Recently the 60th anniversary of the James Bond franchise was celebrated by Omega releasing a new pair of the “Seamaster Diver 300M” model. After taking a look at the more accessible steel option, now let's focus on the steeper priced version with an unusual color scheme and very unique silicon dial. Plus just like the steel edition this model also comes with an innovative movie sequence viewable with a simple flip.The 42mm case is made of Canopus gold™ with a combination of brushed surfaces and polished accents. This proprietary white gold alloy also contains platinum, rhodium and palladium. The combination of all these alloys explain its particular color. It was named “Canopus” after a star that is 71 times bigger and 10,000 times brighter than the Sun that warms our Earth.Mounted to the case is a unidirectional rotating bezel with a paving of shaded green and yellow treated diamonds, which culminate with two regular diamonds at 12 o’clock. This color scheme serves as a nod to Jamaica, where the James Bond author, Ian Fleming owned a house in which much of his writing occurred. On the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition caseback that allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical movement. It features an animation of the famous 007 opening sequence with a silhouette of James Bond and a spinning gun barrel design. This is made possible with a patent-pending “moiré” effect, while the mechanical animation is linked to the central seconds hands. So as long as the watch is ticking the animation will be on a continuous loop.It comes equipped with a screw-down crown, embossed with the Omega logo, while in-between a pair of subtle crown guards. Plus a conical helium escape valve aligned at the 10 o’clock position to allow for diving capabilities. All topped by a domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. Water-resistance can reach up to 300 meters (984 feet).Time is exhibited on a natural gray silicon dial with white round dotted hour index markers, single rectangle markers for the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions and a double rectangle marker for the 12 o’clock spot, all with black outlines. Alongside the inner flange are also portions of a minute track ring with wider cut-aways for every 5-minute increment.Despite the uncommon green and yellow bezel, this dial and its irregular pattern still manage to captivate most of our attention. The silicon was produced by using silica sand, which is most commonly known as white sand. It involved a process of heating the sand up to around 1,700°C in order to react with carbon and subsequently create impure silicon. This is then followed up by slow crystallization that ends up with a unique pattern on every single one of these timepieces. Just hold a few up to the light and you’ll see how they all differ in reflections.The black and white skeletonized central hands, hour index markers, and the pip portion of the lollipop seconds hand have all been fitted with a luminescent coating. Since the bezel doesn’t have any numerals, this version is missing a glowing “60” numeral to highlight the James Bond 60th anniversary.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master “James Bond 60th Anniversary”
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master “James Bond 60th Anniversary” (Ref#: 18.104.22.168.99.001) is powered by the new in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8807 with 35 jewels and 25,200 vph. This is a METAS-certified movement capable of resisting magnetic fields ranging in 15,000 gauss and equipped with a quick-set and a free sprung-balance with a silicon balance spring. Power reserve can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound.Mounted on this watch is an 18k Canopus gold™l mesh Milanese style bracelet, secured by a fold-over adjustable buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website here.
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