar 007 logo above the six-o’clock marker and the Bond package is complete – or in Bond-parlance shaken, but not stirred!
Both Omega and Rolex have recently gone to great lengths to highlight the importance of using anti-magnetic components for their respective complications, particularly given that the large proportion of mechanical watches that require costly servicing do so because their internal components have become magnetized over time.
By using silicium components in its Master Coaxial movement, Omega can now boast a watch that is resistant to 15,000 gauss, making it virtually anti-magnetic in every respect, and markedly superior to Rolex’s milgauss, which is only resistant to 1,000 gauss.
Unique to the calibre 8507 movement found inside 007 watch is the rotor design, which has been specifically machined to resemble the barrel of a gun. In every other respect, the 8507 movement is identical to the standard 8508 movement found in the generic Master Co-Axial collection. The 007 watch sports an exhibition back which, together the front of the watch, is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire glass. Last but not least, a classic half-polished, half-brushed stainless steel bracelet secures the watch on wrist in true Omega fashion.
Don’t miss out on this highly collectible edition, available tax-free from our webshop hopefully sometime in April of this year.
Suresh Mahtani, The Antonio Diamond Boutique, Gibraltar