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Three OMEGA Watches Star In New James Bond Film, ‘No Time To Die’

Whilst the James Bond film franchise has been embodying the gold standard of sexy espionage-adventure movies since 1962, OMEGA Seamaster timepieces have been worn on screen and in promotions by actors playing Bond since 1995. Different incarnations of Agent 007 have worn various OMEGA Seamaster models as they fight Bond villains, romance Bond beauties and emerge from near-death experiences to save the world in bold Bond style— and live to love again. No Time To Die, released in the U.S. on October 8, is the 25th official Bond film. Along with injecting the franchise with new vigor, the film pulls off an historic horological hat trick. Daniel Craig as James Bond, plus actors Lashana Lynch (who plays super-skilled, secret agent Nomi) and Naomie Harris (as the wise and witty MI6 secretary Moneypenny), all wear OMEGA timepieces.

In No Time To Die, Daniel Craig’s James Bond wears a Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer that measures 42 mm wide. As Craig noted in an OMEGA press release, “When working with OMEGA, we decided that a lightweight watch would be key for a military man like 007. I also suggested some vintage touches and color to give the watch a unique edge.” To decrease weight and promote a vintage look, OMEGA chose brown aluminum for the dial and bezel ring. These elements imbue the watch with a quasi-retro character, while Super-LumiNova glow-in-the-dark pigments illuminate the diving scale, blackened hands and indexes. (After sufficient exposure to sunlight or artificial light, the 42 mm Seamaster 007 edition will glow in the dark, on land or under water, for several hours.)

While both the case and the mesh bracelet of the 42 mm Seamaster 007 edition are made of Grade 2 titanium, the bracelet features an ergonomic, adjustable buckle. Since titanium is strong and lightweight, this watch is ideal for James Bond and others who deal with life’s challenges, get knocked out yet rise heroically and get back in the ring to take another swing. For these reasons, the Seamaster 007 is suitable for anyone of any age or gender who works hard and/or plays harder.

Inside, the Seamaster 007 is driven by the powerful OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806. This movement is characterized by unerring precision, chronometric performance and magnetic resistance. The watch also embodies a NAIAD LOCK case back, which holds all of the engravings in correct alignment. Regarding the numbers found on the case back, their numerical sequence follows the format for genuine military-issue watches. For example, “0552” is the code-number for Navy personnel, and “923 7697” symbolizes the number for a diver’s watch. While the letter “A” is a code used to signify a watch with a screw-in crown, “007” is of course James Bond’s agent number. What’s more, the number “62” references 1962, the year that Dr. No, the first James Bond film, had its world premiere in London. (The film was released in the U.S. in 1963). The Seamaster 007 edition is available in the titanium mesh bracelet, or on a striped NATO strap in dark brown, grey and beige with 007 engraved on the loop. The watches are presented in an exclusive brown fabric pouch bearing the OMEGA and 007 logos.

As for the females who sport OMEGA watches in No Time To Die, Lashana Lynch, who plays MI6 agent Nomi in No Time To Die, talked with this writer via ZOOM about how her Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M seamlessly supported her character. (A bit of back story: Nomi has proved herself such an effective agent that the MI6 service assigns her James Bond’s 007 designation while he is in exile. Later, when Bond is back in 007 mode, Nomi fights valiantly alongside him in a major showdown. A masterful spy, powerful athlete and beautiful black woman: shapeshifting Nomi embodies forms of Black excellence rarely portrayed in mainstream cinematic characters.

Lynch, who wore an 18-karat gold OMEGA Constellation 29mm in OMEGA’s proprietary Sedna rose gold alloy during our interview, related, “I like looking at this watch. I know it’s precious, because it’s an OMEGA.” But because we were there to discuss Nomi and her Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M, Lynch related how wearing the watch affected her performance. “Nomi is an important character in the film, and in the Bond franchise, because she is a strong, skilled black woman fully in her power, and yet vulnerable,” Lynch began. “I feel grateful for the opportunity to play someone like her because in that role, I could stand in what I believe in as a human being.” Having noted that, “The Seamaster that Nomi wears feels very light on the wrist, so I often forgot it was there when were were filming.” Whenever she did register its presence, however, “I felt like it was supporting me,” she continued, “because it helped me do a better job.”

The other star in No Time to Die whose OMEGA helps her achieve the platonic ideal of action-adventure-espionage excellence is Naomie Harris, who portrays the ever-engaging and indomitable Miss Moneypenny. Wearing an OMEGA DeVille Prestige quartz 27.4MM watch, Moneypenny is secretary to M, who is James Bond’s superior officer and head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. As famous for her executive skills as she is for her flirtatious badinage with Commander Bond, Moneypenny and her watch both exemplify and project peak professional excellence.

Serving the United Kingdom’s Queen and countries, fighting like 21st century samurais and living by their wits with the greatest poise, James Bond, Nomi and Moneypenny all heroically stay on form to save the day, and on time. Founded in 1848 and owned by the Switzerland-based Swatch Group, OMEGA plays a prominent and intriguing role in the narrative of heritage timepieces. No Time To Die and other James Bond films are destined to live on for decades, and perhaps centuries, their moving images flickering fearlessly through time and space.

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