2017 is a landmark year for EON Productions’ James Bond franchise. It officially marks 50 years since the film You Only Live Twice, as well as 40 and 20 years since The Spy Who Loved Me and Tomorrow Never Dies respectively. Launched at a lavish event at London’s Tate Modern last night, Omega have released a limited edition Seamaster timepiece, designed with the fictional spy’s ranking of commander in mind, to commemorate these milestones.
Ian Fleming’s iconic character first appeared in his 1953 novel Casino Royale, but didn’t make a silver screen appearance until 1962’s Dr. No, where Sean Connery set the standard for the hyper-masculine blunt instrument who broke hearts and limbs on his secret missions, which took him to exotic places and pitched him against megalomaniacal super-villans. Swiss watch giant Omega first partnered with the film series in 1995, when Pierce Brosnan’s Bond donned a classic blue-faced Seamaster – the ubiquitous character has been wearing an Omega in some form or another ever since.
The Commander’s Watch comes with a stainless steel bracelet, and a tri-colour NATO strap which is reflective of the colours endemic to a naval commander (though film buffs might see this as a bi-partisan nod to Connery’s Rolex Submariner from Goldfinger, which bore a very similar strap.) Daniel Craig made the NATO strap fashionable again in Spectre, so it’d be hard to imagine the stainless bracelet as the preferred choice here. Limited to 7007 pieces, this is a subtle, respectful nod to the greatest fictional spy who’s ever lived in print and on screen.