Lightweight With Magnetic Field Resistance, Here's The Secret Behind 007's New OMEGA Watch
Almost 15 years ago, Daniel Craig took on his first James Bond role in Casino Royale, captivating millions as they watched the licensed to kill 007 track down criminals, while sporting classic OMEGA Seamaster timepieces
In every James Bond film he's starred in, the actor has worn distinct OMEGA Seamasters, all of which not only complemented the spy's look and style, but also made the perfect companion in every mission.
With No Time To Die now screening in cinemas across the globe this month, fans of the much-anticipated 007 film are eager to catch it, as it marks Craig's last showdown as the world's greatest spy.
Accompanying 007 as he embarks on his final mission is the new Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition
For this unique timepiece, Craig himself took on a crucial role in deciding its composition and design. Having played the world's greatest spy for almost 15 years, his input was critical and necessary, especially since it would be his last time donning the 007 mantle.
Crafted exclusively and meticulously by OMEGA, together with Craig and the James Bond filmmakers, the new Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition is built with military needs in mind, making it truly one of a kind.
However, there's more than meets the eye with the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition, with many secrets hidden beneath its stylish exterior.
In No Time To Die, Q's signature modifications allows Craig's OMEGA Seamaster to generate a "limited radius electromagnetic pulse" to short circuit any hard-wired network
This is just one of the hidden secrets of the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition, which winds up being a critical feature for Craig on his difficult mission.
Although just a highlight in the movie, the other technical capabilities of the timepiece are at close quarters to OMEGA's real watchmaking magic.
Along with almost all of OMEGA's mechanical timepieces today, the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition is Master Chronometer certified
To be precise, the timepiece houses an excellent METAS Master Chronometer automatic movement, the Omega 8806, along with a silicon balance spring, and other non-ferrous materials, granting the timepiece the capability to resist powerful magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss.
Putting it simply, the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition in its true form, is capable of resisting magnetic fields similar to that of an MRI scanner, guaranteeing perpetual accuracy.
While it may not wind up as the gadget to save the world for most of us, the non-limited timepiece's level of anti-magnetic technology is the perfect protection against everyday magnetic fields in common appliances, such as smartphones and laptops, both of which can potentially disrupt a mechanical watch, and stop it from working.
On the caseback, the timepiece presents a series of numbers, which follow the format for genuine military-issue watches
Showcasing a 17-character engravement on the caseback, each set of characters signifies a distinct and secretive meaning to not only honour the 007 movies, but also provide a certification for a military watch.
The first four digits, 0052, is the code number specified for Navy personnel, while the subsequent seven digits, 923 7697, signify a diver's watch.
Following which, the letter A is a code used to signify a watch with a screw-in crown. 007, of course, denotes James Bond's iconic agent number, followed by the last two digits, 62, which signifies the year of the very first James Bond film.
To ensure the engravings remain in the correct alignment, the timepiece is finished with a NAIAD Lock caseback.
Lightweight yet sturdy, OMEGA designed its case using a full Grade 2 titanium, while pairing it with a matching titanium mesh bracelet that comes with an innovative adjustable buckle
To further decrease the weight, OMEGA welded tropical brown aluminium for the dial and bezel ring, both of which became classic, vintage touches to the diving scale, blackened hands, and indexes in the timepiece. According to Craig, it's an incredible watch to wear, and he didn't even notice the weight on his hand during the filming of No Time To Die.
And thanks to Craig's wish to have a NATO strap for this special edition, OMEGA crafted a striped NATO strap in dark brown, grey, and beige, with 007 engraved on the loop, embellishing the timepiece with a classic, vintage look.
Many OMEGA Seamasters have been a part of every Bond film since Golden Eye (1995), proving to be a vital companion to 007 during his missions, while also offering quality and style
Together with Craig's own experience as 007 playing an integral role in the latest Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition's design, the non-limited Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition is truly the perfect timepiece to honour the actor's last showdown as the notorious spy.
Here's a closer look to OMEGA's operation in crafting the timepiece:
Catch the OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition in action in No Time To Die, screening in cinemas now. Find out more about this timepiece on their website.
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