The Seamaster has been associated with the James Bond films since 1995’s Golden Eye, when Pierce Brosnan first assumed the role of the super spy. Since then, Seamasters haven’t been far from Mr. Bond’s wrist, and for the forthcoming Spectre film, Daniel Craig will once again show off Omega’s handiwork.
Since its association with the James Bond franchise, Omega has released limited edition (LE) watches to celebrate the films and commemorate anniversaries, and that tradition continues with the new film. The Omega Seamaster 300 ‘Spectre’ Limited Edition watch is the second, new, James Bond watch, and it is limited to 7,007 pieces.
Omega unveiled the watch shortly after actor Daniel Craig visited its new manufacturing facility in Villeret, Switzerland. The actor was given a tour of the facility, and witnessed the production of the Spectre LE first hand.
Before delving into the differences between this LE watch and the standard production Seamaster 300 (SM 300), there is one major difference right off the bat. In the past James Bond wore production versions of the Seamaster but this time around, things are different – this time Bond will be seen wearing the very same LE Seamaster that you see here.
Beyond this, there are subtle differences that distinguish the Spectre watch from the regular SM 300. The black polished ceramic bezel is bi-directional (the standard SM 300 is uni-directional), and there are LiquidMetal markings from 0 to 11 – effectively giving the watch a second time zone function.
The dial has been altered slightly as well; whereas the standard SM 300 features Arabic numerals at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 positions, the 12 o’clock position on this watch has the Omega logo, with the ‘Omega Seamaster’ text sitting just below. The second hand has also been altered, rather than being finished with an arrow, it is now a lollipop hand.
The most prominent difference between this LE and the standard SM 300 is that the former boasts a 5-stripe black and grey NATO strap. Omega says it has engraved the 007-gun-logo on the bracelet’s strap holder, while the caseback is customised with the logo of the film.
The LE watch features a 41.5mm stainless steel case, and is powered by the 15,000 Gauss antimagnetic Omega Master Co-Axial calibre 8400 automatic movement – the same calibre that’s found in the standard SM 300.
We’ve been told that the watch will arrive in the Middle East in October, and we will update the story as soon as we source pricing.
The Seamaster 300 ‘Spectre’ Limited Edition is the second LE timepiece that Omega designed ahead of the new James Bond film. The first was the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond Limited Edition, which broke cover earlier in the year. You can read our thoughts on that timepiece by clicking here.
The fact that James Bond will now be seen wearing the same LE watches that will be sold in boutiques is an interesting change in dynamics. As film buffs, it seems a bit odd to us because it effectively means that James Bond is wearing a watch that was designed to pay tribute to the very movie he’s in. It sounds a bit Inception(ish), and might make the movie feel a little less real. On the other hand, collectors of Seamaster Bond watches may see greater value in these LE timepieces, as they are now directly associated with the super spy. We’d love to know what you think about this particular dynamic in the comment’s section.
Aesthetically speaking, we reckon the Seamaster 300 ‘Spectre’ Limited Edition is one of the best LE Bond watches Omega has ever released. The standard SM 300 is a handsome and rugged diving watch that serves as a great starting point but the fact that Omega has created differentiation with this LE by turning to functional and vintage watch elements is what makes it so special.
Rather than use the 007-gun-logo at the 7 o’clock position or giving it a bold dial (as we saw on the Planet Ocean ‘Skyfall’ LE and the Spectre Aqua Terra LE), Omega has incorporated a bezel that gives the watch a second time zone. Likewise, the lollipop second hand is a lovely nod to the vintage Seamaster 300 reference 2913-7, which also had a lollipop second hand (picture here). The NATO strap too is a functional differentiator from the standard SM 300 – we’ve tried Omega’s NATO straps and they are very comfortable.
At the same time Omega hasn’t abandoned the Bond elements – they’re there, but incorporated tastefully, in a manner that is known only to the wearer and watch enthusiasts. In our write-up of the LE Aqua Terra James Bond watch we said that we expected the forthcoming Bond watches to be ‘a bit more showy’, and we’re glad to be proven wrong in this case.
Since we’re now just a few months away from the release of Spectre, we have doubts about whether there will be another James Bond LE watch. If there is, considering the watches that have already been released, we reckon it could be based on the Planet Ocean.