Omega Seamaster Professional is the signature model watch for Omega, a company who chose their name to symbolise ambitions of being the last word in watch production. Having earned many awards throughout a 150 year history, been chosen as the official brand of the Olympic Games, and selected by NASA as a reliable time keeper, the Omega Seamaster has now been worn by beloved British Spy James Bond for more than a decade. With all the hype for the latest Bond film, Quantam of Solace, surely around the corner this article is going to look at the different watches showcased by Bond throughout the 21 previous movies:
Dr No – Rolex Submariner, with no special gadgets or specialist fittings.
From Russia With Love – Garotte watch. There doesn’t appear to be a particular brand for this piece with the in-built strangulation device. Of course in this movie it wasn’t actually Bond, but the villainous assassin, Red Grant, who actually wore this watch.
Goldfinger – A Rolex submariner is worn by Bond, whilst Honor Blackman’s Pussy Galore wears a Rolex GMT during her flight sequences.
Thunderball – Beyond the Submariner, the Breitling “Top Time” Diver is also shown in this film, complete with Geiger Counter.
You Only Live Twice – No watch can be seen in this film, so 5 films in and we still have no Omega Seamaster.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – George Lazenby’s one and only appearance as the spy, and he carried on where Connery left off, by wearing the Rolex Submariner.
Diamonds Are Forver – No Omega Seamaster here … in fact no watch at all.
Live And Let Die – A vastly updated Rolex Submariner appeared in Roger Moore’s first installment; one that included magnetic abilities (capable of bullet deflection), and a spinning mechanism which allowed James to cut through rope restraints.
The Man With The Golden Gun – Bond sticks with his Rolex watch, as did evil marksman Scaramanga, although his was the Cellini King Midas model.
The Spy Who Loved Me – Time for a change? Well Roger Moore wasn’t going anywhere for a while, but his trusty Rolex was ditched in favour of a Seiko Quartz model capable of printing out ticker tape messages from HQ. Before the advent of mobile phones and text messaging this must have been pretty useful tool in a spy’s arsenal. Still no sight of the Omega Seamaster however.
Moonraker – Seiko LCD Digital was Bond’s choice for this overly silly movie. A real shame actually because the original Fleming book is one of the best books; needless to say it bears no relation to the film’s plot.
For Your Eyes Only – A radio receiver was added to Bond’s Seiko, allowing 2-way conversations to be carried out, whilst also incorporating a digital display for textual messages.
Octopussy – For Moore’s penultimate film the Seiko Sports was his watch of choice, which was not only a digital LCD but also contained a TV screen for watching moving images transmitted via radio. Bond was also able to use his Seiko G757-5020 as an audio spy device in conjunction with a specially developed fountain pen.
A View To A Kill – Despite the exciting Eiffel Tower base jump this was a rather flaccid entry in the series, and was the last of Roger Moore’s appearances as the superspy. His watch was a Seiko, but after the previous film’s impressive watch gadgetry, this model was as unremarkable as the film.
The Living Daylights – Timothy Dalton marked his arrival as Bond by wearing … an “unknown” watch. Oh well, I’m sure we’ll hear from the Omega Seamaster soon.
Licence To Kill – Dalton was back, and so was a familiar sight to Bond fans across the globe. Yes, the old faithful Rolex Submariner was back on his wrist for what was to be Tim’s last outing in his brief dalliance as Bond.
Goldeneye – Some have argued that Pierce Brosnan is as close to Ian Fleming’s image of Bond as there’s been. Which is encouraging for those at Omega, as this would mark the first film where he wore the Seamaster Professional. In-built were a laser cutter and a remote mine detonator. Interestingly both of these features were included in the Nintendo 64 game adaptation of the film.
Tomorrow Never Dies – Is it just me, or is this film on far too much considering it’s a rather mediocre entry? Nevertheless Bond stuck by his Seamaster for this outing, which retained it’s detonation abilities.
The World Is Not Enough – Omega Seamaster Professional complete with grappling hook.
Die Another Day – Woeful after the first half hour, this film was to be Brosnan’s last as Bond, however it wasn’t to be the last for the Omega Seamaster Professional.
Casino Royale – Daniel Craig’s unfair reception as Bond was soon forgotten once the critics actually based their opinions on the film and not their preconceived (and incorrect) ideas. Craig continued to wear the Brosnan favoured Seamaster, and it looks as though Omega is here to stay as Bond’s timepiece for the foreseeable future.