When the world’s most famous secret agent openly professed his penchant for Omega watches, it’s only natural for us to follow up with this question: Which one does he wear? Turns out, Agent 007 wears the Seamaster – specifically, the Seamaster Diver 300m. And given how often the rough-and-tumble spy constantly finds himself jumping off moving speedboats into the open ocean or driving his Aston Martin straight into deep murky water, it’s definitely a good idea to be wristed with this professional diver’s watch.
Since Goldeneye in 1995, Omega has been the timepiece of choice for James Bond. Worn by Pierce Brosnan was the quartz-powered Seamaster Professional Ref. 2541.80, and it had been film’s production designer Lindy Hemming who made that call. Hemming researched deeply on the style and practices of the British military service. She discovered that Omega was the official supplier of military watches to the English troops since 1948. Therefore, since Bond had served in the military, he must be wearing an Omega.
After Brosnan, Daniel Craig also began wearing the Omega Seamaster. His was the Planet Ocean model, water resistant to 600 metres, which is a fair bit brawnier than all the older versions and arguably a better fit for this new Bond who’s obviously grittier and a much better a fighter too. Then in Skyfall he swapped the Planet Ocean for an Aqua Terra just for the casino scene and in Spectre he wore the (then) new Seamaster 300 which has a vintage style commemorating the anniversary of the original CK2913.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Seamaster Diver 300m has gotten a complete makeover that has it armed to the teeth with new-improved features. The Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 for instance offers improved precision, shock, and magnetic resistance. The new model also has a bezel with ceramic insert and diving scales in Ceragold or white enamel. What stays unchanged, though, is the familiar wave pattern on the dial.
For this landmark occasion, Omega has brought the full collection to Singapore for an interactive exhibition. The Seamaster Exhibition also showcases the captivating history of this iconic timepiece. Incidentally the Seamaster line celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Enter through the infinity room before proceeding to the heritage tunnel, and then enter into the modern realm where the new pieces and a ‘live’ watchmaking bench demonstrates the effects of magnetism on ordinary watches versus the Omega Master Chronometer calibres.
The OMEGA Seamaster Exhibition takes place at Ion Orchard Level 1 ION² and is open to the public from 4th to 14th October from 10am till 10pm, daily.