The name is Terra, Aqua Terra

In December last year, the script for the forthcoming twenty-fourth James Bond film, titled Spectre, was leaked. Despite this and several other issues that arose during filming, Spectre is still expected to premiere towards the end of the year, at the previously announced date of November 6.

While fans of the suave spy will have to wait in suspense, watch lovers are more fortunate, as Omega’s new James Bond watch has just broken cover. Say hello to the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond Limited Edition.

We’re anticipating several limited edition watches from Omega at Baselworld this year, including new limited edition Speedmaster moonwatches.

At its core, the watch you see here is Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Co-Axial. It features a 41.5mm stainless steel case and bracelet, is powered by the Master Co-Axial calibre 8507 anti-magnetic movement, and will be limited to 15,007 pieces.

Omega says it drew inspiration from the Bond family coat of arms, and has the symbol repeated across the blue dial to create a striking interlocked pattern. The coat of arms is also visible on the seconds hand, which is finished in white, in contrast to the rest of the hand, which is yellow. Yellow is again used to highlight the movement’s Gauss rating, minute numerals and Seamaster text.

Another interesting design element can be found on the caseback, as Omega says it has cut and shaped the rotor to resemble a gun barrel. The rotor and movement will be visible through sapphire crystal. Sadly, at the time of writing this story, we were unable to track down a picture of the watch’s caseback.

The watch (reference: 231.10.42.21.03.004) will be covered by a four-year warranty but Omega has not yet commented on cost and availability.

Our take

Based on the single picture we’ve been able to source, we quite like the look of this Bond watch. The coat of arms pattern on the dial is interesting and the splashes of yellow contrast with the rest of blue the dial quite nicely. And while we’re typically fans of less is more in terms of text printed on watch dials, we think the yellow printed ‘>15’007 GAUSS’ text adds to this particular watch’s dial, given that it represents the anti-magnetic rating, limitation number and integrates the James Bond logo.

We are also pleased that Omega opted not to use the 007 logo at the 7 o’clock position, as it has previously done on Bond watches (take a look at the limited edition Skyfall Planet Ocean below) – we always thought those spoiled the symmetry and overall look of the watch’s dial.

The Seamaster Planet Ocean Skyfall was limited to 5,007 pieces.

One thing we are somewhat surprised about is Omega’s choice of watch – we expected Omega to release a Bond edition of its newest Seamaster, the vintage inspired Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial (picture below). That said, we’ve heard that Bond will wear more than one watch in Spectre, so perhaps Omega is saving the other references for later.

The Omega Seamaster 300 is the newest member of the Seamaster family.

Limited to 15,007 pieces, the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond Limited Edition will be the least limited of the Spectre watches. Because of this, we expect it won’t carry a massive premium over the standard Aqua Terra 150M watches. We also expect those other Bond watches to be a bit more showy, whereas this particular Spectre watch is, for the most part, a subtle but handsome piece compared to what we’ve seen in the past.

Learn more by visiting Omega.

Update 1/8/2015

The watch is now available in Omega boutiques in the UAE at a cost of AED 25,400 (USD $6,920).

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