Ian Fleming's famous secret broker, known for his delightful taste, has for decades been associated with fine watches, ever since his Panerai wristwatch was described in 1954. Through the years, the British secret agent has worn Rolexes, a Breitling, and even exclusively quartz Seiko when quartz watches were all the rage.
But since a Royal Navy Reserve Commander - and since Fleming himself spent time in the now-defunct Uk Naval Intelligence Division - it always made most sense that Bond would wear diving watches. In 1995's GoldenEye, Bond for the first time actually sported an Omega Seamaster 300 diving watch, and perhaps it's no coincidence that a massive transformation at Omega started just around the same time.
The passion for wrist watches really started out with the James Bond role, when he bought his first Omega, a vintage Seamaster 3 hundred. His most emotionally considerable piece is the replica Omega Seamaster, on display during the dinner and seen in the opening collection of Casino Royale. Any time ordering custom-made shirts for his Bond wardrobe, Craig has the "left wristband made slightly larger so I can wear the watch, and the sleeve sits over the watch. inch
The real superstar of evening time was probably the Omega Seamaster World Ocean "Big Blue", released today at the watch and earrings fair Baselworld 2017. Originally introduced in 1957, the Seamaster remnants its roots to the Omega Marine from 1932, the world's first creation wristwatch made especially for scuba diving, and now one of Omega's most important product lines. Exactly 60 years later, at the dinner, we got to handle the new Seamaster Planet Ocean "Big Blue" - the initial Omega with a case made totally from scratch-resistant blue ceramic. The watch's name comes from a vintage Seamaster from 1972 that Omega replicas devotees call "Big Blue". Oversized, with a blue call, it was the world's first "diver's" chronograph in which the stopwatch functions could be fully controlled under water.
But the new watch is in fact an evolution of 2013's black ceramic Speedmaster Dark Side of the parish lantern, and the full case, dial, frame, and even the strap's folding buckle are made of ceramic and are completely scratch- and fade- resistant. Resulting in the modern Big Blue's blue ceramic color was no easy feat. Fabricated in-house using high pressures, hours-long plasma treatments, and high temperature sintering at 1400o Celsius - it demonstrates Omega's industry-leading expertise in the substance.
Created for world travelers, an orange hour hand shows time in a second time zone on the blue ceramic dial's orange coloured 24-hour ring. Water repellent to 2000 feet, the helium escape valve is suitable for saturation dives and prevents the watch from exploding after resurfacing. There is no denying that Large Blue is a serious divers watch.
Some might find the colors garish, but the dial and bezel's blue and orange colors are highly functional. Infused into the blue ceramic bezel, orange-colored rubber highlights the critical, 0-to-15 minute region that is employed to notify divers of the last 15 minutes of oxygen provide.
Colors change the further you plunge into the sea. Orange quickly changes to a light olive tone, while blue is the last color to remain obvious - until a depth of 275 meters. Combined with the luminescent "broad arrow" fingers and hour markers, the orange and blue colors bring about the best possible contrast for divers' presence and safety.
Within the huge, 45. 5 mm circumstance ticks fake Omega caliber 8906, a state-of-the-art self-winding movement providing 60 hours of timekeeping. Anti-magnetic up to 15, 000 Gauss, you might wear the watch without damage while getting, say, an MRI, and it's based on the first movement ever to receive the Swiss Government's new "Master Chronometer", or METAS, certification. METAS, issues by the Swiss Federal Start for Metrology, certifies the watch remains highly accurate and water resistant during eight rigorous tests conducted in magnetic environments. Selling for $11, 700, this timepiece isn't cheap, mainly because ceramics production costs are high.
Bookies are taking bets on which actor will be the next James Bond, and the second-longest-serving Bond was asked if he would continue to play the famous spy. He demurely refused to comment. The person who steps into the plum role, my guess is he could be wearing a "Big Blue".