50 years of James Bond – Omega Seamaster Skyfall
Here’s the first article by our latest contributor Tom Dunn, as we have not jumped on the James Bond 007 band wagon yet, Tom thought we should get an article out about the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Skyfall Limited edition watch…
Written By Tom Dunn
It’s a big year for James Bond, a very big year indeed. Exactly five decades ago, Sean Connery’s first outing as the iconic spymaster hit the big screens under the title Dr. No, and the world has never looked back. To celebrate this landmark 50th anniversary, the latest 007 feature, Skyfall hits UK cinemas on the 26th October, acting as the end cap to a season of commemorative events. With a wardrobe designed by Tom Ford, the film is the latest in a line of stylish collaborations between the franchise and artists, many of which featured in the recent ‘Designing 007’ retrospective at the Barbican, London.
Also celebrating is OMEGA, whose Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Skyfall Limited Edition watch marks the seventh partnership between this leading Swiss watch brand and Ian Fleming’s greatest hit. Compared to earlier models, the Skyfall Planet Ocean features subtler references to Bond, eschewing the embossed 007 black dial face of the James Bond Seamaster in favour of an ingenious logo setting at the ‘7’ position on a dial made up predominantly of bars. Another ‘007’ engraving features on the watch’s steel diving clasp.
Featuring a 42mm brushed and polished stainless steel case and bracelet, the Skyfall’s aesthetic is as subtly sophisticated as Bond himself, featuring a considered use of grey on its uni-directional rotating diving bezel, and an embossed grid pattern on its jet black dial. In keeping with its role as part of the Planet Ocean series, the OMEGA Skyfall also functions as a diving watch par excellence, with a water resistance of 60 bar (or 600 metres) accompanying its divers bezel.
Of course, it’s not all about the exterior. The Skyfall Planet Ocean is powered by one of OMEGA’s latest movements; the exclusive Co-Axial calibre 8507. Fitted here with black SKYFALL 007 engraving on its rotor, the movement can be seen through the sapphire crystal glass functioning as the watch’s caseback. Finished off with an Si13 silicon balance spring, this piece of precision engineering is as cutting-edge as a gadget from the master inventor Q himself.
Each Skyfall watch is presented in a specially designed box, with the production run limited to just 5,007 pieces. Impeccably designed, this watch is the ideal homage to a man as undeniably stylish as he was fifty years ago.
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We do have to add that the actual watch on sale by Omega and the one worn in the film are slightly different as the one in the action sequences is a unique piece made from titanium by Omega. This unique piece will be on sale at auction and you can read a little more about this unique piece on Longitude – Christies Watch Blog courtesy of another of our contributors Meehna Goldsmith