It could be though It’s like, there’s omega no James Bond has been inextricably linked since October 5, 1962, when one of cinema’s most iconic characters made his on-screen debut. That first “Bond watch” was, whisper it, a Rolex – Submariner Ref. 6538. Others provided secret service, including Breitling (Thunderball) and Hamilton (Live and let die) it wasn’t until golden eyes In 1995 Omega took on the permanent task of equipping Britain’s fictional super spy with gadget-filled timepieces.
Now, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Bond franchise, two new Omegas have been released. While these new pieces aren’t associated with a specific film, the company eschews the obvious attempt to put “007” or a rifling effect on the dial in the design this time, instead giving each case back a subtle touch of film magic. Turn the pieces over and a mechanical animation of the iconic opening gun-barrel sequence plays on the crystal rear.
The new 42-mm Seamaster Diver 300m 60 Years of James Bond stainless steel (£7,100, around $8,500) is inspired by the first Omega worn by Pierce Brosnan. golden eyes, though now with a fake bracelet. The James Bond Canopus Gold Seamaster Diver 300m 60 Years is by far the more exclusive affair (£137,300 or $165,200), crafted in white gold by Omega with a dial made from natural gray silicon and a circular bezel set with green and yellow diamonds, the Jamaican house of Ian Fleming. All come together to cheer.
007 The moving image behind the opening sequence is achieved in this mechanical clock without a screen or digital display using moiré animation, where the interference pattern is created when an opaque ruled pattern with transparent gaps is overlaid on another similar pattern. For the pattern to appear, the two designs must not be identical, but rather displaced or in this case rotated.
Omega’s patent-pending design features a spinning aluminum disc of animation powered by a lollipop central seconds hand. Driving the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8806 watch, it allows a sequence of four images to repeat continuously at 15-second intervals.
Omega Product VP Gregory Kiessling said the difficulty nailed the animation accuracy. “We initially started with seven figures in sequence. But the problem with the seven was that since there is a tiny difference between the discs, you have a ghosting effect. So we decided to divide the sequence into just four images.” This need for precision is also due to the fact that these Seamasters have screw-in case backs instead of “twist ins”. This allows for perfect alignment of the various layers of the illusion mechanism, which is similar to previous Seamaster cases. Not possible. “We also had to manage the distance between the disc and the sapphire crystal,” Kiesling says. “This required very, very small tolerances – plus/minus 0.05 millimeters.”