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A brief history of James Bond watches

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A brief history of James Bond watches

Since Daniel Craig looks set to return to 007 and pay tribute to Omega’s super spy, let’s review James Bond’s watch.
When Vesper Lynd tried to identify the brand of watch worn by James Bond, this was a crucial moment for the “Casino Royal” watch. Vesper Linde: Rolex? James Bond: Omega. Vespa Lind: Beautiful.

It seems that Daniel Craig did not give up his license to kill after all and will return to the 25th Bond movie. After starring in four movies “007” and commenting that “I would rather cut my wrist than play James Bond again”, Craig’s return does not look optimistic. But after much speculation, the latest news is that producer Barbara Brocco persuaded Dr. No to play Bond for the fifth time and invited Adele to sing the movie theme song.

Is it a coincidence that the Omega Commander watch launched last week is a trick of marketing genius, looking forward to touting the latest news of Craig’s return?

Just like his creator, Ian Fleming, served as a naval intelligence officer during World War II, James Bond was the commander of the Royal Navy before becoming an MI6 agent. Bond actor wears his official uniform in the movie. The first Bond among the Navy’s ace pilots was Sean Connery in 1967, followed by Roger Moore in 1977 and Pierce Brosnan in 1997.

To celebrate the colors of the Royal Navy Ensign, Omega launched the Commander’s Watch in July 2017. This is a 41mm Seamaster series watch decorated in red, navy blue and white. The original version of Seamaster in 1957 is an instrument watch. Due to its durability, it is distributed to military divers all over the world. This new model uses red rubber and blue ceramic bezels to time Bond’s underwater dives. The 007 gun logo counterweight on the central second hand and the red number 7 in the date window will attract Bond fans, and the commander’s navy badge stripe on the rotor of the automatic movement will also attract Bond fans.

NATO straps are currently very popular. This blue, red and gray NATO strap is reminiscent of Bond’s military training. Contrary to popular belief, NATO has nothing to do with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Very simple, it is a cheap, elastic, stretchable and waterproof nylon belt with a basic buckle. It is a standard belt issued to British soldiers by the British Ministry of Defense in the early 1970s.

Omega obtained a franchise in 1995 to determine the timing of the espionage mission and ensure that the audience is aware of this change. Vespalind’s conversation with James Bond—she tried to guess the watch brand he wore at Casino Royale—is undoubtedly a loyal 007.

Omega raised the stakes on the 2015 movie “Ghost” and produced two watches for this beloved spy, both of which come from the Seahorse family. As a former Royal Navy man, watches related to diving have tactical significance. Omega’s Seamaster series has performed strongly since 1957. Like the Rolex Submariner, it is specifically designed for divers and underwater professionals. Over the years, Omega Seamaster watches have been strengthened, can handle a depth of 300 meters, durable, waterproof, and easy to read. Perhaps it is more useful for spies in our magnetically contaminated world. This watch can resist a magnetic field of more than 15,000 Gauss (equivalent to the radiation of a nuclear magnetic resonance machine).

Although most of us will remember the white bikinis that appeared in Ursula Anders in the Caribbean, watch lovers will find that Rolex snorkeling-reference 6538-Sean Connery’s wrist does not have a doctor. In 1962, Rolex was the original 007 watch, a perfect match-the world’s first diving watch, a tough and elegant watch, accompanied by rough and elegant agents on his adventures. Connery has worn the Submariner in all of his seven screen appearances, and its relationship with Bond is so close that collectors today still refer to this watch as the James Bond submarine watch.

The writer Ian Fleming is meticulous about what timer his agent should wear: “He can’t just wear a watch. “It must be a Rolex,” he said in his book “Casino Royale,” and he firmly believes that “a gentleman chooses His timekeeper can tell his identity, just like his Savile Street suit.” Rolex watches appear in James Bond’s nine legends and constitute an important part of his identity and style manual.

Fleming is the core figure of Rolex. He appeared in the studios of the first three Bond films with impeccable style, wearing a bow tie and his always-existing Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer.

In response to the era that marked Roger Moore becoming a Bond, a pair of technicians, Digital Seiko, and a glowing red pulsar digital watch appeared on the wrists of spies, including the Seiko LCD TV watch from the Octopus in 1983. , Which makes Bond admire more than ever.

Rolex has never used the James Bond Association, failed to provide watches to manufacturers, and even refused to pay for product placement advertising, which may seem strange to us today. Some watch lovers speculated that James Bond’s Rolex actually belonged to Albert Brocco, who lent the Rolex to the actor during the filming.

In 1995, Omega won the bid to become the official MI6 watch. When Rolex purists pulled out their hair and called for literary justice, Omega detailed its long history with the British army, especially the Royal Navy divers in the 1960s. Pierce Brosnan was the first Bond to equip the Golden Eye with the Omega Seamaster Professional 300m, equipped with a laser beam and remote detonation device. When Daniel Craig succeeded Bond in 2006, he wanted to change his role’s reliance on fancy tools and show the true courage of the new super-suitable Bond. In Casino Royale, Craig wore two Omega models: the blue Omega Seahorse 300-meter chronometer and the smooth black Seahorse Planet Ocean 600-meter coaxial chronometer. The rubber strap helped him get rid of the trouble in deep water.

Express, women, Don Pellino champagne king, vodka martini and clocks are the main accessories of the world’s most popular spies, but has Bond stopped changing watch brands as quickly as his women? Is the new bond less promiscuous, ready to establish a long-term relationship with his girl and his watch? What does Fleming think about this?

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