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The Omega Seamaster is an automatic winding chronometer and quartz watch that Omega has produced since 1948.

An Omega Seamaster typically has a stainless steel case and bracelet (Bond style with Omega symbol clasp), screw-in crown and caseback, engraved with the Omega hippocampus logo, up to 1200-metre water resistant, phosphorescent hands, unidirectional bezel, blue, silver or black dial with orange accents, sapphire crystal (anti-reflective) and helium release valve.

Omega has been associated with James Bond movies since 1995. That year, Pierce Brosnan took over the role of James Bond and began wearing the Omega Seamaster Quartz Professional (model 2541.80.00) in the movie GoldenEye. In all later films, Brosnan wore an Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer (model 2531.80.00). The producers wanted to update the image of the fictional "super-spy" to a more distinctly sophisticated "Euro" look.

Another possible reason for the change from the Rolex Submariner that Bond had previously worn was a change in the business environment surrounding modern high-profile films and product placement. Omega was eager to participate in high-profile co-promotions and product placement opportunities, especially the James Bond franchise, to further its brand image and awareness. It accomplished this by supplying products and finance (something that the conservative Rolex company avoids, presumably because it sees no benefit for itself).

For the 40th anniversary of James Bond (2002), a commemorative edition of the watch was made available, model 2537.80.00 (10,007 units). The watch is identical to the model 2531.80.00 except the blue watch dial had a 007 logo inscribed across it and also machined into the caseback. The band also had 007 inscribed on the clasp.

Daniel Craig, the current James Bond of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, also wears the Omega Seamaster: the Seamaster Planet Ocean and Seamaster Diver 300 M in Casino Royale, and even goes so far as to mention Omega by name in the film when questioned by Vesper Lynd. In connection with the launch of the film, Omega released an 007-special of the Professional 300M, featuring the 007-gun logo on the second hand and the rifle pattern on the watch face, this being a stylized representation of the gunbarrel sequence of Bond movies.

Omega released a second James Bond limited edition watch in 2006. This was a Seamaster Planet Ocean model with a limited production of 5007 units. The model is similar to what Craig wears earlier on in the film; however, it has a small orange-colored 007 logo on the second hand, an engraved caseback signifying the Bond connection, and an engraved 007 on the clasp. In Quantum of Solace, Craig wears the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean with a black face and steel bracelet (42 mm version). Another limited edition was released featuring the checkered "PPK grip" face with the Quantum of Solace logo over it.

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Features

Date: The day of the month, displayed in a window on a watch dial typically at the 3 o`clock or 6 o`clock position.

Screw-in crown: Self-locking crown, screwed into the tube of the case, used for highly water resistant divers watches.

Helium escape valve: Decompression system which allows helium to escape from inside the watch when the watch is worn for professional use in pressure chambers. (Long term underwater work, crude oil exploration, etc.)

Technical data

Crystal: Domed anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

Case: Steel

Dial: Blue

Water resistance: 30 bar (300 metres / 1000 feet)

Size: Case Diameter: 41 mm

The Seamaster Professional Diver 300 M in Bond movies

1995 GoldenEye: Seamaster Professional 300M Quartz (Reference 2541.80.00)l

1997 Tomorrow Never Dies: Seamaster Professional 300M (Reference 2531.80.00)

1999 The World Is Not Enough: Seamaster Professional 300M (Reference 2531.80.00)

2002 Die Another Day: Seamaster Professional 300M (Reference 2531.80.00)

2006 Casino Royale: Seamaster Professional 300M (Reference 2220.80.00)
Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean (Reference 2900.50.91)

2008 Quantum of Solace: Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean (Reference 2201.50.00)

2012 Skyfall: Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean (Reference 232.30.42.21.01.001)
Seamaster Aqua Terra (Reference 231.10.39.21.03.001)

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