Few men can say they don't want to be like James Bond, the famous fictitious British super spy and ladies' man who will celebrate 50 years of movie history in 2012. For a substantial segment of that history, Swiss watchmaker Omega has provided the official 007 watch, appearing wrist-side with various actors in the role since Pierce Brosnan was casually dodging bullets while driving sexy gadget-imbued automobiles
This year Omega releases a new limited edition version of their 007 themed Seamaster watch collection, which, in various forms, has been their official James Bond watch. Each new film has seen the spy wearing a new model, and typically Omega releases a limited edition piece to celebrate that fact. This model is not necessarily meant to celebrate a particular film (even though 2012 will see the release of the newest movie, James Bond 007: Skyfall), but is rather a commemorative anniversary piece celebrating all the movies that came before it, along with Omega’s continued participation in the cinematic franchise.
These anniversary pieces will come in two styles based on what Omega now calls the Classic Seamaster Co-Axial 300M collection. First is a 41mm-wide version of the James Bond 007 50th Anniversary Collector’s Piece, followed by a smaller 36.25mm wide version. Both models come in high-grade steel cases with a ceramic bezel and are visually similar save for a few key differences. The latter piece is technically a unisex model, but more geared toward women with its comparatively petite size and a diamond adorning the dial at the 7 o’clock hour indicator.
The famous diver’s watch thankfully doesn’t scream 'James Bond' in this form – making it suitable for casual wear. The background of the dial is a subtle repeating 007 pattern, while the 50-minute indicator on the rotating bezel is done in red lacquer. On the rear of the watch is probably the most fun 007 detail: an engraved caseback styled after the inside of a gun barrel with a small sapphire crystal exhibition window in the center. The view appears to be of the back of a bullet and spins around as it is actually part of the automatic rotor of the Omega calibre 2507 Co-Axial automatic movement.
Omega will produce 11,007 41mm wide pieces and 3,007 pieces of the 36.25mm wide Seamaster 50th Anniversary James Bond watches.
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