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Bond is back: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Chronometer

by Michael Weare
1 November, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Chronometer dial

Now that Daniel Craig has finally reprised his role as James Bond in Skyfall – and there must have been many times when he wondered if it would ever happen – he wears an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 42mm with a black dial and a matte black ceramic unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel.

Bond fans and Omega enthusiasts will know that the world’s most famous secret agent has been wearing Seamasters since 1995 and the Planet Ocean has been Daniel Craig’s choice since his Bond debut in Casino Royale in 2006.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Chronometer

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Chronometer

In Skyfall, Bond will be seen wearing the steel on steel Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Chronometer. The style of this model can be traced directly back to the classic Seamasters of the 1950s. Inside the case it’s a different story: the watch is driven by the Omega Co-Axial calibre 8500 whose revolutionary Co-Axial escapement and free sprung balance, developed by the late George Daniels, delivers long-term stability and precision, thereby dramatically reducing the need for servicing. The watch comes with a four-year warranty.

Water resistant to 600 metres

The hands and indexes have been treated with Super-LumiNova and are legible in all lights and conditions and offer a stark contrast to the matte black surface of the dial. The Super-LumiNova on the indexes, the hour hand and the seconds hands emits a blue light; the luminescent material on the minute hand and the dot on the bezel appear green.

This contrast means that divers can tell at a glance how much time has elapsed when they are underwater. Even the sweep of the luminous orange-tipped seconds hand can easily be read in the dark. There are Arabic numerals at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock with a date window at the 3 o’clock position on the dial.

A professional divers’ watch

A professional diver's watch

A professional divers’ watch, the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Omega Co-Axial Chronometer is equipped with a helium escape valve. The stainless steel bracelet features a diver’s clasp which allows its length to be extended to fit around a wetsuit. As its name suggests, the Planet Ocean 600m is water resistant to a depth of 600 metres (60 bar / 2000 feet).

Omega and the world’s most stylish spy

James Bond, whether it be Daniel Craig or Pierce Brosnan, has worn an Omega Seamaster in every film since Goldeneye in 1995. Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming first introduced Bond to Omega. She described Bond as a naval man and a discreet gentleman of the world, so the Seamaster was the obvious choice.

 

Skyfall

Skyfall

By all accounts, Skyfall, in theatres now, is proving to be one of the best Bonds since Casino Royale, and many a positive review has been posted on the likes of Facebook and IMDb. Much of it was shot in the UK due to a reduced budget, but the state of the art effects, breathtaking action sequences in foreign locations and the moral complexity of the storyline still make the movie appear to be punching way above its budget.

 

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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