Would Q let an agent and us non-agents out in the field with untested equipment? Perhaps Q is the double agent around here. Or that METAS put Omega replica watches through such rigorous testing not even Bond could harm them. I did notice that the Seamaster 300 that Ben is peddling didn’t undergo the same grueling METAS tests. But before I start going for the jugular, let’s get back to the beginning for a second. As pointed out, I have won our last two showdowns, for which gratitude is given to our readers. But I would gladly trade the results to beat a British gentleman in a James Bond showdown. It almost feels like blasphemy, but it will be a win met with a Blofeld sinister grin.
Painting the bigger picture of this showdown is asking the question: Which of the two watches is the Bond watch most in tune with Daniel Craig’s portrayal? Arguably, as he began in Casino Royale, it should be the waterproof fake Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean that accompanied him for the majority of the running time. Craig also sports the Planet Ocean in the two subsequent sequels. The PO is a cutting edge contemporary Omega, but I think Ben and I can agree that Bond’s timepiece should be a more classic Seamaster with heritage charm. I must admit that seeing the Seamaster 300 gracing Bond’s wrist in Spectre seemed like a perfect match. That is, until…
300M “007 Edition” — how strong is it?
The waterproof replica Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “007 Edition” was announced in December 2019. But straight away, I wasn’t immediately convinced. My initial reaction was one of mixed feelings, to be honest. I loved the fact that Omega had returned to the Seamaster Diver 300M as the Bond watch. Especially considering that Omega entered the 007 world with this particular line of divers. Still, I was on the fence about the execution of integrating the Royal Navy background and the use of faux patina to give it that vintage look.
The Seamaster 300 from Spectre avoided the use of military symbols. I mean, as a spy, surely you’d want to hide any connections to the armed forces? That’s one easy way to give away your identity to the prying eyes of henchmen. So if you are using that in your argument Ben, I can only say that I know how you feel. Of course, none of us have actually seen the movie. Apart from seeing Bond using the watch to crack the code of a locked door in the trailer, we don’t know much about the role of the watch in the movie. So he may only wear the watch during open combat where discretion is not necessarily the better part of valor.
Pretty strong it seems
On the other side, there was also a lot that I loved about the titanium case copy Omega watch. What stood out instantly was the use of Grade 2 titanium for the 42mm case and Milanese “shark mesh” bracelet. It looks stunning and makes the watch stand out against all the other watches in the Seamaster Diver 300M collection. On top of that, it fits the military requirements for a lightweight watch.
Next to that, I loved seeing that Omega replica decided to get rid of the date window. It cleans up the aesthetic perfectly and skips the date indication that is normally situated at 6 o’clock on the Seamaster Diver 300M. To do this, Omega has used their caliber 8806 instead of the caliber 8800 that normally powers the Seamaster Diver 300M. It’s the perfect fit for a Bond watch as a highly anti-magnetic movement is something every secret agent needs.
Another great choice is using a domed sapphire crystal and the introduction of a beautiful dark brown aluminum dial and bezel. These elements, combined with the Milanese bracelet, give the watch a great retro-inspired look. Which brings us to the question: Am I content with the use of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) arrow at the 6 o’clock position? And what about the cream-colored indexes and numerals on the diving scale?
Are you willing to pay the price?
Even Jorg seems het up on the beige lume and broad arrow logo. Jorg took the wind out of my sails by already mentioning the less-than-inconspicuous symbol that could give away his identity. But honestly, these are inclusions that don’t bother me in the slightest. And actually, I quite like the use of all-brushed titanium so in no way do I consider the “007 Edition” a bad watch — quite the opposite. But when compared to the Seamaster 300 from Spectre, to me it is the clear winner. One of the actual Swiss movement Omega fake watches from Spectre even hit the auction block with a highly commendable winning bid of £92,500. That’s serious moolah for what essentially resembles any one of the 7,007 limited pieces at £4,750 (or €6,400).
Jorg: If there is one major remark to be made, it’s the limited availability of the Seamaster 300 “Spectre”. As a result, the watch has fallen victim to the hype train with prices of pre-owned pieces quickly approaching €10k. Personally, I think it’s a blessing that Omega decided to make the “007 Edition” a permanent fixture in the collection. As was the case with the previous Omega’s that Bond wore in the movies except for the Seamaster 300 “Spectre”. A faux pas fortunately corrected.